This Chicken and Apple Salad with Apple Vinaigrette is not only a mouthful to say but it is so dang good! Perfect meal for summer when you really just don’t feel like eating anything heavy or even hot. You can use leftover chicken from grilling or use rotisserie chicken to make it easy on you. It’s also perfect to have everything prepped ahead and ready to assemble whenever you want. If you work full time like I do an need a lunch option to take with you that has been prepped ahead of time, then this is perfect for you! The vinaigrette can be made ahead of time and all of the veggies can be chopped and ready to go.CONTINUE READING
Whipped Goat Cheese
This creamy and versatile Whipped Goat Cheese is everything you didn’t know you wanted! We first had whipped goat cheese at a restaurant with a little honey drizzled on top and were instantly hooked. I knew I had to remake it ASAP, especially for game day app! Here we are, Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl to play the Philadelphia Eagles and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious app. Clearly a glass of wine or bottle of beer to go right along with it because it is a celebration after all!Read more: Whipped Goat Cheese CONTINUE READING
Mexican Chicken Lentil Soup
This Mexican Chicken Lentil Soup reminds me of my mami. There is not a legume that woman doesn’t like but she especially likes her pinto beans and her lentils. I vividly remember growing up and my mami tell me she was making lentejas con pollo, or lentils with chicken, and truthfully not very excited about it. As I grew older I learned to appreciate lentils more and now really love making them as a soup because they’re so comforting and delicious. In addition to chicken, this Mexican Chicken Lentil Soup also has carrots, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes making it hearty and flavorful. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never cooked with lentils before. I would encourage you try them as a bean alternative. They cook similar to any beans and if you’ve never cooked beans from scratch, don’t worry! I promise it is easier than you may think.CONTINUE READING
Albondigas in Chipotle Sauce
When I say a dish reminds me of my mami, this is definitely towards the top of the list. There are so many Mexican dishes that I could list that remind me of family, remind me of my childhood, and remind me of my culture. These Albondigas in Chipotle Sauce that I grew up eating hit the spot every dang time! Meatballs, or Albondigas, are a great and easy way to spruce up your weekly dinner routine. The chipotle sauce is spicy, smokey, and full of flavor. These are not your traditional meatballs and are a must for your dinner rotation. Serve with rice, beans, cauli rice, more veggies. Endless possibilities!
Let’s talk about the chipotle in this recipe. You can use chipotle in adobo sauce, chipotle powder, or dried chipotles. I originally made this recipe Whole30 compatible to share on the Whole30 Recipes page. With that said, using chipotle in adobo sauce is not Whole30 because they typically have added ingredients that are not compatible. However, chipotles in adobo sauce are readily available in most, if not all, grocery stores. This is what you’re looking for if that is the route you choose. Keep in mind there are various brands out there. If you decide to use chipotle powder, this is also very much readily available in grocery stores. Dried chipotle peppers may be a little more difficult to find but Mexican markets should carry them. If your grocery store has a Mexican food section, check there. This is what the dried chipotles look like.
This is truly comfort and flavor bomb in a bowl! Traditionally it is served with some Mexican rice, you can find my recipe here. However, you can definitely serve with pinto beans or extra vegetables. This dish reheats well making it perfect to make a big batch of for the week to have on hand. The flavors have more time to meld together and become even more delicious if that’s even imaginable! Provecho!
Albondigas in Chipotle Sauce
- 1 lb ground beef
- ¼ onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ tsp salt
- olive oil
- 2 carrots chopped
- 2 small potatoes chopped
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- ½ onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½-1 tsp chipotle powder *or dried chipotle pepper, see note
- 1½-2 cups water
- ½ tsp salt add to taste
- In medium saucepan add tomatoes, garlic, and onion. If using dried chipotle pepper, add in now. Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Add everything to a blender including salt. If you are using chipotle powder instead of dried pepper, add to blender now.
- Blend until smooth. Add more salt to taste if needed.
- While the vegetables are cooking for the chipotle sauce, make the albondigas. To a large bowl add ground beef, onion, garlic, and salt. Mix with your hands just until everything is combined.
- Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out about 2 tablespoons of beef mixture. Form into balls that are about 1½ inch in diameter.
- In a large dutch oven or large sauce pan add olive oil and place over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add meatballs. Cook for 2-3 minutes just until browned and flip to brown other side for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add chipotle sauce to meatballs along with carrots and potatoes. Cover and simmer.
Grilled Chicken with Fried Goat Cheese Salad
This Grilled Chicken with Fried Goat Cheese Salad is perfect for any leftover grilled chicken you may have on hand. The combination of fruit in this salad with the tangy and crispy goat cheese is meant to be. It’s all thrown together in a delicious red wine vinaigrette and makes for the perfect summer salad. I love making this for meal prep also to have on hand for lunch during the busy work week. Seriously, you need to add this Grilled Chicken with Fried Goat Cheese Salad to your menu ASAP, it does not disappoint!CONTINUE READING
Steak Salad with Herb Roasted Potatoes
This Steak Salad with Herb Roasted Potatoes is my version of the best salad out there. One of my favorite salads, EVER, is the Knife and Fork Salad from The Mixx in Kansas City. It is so comforting and filling but light and fresh at the same time. I used to eat this salad all the time during college because there was a Mixx conveniently located blocks from school. If you’re from Kansas City and enjoy fresh salads, sandwiches, etc, you know about The Mixx and you probably even know about this salad! It’s got delicious and tender steak, sautéed onions, herb-roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and gorgonzola all on top of greens and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. YOU GUYS…it is so dang good!CONTINUE READING
Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Soup
This is seriously one of the easiest and quickest soups you’ll ever make! Best thing about this Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi soup, (besides the delicious flavor), is the fact that it’s a 5-ingredient recipe. Yup, 5 ingredients, easy, and delicious? Win, win, win! Sometimes after a long day of work I want something comforting and easy and this recipe fits right in. The “hardest” part is cooking the sausage so if that’s about as complicated as it gets for dinner, I’d say we are good. The cooked sausage is what brings the flavor to a whole new level because you’re going to want to make sure you use the same pot to cook it all in. Oh, did I forget to mention it’s also a one-pot meal? Seriously so convenient and simple.CONTINUE READING
Salsa Verde Chicken Chili
This minimal ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken Chili is so easy and incredibly delicious. It’s perfect to make a big batch of and have on hand for the week. Perfect for a rainy, cold, or any good ol’ day! Working full-time I always want to make sure I have something prepped for my lunches or at least have super easy meals on the menu for the week. Let’s be real, I am not about to make some kind of elaborate meal after a long day of work. This is perfect to throw in the crock pot, instant pot, or a regular pot and leave to simmer for a while. The salsa verde gives this hearty chili tons of flavor and, as I always do, I highly recommend you make the salsa verde from scratch. Makes the biggest difference in flavor!CONTINUE READING
Chicken Chile Verde
This Chicken Chile Verde, or Salsa Verde Chicken, (you call it what you want), is so easy to make and so flavorful. I 100% recommend you make this with homemade Salsa Verde. Trust me when I say it is a game changer! Try it with my Salsa Verde, recipe can be found here, and make sure you make a double batch because you’ll want it on everything! The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make this in the Instant Pot or slow cooker and have lunch or dinner for days. Working full-time I always need recipes that will make batches for the week so I can just grab it and go for lunch or having something prepped and ready for dinner. This Chicken Chile Verde is perfect for meal prep or batch prep for the week and reheats well.CONTINUE READING
Salsa roja is a staple in Mexican cuisine and rightfully so. It is so flavorful, bright, and delicious drizzled on all the things. Growing up there was always a salsa roja on the table for whatever meal it may have been. My abuelita always made sure there were plenty of options and knew we all had preference on what kind of salsa we wanted. Her salsa roja was always so dang good and I could never understand why or how. Until now. She always roasted the veggies for her salsas. Ok, maybe not always but definitely most of the time. The flavor was so ridiculously good and the little specks of roasted burnt pieces of the veggies really made it special.CONTINUE READING
Bacon Goat Cheese Burgers with Caramelized Onions
If there is something we love in our household it is goat cheese. These Bacon Goat Cheese Burgers with Caramelized Onions are seriously so good!! It starts with the most perfectly seasoned and flavorful burgers. They’re then topped with a layer of goat cheese, some crispy bacon, and perfectly caramelized onions. You know me though, I have to add some grilled jalapenos for a little kick. Completely optional but highly recommended. The goat cheese and caramelized onions take these burgers to the next level. Think a good pub burger but kind of fancy, maybe even bougie? The thing is, these are no ordinary caramelized onions. No way, Jose! They are caramelized with a but of balsamic vinegar for a deeper, more intense flavor. Do it, trust me, it’s worth it.CONTINUE READING
Quesabirria Tacos (Birria Quesadillas)
These Quesabirria Tacos (Birria Quesadillas) have been a pandemic sensation! Everywhere you look you can find quesabirria tacos which are a blend of beef birria tacos and quesadillas. These are the perfect dish to make with birria leftovers and I highly recommend you use by birria recipe found here. Birria is a little bit of a labor of love but 100% worth it. The flavors from the dried peppers, herbs, and spices used to make the birria are so complex and make for the perfect dipping sauce, or consomé. Yes, you absolutely need to dip these tacos in the sauce, it’s what makes these quesabirria tacos shine!CONTINUE READING
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
This Blackberry Bourbon Smash is the perfect drink for this summer. The muddled blackberries give this drink the perfect beautiful pink/purple color. There’s a little lime juice and mint muddled in as well for a slight tang and fresh flavor. The beauty of it is that you can control how sweet you want it a couple of different ways. Add in your favorite sweetener, whether that’s simple syrup, agave, or others, and use the drink topper of choice. What do I mean by drink topper?? After all the ingredients are muddled and shaken to incorporate all the flavors, it gets poured into a glass and topped with club soda, tonic water, ginger beer, or sparkling water. See? So incredibly versatile but always thirst quenching and delicious!CONTINUE READING
(Mexican) Carne Asada
Carne Asada is really popular in Mexico when you want to gather with family and friends and make a huge and delicious meal. Carne Asada translates to grilled meat and when someone says, “vamos a hacer una carne asada”, or “let’s make a carne asada”, it means let’s have a cookout or a bbq. Traditionally this involves some kind of marinated steak, the Carne Asada, amongst various other meats, sausage, peppers, onions, and more. You will always find this carne asada, tortillas, homemade salsa, and all the sides you want to make a phenomenal authentic Mexican meal.CONTINUE READING
Chili Lime Salmon
This Chili Lime Salmon is full of flavor and so easy to make. All it takes is a few spices, some lime, a little oil, and you’ve got yourself a delicious salmon to eat in any way your heart desires! You can use this Chili Lime Salmon for salads, tacos, serve with rice and veggies, the possibilities are seriously endless. The best part is that it makes great leftovers to switch it up the next day.CONTINUE READING
Growing up Mexican-American
Am I Mexican enough? Am I American enough? Can you relate to this feeling of wanting to blend in and be enough of something? Growing up Mexican-American I was always fortunate to be part of two cultures at once. My first language was Spanish and I will forever be grateful of this. My second language is English and in reality this is the main language in my life. Does that mean Spanish is less and my Mexican heritage isn’t as important?! No way, Jose. (Also my grandpa’s name is Jose so there’s that…)CONTINUE READING
Thai Lemongrass Curry
This Thai Lemongrass Curry is so incredibly flavorful and easy to make. You will seriously want to pour the curry sauce all over everything, trust me. The lemongrass absolutely makes this dish and takes it to the next level. The idea came from a delicious curry sauce I had at one of my favorite restaurants. I love lemongrass anything and as soon as I saw it in the ingredients, I had to try it. Holy moly, it was heaven!CONTINUE READING
Authentic Mexican Rice
If you are looking for a super easy and flavorful Authentic Mexican Rice, look no further. Not only is this recipe easy but it requires only 4 major ingredients with a couple of additional optional ingredients. I know people are intimidated by making Mexican rice but I promise it’s so simple! In fact, it was one of the first dishes my mami taught me to make and soon it became the dish I was in charge of for our meals. This rice always made an appearance at Sunday dinners at my abuelita’s, (grandma’s), and it will forever bring the best memories. It took me lots of trial and error to perfect my Mexican rice. By perfect I mean make it as good as I possibly can but not just like grandma’s because, let’s be real, that takes a special touch!CONTINUE READING
Need a super easy and delicious meal?? Look no further! These Chicken Flautas are so incredibly easy that you’ll be wanting to make them all the time. The great thing about these chicken flautas is that you can use any shredded chicken you have on hand or just used rotisserie chicken. I love making a big batch of chicken for the week to use it for various things and these flautas are definitely one of our favorites.CONTINUE READING
Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies
These Blood Orange Ricotta Cookies are the most perfect mix of cake and cookie. They are so soft and the glaze on top is the perfect touch of sweet and tangy. These cookies are slightly adapted from my favorite Lemon Ricotta Cookie recipe by Giada De Laurentiis found here. The swap from lemon to blood orange makes for the most gorgeous pink glaze!CONTINUE READING
Birria de Res (Beef Birria)
This delicious Mexican stew, Birria de Res (Beef Birria), is cooked in a broth that is full of spices, flavorful, and comforting. It is topped with fresh chopped onion and cilantro, a spicy salsa of choice, and served with homemade corn tortillas. Within the broth is a sauce made from dried chiles, herbs, and aromatics. It is all a labor of love and not meant to be a quick weeknight meal but that is exactly what makes this so special. The time and love put into this dish makes it absolutely worth it. Oh and, of course, the insane flavors and tasty stew that comes out of it all is more than worth it.CONTINUE READING
Chicken Tinga Tostadas
This Chicken Tinga Tostadas recipe is so easy and simple, perfect for any weeknight meal. To make things easier you can make the chicken tinga ahead of time as part of your meal prep. A crispy tostada shell topped with refried bens, chicken tinga, veggies, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Any variety or toppings works great for this, you seriously can’t go wrong!CONTINUE READING
Caldo de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)
This caldo de res, (Mexican beef soup), is seriously one of the most comforting soups ever. It probably has to do a lot with the fact that it was a staple in our house growing up and was always something I looked forward to. To this day my abuelita Socorro makes THE BEST caldo de res and it always is so dang good for the soul. It is full of veggies and flavored by a delicious beef broth made from cooking the beef in water before adding all the veggies. It’s hearty but healthy and, let me me be real, perfect with a side of Mexican rice.CONTINUE READING
Chile Colorado translates to reddened chile and that is exactly what you think of when you hear this dish. A beautiful red chile sauce is made to accompany tender chunks of pork and left to simmer for the deepest, most delicious flavor infusion. The guajillo peppers used in this sauce create that beautiful red color while the ancho peppers help with the depth of flavor. Don’t be intimidated by the use of dried peppers, they truly are easy to work with and you can use them in so many recipes!CONTINUE READING
Arroz con Leche
Arroz con leche is one of the most comforting and delicious foods, (or drink), I grew up with. It translates to rice with milk and that is exactly what it is. Think of it as a Mexican rice pudding that is very simple but so satisfying. Growing up, my mom would make this arroz con leche in a way that would make it easy for us to drink and eat the rice. Just like many other dishes in Mexican cuisine, arroz con leche can be very different depending on where your family is from. Also, arroz con leche is not just Mexican but there are various other Latin countries that enjoy their own versions of it as well.CONTINUE READING
Instant Pot Lasagna Soup
Instant pot lasagna soup is exactly what you would think of when you say it. A hearty soup with all the components of a delicious lasagna deconstructed and turned into a soup. As if lasagna wasn’t already comforting enough, right?! My favorite part about the soup is the delicious ricotta-based cheese mixture that you dollop on top of the soup. The warmth from the soup helps it melt right in and make it extra creamy and delicious!CONTINUE READING
Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)
Capirotada is a traditional Mexican bread pudding typically served during lent. However, my mami made it around the holidays and a lot of times it was our Christmas dessert. It was always perfect with a nice little cafecito, (coffee), or a glass of milk. This Capirotada will forever and always remind me of my mami. It’s amazing how the smells of the cinnamon infusing in the syrup and the first bite of this dessert can bring back so many memories. I live for the recipes and dishes that take me back to my childhood and make me think back to so many great times spent with my family.CONTINUE READING
Authentic Mexican Tamales
Talk about bringing back memories with food! Tamales will forever and always remind me of my abuelita and my mami. Making tamales with them was always a task I enjoyed. Mostly because the outcome was delicious! These Authentic Mexican Tamales are filled with a traditional pork and chile colorado mixture. They’re wrapped in corn husks and steamed in a large steamer called a vaporera. Let’s talk a little more details so you can make these without any kind of intimidation!CONTINUE READING
Apple Cider Margarita
This Apple Cider Margarita is the perfect cocktail this holiday season. Really, it’s good for ANY season if you ask me! Made with only 3 simple ingredients there is really no excuse for you not to make this. It is great for entertaining, holiday meals, or just a regular ol’ Friday!
Apple cider is one of those things that automatically make you think of the holidays. It reminds me of going to an orchard and sipping on some hot apple cider while enjoying a delicious apple cider donut. Who doesn’t like an apple cider donut?! My favorite kind of apple cider is the spiced kind. There’s something so welcoming and satisfying about the warmness that comes from the cinnamon and spices.CONTINUE READING
Bourbon Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is so comforting and rich, the perfect dessert for any celebration, gathering, or holiday. This Bourbon Bread Pudding has the perfect amount of bourbon to give it just a little extra something that you didn’t quite know it needed. The bourbon pecan sauce is so decadent and the perfect topping for the bread pudding. Want even more decadence and deliciousness? Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of a warm slice and drizzle the bourbon sauce on top for the ultimate experience!CONTINUE READING
Creamiest Mashed Potatoes
You’re probably thinking there are already so many recipes out there for mashed potatoes. However, these are seriously the creamiest mashed potatoes you will make and try. It only requires 3 major ingredients and a couple of seasonings. That is it! So simple, so easy, and you will make these over and over again. The nice things about these mashed potatoes is how versatile they are. Let’s talk about ways to make them you’re own.CONTINUE READING
Cinnamon Apple Empanadas
I cannot tell you enough how dang delicious these Cinnamon Apple Empanadas are. The smell of apple and cinnamon cooking is pure comfort and happiness. I mean really, is there a better fall/winter smell? The answer is no, there really isn’t! The empanada dough is so easy to make and only takes 3 major ingredients, THREE. I promise it’s easy and you will start making ALL the empanadas when you realize just how easy it is.CONTINUE READING
Southwest Chicken Enchilada Soup
Southwest Chicken Enchilada Soup is full of all the southwest goods we have all come to love. Black beans, corn, and tomatoes, amongst a few other things, make this soup so heart and satisfying. The best thing about this soup, aside from it being so dang good, is how easy it is to make! Not only are we using all the canned goods, meaning no real prep needed, but we are also using the instant pot to make this super easy and effortless.CONTINUE READING
Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup)
Talk about comfort food! Caldo de Pollo is the ultimate comforting soup that is so familiar in Mexican households. It is full of all kinds of veggies and all the chicken your belly desires. Traditionally, as I grew up eating it, my mami would use a whole chicken and just cut it into the different parts. This way we all got a little bit of what we liked: my papi liked the chicken breast, my mami the wings, and I the thigh or drumstick. You can absolutely use any kind of chicken you want, mix and match, sub or add veggies. It’s so versatile and easy to make your own. There is one thing you must do though. You must add some salsa to your caldo de pollo and a squeeze or two of lime juice. It’s the cherry on top for this goodness.CONTINUE READING
Loaded Chorizo Fries
These Loaded Chorizo Fries are everything you didn’t know you needed in life. They are loaded with peppers, chorizo, and all the toppings your heart desires. Think of the fries as a canvas and all the other toppings as the paint. It truly is like a delicious and spicy piece of art. Don’t skimp on that chipotle sauce either because it is so dang good! You can absolutely adjust the amount of chipotle powder to your preferred heat level. You can even use a combo of chili and chipotle powder to keep some flavor but cut down the heat.CONTINUE READING
Carne Al Pastor
This Carne Al Pastor will blow your mind! It is full of flavor and absolutely delicious. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can choose to be fancy and make it trompo style, as shown here, or you can simply cook it on the stove. Let’s be real though, if you’re taking the time to make this meal and really want to entertain, you MUST stack it and cook it trompo style. I’ll be honest, the satisfaction of cooking that big o stack of meat and presenting it in all its glory is the best. Talk about a way to impress!CONTINUE READING
Spinach Poblano Dip
If you like traditional spinach artichoke dip then you’re going to love this spin on the classic! This Spinach Poblano Dip is full of flavor and poblano peppers are subbed for the artichoke for an extra little something. If you’re not familiar with poblano peppers don’t even worry about it! They are mild in flavor and in spice. Think of them as more sophisticated bell peppers. The flavors of the poblano pepper really come out when the peppers are cooked, either sauteed or roasted. You can absolutely roast the peppers for this recipe but I am all about convenience and like to saute them with the rest of the veggies to make it quick and easy. To be on the safe side when working with poblanos just take out the seeds and veins to ensure the dip is not spicy. However, if you’re like me and like the spice then add on a jalepeno for an extra kick. OOOOH man, it’s a darn good kind of kick!CONTINUE READING
Carne Asada Meatballs
These Carne Asada Meatballs have all the flavor of traditional carne asada rolled up into a meatball. Carne asada will forever bring back memories of grilling with the family and an abundance of food like you can’t even imagine. It was as if we were going to be feeding a whole army of people! That is one thing that about these carne asada meals, everyone was invited regardless of what day it was. You always made enough food “just in case someone comes over”. Hey, the more food the more leftovers and it just meant I was going to eat so dang good for at least a couple of days!CONTINUE READING
Street Corn Pasta Salad
This street corn pasta salad will be a summer staple because you will want to make it over and over again! It has all the delicious traditional street corn ingredients with some pasta added in for the perfect side dish. It’s great for any bbq, gathering, potluck, etc. Or you can just make some to have on hand for the week because you will probably just be addicted to it, just saying.CONTINUE READING
Cauliflower Arroz con Pollo
Traditional arroz con pollo has a special place in my heart, (and a reserved spot in my belly!). It’s a dish I grew up eating all the time and I never got tired of it. My mom would always make the best arroz con pollo using bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks or a combination of both. The rice absorbed all of the flavor from cooking the chicken in the same pan and it was divine! Same goes for this cauliflower rice version.CONTINUE READING
Bistec con Papas (Mexican Steak and Potatoes)
This is not your traditional steak and potatoes. Bistec con Papas, or Mexican Steak and Potatoes, is full of flavor thanks to it getting cooked in a delicious spicy sauce. This is Mexican comfort food for sure!
Bistec con papas is one of those dishes that brings back all the memories. It reminds me of Sundays at my grandma’s when she made this with homemade tortillas, (food freedom!). It also reminds me of many meals at home with my parents and I can picture my mami roasting the veggies for the sauce. This recipe is incredibly simple yet bursting with flavor thanks to that sauce.CONTINUE READING
Salsa Verde Wings
These Salsa Verde Wings will rock your socks off! The wings are coated with my delicious salsa verde and are tangy and a little spicy. Perfect for entertaining, football season, or any time you’re craving wings.
My love for salsa verde is serious. The tanginess from the tomatillos with the spiciness from the jalapenos is the perfect combination. There are not a lot of things I won’t put salsa verde on. Which is when I got the idea of making wings with it I knew I had to give it a try. Thank goodness I did because WOW. These wings are so good and are the perfect appetizer. Just trust me, you need these in your life. Oh and did I mention they’re Whole30 compliant?!CONTINUE READING
Shrimp ceviche is a delicious and refreshing dish that is perfect on a hot summer day. Made with fresh shrimp, or seafood of choice, peppers, onions, and lots of lime juice, this ceviche is so satisfying. Drizzle a little hot sauce on top for an extra kick, you will not be disappointed!
Every time I make ceviche I am reminded of how delicious and fresh it is. Seriously every time I’m like, “OK! This is SO dang good!”, and proceed to pretty much never stop eating it. Growing up we had ceviche tostadas, or ate it with tortilla chips like a dip, and it was one of the dishes I looked forward to the most. If there is one thing you need to know about me it’s the fact that I LOVE limes, all citrus really, and the tartness of all the lime juice in this is the absolute best!CONTINUE READING
Looking for authentic red enchiladas, or enchiladas rojas? Look no further. These enchiladas are full of flavor and the sauce is definitely the star of the show!
Enchiladas rojas are on the top of my favorite foods list. Any time my mom made enchiladas it felt like a special occasion. You know how you don’t make lasagna often because it’s a bit tedious so you really only enjoy it every so often? Maybe not, maybe you’re the type to enjoy it all the time and to that I say more power to you! Anyway, enchiladas are like that. You make the sauce from scratch and take the time to dip each tortilla in the sauce before you fill it with the goods and roll it up. Why dip? Because that is the REAL way to get it done. Trust me, sauce all over those tortillas on every single inch of it is the way to go.CONTINUE READING
Mexican Chicken Salad
Mexican chicken salad is full of veggies, packed with lots of flavor, and has a little kick thanks to some pickled jalapeños. It makes for the perfect lunch or a great side for your bbq or potluck!
This Mexican chicken salad is something I grew up eating whenever we went to a quinceañera, a wedding, or any Mexican gathering or party. My favorite part of this recipe is all the veggies that are packed into this chicken. Parents, isn’t this just the thing you need? A delicious meal packed with veggies that your kids probably won’t even be bothered by because it’s just that good?! Yup, you need it in your life because trust me when I say the flavor is not sacrificed in this delicious chicken salad!CONTINUE READING
Looking for something sweet and spicy to put on tacos, on grilled chicken, or just to munch on?? Look no further! This Mango Salsa is perfect for the summer heat and adds so much flavor to any grilled food. It’s not traditional, it’s something different but so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating it!
When I think about summer I think of grilled meals, frozen margaritas, pool time, and this delicious mango salsa. I love making a batch of this to take the pool and eat with some tortilla chips. It is also divine on top of grilled chicken breast or grilled shrimp tacos. There’s really nothing like a sweet and savory mix with a little added heat. Another great thing about this recipe? It is so incredibly easy and quick to put together for a last minute gathering, potluck, or snack!CONTINUE READING
Mexican Street Corn Dip
This Mexican street corn dip is the perfect appetizer for a summer barbecue or just to snack on. All the ingredients and deliciousness from Mexican street corn converted to a dip. Make sure you have lots of tortilla chips on hand because you won’t be able to stop at just one dip!
When you go to Mexico you are bound to find someone selling street corn out of a little cart. There’s nothing like watching someone create this delicious masterpiece. When they slather the sour cream or mayo on the corn then cover it entirely in crumbled cheese followed by a generous sprinkling of chili powder or Tajin. Sometimes the cherry on top is a nice squirt of fresh lime juice. I mean really, I am drooling just thinking about it!CONTINUE READING
Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
This Frozen Strawberry Margaritas recipe is so simple and made with minimal ingredients. They are perfect on a hot summer day or just because you deserve one! It’s like an alcoholic smoothie, really. Therefore it’s good for you, right?!
Do you ever just crave a really good drink? Like something that you can probably only go out and have in a restaurant or bar because they’re that good and you just can’t remake it? Seeing as we are in the middle of a pandemic right now, (COVID-19 documented here for future readers), this may be a little hard. Well these frozen strawberry margaritas are definitely restaurant status and you can make them at home with a few simple ingredients!CONTINUE READING
This traditional Mexican Flan recipe is so easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients. It is so decadent and delicious and the perfect dessert for any meal!
Flan is a delicious custard made with eggs and a few other ingredients. The recipe for flan varies immensely from country to country and even region to region within a country. There is Spanish flan, Mexican flan, Cuban flan, and the list goes on. However, this is the flan I grew up eating and was taught to make by my mami. People will argue that the flan should have cream cheese, or only use a certain amount of egg yolks, or even debate on the type of milk used. Guess what? No one is right or wrong, this is just the way I am teaching you how a decadent and satisfying flan!CONTINUE READING
Arroz con Pollo
This one pan dish is perfect for a weeknight meal. Arroz con Pollo simply means rice with chicken and that’s exactly what it is. The rice gets so much flavor from the chicken that is seared first and cooked with the rice. Add this to your next meal plan for an easy and flavorful meal!
Arroz con Pollo is one of those dishes that brings back childhood memories. My mom often made this dish because it is so easy and economical. It also makes lots of food and is perfect for leftovers. The great thing about this dish is the amazing flavor the rice gets from the chicken. The chicken gets seared first and then is added back in to the rice to finish cooking and infuse the rice with lots of flavor. Traditionally my mom always added mixed veggies because we have to add a little healthy touch, right?CONTINUE READING
Mushroom Asada Tacos
Carne Asada meets mushrooms for the best Mushroom Asada Tacos! With these tacos you won’t even miss the meat, trust me. Carne asada flavors are infused into the mushrooms leaving you with the tastiest meatless taco option.
Sometimes we need a little break from all the meat we consume, right? OK by we I absolutely mean me but still, you need to try these! Mushrooms naturally have a “meaty” taste, (I am so technical, I know), and they always compliment any beef dish. This is why replacing the beef or steak in carne asada tacos works perfectly!CONTINUE READING
Orange Mango Margaritas
Trust me when I say you are going to want these refreshing orange mango margaritas in your life. They are made using only real fruit juices, tequila, and topped with sparkling water for a little bubbly. Perfect for your Mexican feast or just because you deserve it!
When I want a cocktail at home I tend to want one like NOW! I really don’t want to mess with anything complicated or with too many ingredients or steps. Plug in these incredibly easy and tasty orange mango margaritas. They’re so easy you’re going to want to make them over and over again. Probably right after you finish one because it’s so good you’ll want another. Then before you know it it’s one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!CONTINUE READING
Pork Belly Tacos with Pineapple Slaw
These pork belly tacos are next level thanks to an ancho chili powder rub. It’s like carnita tacos were taken to a whole new level! Topped with pineapple slaw, these tacos will satisfy all you taco cravings!
I am a Kansas City girl and good Kansas City BBQ is something to be proud of. One of my favorite meats is pork belly and I had to figure out a way to incorporate it into a taco. Plug in these pork belly tacos that are incredibly flavorful and topped with the perfect slaw for a hint of sweetness. I love this recipe for entertaining and pairs perfect with any fruity margarita. If you know me you know I LOVE salsa verde and a little drizzle of salsa on top makes this perfect!CONTINUE READING
Ahi Tuna Tacos
These Ahi Tuna tacos are like combining the best of two worlds: tacos and sushi. Quick seared ahi tuna topped with a garlic-ginger slaw, wasabi sauce, and fresh mango. Trust me when I say you need these in your life ASAP!
I didn’t grow up eating ahi tuna tacos and didn’t have them until later in my adult life. These tacos prove my point that you can pretty much put anything in a tortilla and call it a taco! Truth is you can’t just go to any part of Mexico and expect to see ahi tuna tacos. Sure, they’ll have them in the resort you stay at or a fancy seafood restaurant. However, these beauties are the perfect taco creation to enjoy any Taco Tuesday or any day your heart desires!CONTINUE READING
Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos)
When you need a break from meat, tacos de papa are the way to go. Tacos de papa, or potato tacos are so easy and simple but always satisfying!
I grew up eating LOTS of tacos de papa, or potato tacos, and they always hit the spot. Making these tacos brings back memories of spending time in the kitchen with my mom. She would always have me help her mash the potatoes and fill the tortillas to make the tacos. It made me feel special to be able to help make something so delicious. This was one of the first things I learned how to make from my mom and to this day I picture my 12 year old self making these. Potato tacos could not be easier to make. Let me give you a rundown of just how easy.CONTINUE READING
Have you ever had chilaquiles for brunch? You know, the tortilla chips doused in a yummy salsa and topped with lots of goods. If you haven’t, you are in for a treat! Once you try these chilaquiles rojos you won’t want any other kind of brunch!
Chi-la-kee-les is how you pronounce this dish and trust me, you don’t have to say it right to thoroughly enjoy them. Chilaquiles are so versatile, economical, and easy to make. I am definitely giving you the “more complicated version” by making my own red sauce for these but you can certainly use your favorite sauce or salsa. Honestly, the sauce isn’t all that complicated it is just a matter of finding the right peppers for it and I understand not everyone has access to these. Speaking of peppers, let’s go ahead and talk about these a little more.CONTINUE READING
Want a comforting and delicious side for your Mexican dish? Forget about traditional rice and give this traditional Mexican fideo a try!
Growing up, fideo was a staple in our house. This “mexican spaghetti”, as my husband likes to call it, is so easy to make and requires minimal ingredients. Everyone’s version of fideo varies depending on how their family made it, where they are from, etc. We always had two versions, a “soupy” one and dry version, also known as fideo seco. I won’t even lie that I have resourced to using broken up angel hair pasta for my fideo and have just as delicious results. You do you, no right or wrong way of making this deliciousness.CONTINUE READING
Chorizo con Papas Stuffed Peppers
Chorizo con papas is hands down one of the easiest and most delicious meals. This is then stuffed into bell peppers for a whole new stuffed pepper experience. These are the perfect meal for any time of the day. Throw a fried egg on top or add scrambled eggs to the chorizo con papas for breakfast. Serve them with side of rice or veggies for full meal. Throw some cheese on top, add some sour cream and salsa for some flavor.CONTINUE READING
Thai Shrimp Curry Soup
This veggie loaded and Whole30 compliant soup is exploding with flavor and you can’t even tell it’s healthy and good for you! Perfect for a cold, gloomy day or when you’re craving a satisfying bowl of soup. What takes it over the edge? Lemongrass. Trust me, you want this added flavor bomb to warm your soul!
Thai food is always so full of flavor and exotic. Let’s be honest, there is no cuisine my little taste buds don’t like. However, Thai cuisine involves an insane amount of flavor, spices, fun ingredients, and perfect spice. Red curry paste is incredibly versatile and can be used for so many great dishes. It adds the perfect flavor and color to this soup and you can use the rest of the paste for curries, stews, noodle bowls… the possibilities are endless!CONTINUE READING
Pozole is essentially a Mexican soup made with pork and hominy in a delicious broth made with dried peppers. The toppings vary from region to region but absolutely make this dish extra special. A traditional Mexican meal sure to satisfy your taste buds.
Growing up my abuelita, grandma, made Pozole for special occasions and sometimes random Sunday dinners. My mom also made it often at home and I quickly learned it is her favorite dish. It took me a while to put together this recipe because, as you can imagine, abuelita doesn’t measure anything. When I asked for a recipe she would say “unos cuantos chiles, poquito de esto, poquito de lo otro”. Essentially saying “a little bit of this and a little bit of that”. How is a woman supposed to work with that?! That just goes to show that she just used her senses and all the love to make this special dish.CONTINUE READING
Ever had champurrado before? Have you even heard of it? Regardless of the champurrado status in your life, you need to try this. So cozy and comforting, this Mexican chocolate drink is out of this world.
Do you have that one drink that brings back memories? Something that, after the first sip, takes you back to something specific? This champurrado will always take me back to my grandma’s house on a Sunday. On a cold day my abuelita would make this delicious and cozy drink to enjoy after a delicious homemade meal. It also brings me back to my trips to Mexico and buying champurrado from a lady selling it on the street. Sounds sketchy, I know. However, that will always be some of the best champurrado I have ever had.CONTINUE READING
Chorizo Queso Fundido
There is really not much out there better than a gooey, spicy, and flavorful queso fundido. Top with chorizo and jalapenos for the ultimate party in your mouth! Oh, and of course, serve it with some warm and slightly charred flour tortillas for a heavenly experience!
Anyone else really really really love cheese?? I mean, that kind of “I can’t live without you or I may just die” love? Guess what, I do! In fact, the hardest thing for me to give up and live without while doing a Whole30 is cheese. So you bet your butt this queso fundido is what my dreams are made of! There are various Mexican restaurants offering all kinds of versions of this and they’re all phenomenal, really. What I do have to tell you is how incredibly easy and quick it is. Fundido translates to molten, or melted, and it’s exactly just that: melted cheese.CONTINUE READING
Creamy Potato Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower is the perfect veggie to sneak into lots of dishes. It doesn’t have an overpowering taste but it definitely adds creaminess and absorbs all the flavors in this soup. Trust me, you won’t even know it’s in there. Plus, it will trick anyone into getting their veggies in AND it’s delicious. Win Win.
If the weather is cold and all you want to do is cozy up and have a nice bowl of soup, the last thing you want to do is make a complicated recipe. Plug in this super easy but delicious and creamy soup. The secret to adding a little extra flavor? Cooking the onion in leftover bacon grease. It seriously adds a little something you didn’t know you needed. You wouldn’t even think it’s a Whole30 recipe!CONTINUE READING
Pork Chile Verde
Do you want and easy meal to have on a busy weeknight or to meal prep? This pork chile verde made with pork, potatoes, and salsa verde is here for YOU!
Growing up I noticed my mom was very resourceful when it came to planning meals for us. One thing she made often was carne con chile, or meat with chile sauce, like this pork chile verde. This was the logical thing to do with any left over salsa, veggies on hand, and meat found in the freezer. Making a salsa is so easy and economical and cooking any kind of meat in salsa makes for the perfect meal. Add a side of rice, calabacitas, or zucchini, and eat with tortillas.CONTINUE READING
Pozole is something I grew up eating my entire life. Hominy and meat in a broth made with spices and chiles, and all the garnishes your heart desires. However, pozole verde is something new, exciting, and different from the stuff my grandma made. This recipe is super easy and absolutely satisfying.
Ask anyone who is Mexican or comes from a Mexican family about pozole and they will describe pozole rojo to you. Traditional pozole rojo is made with a red sauce broth base that made with chiles guajillos and anchos. It is traditionally made with pork and always has hominy. In my family, pozole is served with shredded lettuce, radishes, oregano, and some lime juice. We always have a spicy red salsa on hand if we want some extra heat.CONTINUE READING
Albondiga Soup is made with albondigas, or meatballs, and lots of vegetables. This traditional Mexican soup is full of flavor with just enough spice to warm up your soul!
This Albondiga Soup was a staple in our house, especially in the winter. My mami would make huge batch of this soup along with a batch of Mexican rice or fideo. Traditionally the albondigas, or meatballs, are made with rice mixed into the meat mixture which is then cooked while the soup simmers. I wanted to make this Whole30 compliant version by omitting the rice but keeping the rest of the delicious ingredients and flavors that makes this soup so nostalgic.CONTINUE READING
Chili Lime Shrimp
Need a flavorful shrimp recipe to grill this summer? Look no further! This Chili Lime Shrimp is so simple but full of flavor. It is perfect to make for entertaining this summer along with some grilled veggies. The marinade is easy to put together and also easy to customize. Add a little more cayenne or chipotle powder for more heat. Squeeze a little extra lime juice for a little more tang. The world is your oyster, (or shrimp?!).CONTINUE READING
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