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Tex-Mex Roundup

posted in Main Dishes by Kathy Maister

As I look through my collection of videos and blog posts, I realized that I have developed quite a collection of Tex-Mex recipes and tips. It’s really not too surprising, given the popularity of these foods. In point of fact, Sante Fe Chili was my very first video.

This popular recipe takes only about 10 minutes to prepare and, as I say in the video, will feed an army, or just you with lots of leftovers! (My niece Sara has turned this recipe, with just a few modifications, into her signature dish!)

After the preparation, it does take 2 hours to cook, so I decided to add a quick cooking chili to the collection. 2 Alarm Chili packs a punch if you use all the red pepper contained in the spice packet.

It’s a wonderful kit which contains 7 different spices needed to make the chili. If your spice collection is limited, this is definitely the way to go!

It’s not surprising that 7 Layer Dip is one of my most popular videos.

In my video, I walk you through preparing all 7 layers, step by step. Party anyone?

Fresh avocados really add so much life to 7 layer dip. Anyone needing a primer on avocados can check out my very detailed video and post on everything you need to know about handling fresh avocados.

From there making your own guacamole is a breeze.

Be sure to use ripe avocados for your guacamole. You may have to buy them several days ahead and put them in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process.

Some people like an extra bit of “heat” in there guacamole. Fresh jalapeno peppers are a perfect for that.

If you are unsure about handling hot peppers, go take a look at both my post and video for some great tips!

Salsa comes in a ton of different flavors and can be eaten in lots of different ways besides with corn chips. Baked Cod with Salsa takes about 2 minutes to prepare and no time to cook.

This makes a great dinner for you or to serve to company. Add some rice or mashed potato and some steamed asparagus or broccoli and dinner is complete!

Baked potato with salsa is one of my personal favorites. I cook the potato in the microwave and in less than 10 minutes, dinner’s ready.

(Non-fat Greek yogurt has the consistency of sour cream and it tastes great on a baked potato!)

I’ve done two Quesadilla posts: Quesadillas with Tomatoes and Black Olives, and Quesadillas Salmon and Cream Cheese.

Sunday brunch can be very special with these quesadillas that are filled with herbed cream cheese spread and diced salmon.

When planning your next party, why not start with Jalapenos Stuffed with Sausage.

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Then serve either Taco Salad

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Or Tex-Mex Cheeseburgers (video)

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with a super easy summer Bean Salad Tex-Mex Style

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Click on the recipe index at the top to the page to discover even more fabulous recipes!

Cheers,

Kathy



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3 Comments

julien said:

Since I’m in Texas, Tex Mex is practically all I’ve been eating! I’m getting used to it though, I had never really eaten it before. :)

Kathy Maister said:

Oh my, it sounds like someone has a craving for good Canadian cooking!

Do be careful of the hot peppers. Personally, I like the flavor but not the heat!

Deborah Dowd said:

Kathy, there are just too many great-looking recipes and ideas to choose from! The quesadilla’s look great, and I adore anything avocado!