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Simple Taquito Casserole

If you’ve been hanging around my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for Mexican food or Mexican inspired food. I just love the flavors, and the colors, and I really love how you can control how much heat is in your Mexican food. You can enjoy Mexican food from 4 alarm fire hot to mild. I’m a medium. I love lots of flavor, with just a bit of a kick.

Also, if you haven’t stopped to take a breather lately, it’s because you’re busy as all get out! A lot of folks are busy, you’re not alone. You’ve got holiday things to do, kids in sports, house cleaning to the best that time allows, dinner to prepare and lets not forget about that day job, right?! Oh, and are the In-Law’s coming? Now, I can help with at least two of those. For the In-Laws coming, I highly recommend one of two things, my Candy Cane Cocktail, or this Eggnog Mudslide over at Lemon Tree Dwelling. They are both incredibly delicious and will make the In-Laws thing a lot easier. 😂

The second thing I can help you with, is getting dinner on the table on these busy nights, of course! That’s what I’m here for folks! For me, this “recipe” is more of a hack than a real recipe. Whatever you want to call it, I call it Simple Taquito Casserole, and you won’t believe how incredibly easy this is!

I start off with a box of Spanish rice mix. My favorite is Zatarain’s, but use whatever your prefer. Prepare the rice mix as directed on the box using the diced tomatoes. You can do this way in advance if you wish. I do it a little earlier than I need it, just to give it time to cool down a bit. Then you’re gonna dump the rice into a large bowl along with some frozen corn, black beans, enchilada sauce, and some cheese. Mix it all up and then spread onto the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish.

Now take your box of frozen taquitos, beef or chicken, whatever you like, and place them in a single layer on top of the rice mixture.

Top the taquitos with the remaining enchilada sauce and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes. Top with remaining cheese, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and taquitos are heated through.

Serve it up with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

 

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Simple Taquito Casserole Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare spanish rice mix according to package directions using the diced tomatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, stir the prepared Spanish rice, frozen corn, beans, enchilada sauce and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until well blended. Spread onto the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  4. Top mixture with taquitos and remaining enchilada sauce and bake for 35 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and taquitos are heated through. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Pillsbury

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Zippy Pork Chili

The days suddenly started getting quite a bit colder. I don’t know if it’s that way where you live, but it certainly got that way around here quite quickly. It seemed like Fall was feeling a lot like Spring for quite some time, and then suddenly the temperature just dropped! Like out of no where, I’m not kidding. Then it warmed up again, we had a bunch of huge thunderstorms, and then the temperature dropped again. I swear Indiana weather doesn’t know if it’s coming or going! For right now though, it’s quite chilly! And speaking of chilly, I have just the recipe to warm you up from the inside out. Zippy Pork Chili! Super easy, super delicious, and it’s done in the slow cooker.

What I like to do is prep everything I can ahead of time. Like, the night before. That way, when I get up in the morning, I just need to dump it in the slow cooker and turn it on.  So I pre-chop everything. Starting with my pork loin, I trimmed off any huge honkin’ pieces of fat, then cut it all up into little bite sized cubes.

Then I chopped up my onion and garlic. That’s all the chopping you need to do for this simple chili recipe.

Heat up some olive oil in a pan, and toss your pork, onion and garlic into the pan and brown the meat. I did this the night before as well, and stored it in a Zip-Loc container in the fridge until the morning. All that’s left to do now is put everything into the slow cooker, cover, and cook. It’ll be ready when you are!

Top it with your favorite chili toppings. I used sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Zippy Pork Chili Yum
Recipe By Christine Titus
Course Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
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Course Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown pork with onions and garlic until pork is no longer pink. Transfer to slow cooker. Don't worry about cooking it all the way through. It will cook completely in the slow cooker.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, broth and seasoning mixes to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with sour cream, tortilla chips and shredded cheese, or any of your favorite chili toppings.
Recipe Notes

If you prefer a spicier chili, swap out the cans of diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, for the hotter versions.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Awesome Beef Enchiladas

Cinco De Mayo 2017 has passed! Not that I need an excuse to devour Mexican food, but if I ever do, that will be my excuse. Mexican food is my favorite kind of food, in fact most of my menu this week is made up of Mexican inspired food. Italian is a close second. I do cook a lot of Mexican and Italian inspired recipes. We had a lovely couple over to our home on May 5th. My husband has known them since he was just a kid, and had not seen them in quite some time. So I knew I wanted to make something really good, and since it was Cinco De Mayo that they came over for dinner, it wasn’t difficult for me to figure out the menu.

This recipe is my very first recipe that I developed as my own. I have made it several times in the past, and it always goes over well with my family and company alike. It’s super easy, and it makes a lot, so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd or taking to a potluck. I always make two pans of these because one is never enough, even for just my family. Plus, they reheat really well and we like to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Since I had not made this recipe in quite some time, simply because I’ve been too busy trying out new recipes, I felt it was the perfect dish to serve to our very special guests. Needless to say, it went over great with them too! Super easy and quick, and all you really need is some tortilla chips and salsa to serve along with them. You can top these with anything you like. We had sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, salsa and verde sauce. You could even top these with some shredded lettuce and fresh chopped tomato if you wish.

So, you want to try them? Good! Let me show you how easy this is. First, you want to prepare your Spanish rice mix according to the package directions. I do this well in advance so it’s cool enough to handle when I’m ready to roll these babies up. You can use your favorite brand of Spanish rice mix. I use Zatarain’s.  Set that aside. When you’re ready to start cooking the whole… enchilada… (HA!) just brown up  your ground beef in a very large skillet, stock pot, or dutch oven. Crumble it up as you go until no pink remains.

Once it’s cooked through, remove it from the heat and drain any fat if necessary. Now add in your prepared and cooled Spanish rice (warm is ok, you just don’t want to burn your fingers here in a minute), some cheese, and some enchilada sauce. I don’t measure the enchilada sauce, I just add some. You want the mixture to be moistened with the sauce, not drowning in it.

Now, mix it all up.

Now the fun part! Spoon some of this delicious enchilada filling onto one end of a tortilla and roll it up.

Place seam side down in baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas. A 13×9 baking dish should hold 10 enchilada’s.

Once you have all of your enchiladas rolled up and in the baking dish, pour the enchilada sauce over them. As much as you like. We like ours saucy. Then cover in cheese. I use a lot of cheese. You can never have too much cheese. I use about two cups of cheese on each baking dish. Then top with sliced black olives. Into the oven at 375 it goes!

You’re gonna bake these for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is. Remember not all ovens are created equal, so check them at 15 minutes and go longer if needed. You want the cheese melted and the sauce bubbly.

Let it sit for just a few minutes, then dish ’em up, top them with whatever you like to top your Mexican food with, and enjoy! Don’t be afraid to spice this up if you like things spicy. Add jalapenos to your toppings, use hot enchilada sauce instead of mild. Add spicy chiles to the filling. Whatever your family likes, mild or spicy, this is the perfect dish. See, nothing to it! I hope you and your family and/or friends enjoy this as much as we do.


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Awesome Beef Enchiladas Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Prepare Spanish rice mix according to package directions, using the diced tomatoes and butter (I do this in the microwave). Set aside to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease two 13x9 glass baking dishes.
  3. In a 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in the prepared Spanish rice, about 1 cup of cheese, and some enchilada sauce (you want it moistened, not drowning).
  4. Spoon enchilada filling onto tortillas; roll up and place steam sides down in baking dish.
  5. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tops; sprinkle with remaining cheese and black olives.
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  7. Serve with sour cream, salsa, or any of your favorite Mexican toppings.
Recipe Notes
  • Let the enchiladas sit for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven, for easier serving.
  • Don't be afraid to spice this up if you like things spicy. Add jalapenos to your toppings, use hot enchilada sauce instead of mild. Add spicy chiles to the filling.
  • Top with your favorite Mexican toppings like sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cilantro, shredded lettuce, fresh chopped tomato, taco sauce, salsa verde. The options are endless.
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