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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole
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Crockpot Pumpkin Chili
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Mexican Arugula Salad
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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad
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5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl
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Tips on Growing Sweet Corn
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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili
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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad
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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
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Frozen Vegetable Recipes and Why Frozen Veggies Rule!
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Creamy Chicken and Noodles
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Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos
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Mason Jar Salad Recipes
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One Pan Taco Casserole
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Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa
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Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
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Easy Tamale Taco Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant – now I can make it healthy at home!

I love chicken tortilla soup – love, love love.  

Chicken Tortilla SoupAuthentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with a handful of ingredients that you already have in your kitchen!  I based this recipe on my favorite NYC Mexican restaurant - now I can make it healthy at home!

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 to 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  is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is one of my family’s favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It’s one of my favorite meals to make with Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing! 

Leftover Stuffing Recipe

Are you asking yourself “What to do with leftover stuffing?”?  This is one of my favorite dishes to make with leftover stuffing!  No matter what stuffing you have, just follow the recipe and add your own stuffing!  It makes for a great casserole a few days after Thanskgiving when you’re sick of turkey!

What’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving? No, not the pumpkin cream pie.  And no, not watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Although I love both of those.  My favorite is…..

LEFTOVERS!

Oh baby, I love leftovers!

Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is one of my family's favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite meals to make with Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing! 

It’s like Thanksgiving for a week straight!  Each night is turkey in new ways, mashed potatoes on the side and plenty of vegetables.  One night it’s turkey sandwiches covered in homemade gravy. The next night is Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday again. And then comes the casseroles.  

What do do with leftover stuffing?

This Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole is my favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes!  Not only does it make a perfect side dish for holiday meals, bu it’s the ultimate leftover meal using a bunch of stuffing. And what else do I love about leftovers? Saving money.  Thanksgiving dinner is great because it’s literally 1 meal that feeds you for the next week.  

Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is one of my family's favorite Stove Top Stuffing Recipes to make! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite meals to make with Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing! 

This casserole besides being cheesy and delicious and mouthwatering and made of dreams (I like it, ok!) only has a few ingredients. There’s stuffing,  frozen corn and broccoli, cream of chicken soup, white rice and cheese.

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Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

EASY Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is healthy made with ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices!  Add shredded cheddar cheese on top!  You can freeze leftovers for your family! 

In this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili 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 pumpkin brownies more healthy and better for you.  Who doesn’t want that?

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. 

What I’m saying is that you’re going to love this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili! It’s one of our favorite Fall Slow Cooker Meals!

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

This pumpkin chili recipe is so easy to make and only takes 5 hours in your slow cooker!  First you’ll want to brown the ground turkey in a pan with the peppers before throwing it in the crockpot.  After that, throw all your other ingredients inside!  

I love beans in my chili 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.

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, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on top when it’s done!

EASY Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is made with ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices!  Add shredded cheddar cheese on top!  You can freeze leftovers for your family! 

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Mexican Arugula Salad

EASY Mexican Arugula  Salad with Olive Oil dressing!  This simple salad recipe is healthy and includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it.  

I love this Mexican Arugula Salad!  The olive oil/lime juice dressing that coats the arugula greens, tomatoes and corn leaves me craving this salad for lunch and dinner.   I love Mexican flavored dishes, so the lime, cumin and dash of red pepper flakes gives this such a burst of flavor making this a exciting salad!

EASY Mexican Arugula Corn Salad with Lime Olive Oil dressing! This simple, healthy salad recipe includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it. My family loves this salad, it makes healthy eating easy!

Healthy Recipe

With the weather turning to Spring and Summer (it was 70 degrees this weekend!) I’m taking a step back from hot soups for lunch and instead am craving something fresh and crunchy.  

What’s growing in the garden dictates our meals, so I’m looking forward to picking our fresh vegetables, dicing them up and having a big bowl of salad for lunch.  And what’s even better is there no time waiting for lunch or dinner to be heated,  this Mexican Arugula Corn Salad is made within minutes.  

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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham and sweet potatoes in a creamy cheesy broth! Even my kids love this soup!

Sweet Potato Soup 

This Sweet Potato soup is the real deal.  Your entire family (kids and adults!) is going to declare this meal the best!  This soup is creamy, comforting and packed with vegetables (sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, corn, onion and white beans!).  What’s not to love?

Sweet Potato Soup

And yes – you heard me correct, your kids are going to love this soup too!  If you’re looking for ways to introduce them to sweet potatoes, then this soup is the way to do it.   Even my 1 year old gladly picks the sweet potatoes up out of this soup and gobbles them down!

Over the weekend I was itching to make something with sweet potatoes so I decided to make a classic Fall recipe – Sweet Potato soup!  We love sweet potatoes so much, we might have to start growing our own sweet potatoes soon!
Cooking Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

What I love about cold weather soups is that they can be creamy (and cheesy) but you pack them full with vegetables! As I mentioned so many times before I’m in love with my slow cooker, so you’re going to love how easy this is!  

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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes.  This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

This is my current go to lunch as well as go to appetizer for dinner parties if I don’t have time to bake some homemade bread.   I love this dish because it’s easy to make, filled with healthy vegetables and is delicious.  If I’m expecting a solo dinner, I can quarter this recipe and serve over some fettuccine noodles and it tastes like a gourmet meal.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

 I love the taste of lime and cilantro to garnish a dish, but if lime isn’t your thing you could substitute lemon juice instead.   You could also turn this into a full salad and throw it on top of some crunchy arugula – another one of my favorite lunches!  

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

See, isn’t this salad awesome because it’s so flexible?  Hope you enjoy!

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

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Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad made in 15 minutes! Perfect as a healthy salad or side dish! 

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and defrosted
  • 2 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of corn
  • salt + pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice depending on how much lime you like
  • cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and tomatoes and continue to cook for about 4 minutes. Add corn, salt + pepper to taste, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and lime juice, stirring for 1 more minute. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

This makes a great dinner over pasta, a appetizer salad or a light lunch.

 

5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl

Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa.  Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

Burrito Bowl Recipe

Day 3 of Tomato Week!  Monday was Italian Diced Tomatoes.  Tuesday was Roma Tomato Soup.  Now I want to show you how to easily use fresh tomatoes in this 5 Minute Burrito Bowl!

Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa.  Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

I am loving this 5 minute burrito bowl right now because it’s quick, filling, delicious and uses fresh vegetables from our garden.   It’s perfect for lunch (at home or take to work) because it’s so fast to make.  

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

I like preparing 2-3 bowls worth of ingredients in the beginning of the week, so I can just throw everything in a container, head to work and then microwave it once it’s lunch time.   If you’re craving a quick Burrito Bowl for dinner, this is the recipe for you too!  You could even add some extra protein to it, such as chicken or more beans.   

Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa. Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

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Tips on Growing Sweet Corn

Fresh sweet corn – don’t you love it? I sure do.  Follow our journey from seed to picking over 20 ears of corn!

We tried growing corn up on the roof for a few years and it grew..sometimes. In 2012 we had the best results on the roof, but each year before and after was hit or miss.  Each year I talked Matthew into trying again, and each year we got small, if any, corn.  Eventually Matthew had to give me a intervention and say that corn was a waste on the roof, why don’t we grow something else?  After huffing and puffing and blowing the house down, I gave in, no more growing corn on the roof.

Step by step instructions on how to grow Sweet Corn. It's easy to grow!

So this year, with our first proper growing in the ground, non-rooftop garden, I was determined to grow corn! Lots of it! A entire bed of it!  We are still figuring out our growing schedule, but we decided to plant it in early June.  By July it was growing, but not that tall, and I was becoming nervous because the (legit) farmers around us had corn that was 5 feet tall.

 I was worried we started too late.  I was worried the ground wasn’t ideal growing conditions for our corn. Then August came and the corn just took off!  It grew tall! It grew ears! It grew multiple ears on each stalk!  The corn couldn’t control itself, it kept growing and growing and growing!  

Last, last weekend, we peeked at the corn and it was white, not the yellow/white combo it was supposed to be, so we gave it one more week.   This past weekend, it was ready.    We picked it. We ate it. I danced with it. 

Step by step instructions on how to grow Sweet Corn. It's easy to grow!

Technicals: We grow Xtra-Tender bicolor super sweet corn. I’m in Zone 5A. Corn seeds were planted directly in the soil June 6.  We harvested on September 3.   Seed packets say 73 days to maturity but ours took 89 days.

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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Last weekend we had some pretty amazing chili for lunch while we were out of town.   The chili was filling, tasty with great spices and had that very important texture that ground meat gives in dishes.  The thing is though, this was vegetarian chili.

After I exclaimed for the 20th time how great this chili was (everyone agreed – vegetarians and meat eaters) I then made it my goal to make similar style homemade chili in my kitchen.  This 45 Minute Vegetarian Chili recipe was born!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

The chili is made up vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, carrot, jalapeno and diced green chilies.  Now comes the beans: black and kidney beans.  There’s plenty of spices: garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, chili powder salt and pepper.      We’re going to give it that texture that ground meat gives it with meatless crumbles.

 If you’re a meat eater and you’re thinking “yuck” you better check yourself because these are good (I promise!).   It has the same texture consistency of meat while being tasty.  I recommend using Neat or Morningstar brands for crumbles.    Matthew (husband) is a meat and potatoes guy. His dream meal is a pot roast with mashed potatoes and he even says how good this recipe is, so you can trust me (and him). 

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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad

This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is a healthy recipe for dinner, picnics and potlucks.  With it’s Mexican inspired flavor it’ll be a hit with everyone!  And even better, it’s easy to make in 15 minutes!

I’m in love with this rice salad.   I took a version of this recipe to a potluck last week and I’m proud to say it was the first dish that was empty.     This is a great fresh ingredient recipe that lightens up dinner.    You can serve it as a side dish or a main dish, preferably served alongside some fresh bread.  

What I especially love about it is that due to the lime juice, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro it has a Mexican flavor added to it.  Anyone else love Mexican flavored everything?  This salad is so good you could even fill up a burrito with it and call it dinner.

This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is a healthy recipe for dinner, picnics and potlucks.  With it's Mexican inspired flavor it'll be a hit with everyone!  And even better, it's easy to make in 15 minutes!

And because I love fresh recipes that are quick to make, this salad is ready to serve in 15 minutes.

The main ingredient is Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice so you’ll have great-tasting fluffy rice in just 10 minutes.   Brown Rice is a nutritious option as it has similar nutritional values to regular long cooking brown rice, but it’s done in 1/4 the time.  I love brown rice because of it’s versatility – you can use in cheesy casseroles or light lunch options.    One tip to get the tastiest brown rice is instead of boiling in water, try vegetable broth.  

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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer

Avocados filled with Corn Salad make the perfect party appetizer! These are easy to make! I love this Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer recipe!

Avocado, you beautiful thing.  Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s.  As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole.  Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup.  Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl.    So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.

Avocado Party Appetizer

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties.  I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy.   So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole?  And what I could do fun with them?  Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats!  And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.

The Best Avocado Appetizer!

These are simple to make.  You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes.  I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table.    I hope you give these a try!

These Avocado Sailboats Filled With Mexican Corn Salad is a fun recipe that is perfect for parties!


You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats.  If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly.  Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.

Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer Recipe
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It’s the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!
 
Have you been watching the news?  If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:

WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET  A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!

I love snow.  I know not everyone likes it.  After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights.   Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili.  This chili is a game winner.  Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground.  Curl up to it at a tailgating party.  Curl up to it during the big game this weekend.  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping! 

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal.  It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables.  I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break.  Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat.   This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked! 
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!     

So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili!

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This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Looking for more chili recipes?
Try my Crockpot Pumpkin Chili and Easy Ground Beef Chili!

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large green pepper - chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 medium sized carrots - chopped
  • 1 jalapeno - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to top
  • Sour Cream to top

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients inside slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Put on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Frozen Vegetable Recipes and Why Frozen Veggies Rule!

The coldness suddenly hit last weekend.  One week it was fine with a thin sweater, then suddenly it’s tights, long sweater, winter coat and hat.

One thing that comes with the Winter is lack of fresh fruits and vegetables.  For us, the garden will still be growing a few vegetables under greenhouses, but there will be no peas, no corn and no carrots.    Farmers markets will be closed, or only selling hearty greens.  Grocery stores will have vegetables, but they won’t taste fresh as they’ve been shipped and prices will raise.  You’ll suddenly see raspberries for $7 instead of the $1.50 you were paying in June.  Oh and corn on the cob?  If you’re in a cold location, good luck seeing it until next Summer.

So how do you get your vegetables during the Winter?  Here’s what I suggest, frozen vegetables!

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Creamy Chicken and Noodles

CREAMY Chicken and Noodles is a easy casserole bake recipe that you can serve as a main or side dish.  It’s creamy sauce is made with cream of chicken and cream of broccoli soup and then poured over egg noodles and diced chicken. It’s my favorite comfort food dish!

These Creamy Chicken Noodles are a blue ribbon winner in my family’s heart. It’s perfect for a side dish, but it’s also perfect for a man dish. We love curling up with a bowl of this on a chilly night; it really hits the right spot, just like your fluffy slippers do to your toes!
CREAMY Chicken and Noodles is a easy casserole bake recipe that you can serve as a main or side dish.  It's creamy sauce is made with cream of chicken and cream of broccoli soup and then poured over egg noodles and diced chicken. It's my favorite comfort food dish! Read More

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker.  These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Oh you slow cooked tacos with tomatillo salsa roja.

How many ways do I love you?  Many.

I made these last week.  We already had them twice.  They are already being requested a 3rd time.  They are out of this world tasty.

What makes them that special?  They are slow cooked, they are made with fresh ingredients and they have that authentic taste.   Yeah, they are really good.  

Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

For this recipe it’s full of fresh ingredients, down to the salsa which is made from just picked tomatillos, so let’s get started!

Salsa Verde Tacos

 The salsa is a mixture of salsa verde + red mexican sauce.  For the salsa verde I use my favorite recipe (found here) but I cut it in half.  If you can’t make it homemade, just buy a jar of it. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

 The Red Mexican Sauce includes includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, salt, garlic and coriander. In other words, it’s delicious.
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos Recipe

Just mix these together and we have our Tomatillo Salsa Roja already made!   I always take a spoonful of this right away.  You know, just to check… 🙂
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

To give it a little bit of a extra kick I like to add green pickled jalapeno peppers to the slow cooker.  Once slow cooked the pickled flavor isn’t strong, but instead it’s more about the spice of the jalapenos. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

You’re also going to add some dry black beans to this recipe.  See these gorgeous black bean? Yeah, we grew them.  And yes, I’m totally proud of them.
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

When it’s almost ready for dinner time, start preparing your toppings and shells. I like to use tostadas.  Tostadas are basically a flat taco shell.  They are made with corn and extra crunchy. I can usually find a bag of 25 at the bodega for less than $2 so it’s also a steal. 
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

For more toppings, we love cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and lettuce.  Why not throw on some sour cream and avocados too?
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

I always love to have a little bit of salsa verde left so I can pour on a big spoonful on each. I’m a big salsa verde lover, I can’t get enough.Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

And hello beatiful, let’s eat these!
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Crunch Crunch.  Delicious!
Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

 Hope you guys enjoy these tacos!  Make it for a Mexican fiesta one night this week! 

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Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker. These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos is a delicious authentic Mexican recipe made in your slow cooker.  These are so easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8

Ingredients

For the tomatillo salsa roja

  • 6 ounces tomatillos husked
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 7 oz can of La Morena Red Mexican Sauce

For the Slow Cooker Tacos

  • Tomatilo Salsa Roja that you made above
  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast - cut in half
  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup of La Morena Pickled Jalapeno Peppers - drained

Other

  • Tostadas

Toppings of Choice

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro

Instructions

To make the salsa

  1. Place all ingredients except bouillon cube and Red Mexican Sauce in a blender. Blend until everything is combined and is salsa consistency.
  2. Pour salsa verde into saucepan and heat on medium high heat. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add bouillon cube and Red Mexican Sauce and stir into salsa verde.
  4. Once boiling simmer for 15 minutes.

To make the Slow Cooker Tacos

  1. Add salsa, chicken, dry black beans, corn and jalapeno peppers in slow cooker.
  2. Set on low for 7.5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with 2 forks, put back in slow cooker. Cook for additional 30 minutes.
  4. Serve on tostadas and top with your favorite toppings (I do cheese and tomatoes!).

 

Mason Jar Salad Recipes

Collection of 4 Mason Jar Salad Recipes.  These salads are healthy and easy to pack for lunch.  Recipes include Watermelon and Feta Salad, Caprese Salad, Green Bean and Feta Salad and Southwestern Salad.

Mason Jar Salad Recipes

I’m obessed with Mason Jar Lunches!  They are just the perfect lunch time choice because you get to pack lunch.  Also, since you’re packing lunch it’s a economical choice.  Plus.. they look pretty cute! 

Mason jars work great because it’s a vertical layered lunch.  Instead of mixing it together like a salad, you stack it together.  This allows you to keep some vegetables inside more crunchier instead of wilting at the touch of a salad dressing.  I also love how quick it is to make a Mason Jar lunch.  I can make the entire weeks worth in 30 minutes.    Because you are packing all the ingredients together in the jar you are keeping the vegetables fresher longer.

Mason Jar Recipes

Here are my 4 favorite Mason Jar Salad Recipes!

Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad. Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!  

Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Watermelon and Feta Salad.  Ingredients include watermelon, feta, tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette and parsley!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Mason Jar Salad Recipes, Watermelon Salad
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Sherry Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 pint-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette dressing and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon, and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mason Jar Caprese Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.

Mason Jar Caprese Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Carpese Salad Recipe. Ingredients for this healthy salad include tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and basil.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese salad, Mason Jar Salad Recipes
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 heirloom tomatoes
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 pint-size Mason jars

Instructions

  1. Slice the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese horizontally into ¼-inch rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette in the bottom of each Mason jar. Starting with the tomatoes, layer the salad — tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves — repeating the layers until the jar is full. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Notes

2 Servings.

Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil.

Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Green Bean and Feta Salad. Ingredients for this healthy salad include green beans, tomatoes, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and basil. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword green bean salad, green beans and feta, mason jar salad recipe
Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 cups green beans
  • tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 6 or 7 basil leaves
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 quart-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Trim the ends from the green beans; cut the beans in half crosswise. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat (don’t salt the water), add the beans, and boil for 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to an ice-water bath for a minute to stop the cooking process and preserve their color. Drain. When the green beans have cooled, layer the salad ingredients in the Mason jar, beginning with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, shallots, cooked beans, basil leaves, and feta cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

Mason Jar Southwestern Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.

Mason Jar Southwestern Salad

Easy to make Mason Jar Southwestern Salad. This healthy salad includes lime, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, corn, salad green and cheddar cheese.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword mason jar mexican salad, mexican mason jar recipes, southwestern salad
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Lime Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ red vine-ripened tomato diced
  • ¼ red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup diced avocado optional
  • ½ cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 ounce Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 quart-size Mason jar

Instructions

  1. Start by pouring the vinaigrette dressing into the Mason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado, and corn. Finish with the salad greens and, finally, the Cheddar cheese. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

I hope these Mason Jar Salad recipes help you!

Looking for more mason jar recipes?  Try my Overnight Granola!

 

One Pan Taco Casserole

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

One Pan Taco Casserole

Let’s have a Taco Tuesday in Casserole form!
We love Mexican food in our house.  From Taco Casserole to Mexican Lasagna to Chicken Tortilla Soup and everything in between!

For this Taco Tuesday recipe we’re going to turn it into a quick casserole – using only one pan.   The casserole includes lettuces, tomatoes and corn on top and is made with Instant rice making it super quick! There’s also a layer of cheese to make it all stick together.  Plus cheese is just delicious! 🙂

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

The first time I made this for dinner it was a hit.  So much that I made it 2 time that week. And don’t get me started on the leftovers… they are equally delicious!

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Easy Taco Casserole Ingredients

Here’s the ingredients you need for this easy casserole, you probably already have everything in your kitchen!

ground beef
taco seasoning
water
instant rice
shredded Mexican cheese
lettuce
diced tomatoes
corn
cilantro to garnish

So next time you’re craving tacos, try this One Pan Taco Casserole!  You’ll be done in no time and will only have to dirty up one pan! Enjoy!

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

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One Pan Taco Casserole

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword one pan taco casserole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1.25 oz package of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1.5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies I use Ro*Tel
  • 1 cup corn - cooked
  • Cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add meat to large skillet and brown until done. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning mix and water, stir. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in instant rice. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Top with lettuce, corn and tomatoes on top.
  6. Finally garnish with cilantro.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

We love this Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa because it only takes 2 minutes to make and can easily be served as a dip with tortilla chips or as side salad.   I find that I can make this recipe in the hot Summer months for picnics, or in the cold Snowy months with slow cooker tacos and we love it equally.

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

We eat Mexican food very often in our house so this salsa is a perfect fit! I see so many tasty taco recipes from 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.   In this cookbook there’s a section devoted to one of my favorite foods – salsa!  

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

From slow cooker tacos, to salsa, to cornbread, I love it all. In fact check out my Mexican recipe selection here for lots of other recipes!  Make this salsa and serve it with your next Mexican dish!

Enjoy!

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

 

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of corn drained
  • 1 can of black beans drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 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!

Recipe Notes

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

MEXICAN BLACK BEAN and CORN SALSA that takes 2 MINUTES to make! This easy homemade salsa recipe is full of fresh Mexican flavor! Eat this healthy dip with chips or serve as a salad.

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

I made this soup a few nights ago and I loved every bit of it, especially how long it takes to make.  Want some delicious Chinese soup in less than 15 minutes? Done.  You just throw in your soft doughy udon noodles, your vegetables (want more vegetables? pile them in!), your broth and some seasoning and your soup is done.  
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Can we also talk about how delicious udon noodles are? I found this pack of noodles in my local grocery and immediately knew they were destined to be in a soup.
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Enjoy this soup, let me know how you like it!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Servings 4
Author Courtesy 125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1 ⁄3 cups snow peas ends trimmed and cut (can also use frozen peas)
  • 1 can baby corn
  • 1 bunch chopped bok choy
  • 3 green onions white and green parts coarsely chopped
  • 1 ⁄4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb udon noodles

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine vegetable stock, snow peas, baby corn, bok choy, green onions, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add noodles. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Recipe Notes

For a more heartier soup you can add broccoli florets, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts or 1 inch cubes of tofu. Add this when you add the bok choy.

Adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Easy Tamale Taco Soup

Easy to make tamale soup recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make!

Tamale Soup Recipe

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.  

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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.

Easy Tamale Taco Soup_4

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.  

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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.

I hope you enjoy this easy Tamale Soup!
Easy Tamale Taco Soup

 

Easy Tamale Taco Soup

Easy to make tamale soup recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make!

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword taco soup, tamale soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Tomatoes With Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 can Hormel Beef Tamales in Chili Sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Handful of shredded cheddar cheese optional
  • Handful of fresh cilantro optional

Instructions

  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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