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chicken quesadillas

21 Sep

who doesn’t love quesadillas? these were no exception!

 

 

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chicken quesadillas

adapted from pioneer woman

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Taco Or Tex-mex Seasoning
  • Vegetable Or Olive Oil For Frying
  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 1 whole Large Bell Pepper (color Of Your Choice)
  • tortillas
  • 2 cups Grated mexican blend cheese
  • Butter, For Frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oil  in a skillet over high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with taco seasoning. Add the chicken to the skillet and saute over medium-high heat until done, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet, allow to cool slightly, and dice into cubes. Set aside.

In the same skillet over medium-high heat, throw in the onions and peppers and cook until the veggies are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and lay a flour tortilla in the skillet. Build the quesadillas by laying a good amount of grated cheese on the bottom tortilla, and then arranging the chicken and cooked peppers on the cheese. Top with a little more grated cheese and top with a second tortilla.

When the tortilla is golden on the first side, carefully flip the quesadilla to the other side, adding another 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet at the same time. Continue cooking until the second side is golden.

Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fillings. Cut into wedges and serve with desired extras

BEEF BURRITO CASSEROLE

28 May

these were quick easy and delicious!

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BEEF BURRITO CASSEROLE

adapted from recipegirl

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
One can black beans, rinsed
1 cup bottled chunky salsa
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Eight 8-inch  tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar or jack cheese (or mixture of both)
3 green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Spoon out any fat. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin and beans. Continue to heat for about 5 minutes, then stir in 1 cup of the salsa and the Parmesan cheese.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray.

3. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the beef/bean mixture onto the center of a tortilla. Roll up tightly and place the filled tortilla seam-side-down in the pan. Continue with remaining tortillas and filling until you have filled all 8 tortillas and have snuggled them alongside of one another in the pan. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the rolled-up tortillas and sprinkle the green onions on top of the cheese. Cover with greased foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Chilaquiles

14 Mar

sometimes you just want something different for dinner… and this was it… tortilla chips, salsa, an egg 🙂  all delicious together!

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Chilaquiles
adapted from spoonforkbacon

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles, drained
2 1/2 cups prepared salsa
1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
14-15 ounces  tortilla chips
3-5 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place oil in a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat.
3. Saute onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté for 2 minutes.
4. Stir in green chiles and continue to sauté for 2 minutes. Add salsa and broth and stir together.
5. Bring mixture to a boil and begin adding tortilla chips, a handful at a time, folding gently to coat every chip. Allow chips to soak up some liquid before adding more.
6. Repeat until all chips have been added and evenly mixed. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold together.
7. Crack eggs atop mixture, place in oven and bake for 12 to 15 minute or until all liquid has been absorbed and eggs have set.
8. Top with cilantro and serve immediately.

Chicken Verde Enchiladas

2 Oct

this came out yummy! the original recipe called for mixing the tomato and avocado into the sauce… i just added it on top…

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Chicken Verde Enchiladas
adapted from cooking light

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons sliced pickled jalapeño pepper
5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
8 ounces shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup chopped tomato
1 ripe peeled avocado
8 tortillas
4 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shaved
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves

Preparation

1. Place oven rack in lower third of oven, and preheat broiler to high.
2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. Stir in chicken; cook 1 minute or until heated. Remove from heat.
3. Stack tortillas; wrap stack in damp paper towels, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds. Spoon 1 cup chicken mixture into an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture in center of each tortilla; roll up. Arrange tortillas, seam sides down, in baking dish. Top with cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts. top with tomato and avocado. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.

chicken enchilada quinoa bake

9 Sep

This was super delicious! I topped mine with some cilantro and guacamole! Yum!

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chicken enchilada quinoa bake
adapted from tablespoon

ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 can black beans
1 can chopped green chiles
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cups enchilada sauce
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese (4 oz)
Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
Sliced avocado
Fresh cilantro
Crumbled cotija (white Mexican) cheese, if desired

DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) or 13×9-inch (3-quart) ceramic or broiler-proof baking dish with cooking spray.
Heat 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and onion; cook 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
Reduce heat to low. Add quinoa, chicken, black beans, green chiles, chili powder and 2 cups of the enchilada sauce; stir to combine. Remove from heat.
Stir in Cheddar cheese. Transfer quinoa mixture to baking dish. Top evenly with pepper Jack cheese.
Bake 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn oven control to broil. Place baking dish about 5 inches from broiler; broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly. Remove from broiler. Top with sour cream, avocado, cilantro and cotija cheese. Serve immediately.

Crockpot picante chicken and black bean soup

11 Aug

This was really yummy. I also made some homemade tortilla chips to go along with it! The original recipe called for blending an additional can of black beans with broth to get that creamy consistency. After reading the reviews, I opted to put in a can of retried beans instead and save myself the hassle of pulling out the blender!

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Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup
adapted from skinnytaste

Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can fat free retried beans
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 (10 oz) cans Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
1 red bell pepper, minced
4 oz can diced green chiles
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ancho chile powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
16 oz (2) skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
2 medium scallions, diced
cut limes, for serving
1 medium haas avocado, sliced

Instructions:
Add black beans, retried beans, and chicken broth into the slow cooker along with tomatoes, bell pepper, diced green chiles, cumin, chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chicken breast, and 1/4 cup of the cilantro. Set slow cooker to HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 to 8 hours.
After it’s done, remove chicken and shred with 2 forks. Place back into the slow cooker and add fresh scallions, remainder cilantro and adjust salt and cumin, to taste.
Serve hot with lime wedges, avocados, and sour cream if desired. Makes about 10 1/2 cups.

Turkey nacho supreme revisited

5 Aug

I made these awhile ago but didn’t get to try it til the next day as leftovers! So I made it again. Yum-o. This time with the tomatoes!

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Turkey nacho supreme

25 Jul

Found this recipe in family circle magazine. I made it one night and then had to run out the door before I could even try it! I did have it as leftovers the next day, but the chips weren’t crunchy… Also husband left off the tomatoes the first time. So I made it again (with the tomatoes) and it was delicious!

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turkey nacho supreme
adapted from family circle

Ingredients
A few cups tortilla chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb lean ground turkey, crumbled
1/2 green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 can (8 oz) reduced sodium tomato sauce
1 pkg (1 oz) reduced sodium taco seasoning mix
1 can (15 oz) no-salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup jarred salsa
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack
2 plum tomatoes, seeds removed, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
Lime wedges for squeezing

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees .
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and green pepper, stirring occasionally. Cook for 2 minutes, until turkey is no longer pink. Stir in tomato sauce and 1/3 cup water. Reserve 1 tsp of the taco seasoning mix and add remainder to skillet. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Line bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with tortilla chips. Spoon turkey mixture, beans and salsa evenly over chips. Top with scallions and Monterey Jack. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted.
4. To serve, scatter tomatoes and cilantro over nachos. Serve with Tex-Mex Salad (recipe at left) and lime wedges for squeezing.

Burrito pie

3 Jul

This was a yummy twist on a mexican lasagne.

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Burrito Pie
adapted from ourbestbites

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 packet taco seasoning
1 4-ounce can roasted green chilies, undrained
1 15.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 1/2 cups corn (either frozen or a 15.5 ounce can of corn, drained)
1 cup enchilada sauce
1 15.5 ounce can refried beans
large (burrito-size) tortillas
12 ounces (3 cups) shredded cheddar, colby jack, or pepperjack cheese (or a combination)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. When the beef is about halfway cooked, add the onion and garlic and cook until the beef is cooked through and the onions and garlic are tender and fragrant. Add the taco seasoning and stir to coat completely, then add the chilies, tomatoes, corn, enchilada sauce, and refried beans. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat.

Spread about 1/2 cup of the mixture onto the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. Top with tortillas. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the mixture on top of the tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, then top with tortillas. Repeat until you run out of tortillas, topping with a small amount of the meat mixture and another sprinkling of cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with a Southwest Avocado Sauce

2 Apr

We hadn’t had shrimp in awhile and for some reason the avocados had looked good when I was grocery shopping. Who doesn’t love tacos? These were good. Not delicious but good 🙂

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with a Southwest Avocado Sauce
adapted from fantastic eats

Ingredients

For the Marinade
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 Tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 lime, juiced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 lb medium, de-shelled shrimp

For the Avocado Sauce
1 Avocado
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons red onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 Tablespoons lime juice

For the tacos
6-8 taco shells
3 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded red cabbage

Directions

In a large bowl, add together all the ingredients of the marinade except the shrimp. Whisk until well mixed.
Add the shrimp and toss to fully coat. Set aside to marinade for about 20 minutes while you prepare the avocado sauce.

To make the sauce, In a blender or food processor, add the avocado, garlic clove, onion, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, and 2 Tablespoons lime juice. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Set Aside.

Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and about half the marinade. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side and remove from heat.

To assemble tacos, divide the lettuce and cabbage up between six taco shells. Add in desired amount of shrimp, and drizzle with the avocado cream sauce. Serve and enjoy!