Kick’n Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. each salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika (we used smoked paprika), dried oregano, and black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground red
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 3 cans (10 ½ oz. each) diced tomatoes w/ green chiles
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) salsa (we used Pace mild)
  • 1 onion, chopped (we used a yellow onion)

Directions

  1. Take a large mixing bowl out and mix together in it the beef, salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and ground red pepper.
  2. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat, pouring the oil in afterwards. Once the oil’s hot, add the beef in, cooking it to get browned for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring it around so the meat gets broken up. Drain off any fat before mixing in the tomatoes, salsa and onion. Place the meat mixture into a 4 ½-qt. slow cooker, putting the lid on afterwards. Let it cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Serve immediately.

Serves 6.

This wasn’t as spicy as we thought it’d be, although it did get a little bit spicier overnight. We loved how easy this was to make, we’ll probably just be using a spicier salsa next time though.

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We weren’t paid in any form to promote Pace.

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Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients

  • Salsa
    • 2 lb. tomatillos
    • 1 cup chopped onion (we used yellow onion)
    • 3 serrano chile peppers, seeded, chopped (we cut the serranos lengthwise in half, only threw away half of the seeds and minced the peppers afterwards)
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (we used table salt)
  • Chips, for serving

Directions

  1. Peel the husks off the tomatillos, rinsing the tomatillos off afterwards. Take a large saucepan and add the tomatillos to it, pouring enough water in to cover the tomatillos (our tomatillos started floating so we never truly got to “cover” them). Set the saucepan over high enough heat for boiling to occur (we went with medium-high heat). Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium, putting a lid on the saucepan next. Let the tomatillos cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until they’re soft, transferring them to either a food processor with a metal blade or a blender (we used a blender).
  2. Pulse the tomatillos just until they look smooth. Place the tomatillos in a large mixing bowl with the other ingredients, stirring to combine.

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Oh man, this salsa tastes so good ! The tomatillos and lime juice bring a bright acidity to the salsa but you still get a nice heat from the serranos. The onion brings a crunch and a bit of sharp flavor, which contrasts to the smooth tomatillos. This salsa is called for in a chicken enchilada recipe we’ll be making that should end up being delicious if this salsa is any indication !

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Tex-Mex Beef Wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (we used somewhere between ¾ to 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 boneless beef chuck pot roast (2 ½ to 3 pounds), cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (we used a yellow onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa, divided (we used Restaurant-Style Salsa)
  • 12 flour or corn tortillas (6 to 7 inches), warmed (we used corn tortillas)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (we used finely shredded pepper jack cheese)
  • 1 cup chopped tomato*
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro*
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

Directions

  1. Take a slow cooker (we used a 6-quart slow cooker) and spray the inside of it with cooking spray. In a small container, mix together the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper. Take the spice mixture and rub it all over the roast. Take the onion and garlic and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the onion and garlic. Spoon ½ cup of the salsa over the meat, putting the lid on the slow cooker afterwards. Let it cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours or on HIGH for 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours on HIGH or until the meat’s very tender (we cooked ours on LOW).
  2. Take the meat out of the slow cooker and place it on a plate. Shred the meat using two forks. Skim off and throw away any fat from the juices you can, placing the meat back in the slow cooker afterwards, mixing well. Place the meat on the warmed tortillas, topping the meat with the cheese, tomato, cilantro and avocado. Fold it up to wrap** and serve with the remaining salsa.

*We decided to use some pico de gallo instead.

**It’s easier to eat this like a taco instead of a wrap. Maybe if the tortillas had been bigger we would’ve done wraps.

They called this a wrap but we call it delicious no matter how you eat it ! Even though we increased the cayenne, the other flavors still came through in the meat. The pico de gallo brought a freshness to the dish and the avocado added a nice creamy goodness. The salsa is already delicious all on its own so naturally it only made the wrap taste even better !

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Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce each) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (we used Bush’s brand)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • ¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (we used pepper Jack cheese)
  • ¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ medium jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped peeled mango (about 1 medium) (we went with the 1 ¼ cup measurement)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 (2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • 6 green leaf lettuce leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Take a medium-sized bowl and add the black beans to it, mashing it with a fork (we mashed them until they looked like refried beans). Mix in ½ cup cilantro and the following ingredients: cheese, panko, ground cumin, dried oregano, sea salt, chopped jalapeño and egg whites. Take a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil, spraying the foil with cooking spray afterwards. Shape the bean mixture into 6 (½-inch thick) patties.  Place the patties on the lined baking sheet, sticking the sheet in the oven afterwards for 20 minutes, carefully flipping the patties halfway through.
  3. Take another medium-sized bowl and mix the following ingredients together in it: the remaining cilantro, mango, shallots, lime juice, avocado and minced garlic. Take each patty and place it on a bottom bun, topping each one with a lettuce leaf and 1/3 cup of mango salsa, placing the top bun on afterwards.

We loved this burger ! The patty itself has a little bit of heat to it. It’s tastiest when you can get the mango salsa in a bite with the patty. The lettuce is a nice touch (although we do wonder if they simply called for lettuce to help keep the mango salsa from spilling everywhere). The whole burger, toppings and all, is a great example of how tasty veggie burgers can be.

We got this recipe from Cooking Light.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Bush’s or Cooking Light.

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • Salsa
    • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
    • ½ medium red onion, finely diced
    • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (we left the ribs and seeds in)
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • Pinch of kosher salt
    • Pinch of sugar
  • Tacos
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 ½ pounds peeled and deveined shrimp (we used extra-large shrimp)
    • 1 (6-ounce) can enchilada sauce (we used hot enchilada sauce)
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 16 small corn tortillas, warmed
    • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
    • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Let’s get started with making the salsa first. Take a bowl out and mix together the mango, red onion, jalapeño and cilantro. Now add in the lime juice, salt and sugar, stirring to mix everything together.
  2. Now for the tacos ! Take a large heavy skillet out and pour the oil in, setting the heat to high. Once the oil’s hot, toss in the shrimp*, stirring them around for 2 to 3 minutes or until they look opaque. Turn the heat down to low and pour in the enchilada sauce, stirring to coat the shrimp. Add in the cumin and continue stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes. Add in the butter, stirring just long enough to melt the butter, taking the skillet off the heat immediately afterwards.
  3. Place the shrimp in the tortillas, topping it with the mango salsa and the avocado. Squeeze some lime juice over the taco and enjoy !

*We actually split cooking the shrimp into 2 batches so they could all be evenly cooked and have a chance to get seared.

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This was such a delicious taco ! You get some sweetness from the mango and heat from the jalapeño and enchilada sauce. The butter gives the sauce a silky texture. We were so excited to eat this that we actually forgot to add on a squeeze of lime but we can only imagine that it would’ve made this that much tastier ! They never did say how many shrimp to put in each taco but we didn’t end up needing all 16 tortillas. We only ended up getting about 8 tacos.

This recipe came from The Pioneer Woman Magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote The Pioneer Woman Magazine.

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1 large poblano pepper
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (we used table salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (we used freshly ground black pepper)

Directions

  1. Preheat your broil (the recipe never says to, but we’d recommend moving your oven rack up one from the middle). Take a rimmed baking sheet and spray it with nonstick cooking spray (we lined our baking sheet with aluminum foil and then sprayed the foil with nonstick cooking spray).
  2. Cut the tomatillos and poblano in half, placing them on the baking sheet (cut-side down) afterwards. Stick them in the oven to broil for 5 minutes or until they are soft and look slightly charred (the original recipe does mention that you may need to remove some pieces before others). Once soft and slightly charred, take them out of the oven an off the baking sheet so they can cool down to room temperature.
  3. Take the lid off your food processor and add to it the tomatillos, poblano, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse or process just long enough for the vegetables to get chopped and the salsa becomes slightly liquid. Put the salsa in a container, put the lid on it and let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours to get cold. If the salsa is stored in an airtight container it can last for up to a week.

This salsa is like chili, good the first day but even better the second !

This recipe came from a Paula Deen magazine.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Paula Deen’s magazine.

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Mexican Red Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium) (we went with the ½ cup measurement and we used a yellow onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth (we used reduced-sodium chicken broth)
  • ¾ cup Roasted Salsa Roja or purchased salsa (we used the Roasted Salsa Roja)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup finely snipped fresh cilantro (we minced our cilantro)

Directions

  1. Take a medium-sized saucepan out and pour the oil in, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add in the onion, garlic, ancho chile pepper and the salt.  Stir constantly for 2 minutes before adding in the rice, continuing to stir for an additional minute. Add in the broth, Roasted Salsa Roja, and the water. Bring the dish to a boil, turning the heat down afterwards so it’s at a simmer. Put the lid on the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  2. Take the saucepan off the heat, taking the lid off afterwards. Cover the top with a clean kitchen towel and put the lid back on afterwards. Don’t mess with the saucepan at all for 5 minutes so the towel can absorb any excess moisture. Take the towel and lid off and add the cilantro into the rice, using a fork to mix everything together and help fluff the rice.

Supposed to serve 6 (2/3 cup per serving)

When we first took a bite of this, honestly we thought it was bland but when we added a little extra salt, it really brought the flavors out. We kept coming back to nibble on it before dinner, because it was just that good !

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