Enchilada night!

My husband spent about a week out in the middle of nowhere in 115 (probably even more!) degree heat. So I wanted to make him a special dinner on the night he came home. He loves anything Mexican when it comes to food. His favorite thing that I make is shrimp tacos.  If you’re good, I might share the recipe one day!

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Quick Enchiladas

Makes about 12 enchiladas

2 chicken breast, boiled, and shredded

half an onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small can diced green chilies

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

about 2 cups of your favorite enchilada sauce *I normally make my own, but was in a hurry, so I used the canned sauce*

2 cups shredded cheese 

12 corn tortillas

Cilantro and green onions to garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat some oil in a small pan and cook onions and garlic until the onions are nice and soft. Add the spices to the pan and cook for about a minute. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, onion mixture, green chilies, 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce, 1 cup of shredded cheese, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of cilantro.

Heat the corn tortillas in the microwave between two damp cloths to soften them up so they don’t break while you are stuffing them. Oil a casserole dish big enough to hold 12 enchiladas. I also like to put a few tablespoons of sauce in the bottom of the dish. Fill the tortillas with about 2 tablespoons of filling, roll, and place in the dish seam side down.  Top enchiladas with remaining sauce and remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove foil, and bake for 5-10 more minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Top the enchiladas with cilantro and green onions. Enjoy!

Easy Mexican Pizza

Today one of my friends pinned a mexican pizza recipe.  The photo made my mouth water and I knew right then and there that Sam and I would be having Mexican pizza for dinner tonight.  I didn’t end up using the recipe that she pinned, instead I decided to throw it together myself and use a cheater packet (the McCormick taco seasoning packet) instead of making up my own taco seasoning, which is super easy, by the way. I am just really lazy this week (1) because it’s my birthday week and (2) because I have been pregnant for 10 months now and I think I’ve earned the right to slack on a few things, especially in the kitchen.

My sweet husband just told me that “dinner tonight was restaurant quality! Best Mexican pizza I’ve had made by a white woman in Japan!”  He then informed me that the restaurant he was referring to was Taco Bell, and laughed hysterically.  I did not think it was all that amusing.  But seriously, he loved the Mexican pizza.  It was gone in less than 2 minutes and when he learned that I threw away the rest of the meat, he threw a temper tantrum, kicked off his trousers, and ran around the house in his underwear yelling “I NEED MORE MEAT!!”  Don’t tell him I told you that. Anyway, here’s the recipe!

Easy Mexican Pizza

Makes 4 pizzas

8 (8 inch) flour or corn tortillas

1 can refried beans

1 lb lean ground beef

1 garlic clove – minced, diced, whatever…

1 small red onion – diced

1 package of McCormick’s hot taco seasoning

1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)

2 roma tomatoes – seeded and diced

1 jar salsa

2 green onions – sliced thin

1 package of mexican cheese

*optional – taco sauce, lettuce, sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or 180 degrees C).

Cook the beef, onions, and garlic until the beef is done. Add the taco seasoning and a little bit of water (no more than 1/4 of a cup, just so it’s not super dry).  Spray a cookie sheet with PAM or something of the like and arrange 2 or 4 of the tortillas (however many you can fit) on the cookie sheet. Take a spoonful of beans and spread on each tortilla, top with a little bit of cheese, then top with some meat, and add another tortilla on the very top.  I sprayed the tortillas with a bit of PAM to make them extra crunchy since I was using flour tortillas.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.

Remove pizzas from oven, top with some salsa, tomatoes, green onions, and cheese, then stick those bad boys back in the oven for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted and looks ooey-gooey.  After you let them cool, top with taco sauce, sour cream, whatever floats your boat! Enjoy!

Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers

It’s Friday..HECK YES! Friday means Mexican food, Saturday means Japanese food, and Sunday means frozen pizza and wings! This weekend is going to be awesome – (Shout out to Jamesy, my sister’s British lover..He hates it when people say “awesome” or “amazing”).

Tonight I am making three of the 10,000 things that Sam loves: Stuffed Bell Peppers, Guacamole, and Margaritas. Well, I made the guacamole this morning, but whatever. I have decided to share this very simple and quick recipe for stuffed bell peppers. I started making them at 4:15pm and they were done by 5. Unfortunately, my husband is in love with his job and refuses to leave work at a decent time. So it is now 5:46pm and the peppers are still sitting in the oven on a lovely “warm” setting. It’s okay, because the longer they sit in that oven, the more tender they will be when he finally decides to come home.

 

You will need:

4 small-ish sweet bell peppers

1 box of Spanish rice (I used Rice-a-roni, you know, the San Fransico treat?)

1lb ground beef

1 can of corn

1/2 can of enchilada sauce, or the whole can if you’re feeling saucy, what they heck!

1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese

salt and pepper

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, then 2 tablspoons

1. Cook your rice and cook your ground beef.

2. Cut tops off of bell peppers and clean them out!Place them in a big pot full of water, bring to a boil and boil for 4 or 5 minutes. Remove them from the water and drain the upside down.

3. For the filling, in fairly large pot or pan, combine rice, beef, corn, enchilada sauce and cilantro. Cook until heated through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

4. Fill the peppers, as much as you can..this filling is delicious…and stick those bad boys in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or until your husband decided to show up for dinner).

5. Top with a little more cheese and the 2 tablespoons of cilantro. Enjoy!

Warning: These are not healthy could possibly contribute to obesity. (Just to make sure I don’t get sued).

 

Hahahah..Happy Friday, Everyone!

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