Taco Mac and a Rotel Giveaway!

**UPDATE**  The lucky winner is comment #109!  Congratulations to Addie!  I hope you enjoy your prize!! I’m doing something very rare … I’m hosting a giveaway! If you have read my blog you know I have an ongoing, and passionate, love affair with Rotel tomatoes.  They are a pantry staple in my kitchen and I use them in all sorts of Tex-mex dishes (See my  Baked Sopes with Skirt Steak and Black Beans and Beef...

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Queso Chicken Pasta

For the last few weeks I have been terribly busy.   When life starts to pile up on me, and lately that happens a lot, I crave easy meals that offer a lot of comfort.  Comfort, for me, comes in the form of cheesy pasta with a Tex-Mex kick.  I know I have mentioned before my love of all things Tex-Mex, and I am sure we have discussed my love of macaroni and cheese.  This takes those two loves, adds some juicy roast chicken, and merges...

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Shredded Garlic Beef Tacos With Pickled Onions

I am developing an obsession with tacos. A few weekends ago my husband and I spent a VERY long afternoon at Mayfest, an art and sports fair, where I was preforming with my belly dance class.  Did I say it was a long day?  By the time I was finished I was hot, dusty, blistered, thirsty, and absolutely starving!  So, my husband and I stopped at a Fort Worth taco shop named Yucatan Taco Stand.  On the menu, which had me tempted to try...

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Mexican Rice

Happy Cinco de Mayo!   Where I live May 5th is celebrated as a day to enjoy some tasty Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican food, have a few beers, and get together with friends and family.   I love Tex-Mex, which I think I have said before, so any excuse is a good when my favorite food is involved.  One of my favorite Tex-Mex recipes is for Mexican Rice.  This side dish is often done very poorly, which is sad because it is such an easy dish...

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Chicken Enchiladas with Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

I’ve never liked chicken enchiladas very much in Tex-Mex restaurants. The filling is mushy, the sauce is bland, and they can be a bit on the soggy side.  So, when I was thinking of recipes I could make for dinner a few nights back I wondered if I could make a chicken enchilada that I actually enjoyed.  I like a challenge so I set to work. The first change I made was to the chicken itself.  Most recipes call for shredded chicken,...

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Beef Empanadas

When I entertain I like to have a wide variety of foods available to snack on.  It keeps things from getting boring and it keeps the palate active. So, when I plan a party of a gathering where little bites will be served I always make something with a Tex-Mex flair.  These empanadas are the perfect party food because they are easy to eat, they are filling, they look pretty on a platter, and they taste fantastic! The filling is not too...

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