Monthly Archives: May 2015

Smothered Burritos

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Smothered Burritos

   

I find myself drooling over Mexican food pictures quite often and wishing someone would invent a drone service to deliver endless chips and salsa, chimichangas, and margaritas to my doorstep. Because at this point in my life with two small children, we almost never go out to eat. So, to make the best of it, I try to make whatever I’m craving at home, which is probably better in the long run since it’s cheaper and healthier that way. Plus, no one tries to charge me $14 for a margarita around here either! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat (whatever you’re into these days)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 3 mini bell peppers chopped (or 1 regular bell pepper)
  • 1 jalapeño chopped (seeded and deveined) 
  • 3/4 c water
  • 16 oz Velveeta
  • 1 can Rotel (drained)
  • 1 can diced green chilies or 4 roasted green chiles chopped *In Texas it’s easy to find these year round at the Mexican grocery stores freshly roasted. But canned versions are found practically everywhere and just as good.
  • 1/2 c milk
  • Tortillas 
  • Garnishes like lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream

1. Put your chopped peppers and onion into a skillet and drizzle with olive oil. I like to cook these about 10 minutes on medium high heat to give them a head start. 

  
  
  
2. Now add your ground meat to the pan and cook until browned.

  
3. Now drain off any excess fat from the pan. I find it’s easiest to do this with a metal dinner spoon.

  
4. Now add your taco seasoning and 3/4 c water. Bring to a boil, then turn to simmer and stir frequently. It will be done in about 5 minutes.

  
 
 
5. To make the cheese sauce, break up your 16 oz Velveeta and put in a sauce pot over medium heat and add your green chiles, drained Rotel, and milk. Stir frequently to help cheese melt and incorporate with everything. Mmm cheeeeeese 🙂

  
  
  
6. Now it’s time to stuff, roll, and smother your burritos! Don’t be afraid to drown them puppies! Yum! 

  
   
 

Winning Mexican Breakfast Casserole

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Winning Mexican Breakfast Casserole

  

This is my winning recipe for breakfast casserole from a contest through the United Supermarket grocery stores. 😊

This is my go-to breakfast casserole for when I’m feeding a small crowd or have company coming over. It’s perfect to make the day before and let it sit in the fridge until the morning of when you pop it in the oven. I’ve made it with chorizo before instead of bacon and that’s pretty good too. But what can I say? Bacon has my heart! 🐷😍

Ingredients:

  • 8 corn tortillas (highly recommend corn, but if you can only find flour that’s ok too)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 T butter
  • 2 cups half and half  (or you can make your own half and half with 1 c milk and 1 c heavy cream) 
  • 2 cups of your favorite grated cheese (you can mix and match any cheese here)
  • 8 sweet baby bell peppers chopped or if you can’t find those 2 regular bell peppers any color chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 1 chopped jalapeño (optional but adds a nice heat)
  • 1.5 pounds of bacon cooked crispy and crumbled 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pico de Gallo for topping 

1. In a 9×13 baking dish that’s either been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or buttered line your corn tortillas on the bottom.

 
2. In a large skillet dump your bacon and cook until crispy. Drain off most of the fat and reserve about a tablespoon in the skillet for the next round of cooking. Set bacon aside on paper towels to drain and cool.

   
 

3. Dump your chopped onion and peppers into your skillet and add 1 T butter and season with salt and pepper. Sauté on medium high heat for about 15 minutes or until all soft and starting to caramelize. 

   

3. Now that your bacon has cooled, crumble the bacon all over your tortillas. It would probably look nicer if I cut the bacon all uniform with a knife, but if I use my hands it’ll give me an excuse to eat the little pieces stuck to my hands later. No regrets.

  
4. Now sprinkle your cooked vegetables all over your bacon.

 
5. Whisk together 8 eggs and your cream and milk and season liberally with salt and pepper.

  

6. Pour egg mixture over your bacon and veggies.

   

 

7. Take two cups of your favorite grated cheeses and sprinkle on top. 

  

8. This is where I cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge overnight until I need it in the morning. Once ready to cook, place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until egg is cooked through and the sides start to turn golden.

   

9. After it’s cooled down a bit out of the oven, top with Pico de Gallo and pour yourself a delicious mimosa! 

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Pico de Gallo

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Pico de Gallo

  

Chips + Pico de Gallo = Heaven

This pico recipe uses cherry tomatoes instead of the traditional Roma tomatoes. I think they’re sweeter and other than a giant homegrown beefsteak tomato, they’re my favorite. I love to use yellow and red cherry tomatoes together, but feel free to just use red if you want to.

Ingredients:

  • 10.5 oz container cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  • 1 chopped jalapeño (deveined and seeded if you want a mild pico, otherwise just chop with seeds to increase the heat)
  • 1 c finely chopped sweet onion
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt to taste

1. Chop your onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and tomato and put in large bowl or container.

  
  
2. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lime (or the whole thing if you like) and season with salt to taste. Give it a big stir and serve with chips or just about anything!