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Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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Easy Tamale Taco Soup
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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad
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Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad
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Enchilada Taco Casserole
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Moist Jalapeno Cornbread
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Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos
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Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili
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Vegetable Garden Salsa
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Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos
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Mexican Fried Ice Cream
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Tortilla Soup
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Cilantro + Lime Basmati Rice
14
Delicious Taco Casserole
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Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe that takes 2 minutes to make.

We eat Mexican food very often in this house. From slow cooker tacos, to salsa, to cornbread, I love it all. In fact check out my Mexican recipe selection here for lots of recipes!  I think it was when I was out of town recently and we ate burritos 3 times in 4 days that I came to the conclusion that tacos made me feel safe and I love them dearly.  Tacos, do you hear me? I love you guys.

I see so many awesome taco recipes every single day from amazing bloggers but recently I came across a book that I fell in love with it. It’s “The Taco Revolution” and features over 100 recipes to “Master America’s New Favorite Food”.    It’s not often that Matthew and I both have to fight over a cookbook but when he saw this on my desk his eyes nearly popped out of his head. “Tacos!” he exclaimed.  “Tacos!” I exclaimed. Then we made tacos.
(I bookmarked lots of recipes already.)

This cookbook has traditional recipes and the not so traditional.  We’re talking Philly Cheeseteak Tacos, Barbecue Chicken Tacos, Chili Lime Tacos, Steamed Broccoli Tacos… and are you ready? Mac and Cheese Tacos. Oh my god, I know.  Are you shaking already?  I’m so excited. Besides the tacos it also has recipes for dips, salsas and tortilla shells.  Basically it’s everything you need for a Mexican Fiesta (besides me because you need to invite me to the party!).  This cookbook was written by Brandon Schultz who’s biography tells me that he lives in Brooklyn with a cat, so Brandon if you are reading this… I think we should be friends too.  We only need 3 things in common to be bffs: tacos, Brooklyn and cats. 

So during our usual watching of Game of Thrones every Sunday night, aka the greatest show ever, we decided to have taco salads.  Because I desperately wanted to include this book in the recipe I decided to make Brandon’s Black Bean and Corn Salsa which was a major hit! You could put this on tacos, you could use this to dip your chips in or you could just be like me and eat it with a spoon. No judging here. Whatever you do.. make this and enjoy!

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe that takes 2 minutes to make.

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe that takes 2 minutes to make.

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe that takes 2 minutes to make.

Then make sure to load this salsa on some tacos of your choice!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of corn (drained)
  2. 1 can of black beans (drained)
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. Juice of 1/2 lime (or 1 tablespoon lime juice)
  5. 1 tablespoon paprika
  6. 2 teaspoons cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. Cilantro to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Make sure to refrigerate leftovers.
Adapted from The Taco Revolution: Over 100 Traditional and Innovative Recipes to Master America's New Favorite Food by Brandon Schultz
Adapted from The Taco Revolution: Over 100 Traditional and Innovative Recipes to Master America's New Favorite Food by Brandon Schultz
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Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa recipe that takes 2 minutes to make.

Easy Tamale Taco Soup

The last couple weeks have been pretty been busy with work projects.   We spent the majority of the days at our work space creating, animating and rendering files on a job we are working on.  On top of that we are preparing for another project we are shooting in a few days.   Before we even leave our house to go to our work space I always have big dreams of dinner plans.  Oh I will just come home, and whip up a great gourmet dinner full of homemade rolls and delicate meats.  And then as soon I was get home Matthew looks at me and knows I’m in no mood to put a apron on.  In fact about 5 minutes I have on rainbow pajama pants, a flannel cat shirt and I’m making a cup of tea (while eating multiple bars of chocolate because I’m starving).   No meal will be made that takes more than 15 minutes, no homemade dough will be kneaded from scratch, it’s straight to the pantry to look for a quick dinner.

Are you like us and are extremely indecisive when it comes to dinner when there are no plans?  “What’s for dinner?” is the worst question in the world when the response is “I don’t know, what do you want?”  That leaves Matthew and I both opening the freezer, looking in the vegetable drawer, browsing the pasta selection and usually ends up with me on the ground crying “Just eat without me! I can’t decide!”.   That’s what hungry bellies do, they make you irritable.    

So enter this Easy Tamale Taco Soup.  I’m really big on quick meals when we’re on deadline for projects.  Slow cookers rule, but sometimes I don’t have time in the morning to get it started so I need something super quick.  That’s why canned goods and frozen vegetables rule.   This Taco Soup is made in 20 minutes. You use up all your energy opening up the cans, dump them into a pot, boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Then you sit at your dinner table and eat it about 2 minutes because you are that hungry.

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Do you guys know about Homel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce?  I recently came across them in my travels at the grocery store.   They are basically Tamales in a can.  They scream out “lazy”.  I love it.  And the ingredients aren’t frightening at all for Tamales in a can: Water, Beef, Tomatoes (Water, Tomato Paste), Corn Meal, Corn Flour, Masa Harina, Salt, Chili Powder (Chili Peppers, Flavoring), Lime, Cornstarch, Paprika, Spice.” No additives, no preservatives, no words I can’t pronounce.  Pretty cool right? And even better the entire can is 340 calories.    Throw this in a pot with just a full lineup of beans and corn and you got a pretty healthy extra quick meal.

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Enjoy this delicious Tamale Taco Soup!

Easy Tamale Taco Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans
  2. 2 cups frozen corn
  3. 1 can Ro*Tel Tomatoes With Diced Green Chilies
  4. 1 can Hormel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce
  5. 1 can tomato paste
  6. 2 cups chicken broth
  7. 1 package taco seasoning
  8. Handful of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  9. Handful of fresh cilantro (optional)
Notes
  1. Remove paper wrappers on tamales and cut Beef Tamales up into quarters.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil, simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve in bowls, add shredded cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro on top.
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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad – it’s a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Growing corn in a box on a rooftop in New York City is pretty cool.  When we start to spot the ears of corn and I can start to shake the plants to help pollinate I get very excited.  As you probably can guess, I do a corn dance. It looks the same as my broccoli and pumpkin dance. I pretty much have the same garden dance move for all our plants, I put my hands out to my side and do a 60s Twist move.  But I do it fast because that’s how I roll, quick and smooth.  One day I might post the dance on here but I’m not sure if you are ready for that yet.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Lately I’ve been craving vegetables for dinner. Lots and lots of vegetables and nothing else.  My other half loves a good meat for dinner but I have been persuading him to try a happy veggie meal once a week, and I’m hoping we can get that up to 2 nights a week soon.    If I served this Mexican Corn Salad more than once a week I know I could because we love this dish.  It’s full of fresh corn kernels cut right off the cob, black beans, diced tomatoes, bell peppers and my favorite: hominy.  To spice it up we add in cumin, cilantro and lime juice.    Just thinking about this salad makes me want to cancel dinner plans for tonight and cut up some corn.

Speaking of corn, isn’t it just beautiful?

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Even the husks are pretty.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

And when the salad comes together you are going to be in love too.  The best thing about this salad is that it takes 5 minutes to make- amazing, right? The only thing that is cooked is the corn and that is only for 3 minutes.    

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

 

 So if you’re craving a delicious dinner full of vegetables and you want it made within minutes, look no further.  Enjoy!

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  2. 1 can hominy - rinsed and drained
  3. 4 ears corn - kernels sliced from cob
  4. 1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  5. 1 bell pepper - chopped
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  7. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  8. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Place corn in large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. When corn is cool, cut kernels off cob.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Serve and enjoy.
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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients. 

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

As some of you know I’m not a huge salad eater and that is pretty much a sin coming from a Gardener.   To get to me eat more salads, I have found that if I make it more Mexican inspired it becomes a instant hit.     Matthew and I both enjoyed this for dinner and would have it again.

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad
Fresh lettuce from the garden, can’t beat the taste!

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad
Arugula, Cilantro, Scallions, Radishes, Tomatoes and Corn!


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

This chicken was some of the yummiest chicken I ever tasted.


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Minutes later throw all your vegetables and herbs in a bowl..


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Add your cut up chicken..


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Sprinkle your olive oil dressing on top..


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Mix up and you have one beautiful and fresh salad!


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Serve and sprinkle some Queso Fresco on top.


Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn SaladAnd enjoy!

Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  2. 1 Ear of Corn
  3. 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  4. 2 Ounces Arugula
  5. 2 Ounces Queso Fresco
  6. 4 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes
  7. 2 Scallions
  8. 1 Bunch Cilantro
  9. 1 Lime
  10. 4 Radishes
Instructions
  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season it all over with salt and pepper.In a large pan, heat some olive oil on medium until hot. Add the chicken and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  2. While the chicken cooks and cools, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the radishes into wedges. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Thinly slice the scallions. Roughly chop the cilantro. Peel off the husks and remove the silks from the corn. Using a knife in a sawing motion, cut the kernels off the cob. Chop the romaine lettuce into small, bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the juice of the whole lime and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.Whisk until blended and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chop the cooled chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chopped chicken to a large bowl along with the radishes, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, corn, romaine lettuce, and arugula. Add some of the dressing (you may not need all of it) and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the salad between 2 bowls. Crumble half the queso fresco over the top of each. Garnish with the scallions. Enjoy!
Adapted from Blue Apron
Adapted from Blue Apron
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Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Enchilada Taco Casserole

Nice people deserve credit for being nice.  A little goes a long way in today’s world.  I would like to think these few people who made me smile the last few days:

The man who shouted “Nice Cat” to me when I was wearing a cat sweatshirt walking down the street.
The cashier who wanted to have a conversation about Halloween with me.
The person who held the door for me at the grocery store.
The person who held the elevator for me.
My doctor who just made me feel good with his professionalism and encouragement.
The person who said they liked our garden on the roof.
To the stationery store owner who gave me my pen for 20 cents cheaper because I accidentally gave him pense instead of cents.  He gave me back the 20 pence and said “Don’t worry about it”. Reminder to self: Clean out your change purse!
To the person who said “Thank you” when I held the door for them.
To my swapping and pen-pal friends, you always put a smile on my face.
To my cats who  always know I need some love and affection.
The girl who said she liked my dress on the street.
To my mail delivery lady who is just really nice.
To every single person who comments on Brooklyn Farm Girl.  You make me smile and laugh hysterically. I want to serve you all tea and pumpkin donuts and tell you how great you are! 

A smile, a compliment, a door held open, a thank you, a postcard that just says hi – these all are special to me and can change my mood almost immediately.    I’m big on common courtesy so it really does make my day.  Can you think of a recent time that a little niceness picked up your spirits?

Now on to the yum…..

I really like tacos and I really like casseroles so when I’m able to put them together it’s like sweet magic recipe worlds combined.

For example there’s my go to Taco Casserole,  Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos, Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos,  French Fry Casserole, Green Pepper Cheese Casserole, Cauliflower Pizza Casserole.   Tacos? Yes, please.  Casserole? Goodness, yes, please.

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Moist Jalapeno Cornbread

Cornbread.   I love you.  

Jalapeno Cornbread, I especially love you.

I love how moist you are. I love how brown your edges stay.  I love the kick of the jalepenos.    

I’m totally in my 90s music mood right now and am jamming to Britney Spears “You Drive Me Crazy” and that’s exactly how I feel about this cornbread. 

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Cornbread is such a comfort food.  It’s always a dinner favorite on the side to soak up the juices, gravy or just devour by itself.  When I found myself craving some cornbread to go along with BBQ ribs (recipe coming soon!) I whipped up this recipe.  This cornbread is a winner, and for those that love a spicy kick you will love it.  This recipe uses 3 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers which makes it spicy enough to give it that extra pop, but not too hot that you can’t eat 6 pieces of cornbread in a row.  That’ real talk y’all. 

This recipe asks for 1 cup of buttermilk which makes it as soft as a cloud.  I didn’t have buttermilk but I learned how to make some quickly with ingredients you have in your kitchen I’m sure!  For 1 cup of buttermilk you need 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice.  That’s it!   Place your tablespoon of lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup.  Add your milk to fill up to the 1 cup mark.  Then let stand for 5 minutes, you will see it will start to thicken up.  Boom, buttermilk! It’s that easy!

Next time you’re looking for a quick cornbread, look away from your usual box mix and make some homemade cornbread.  It’s well worth it.

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Moist Jalapeno Cornbread
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup buttermilk (see notes for homemade if needed)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1 cup cornmeal
  9. 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together butter and sugar. Add in eggs, buttermilk and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  3. Add flour, cornmeal, jalapeno peppers and salt. Continue to stir to combine.
  4. Spray a 8x8 pan with non stick spray. Pour cornbread mixture into pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes then cut into slices.
Notes
  1. For 1 cup of buttermilk you need 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice. That's it! Place your tablespoon of lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add your milk to fill up to the 1 cup mark. Then let stand for 5 minutes, you will see it will start to thicken up. Boom, buttermilk! It's that easy!
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Here’s the mix with our homemade buttermilk added in.  I don’t think I’ll ever buy store bought buttermilk again!

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Here’s your diced jalapeno.  You can use red or green, whatever you prefer.

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I did mostly red with a few green pieces thrown in.  This would be super cute for Christmas!

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Before and after baking.  

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The top of this cornbread is just purrrrrrrfect.

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Let the bread cool then cut into pieces.  Try not to eat them all at once. 

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A little brown on the top..

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And brown on the sides…

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And perfectly moist inside!

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Cornbread, I love you.

Enjoy!

 

Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos

Who doesn’t like tacos?

*Looks around virtual room*

Good, I am glad we all love them!

I could probably have tacos every single day. There’s so many varieties, so many things I can put on them, so many side dishes that go perfectly (like cilantro lime rice!).  Oh tacos, how are you so great? One of my favorite recipes is Crockpot Chicken Chipotle Tacos so I was interested in trying other Crockpot taco recipes because let’s be honest, I’m in love with my crockpot (or slow cooker if you must call  it that too).   Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos were born!   I was especially happy with these tacos because I got to use garden grown green peppers, onions (are you proud of me?), stewed tomatoes that I made from our tomatoes and then our garden harvest salsa on top!   These tacos were so fresh! 

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Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili

Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It’s filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

Now I know what you might be thinking.. usually “Mexican” and “Pumpkin” don’t usually go together, but in this recipe they are best friends.  They are holding hands, whispering secrets (not about you), planning adventures – they are great pals. In this recipe we have the usual Chili ingredients, but then we’re throwing in pumpkin because whenever you can you should throw pumpkin into any dish.   Here’s the great thing about pumpkin, it’s full of great nutrients but hardly changes the taste of meals.  It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or brownies more healthy and better for you.  Who doesn’t want that?

Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

Health facts on pumpkin:
It’s full of fiber. Half a cup has 3.5 grams of fiber. 
It’s loaded with Vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes and is a good source of vitamins C, K, and E.
1 cup of  pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron which will support a strong immune system and keep you from getting sick. 
Pumpkin’s orange color is a clue to its high antioxidant content. Some doctors say that the compounds in pumpkin can help prevent lung cancer, heart disease as well as Type 2 diabetes and arthritis.
It will help support healthy digestion.
One cup of pumpkin puree contains just 83 calories.  Compare that to the oils you might use instead!

Pumpkin is amazing – isn’t it? 
And don’t forget pumpkin puree is so easy to make!

So what makes this Chili Mexican? Well we’re going to spice it up with green chiles, salsa verde, cumin and we’re going to throw corn into this!  If you want you can even throw avocado on top when it’s done!

Other bonuses: Chili freezes amazing, so feel free to make this in advance and keep for that chilly night when your’e feeling lazy and just want to curl under the blankets with your softest socks on!   

Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

I love beans so I had to add both black beans and kidney beans.  Also I love using ground turkey for chili as a healthy alternative to ground beef.
Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

Once you take the first bite, you’ll be one happy pumpkin loving friend!  Enjoy!
Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).


Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

Mexican Pumpkin Chili
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Ingredients
  1. 2 green peppers - chopped
  2. 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  3. 1 can kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  4. 3 garlic cloves - minced
  5. 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  6. 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  7. 1 cup tomato sauce
  8. 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 pound ground turkey
  10. 1 cup frozen corn
  11. 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  12. 1/2 cup salsa verde
  13. 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  14. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  15. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  16. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  17. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, add your chopped peppers, minced garlic and ground turkey. Cook until turkey is browned.
  2. Put your ground turkey mixture into a slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and stir so everything is fully mixed up.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Serve your family a hearty, comforting bowl of Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili. It's filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze any leftovers (but I doubt any leftovers will be left!).

Vegetable Garden Salsa

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go to salsa.  It wins hearts, it makes bellies happy, it makes you friends.  It’s a win win situation.  We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to get togethers.   I think one of the main reasons why people love it so much because it’s so fresh.  Every single vegetable in this recipe comes straight from the garden.  I also try not to pick the tomatoes, peppers and onions until the day of or the day before to really make it fresh.  Nothing beats the taste of home grown tomatoes!

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This salsa took me some time to get right.  Sometimes I would make it and it would be too runny, too chunky, the peppers would be too mushy, the tomatoes would be too whole, the tomatoes would be too smooth.  But after summers of practice, I got it.  And when I did, the clouds parted and a smiling red tomato shined down on me and said “you go girl”.

The magic touch here is to cut up the tomatoes slightly, then throw them in the food processor to get them just right.  They aren’t too whole, they aren’t too runny.  They are perfect!  So that’s my salsa story. After many batches, this is it.  This is the salsa champion.  Raise your hands and dance with me, “Salsa, Salsa, Salsa”. 

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

 

Garden Harvest Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 pounds of roma tomatoes
  2. 1 small onion
  3. 1 small green pepper
  4. 3 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Chop your tomatoes up into small pieces.
  2. Put your tomatoes in your food processor and pulse 8 times. Depending on the size of your food processor you might have to do this in 2 batches. Transfer to a bowl once processed.
  3. Chop up your green pepper and onion with knife.
  4. Add your green pepper, onion and all seasonings to the tomatoes in bowl.
  5. Stir so all ingredients are combined evenly.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 32 ounces of salsa.
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Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I wanted to show you this page out of my recipe book I keep.  This is the salsa page.  It has no amounts at all, it has no directions.  It’s just a horrible picture in black and white that I printed out.   This is one of the recipes I have  made so  many times I just know how much and what to do.   Do you have any recipes like that?


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Here is the gorgeous cast of characters for this salsa, straight from our garden.  Prettiest guys ever. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I cut each roma tomato up into about 12-16 pieces.  I do it quick and throw them in a bowl. 

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then I throw the tomatoes in the food processor and pulse 8 times.  You can pulse 6 times and then check to see if the consistency is good enough for you.  But I really like 8 pulses.  This is just right for us. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Chop up your pepper and onion with a knife. I would suggest not putting this in a food processor as I find they become too liquidy and mushy quick and lose their crunch.  


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Now throw all your ingredients in a bowl… the tomatoes, the pepper, the onion, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro.  I’m going to tell you something here and it’s kinda a secret but I often use frozen cilantro for my salsa.   Frozen cilantro is great because it lasts forever and you won’t be making salsa and think “I forgot to buy cilantro!”.  If I have fresh on hand I will use it, but if not, frozen cubes work amazing.  Just throw them in the microwave for 10 seconds and ta-da.  You’re cilantro set!

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then mix it all together.  Boom! Bam! Wam! Tada! Salsa is done!


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy however you want! Serve it with some chips! Serve on some tacos.  Serve on some chicken.  Serve it with a spoon directly into your mouth.


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy this Vegetable Garden Salsa everyone!

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos.  I know that’s a mouthful, but a very delicious one!

We are big taco lovers in this house, but there are only 2 true taco recipes we love.  One is a pepper steak where we cook on the stove, the other is chipotle chicken slow cooked for many hours causing delicious smells all day long.   I have messed with this recipe over the past few years and it’s now become a staple.  Not only do we love it, but we have served it at get-togethers such as Christmas, New Years Eve or NBA Finals taco parties and it’s always a hit.  The tacos are slightly spicy, very moist and full of flavor.  

This recipe makes a good bit of meat, it’s easily 4 meals for us.  So whatever is  left over, we put into freezer bags and freeze.  Isn’t it the best when you are feeling lazy but can still pull out a amazing homemade meal out of your freezer, defrost it and you’re set?  This recipe I tell ya, it gives and it gives.

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Here’s all your ingredients.

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You will need to get some dried ancho chiles.  You can usually find these in the produce section.  They are cheap.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

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You need them soft, so throw them in some boiling water for 10 minutes.  They will soften up right away.

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You only want the sauce, not the peppers or seeds (warning: hot!).  So just fish them out and try to keep as much sauce as possible. 

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There’s still a little more than half of the can left of sauce.   You can toss the peppers/seeds. 

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Now we want to start to  make the Chipotle sauce.  Add all your dry ingredients + garlic + oil to a food processor.

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Then add your adobo sauce.

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Then add your soft ancho chiles.

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Pulse a few times until smooth.

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That easy, your sauce is done.

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It’s beautiful and smells delightful.

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Grab your breasts.  (*shakes head*)

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Put some stab marks into each one.

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This will make sure the sauce is going to sink down and get all the meat moist.  It will be full of flavor.

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Then cut each breast into fourths.  I find this makes it even more flavorful.

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Put your chicken into a crockpot.

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Add your chipotle sauce, smear all over the chicken.

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Add water.  This will make sure the chicken doesnt dry out.

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High Power, Lid On, Walk Away.

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Write down the time you started to remember.  As you can see I have made this recipe quite a few times here… This time I started at 2:45PM.

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After 5 hours (and a house that smells so darn good) you will look at your beautiful chicken and sigh.

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It’s moist, it falls apart, it’s just great.

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Spoon out of your crockpot (careful, it’s hot).  Keep the sauce mixture in the crockpot, you will still use this!

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Shred up with a fork into pieces that you prefer for your tacos.

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Yeah, this is good. I ate a few nibbles here..

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Then push it all back into the crockpot.

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And mix around in the remaining chipotle sauce/water mixture.    Your meat will soak this all up – nothing will be wasted!  Cook 1 more hour on low.

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Now get ready to make those tacos.

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Flour burrito – hello.

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Chipotle Chicken – you are delicious. You are magical.  I love you.

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Then add some pinto beans and some cilantro lime rice (recipe here).  Just thinking about this gets me all worked up.

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Then fold your burrito up. Thanks Matthew.

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One big beautiful burrito – it’s all yours!

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I like to soak mine with salsa verde too.  I love the kick. 

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Matthew loves this chicken so much he even eats a pile of it on the side.  It’s that good.

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I’m more of a rice-a-holic myself. 

Crockpot Chipotle Chicken Tacos
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 2 ounces of dried ancho chiles
  3. 7 ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (you only want to use the sauce)
  4. 1 teaspoon pepper
  5. 2 teaspoons cumin
  6. 2 teaspoons oregano
  7. 6 cloves garlic
  8. 2 teaspoons salt
  9. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  10. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Soften your ancho chiles by boiling them for 10 minutes. Drain, cut open chiles and remove the seeds.
  2. Remove the peppers and seeds from adobo sauce – you only want to keep the adobo sauce – you can toss away the actual peppers and seeds.
  3. Add all your ingredients (except your chicken) in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  4. Poke holes in chicken and cut each breast into fourths.
  5. Put your crockpot on high. Add chicken, then pour Chipotle sauce on top. Spread all over chicken.
  6. Add one cup water. Stir chicken so everything is marinated in the water/sauce.
  7. Cook on high for 5 hours.
  8. Take chicken out of crockpot carefully, shred up.
  9. Put back into crockpot, mix around in sauce and cook on low for 1 more hour. Your chicken is going to soak up all the juices now.
  10. Serve on flour tortillas with pinto beans, rice, salsa and whatever else you'd like.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Whatever is leftover, you can freeze in freezer bags.
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Enjoy friends!

Mexican Fried Ice Cream

Two weekends ago Matthew had a craving for a childhood favorite, Chi-Chi’s fried ice cream.  Does everyone remember Chi-Chi’s?  It was a popular Mexican chain restaurant.   In 2004 Chi-Chi’s closed all their restaurants after many incidents, but their salsa can still be found in stores.  As a kid I remember going to Chi-Chi’s quite fondly with my parents,  Matthew’s memories are the same.  One of the best memories of this trip for him was the fried ice cream.  I never had fried ice cream (ever) so I was intrigued by his description of it.  After he linked me to many pictures of the ice cream online with lots of happy faces and love hearts, I got the hint: I had to make him fried ice cream.   Because it was his birthday soon enough, I promised him for his birthday I would have him a fried ice cream sundae.  With a little practice, I think I got it just right.   I asked Matthew to supply a quote of what he thought of it and he told me “magical cinnamon crisp amazingment”.   So let’s make some…

Few things:
Working with ice cream and taking pictures  is not easy.  I felt a little stressed out.
You can serve the ice cream in a bowl, but to get the true authentic feeling try serving in a tortilla bowl – I included directions below for that too.
This post is picture heavy because ice cream is so pretty.
I made this for his birthday dinner, and then the next day made it for a afternoon snack.  Please stop me.

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Fried Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  3. 4 ounces vanilla ice cream
  4. 1/4 cup corn flakes (crushed)
  5. 2 quarts vegetable oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon and crushed corn flakes in bowl.
  2. Scoop 1-to-2 inch ice cream balls and roll ice cream in sugar mixture.
  3. Pat down to shape balls and transfer to wax paper.
  4. Put ice cream balls in freezer. Let in the freezer for at least one hour to set.
  5. Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
  6. Take ice cream balls out of the freezer and drop in oil for 2 seconds. Immediately remove.
  7. Serve in tortilla bowl, covered with whip cream, chocolate syrup and a cherry!
  8. Enjoy!
To make a tortilla shell bowl
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Microwave 10 inch flour tortilla shells for 15 seconds to get them soft and flexible.
  3. Spray each tortilla with non stick spray on both sides.
  4. Turn cupcake pan upside down and center each tortilla in between 4 cups.
  5. Bake 9-12 minutes - until slightly brown on edges - watch them carefully before they burn.
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Measure your corn flakes out.  Because of this recipe, I’ve come to love corn flakes again.

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You want to crush them up into tinier pieces, so I like to put them in a plastic baggy and just pinch them with  my fingers. 

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Prepare your cinnamon, sugar, cornflakes mixture. I totally made a mess.

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Grab your vanilla ice cream.  Try to get it out of the freezer right when you’re ready to begin.

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Scoop 1 to 2 inch balls of ice cream.

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Drop into corn flake mixture and roll around.  I like to pat them with my hands to roll into a more “perfect” ball shape.

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Throw on your cookie sheet that you have wax paper down on.  Now you have to work quick, time is not on your side.

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I made enough ice cream balls for 2 big sundaes.

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Ok, they are starting to melt, but one more picture quick.

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Ok into the freezer, now let them set for at least 1 hour.

If you have a deep fryer – 350 degrees.
If you don’t have a deep fryer like me, you can totally do this on the stove.  If I had a deep fryer I would make french fries and bbq wings every single day so it’s best I don’t have one.

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Grab a thermometer and put it in the pot, I use a candy thermometer as it goes high.  You need to know when the oil is 350 degrees.  If you don’t have a thermometer, throw a piece of corn kernel in the oil and when it pops into popcorn, then you know it’s 350 and ready to go.

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Now this takes some time to get this hot. Mine takes about 15-20 minutes of crazily watching the thermometer.

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225.. 125 degrees to go.  Please be careful with this, the oil is spitting a bit and is very very very hot.
Once it’s 350 degrees, drop a ice cream ball into the oil for 1-2 seconds.  Yes, that quick!  Do  not do any longer or it will melt.  You literally drop it in, pull it right back out with a spoon.

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I like to put them directly on a paper towel to get the excess oil off.  Then you start to build your sundae.  Again you should do this pretty quickly, but the ice cream won’t melt as fast once it’s been fried so you have a little more time.

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Throw your fried ice cream balls into your tortilla bowl. 

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Spray whip cream on top.  Matthew then took the whip cream canister and squirted more in his mouth.  Boys.  Girls would never do that (ahem).

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Oh and Hershey’s chocolate syrup! We got the “Lite” version because obviously we are worried about our figures when are eating fried ice cream with whip cream on top.

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Add a cherry! Please do! Add 2 if you’d like! Add 3!

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Oh baby, baby, then just spoon it into your mouth.  Just take a minute and enjoy this.

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You beautiful ice cream you.

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Keep spooning it in.  Crack off some of the tortilla shell, use that as a spoon too.  Go wild. 

To make the tortilla shell bowl, it’s quite easy.  
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Grab a 10 inch flour tortilla and lightly spray both sides with cooking spray.

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Grab a cupcake pan and turn it upside down.

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Push your tortillas into the cupcake so it touches 4 of the cupcake holders.  Press it down – this is what shape your tortilla bowl will become.

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Put it into the oven.  (Omg, my oven is a mess, I know, embarrassed, but  think about how much love it’s received, we spill too much corn meal for pizza).   You want to keep a eye on these, generally mine usually take 12 minutes, so watch yours anywhere from 9-12  minutes.  Once they have a slightly brown edge, they’re done.

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When they come out of the oven, you’ll see how they have hardened.  Let them cool so you can touch them.

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Pretty cool and easy, right?

Enjoy your fried ice cream! It’s a winner.

Tortilla Soup

I love tortilla soup – love, love love.  
I used to get tortilla soup all the time from a local Mexican restaurant but one day I got some near closing time and it was a big disappointment   It was like they gave me the entire bottom of the pot that was sitting all day long with every ingredient soggy.  I was very upset.  That night I told myself I would match their tortilla soup with my own.  I would set up a table outside their restaurant serving small cups of my own soup and compare it theirs.  The neighborhood would love mine.  They would put me on their shoulders, parading me down the streets while chanting “tortilla soup, tortilla soup!”.  Well one of those things came true, I came up with a tortilla soup recipe that (dare I say) is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

 This soup is delicious.  It’s easy to make with a few canned goods.  It doesn’t take much time, minus some simmering here and there.   Please give this soup a chance.  

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Tortilla Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  3. 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  4. 1 1/4 cup water
  5. 10 oz chicken broth
  6. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 1 15 oz can of white hominy
  9. 1 15 oz can of black beans (rinsed/drained)
  10. 1 4 oz can of chopped green chile peppers
  11. 1 cup yellow corn kernels (cooked)
  12. 2 cubes frozen cilantro (or 1/4 cup chopped fresh)
Optional for on top
  1. Sliced Avocado
  2. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  3. Crushed Tortilla Chips
Instructions
  1. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute in minced garlic until slightly brown.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, water, chili powder and oregano. Stir well.
  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in hominy, black beans, corn, chile peppers and cilantro. Stir well.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve into bowls, serve with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices and shredded cheese on
  8. top.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can turn this into chicken tortilla soup by adding 1/2 pound of boneless chicken breast. Cook it, cut it into small pieces and add in the pot when you add the beans/corn/hominy/peppers.
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These are all the ingredients you’ll need.

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You might also want some cheddar cheese or a avocado. I would highly recommend this direction.

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Start by browning some garlic in a big pot.  Who doesn’t love the smell of garlic cooking?

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Once it’s brown, add in your water.

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Then your chicken broth.  I showed the steps above because I usually always  make my chicken broth from bouillon cubes.  I find it much cheaper and just as good. 

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Add your oregano.

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Then your chili powder.

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Stir all your ingredients together, bring to boil and let simmer for 10 minutes.

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Start to prepare your other ingredients.  Open up your black beans and rinse  and drain them.

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Add your hominy.  Do you love hominy as  much as I do? I eat it by the spoonfuls.

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Then add your corn.  I use frozen corn and cook it right before.

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Then add in your green chiles.

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Put all these ingredients into the pot.

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Add your cilantro.

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Then stir again and let simmer for 15 more minutes.

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When it’s done, spoon into bowls.

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The truth is that I always go back for seconds.

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You can eat it plain if you’d like, it’s totally delicious that way.

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Or you can add some cheese which will melt quickly causing you to fall madly in love.

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Or you could grab a avocado and add some cubes in too.

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This is totally the way I like it.  I love that the soup is hot and will cause the avocado to melt slightly. 

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I have been known to eat a entire avocado this way. 

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Hope you will try this amazing soup – let me know how it works out for you!

Cilantro + Lime Basmati Rice

I could eat cilantro and lime rice by itself for dinner, and I have.  You can also have it as a side dish, especially with tacos.  Or you could make some chicken to put on a flour tortilla and add this rice.  Oh wow, the 3rd idea is really a favorite.  Later this week I will be sharing a marinated chipotle chicken recipe to make in the crockpot, which this rice will go perfect with.  I  love the taste of the sour lime and the kick of cilantro – this is a favorite.  

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Cilantro + Lime Basmati Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  3. 1/3 cup lime juice
  4. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 cup white basmati rice
  6. 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Saute rice in vegetable oil for 2 minutes. Add water, bring to a boil.
  2. When water begins to boil, turn the heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off completely, leave lid on, and remove from burner. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Mix together salt and lime juice, you want the salt to dissolve.
  5. Pour salt/lime over rice, mix around. Add cilantro and toss.
  6. Enjoy!
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Here’s your ingredients.  When you buy cilantro in the grocery do you immediately smell it in the produce aisle while people stare? I do.

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Basmati rice is the best to use in this recipe in my opinion as the rice does not stick together like regular white rice does. Also, basmati has such a special aroma.

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Cook in some oil, stir, then add water.

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Once done, take off the stove and let sit for 30 minutes covered.   NOTE: Do not peek!  I know it’s tempting.

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Cut up your cilantro. I use scissors as I find it easiest.

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After the rice is done sitting, take the lid off.  We’re almost done here…

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Mix your salt into your lime juice.  Make sure all the salt is dissolved, so keep stirring it until it is.

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Then add your lime juice/salt and cilantro to the rice.  Use a fork to mix it all up.

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The smell of the lime makes me so happy.   Don’t you love it?  You can have it just like this, a big ol spoonful for a Mexican dinner side dish would be great.

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Or put on a burrito with some chicken and pinto beans.  This is magical, it’s a favorite meal of mine. 

Try some cilantro + lime rice soon, I hope you like it.

Delicious Taco Casserole

This recipe is up there in the favorites.  When I first made it, we had it 2 more times that following week. Since then we’ve had it almost once a week.   Even though there’s only 2 of us, we usually finish a entire casserole ourselves.  We really really really really love it.  Who doesn’t like tacos? Who doesn’t like casseroles? Who doesn’t like cheese on top?  It’s like a dream world scenario!

More reasons why this makes me have happy dreams at night:

It’s easy to make.
You can make it early in the day, store it in the fridge and then cook it at night.
It’s pretty – the red and green colors are lovely!
It has cheese on top! Did I mention that already? Sorry.

Feel free to customize it too.  You can add a onion if you’d like.  Maybe throw some crushed chips on top, or some avocado slices.    Just please try this! 

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Taco Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 cup (8 ounces) of elbow macaroni noodles
  3. 1 medium sized green pepper (chopped)
  4. 1 10.75 ounce can condensed tomato soup
  5. 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 package of taco seasoning mix
  7. 3/4 cup shredded taco blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain, set aside.
  3. In a pan cook ground beef with chopped green peppers until meat is brown.
  4. Mix in tomato soup, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning. Mix real good.
  5. Stir in pasta. Mix real good.
  6. Put mixture into a baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top of the entire casserole.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is melted.
You can also
  1. Add a onion (same time you add the green pepper)
  2. Sprinkle crushed up tortilla chips on top
  3. Add avocado slices on top
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Here’s all your ingredients.   You might even have everything you need already in your cabinets.

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Measure your elbows (the noodles)..

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And boil until al dente.

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Drain, and set aside.

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Chop up your green pepper. If you’d like to add a onion, this would be the time to chop that up too.

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Put it in your pan..

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Add your ground beef.

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Then mix it all around so everything gets that delicious green pepper taste (and smell!) to it.

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After the meat is brown, add your tomato soup.

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Then  your diced tomatoes.  In the summertime I will make these fresh but for now the canned version will do.

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Then add your beloved packet of taco seasoning.

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Mix it all around.  Oh man, the smell, you can’t beat it.

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Then add your elbow noodles.

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And mix it good so everything is covered in that sauce mixture.

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At this time it’s totally ok to test it. You should.  I did.  Even two spoons.  Noone is looking.  We’re all friends here.

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Transfer the casserole to a baking dish.

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Measure out your cheese.

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And spread it on top.   At this time I usually take a big handful of cheese from the bag and eat it too.  Cheese, I love you.

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Because I planned on making it that evening, some plastic wrap went on top and into the refrigerator it went. 

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Right after I put it in the refrigerator I spotted this guy and snuggled with him for a few minutes. 

When you’re ready to make it..
Pop it into the oven and then enjoy! It’s really that easy!

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One cheesy taco casserole will be yours.  All yours! Ok, you probably have to share.  

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Serve, make sure you get some of that cheese on top.  If any cheese falls off into the casserole dish, fight for it.  You deserve it.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe! When I told Matthew what I was making, he broke his concentration from editing and did this reaction.  It’s a major winner.

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips are a favorite of ours to snack on, especially Matthew’s.  I’ve found a number of sharp tortilla chip crumbs in bed that stab me to know he likes a good bowl of chips to snack on while reading before bed.  With the chips running low, I set off to create our own.   There are a few great things about making homemade tortilla chips.  You get to mix and match! You can try a bunch of different flavors instead of just picking one flavor in the store.  The other great thing is the price!  Tortilla chips usually cost us $4-$5 for a bag, more if they are gourmet/fancy flavored.  A bag of 30 (!) corn tortillas in my local grocery store cost me $1.25.   I haven’t done the price comparison by weighing them yet but I can bet you I’m saving more than a few dollars here.

I wanted to try a few different flavors with these so I did made 3 kinds:
Regular Salted
Cinnamon Sugar
Parmesan

I thought I was going to have a winner on picking but when trying to pick a favorite I can’t.  The salted were expected to be great and they were.  The cinnamon sugar was like a dessert chip, it hit  my sweet tooth that needs daily love.  The Parmesan was savory.  

Next time I’m going to try to make some seasoned with cumin – can you imagine cumin tortilla chips with salsa?  Oh my.  I think I just created my new favorite snack.

Make these for your snack. 🙂

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Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips
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Ingredients
  1. Corn Tortillas (one equals 4 chips so use as many as you need)
Seasonings (This is up to you!)
  1. Sea Salt
  2. Cinnamon + Sugar
  3. Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stack tortillas and cut them into 4 triangles.
  3. Spread them out on a on a cookie sheet. They need to be 1/4-1/2 inch apart from each other.
  4. Put desired seasonings on top.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes (check every minute after 8) until edges are brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Enjoy!
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Grab your handy bag of corn tortillas.  Can I tell you how much I love pepper steak tacos on these? That’s another post though…

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Take them out the bag, it’s up to you how many you want to make.  Each tortilla will make 4 hearty chips.

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It’s totally ok if your tortillas are weird in shape, it adds character.

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Grab a knife..

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Cut in half..

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And again..

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Gather your pile of soon to be delicious chips.

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Now, something important.  To get them to bake crisp you need to make sure there is at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch in between each one.  If they are closer, they are going to be soft.  We want crunchy for these.

Now on to the seasonings..
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You can do sea salt, just a sprinkle goes a long way.

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Or a little bit of Parmesan cheese.  You can add some Cheddar too – yum!

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Or possibly my favorite (I haven’t decided yet), cinnamon sugar!

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First the sugar..

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Then the cinnamon! Oh my!

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Throw them  in the oven and keep a eye on them.  They should take 8-10 minutes until the edges turn brown.  Mine took about 9 minutes.  Watch them for every minute after 8. Seriously, keep a eye on them, keep checking, don’t be too careful – they will burn quick.

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These are the sea salt chips.  Just a simple taste of salt…

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These are the Parmesan cheese…

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And these are the magical cinnamon sugar! I’m still not picking a favorite..

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Pull up a chair, let’s eat a few together!

 

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