Category: Mexican / Southwestern

Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)

Enjoy a taste of the Southwest, with this delicious Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!Enjoy a taste of the Southwest, with this delicious Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!
If you enjoy the flavor of chicken enchiladas, chances are pretty good you will love this copycat recipe of this famous restaurant’s much requested item… Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup! It’s so good… all that cheesy, chicken enchilada goodness in a big bowl of soup!

I found this soup recipe in one of my “Top Secret” cookbooks by celebrity/author Todd Wilbur. I’m pretty sure I’ve got all his cookbooks! Todd Wilbur researches famous recipes, then creates a copycat recipe to show people how to duplicate it at home.

This Chili’s chicken enchilada soup is thick and cheesy, and packed with chicken. Because of the addition of masa harina, enchilada sauce and spices, this soup tastes just like a good ol’ chicken enchilada!

How To Make A Copycat Version Of Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Here’s what you do to make this delicious soup:  Add boneless, skinless chicken breasts to hot oil in a large pan, and cook each side for 4-5 minutes, until browned.

Chicken breasts cooking in large saucepan

Remove the browned chicken from the pan. Set the chicken aside, to cool.

Browned, cooked chicken breasts on plate

Add chopped onion into the pan. Cook the onions on medium heat for a couple minutes. Add minced garlic for the last 30 seconds. Stir the garlic well, for only 30 seconds, to keep garlic from burning (and becoming bitter). Immediately add the chicken broth to the pan.

Chopped onions and garlic, cooking to add to soup

In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of water with Masa Harina (found in Mexican food section in grocery store). Whisk this mixture until it is well blended and smooth.

Add the water/Masa Harina mixture to the onion/garlic broth, and stir (or whisk) well, to combine.

Bag of masa harina for chicken enchilada soup

Masa harina and chicken broth added to chicken enchilada soup mixture in saucepan.

Add 1 additional cup of water, enchilada sauce, cheese cubes, and spices to the soup. Stir to combine. Bring the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until the cheese has completely melted.

Cheese cubes added to chicken enchilada soup in pan.

Shred the cooled, reserved chicken into small pieces. I use two forks to do this, because the chicken shreds well, when pulled by two forks.

Add all of the shredded chicken to the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup.

Shredding chicken breasts with 2 forks for chicken enchilada soup.

Adding shredded chicken to Chili's chicken enchilada soup in large saucepan.

Reduce heat, and simmer soup on low heat for 30-40 minutes. Chili’s chicken enchilada soup will thicken quite a bit as it cooks.

Preparing Tortilla Strips To Garnish Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

While the soup is simmering, prepare the corn tortilla strips. These will be used later to garnish the soup!

To do this, cut 3-4 corn tortillas in half, then into thin strips. Coat the strips with a Tablespoon or two of vegetable oil. Gently mix the tortilla strips and oil, to coat, then spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Oil being added to sliced tortilla strips before baking, for chicken enchilada soup garnish

Bake the tortilla strips at 375° for 6-8 minutes, then flip the strips over. Bake the other side of the strips for 6-8 minutes, until they are crispy and light brown in color. When done, set them aside to cool completely.

Tortilla strips for Chili's chicken enchilada soup are baked on cookie sheet until crispy.

Make a quick pico de gallo while the tortilla strips are baking in oven. Chop and mix the pico de gallo ingredients in a small bowl.

The pico de gallo contains chopped tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. It will be used to garnish Chili’s chicken enchilada soup before serving.

Pico de gallo is mixed together, to garnish Chili's chicken enchilada soup.

When the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup is done, ladle it into individual bowls. Top each bowl of soup with pico de gallo, and baked tortilla strips. You can also add grated cheddar cheese or sour cream, if desired.

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup served in a bowl.

While I think we will agree that this is probably not the “healthiest soup” on the planet, it really is delicious, and tastes just like a fantastic chicken enchilada. And every once in awhile, that’s a GOOD thing!

Hope you will consider trying this recipe! It’s really tasty… (all those people requesting it at Chili’s can’t be wrong)! Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2”, by Todd Wilbur, Published by Penguin Group, 2007, pages 118-119.

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Enjoy a taste of the Southwest for lunch or dinner with this delicious Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!

Category: Soup
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Chili's chicken enchilada soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 248 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Soup:
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 chicken breasts (skinless/boneless)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Masa Harina (found in Mexican food section of grocery store)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 16 ounces Velveeta Cheese (small box), diced into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
For Tortilla Garnish:
  • 3-4 corn tortillas
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
For Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 medium tomato , diced
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 handful cilantro (approx. 3 Tablespoons), chopped
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
Instructions
To prepare soup:
  1. Add vegetable oil to a large pan. Heat on medium heat. When oil is hot, add chicken breasts to pot; cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until they are light brown. Remove from pan; set aside.
  2. Add chopped onion to pan. Cook over medium heat for two minutes,; add the minced garlic for the last 30 seconds (so it won't burn and become bitter). Add chicken broth to the onions.
  3. In bowl or large mixing cup, mix the masa harina with 2 cups of water. Mix well, to combine, then add to chicken broth and onion mixture in pan. Whisk well, to combine.
  4. Add remaining water, enchilada sauce, cheese cubes, and spices to the pan. Cook, and bring it all to a boil.
  5. Shred the chicken into small pieces (I use two forks to do this); add chicken to soup. Reduce the heat and let soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring often to prevent scorching on the bottom of pan. Soup will thicken as it cooks. Prepare tortilla strips and pico de gallo while soup cooks. When done, ladle soup into serving bowls, and garnish with pico de gallo and tortilla strips.
To Make Tortilla Strips:
  1. Cut tortillas in half, then cut into thin strips. Coat strips with vegetable oil, then bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side (flipping midway through baking), until light brown and crispy.
To Make Pico de Gallo:
  1. Combine ingredients in small bowl. Mix well. Taste test; add additional salt/pepper, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1552mg67%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 295mg30%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Shrimp Tacos

Make these delicious pan-seared shrimp tacos with homemade pico de gallo, topped with a creamy salsa verde sour cream sauce in a snap!Make these delicious pan-seared shrimp tacos with homemade pico de gallo, topped with a creamy salsa verde sour cream sauce in a snap!The other night I decided to make Shrimp Tacos for our dinner. Pretty funny, since I’d never made shrimp tacos before (it’s usually beef, shredded pork or chicken). Sooo… I knew what ingredients I wanted to include in them, love to experiment in the kitchen, and the result? Seriously, ridiculously GOOD shrimp tacos… and they were very easy to make, too!

I didn’t use a recipe to make the shrimp tacos, but you really don’t need one to make these! I gathered my “must have” ingredients, chopped them up, pan-seared seasoned some medium sized shrimp, warmed the tortillas in the microwave (wrapped in paper towels), put them all together, and voila!

Shrimp tacos, with an amazing sauce, and lots of crunch and flavor from the purple cabbage and pico de gallo! As quick as you can say “Icanhardlywaittotrythese”, they were done! We LOVED them! No, really. We LOVED them, and they were done in less than 15 minutes! Now that is my kind of meal!

How I Make These Shrimp Tacos

I make a quick pico de gallo, using chopped tomato, red onion, cilantro, a couple squeezes of fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste, then set this aside. Next thing to do is to chop up purple cabbage and set aside.

To make the sauce, I mix sour cream with a bit of green taco sauce, then mix in some homemade taco seasoning mix and set the sauce aside. If you happen to have a squeeze bottle handy, you can put the sauce in it, then squeeze the sauce over the finished tacos. You can also just drizzle it on with a spoon.

I am not adding an “official, printable” recipe with this post, because honestly, you can tailor make as many or as few as you wish (and increase quantities to match), but here’s a picture of the basics you use, plus 3-4 cooked shrimp per taco, and corn tortillas. By the way… sliced avocado would taste great on these, also!

Cabbage, pico de gallo and sauce, ready to add to shrimp tacos!

To cook the shrimp, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in skillet. Add some shelled and  de-veined shrimp with 1 1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning mix, and stir to combine.

Pan cook the seasoned shrimp on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until done. Right before they are done, add a small amount of chopped cilantro.

Pan-seared shrimp are cooked to add to the tacos.

Time To Fill The Shrimp Tacos!

Wrap the corn tortillas in paper towels, then heat them on medium temperature in the microwave just until warm (15-20 seconds). Once warm, you’re ready to finish the shrimp tacos. Fill each tortilla with 3-4 cooked shrimp, a small handful of purple cabbage, then some of the pico de gallo.

Top the tacos with a drizzle of the green sour cream sauce. That’s it!  Many restaurants use 2 tortillas for each taco to prevent them from tearing open, but to save on calories, I used one tortilla per taco. If you want to double up on tortillas, then by all means, go for it!

Shrimp tacos on a plate, ready to eat!I didn’t measure anything when I made these scrumptious tacos… I just “guess-timated”, and taste-tested everything. The sour cream sauce was approx. 1/3 cup sour cream, with 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning mix, and approx. 3 Tablespoons green taco sauce (just taste it until it tastes just right for YOU!) The amounts shown made 6 tacos.

I hope you will consider trying these quick and tasty shrimp tacos! They were so delicious… I can’t wait to make them again soon. Have a fantastic weekend, friends; may you experience a deepening awareness of God’s great love for YOU!

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Chili Spaghetti

Looking for a quick and easy pasta dinner with a Mexican twist? How about making a batch of Chili Spaghetti, with chili, green onions, cheese and sour cream?Looking for a quick and easy pasta dinner with a Mexican twist? How about making a batch of Chili Spaghetti, with chili, green onions, cheese and sour cream?
When you really think about it, traditional spaghetti has tomatoes, meat, tomato sauce, onions, garlic and cheese (Parmesan). It’s a straight up, not too hard ITALIAN-INSPIRED meal to prepare.

Well- guess what? Many of those same ingredients are found in Chili (homemade or purchased), but with a completely different spices. So why NOT make a MEXICAN-INSPIRED spaghetti meal, right? Right.

If you enjoy chili, and you enjoy spaghetti, read on! This easy meal will be a perfect combo meal for you! Did I also mention how EASY it is? Oh yeah. I did. My bad.

Making chili spaghetti is super simple, and it tastes so very good! The pasta dish is very filling, and full of flavor. My hubby and I love having this meal occasionally.

If you are more into “regular” spaghetti, be sure and check out my recipes for Easy Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage or Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti.

I make my Mom’s recipe for homemade chili  so I always seem to have some extra in the freezer. I use that for this recipe, but for crying out loud… if you don’t have homemade, just buy some good quality chili (meat and beans) to make this EASY!

How To Make Chili Spaghetti

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While the spaghetti noodles are cooking, heat up the chili in a large skillet.

A couple minutes before the spaghetti has finished cooking, ladle out about 1/4 cup pasta water (this has starch in it), and stir it into the chili.

Cooking pasta for chili spaghetti.

Remove pasta from pan about one minute before it is done. Drain pasta well without rinsing, then add it to the skillet with the chili in it.

Stir well or use tongs, to fully combine the chili and the spaghetti noodles.

Cooked pasta is added to chili to make chili spaghetti.

Continue to cook the chili spaghetti for a couple minutes until well coated and pasta is fully cooked through.

Chili Spaghetti is mixed and heated through, in large skillet.

When done, transfer the pasta onto individual serving plates. Spoon a little leftover chili from pan onto pasta.

Garnish spaghetti chili with grated cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and a dollop of sour cream. Serve piping hot, and enjoy!

Note** If you are using store bought canned chili, be sure you have enough chili in the skillet to completely coat the spaghetti!

You will also need to have some extra chili in the skillet to spoon on top of the pasta when you plate it!

Chili spaghetti is garnished with cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream before serving.

No recipe is really needed for chili spaghetti. IT’S WAY TOO EASY!   Sure hope you will give this a try. It is a very easy meal to “throw together” on a busy day, when you are pressed for time, and the family is starving!

Have a great weekend, friends. May you find moments of love, laughter, peace, and great JOY!

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Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos, with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and salsa rolled in a flour tortilla are easy to prepare! You’ll enjoy this delicious breakfast!Breakfast burritos, with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and salsa rolled in a flour tortilla are easy to prepare! You'll enjoy this delicious breakfast!
Have you ever eaten or made breakfast burritos?  I tasted my first one about 8 years ago when called in to work overtime on a Saturday morning by my former boss. He bought breakfast burritos for all of us, and that was my first taste of one, but not my last!

They are very easy to make at home, so thought I would share a quick “how to” in case you would like to try making them yourself!

This is a simple version… eggs, bacon, cheese and salsa… but add whatever additional ingredients you would like… to make it your own!

How To Make Breakfast Burritos

Mix together a couple eggs with a bit of milk. Add mixture to non-stick skillet that has been sprayed or buttered. Season eggs with salt and pepper (to taste).

Scrambling eggs for breakfast burritos.

Add pre-cooked, crumbled bacon to the eggs. Mix together; scramble eggs on medium low heat until eggs are fully cooked.

Cooked, crumbled bacon is added to eggs for breakfast burritos.

Prepare The Burrito

Place a medium sized flour tortilla between two paper towels and microwave for 20 seconds.  Remove the warm tortilla and place scrambled egg/bacon mixture down the center of tortilla. Leave a little bit of the tortilla uncovered at each end (to help with rolling the burrito).

Scrambled eggs with bacon is placed in center of warm flour tortilla for breakfast burritos.

Add grated cheddar cheese to top the eggs (can also use pepper jack, if desired), and then spoon some salsa on top.

If NOT Eating right Away

TIP: If you are not eating these right away, I would suggest putting the salsa on top of the eggs, THEN covering the salsa with the grated cheese. This will help the salsa not to soak the tortilla too much while waiting for someone to come eat it.

You can also wrap the breakfast burritos in aluminum foil once done, to keep warm.

Breakfast Burritos are filled with eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and salsa before rolling.

Roll up tortilla (burrito style), by first turning up one end of the tortilla. Repeat with other end of tortilla.

Once ends are turned up, tightly roll the tortilla up and over the filling. Place burrito on serving plate. Repeat with other breakfast burritos.

Rolling up the tortilla around the filling, to make breakfast burritos.

One of the breakfast burritos, rolled up, on a plate.

Serve Breakfast Burritos With Salsa On The Side

Serve with additional salsa on the side (for dipping) for an extra kick. I don’t normally cut them in half, but did for the photo, so you could see the inside of the Breakfast Burritos.

Breakfast Burritos are served with salsa on the side.

This is simply a very easy way to make a quick, delicious breakfast burrito. The best part is how easy it is to add ingredients you enjoy to make it your own. Add some cilantro, green onion slices, spinach, or avocado, etc. if you wish.  You really can’t hurt these burritos!

Hope you enjoy your breakfast burritos! Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Be kind to each other out there!

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Breakfast Burritos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
9 mins
 

Breakfast burritos, with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese and salsa rolled in a flour tortilla are easy to make! Enjoy this delicious breakfast!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: breakfast burritos
Servings: 2 burritos
Calories Per Serving: 442 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper , to season
  • 2 slices bacon , precooked
  • 2 medium flour tortillas
  • 4 Tablespoons cheddar cheese , or more, if desired
  • 2 Tablespoons salsa , plus more for serving on side
Instructions
  1. Whisk eggs with milk in a small bowl. Add mixture to non-stick skillet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or buttered. Season eggs with salt and pepper (to taste).

  2. Add pre-cooked, crumbled bacon to the eggs. Mix together; scramble eggs on medium low heat until eggs are fully cooked.
  3. For burritos, place medium sized flour tortillas between two paper towels and microwave for 20 seconds. Remove the warm tortillas and evenly distribute scrambled egg/bacon mixture down the center of each tortilla. Add a handful of grated cheddar cheese (can also use pepper jack, if desired), and then spoon salsa on top (approx. 1 Tablespoon of salsa per burrito).

  4. Roll up tortilla (burrito style), by first turning up one end of the tortilla. Once end is turned up, tightly roll the tortilla over the filling and place on serving plate. Serve with additional salsa on the side (for dipping) for an extra kick. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Burritos
Amount Per Serving (1 burrito)
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 374mg125%
Sodium 801mg35%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Today I thought I’d post the recipe for some delicious Shredded Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce I made recently. I made these enchiladas as a way to use up some leftovers in our refrigerator (pork chops and rice), but LOVE the “yumminess” that came out of that brainstorming session!Pork Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I used a green enchilada sauce that I made and canned this summer, and totally recommend making it (Cilantro-Lime Enchilada Sauce). It’s a very quick & easy fresh-tasting sauce to flavor the enchiladas (you don’t have to can it!), but if you are pressed for time, just use a good quality grocery store bought green enchilada sauce instead.

I made this recipe up just using my feeble old brain and some food items I had in our refrigerator, so I used leftover shredded pork, and some leftover wild rice… but you can make it work with whatever you have lurking in your fridge. Chicken, pork, wild rice or white rice… you really can’t hurt these enchiladas. Here’s what you do to make 4 large enchiladas (large enough we only needed one each to be full!):

Start with pre-cooked shredded pork or chicken. (I threw some leftover pork chops into the crock pot early in the day with some broth and re-cooked them until they shredded easily).

Pork Enchiladas with Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I also used some leftover cooked wild rice I found in the fridge (but you can substitute any cooked rice!)

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I placed the pork and rice into a large skillet, stirred to combine, then added 1/2 cup of my homemade cilantro-lime enchilada sauce, mixed it together, then heated it through.

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
In another skillet, I quickly sauteed onions, red, green, and orange bell peppers, along with some garlic. Once they were cooked, I added them to the pork/rice mixture.

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I added a small amount of sour cream, water, salt, cumin, chili powder, and fresh cilantro to the pork/rice mixture and stirred it all to combine (off the heat).

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I poured a bit of the enchilada sauce onto the bottom of my baking dish, to slightly cover.

Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I spooned some of the pork/rice/veggie mixture down the middle of 4 medium sized (8 inch) flour tortillas. I added grated pepper jack cheese, then folded one end of the tortilla over the filling, rolled it and tucked in the other end of the tortilla. I laid the filled & rolled enchiladas seam-side down on top of the sauce.

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I poured the rest of the enchilada sauce over the surface of the tortillas (cover as much as you can with the sauce), then added additional pepper jack cheese to cover.

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I covered the pan with aluminum foil, then baked the enchiladas at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I removed the foil about 5 minutes before they were done baking, and continued cooking. Once done and the cheese and sauce was bubbly, I removed pan from the oven, let it sit for a minute to firm up the cheese slightly.

The enchiladas were placed onto individual dinner plates with a garnish of sour cream and chopped cilantro. Each enchilada was pretty large, so my husband and I only ate ONE, and then enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day (and FYI- they were just as wonderful as the night before!).

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I really enjoyed coming up with this recipe from leftovers from our fridge. It’s a great way to use up what you have, without wasting it!

I normally use corn tortillas and red enchilada sauce when I make our enchiladas, but these were so amazingly delicious, I will be making them again and again. Sure hope you will give them a try… and hope you enjoy them like we did! Have a fantastic day!

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Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Shredded pork enchiladas, covered in a delicious cilantro lime enchilada sauce.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pork enchiladas
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 628 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Cilantro Lime Enchilada Sauce (may substitute store bought green sauce):
  • 6 cups tomatillos , husks removed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup brown onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced thinly, or use equivalent amount of minced garlic)
  • 2 medium jalapenos , finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
For Enchilada Filling:
  • 2 cups shredded pork , shredded (may substitute chicken)
  • 1 cup cooked rice (I used wild rice, but any kind is okay)
  • 1/2 cup brown onion , chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (I used mix of red, orange, and green)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 8" medium sized (8 inches) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (for garnish)
  • chopped cilantro (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. To make the lime-cilantro enchilada sauce:
  2. Remove husks from tomatillos; rinse, then cut into quarters. Place into large stockpot, along with garlic /jalapenos; drizzle with olive oil. Cook veggies on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add water, cilantro, cumin, and salt to pan. Cover pan; simmer on low for 10 minutes, until tomatillos have softened. Once softened, use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender to process sauce until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice;stir to combine. Set sauce aside.
To make enchiladas:
  1. Combine shredded pork, and cooked rice in a large skillet. Add 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. In separate skillet, saute onions and bell peppers for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add minced garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the cooked vegetables to the pork/rice mixture, and heat through (1-2 minutes). Remove skillet from heat.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons sour cream, water, cumin, chili powder, and salt to the pork/rice mixture. Stir well to combine.
  4. Spoon some of the remaining enchilada sauce over the bottom of a baking dish.
  5. Spoon equal amounts of filling onto the flour tortillas. Add a generous sprinkling of pepper jack cheese to the top of the pork/rice mixture, making sure to save some to top the enchiladas with. Roll the enchiladas up, burrito style, then place, seam-side down on top of the sauce in baking dish.
  6. Cover the enchiladas with additional sauce to ensure tortillas are fully covered.
  7. Sprinkle remaining pepper jack cheese all over the top of the enchiladas.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees (dish covered with aluminum foil) for 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, or until sauce and cheese is bubbly.
  9. Remove dish from oven. Let sit for a minute to let the cheese firm up. Serve enchiladas onto individual serving plates. If desired, garnish with a dollop of sour cream, and additional chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If using my recipe for lime cilantro sauce, you will have extra sauce left over. It is easily freezable (freezer bags), if you wish to do so.

Nutrition Facts
Pork Enchiladas With Cilantro Lime Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 enchilada)
Calories 628 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 2072mg90%
Potassium 798mg23%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1190IU24%
Vitamin C 57.4mg70%
Calcium 564mg56%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chili Mac With Summer Squash

Chili Mac with Summer Squash is a budget friendly, easy, delicious meal, with ground beef, pasta, fresh veggies and great Southwest flavor!Chili Mac with Summer Squash is a budget friendly, easy, delicious comfort food meal, with ground beef, pasta, fresh summer veggies and great Southwest flavor!
Well, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy to prepare “Comfort Food” kind of meal… this “Chili Mac With Summer Squash” is it!!  I made this Southwestern flavored recipe up as I went along (really), but it is loosely based on the goulash recipe (Italian-flavored) my Mom used to make for us kids when we were growing up.

I fixed this EASY PEASY yummy dish for my husband and I for dinner recently, and it filled us up!  It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a pound of hamburger meat, some fresh veggies from the garden (or store), elbow macaroni, and some tasty Southwestern spices!

The recipe serves 4-6 depending on serving size, so all in all, it’s a lot of bang for your hard earned money! Here’s how to make this:

First, brown one pound of ground beef with chopped onions and a bit of diced jalapeno. When it is nearly done, add minced garlic.

Ground beef, onions, garlic and jalapeno are cooked for chili mac
Drain off the grease (discard), then add one small can of diced tomatoes, a little water, some taco seasoning, salt, and pepper to the beef. (I used 3 large Tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning mix:  “Make Your Own Taco Seasoning Mix”).

Canned tomatoes and chili spices are added to ground beef mixture
Stir well, then add zucchini and yellow squash (cut in quarters). I used my homegrown veggies (yay for my garden). Stir again to combine, then cover the skillet and let it all cook for 9-10 minutes (enough to cook the squash, but not let it get smooshy).

Sliced summer squash is added to chili beef mixture

Summer squash is cooked with ground beef, tomatoes and spices
Note:  While this was cooking, I cooked the elbow macaroni separately in a large, separate saucepan.  That’s a great timesaver! Once the meat and veggies were done cooking and I uncovered the skillet, it looked like this:

Summer squash is finished cooking with chili beef
Drain the cooked macaroni noodles and put them back into the pot they were cooked in.

Macaroni noodles are cooked, then drained.
Immediately pour the entire skillet of hot meat and veggies into the pan of cooked/drained macaroni.

Summer squash, chili beef and tomatoes are poured over cooked macaroni
Stir it all together, then heat it another minute or two to make sure it is hot… then taste-test it to make sure it is seasoned with enough salt.

Pasta, beef and summer squash are stirred to combine.
Place spoonfuls of the Chili Mac into serving bowls while it is piping hot!

Chili mac with summer squash is placed into bowls for serving
Sprinkle each bowl with a small amount of grated cheddar cheese, then serve it up while hot! There ya have it… a tasty one-dish meal that has meat, pasta, AND yummy veggies!

Chili mac is sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese to serve.
All that’s left to do is grab a fork and dig in! Quick, easy, totally inexpensive to make, and really good. How good, you ask? The kind of good where you want to “put on stretchy pants and hang out on the couch watching a great movie while you eat this on a rainy day good”.

Sure hope you will give this recipe a try! The leftovers are amazingly yummy, as well- (speaking with first-hand knowledge!)  I think you’ll like this comforting dish as much as we do, and will LOVE how easy it is to prepare!

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Chili Mac With Summer Squash
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
24 mins
 
Chili Mac with Summer Squash is a budget friendly, easy, delicious comfort food meal, with ground beef, pasta, fresh summer veggies and great Southwest flavor!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: chili mac
Servings: 5 servings
Calories Per Serving: 562 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound hamburger meat
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper , (de-stemmed and seeded), chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning or 3 Tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 green zucchini , sliced, then cut into quarters
  • 1 yellow squash , sliced, then cut into quarters
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni (cooked per package directions)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Additional salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Before cooking the hamburger meat, bring a large saucepan full of water to a boil (to cook the macaroni in)
  2. In large skillet, brown the hamburger meat, chopped onion and jalapeno. Right before meat is fully cooked, add the minced garlic. Drain grease off meat when fully cooked. Return skillet to stove.
  3. Add tomatoes, taco seasoning, water, salt and pepper, zucchini, and yellow squash. Stir to combine. Cover skillet, then continue to cook on medium-low for approximately 9 minutes. Do not let squash get smooshy!
  4. While meat mixture is cooking, prepare macaroni noodles in a large saucepan, according to package directions. When done, drain macaroni, then return noodles to large saucepan.
  5. Add in the hot meat/squash mixture. Stir to combine. Heat quickly (uncovered) on medium-high for a minute or two, stirring constantly, to heat dish thoroughly. Taste test. If it needs more salt, add it now.
  6. Spoon mixture into individual serving bowls. Top with grated cheddar cheese, and serve hot!
Nutrition Facts
Chili Mac With Summer Squash
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/5 of total))
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 809mg35%
Potassium 767mg22%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 24.1mg29%
Calcium 231mg23%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (Meatless!)

This meatless quinoa enchilada casserole, with black beans, corn, spices, enchilada sauce and cheese will be enjoyed by everyone, vegetarian or not!This meatless quinoa enchilada casserole, with black beans, corn, spices, enchilada sauce and cheese will be enjoyed by everyone, vegetarian or not!

I am always on the lookout for a meatless entree I can serve when we have our Vegetarian son and his girlfriend over for dinner!  I found a recipe for a Quinoa Enchilada Casserole on Pinterest and decided to give it a “taste-test” before offering it up for a family get-together!

Our youngest son (the one who used to love huge steaks and hamburgers) became a vegetarian a few years ago. His girlfriend is also a vegetarian. That complicated things a bit, making dinners more challenging for our “family get-togethers”, soooo… I’m glad I tried this recipe! I only “tweaked” the original recipe just a little bit!

The quinoa enchilada casserole was delicious, and really easy to prepare! If you like a good enchilada, or enjoy a meatless meal occasionally like we do (one with loads of flavor), you will like this recipe… meat eater or not!

How To Make Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Prepare the quinoa according to package directions. When done, place quinoa in large bowl. Add the green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, green onion, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder.

Cooked quinoa and other ingredients for casserole in mixing bowl.
Add the enchilada sauce, salt and pepper to the quinoa. Stir well, to fully blend all the ingredients.

Enchilada sauce is added to quinoa and casserole ingredients.
Add a half cup of cheddar cheese and a half cup of pepper jack cheese, and stir until fully combined.

Grated cheddar and jack cheeses are added to casserole ingredients.
Pour the mixture into a lightly greased (or sprayed) 8×8 inch baking dish. Spread the quinoa enchilada casserole mixture evenly in the dish. Sprinkle the remaining jack and cheddar cheeses on top.

Quinoa enchilada casserole is placed into an 8x8 baking dish
Bake the quinoa enchilada casserole for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees, or until the cheese is bubbly and fully melted. Remove the casserole to a wire rack.

To Serve The Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Garnish the top of the casserole with chopped tomato and cilantro. The tomatoes and cilantro not only add a pop of color, they add wonderful flavor to this quinoa enchilada casserole, too! Serve, and enjoy!

Baked quinoa enchilada casserole is garnished with cilantro and tomatoes.

A Note About SERVING This Casserole

When served piping HOT, fresh from the oven, the texture of the quinoa casserole makes it necessary that it be scooped out with a spoon, rather than cut into pieces with a knife.

I refrigerated the leftovers and the next day was able to cut it into pieces (while chilled) and get this photo so you can see accurately what it looks like on the inside. Once cut, I microwaved the quinoa enchilada casserole to reheat it… and it tasted fantastic!

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (Meatless!) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will consider trying this recipe for quinoa enchilada casserole… it is packed with flavor (even without meat!) and tastes great!

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Original Recipe (slightly adapted) from: http://damndelicious.net/2014/07/07/quinoa-enchilada-casserole/

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (Meatless!)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This meatless quinoa enchilada casserole, with black beans, corn, spices, enchilada sauce and cheese will be enjoyed by everyone, vegetarian or not!
Category: Meatless Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: quinoa enchilada casserole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 290 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Casserole:
  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 10 ounce can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 4.5 ounce can (4.5 ounce) chopped green chiles (drained)
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels (frozen or canned...doesn't matter)
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans (drained, rinsed)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion stalk (green/white parts, sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pinch Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (divided)
For Garnish:
  • 1 Roma tomato , (diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cook quinoa in 2 cups of water (per package directions).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the cooked quinoa, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, green onion, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Add enchilada sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  5. Add 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of pepper jack cheese. Mix well to combine.
  6. Pour quinoa mixture into prepared baking dish. Spread evenly in dish. Top the casserole with the rest of the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.
  7. Bake casserole (uncovered) in a 375 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. Cheese should be melted and very bubbly around edges of pan.
  8. Remove baking dish to a wire rack. Let it cool for a couple minutes. Garnish the top of casserole with diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Spoon the casserole out onto serving plates. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Another option: Original recipe used chopped ripe avocados as a garnish (instead of cilantro).

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Enchilada Casserole (Meatless!)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chili, Lime & Cumin Cod

Southwest-inspired Chili Lime Cumin Cod is baked, seasoned fish, topped with a lime, cumin & butter sauce, and is ready in less than 15 minutes!Southwest-inspired Chili Lime Cumin Cod is baked, seasoned fish, topped with a lime, cumin & butter sauce, and is ready in less than 15 minutes!

About a month ago I found a recipe on Pinterest for Chili, Lime Cumin Cod. The flavor combination sounded interesting to me (a bit Southwestern), AND I had a few pieces of cod hanging out in the back of my freezer. So… I decided to give this easy sounding seafood recipe a try.

The entire recipe took less than 15 minutes to prepare, so I would consider this a truly easy, quick, and flavorful seafood entree! I think the quick, flavorful lime cumin butter sauce would also taste great on grilled halibut, swordfish, tilapia or mahi-mahi, as well.

The recipe is so simple, I really don’t think it’s possible to mess this one up! Chili Lime Cumin Cod for the win! This quick and simple, healthy seafood dish is perfect for busy nights where you just want something “good for you”, to eat! 

How To Make Chili Lime Cumin Cod

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Spray an oven-safe baking pan with non-stick spray (or coat pan with oil).

In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano and salt, until fully blended. This is your spice mixture for the fish. Sprinkle spices on top of each of the pieces of cod. Press the spices slightly into the fish to adhere them to the surface of the fish.

Place the pieces of seasoned cod into the prepared baking pan. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until fish is done and opaque in color.

Cod fillets are seasoned with spices before baking.
Make The Sauce To Top Baked Chili Lime Cumin Cod

While the fish is baking, make the sauce to top the cooked fish. Melt the butter in a small skillet.

Butter, melting in skillet for making sauce to top chili lime cumin cod.
Add cumin powder and the juice of one lime to the melted butter in skillet.

Lime juice and cumin powder added to the sauce for chili lime cumin cod.
Give the sauce a good stir to combine ingredients. Cook the sauce for one more minute, then remove the skillet from the heat.

The buttery lime sauce is ready to add drizzle over the baked chili lime cumin cod.
To Serve Baked Chili Lime Cumin Cod

Once the fish is done, remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the pieces of baked chili lime cumin cod fish onto individual serving plates. Drizzle each piece of fish with the warm butter lime and cumin sauce.

Serve the chili lime cumin cod while it is hot, and enjoy! THAT’S IT! I served the fish with steamed broccoli and some rice on the side. The fish flaked very easily, and the simple butter lime sauce was the perfect finishing touch for the seasoned cod!

Chili Lime Cumin Cod is topped with sauce, then served (with broccoli and rice on the side).

I really hope you enjoy this incredibly SIMPLE seafood dish!  We really enjoyed the chili lime cumin cod, and trust you will, too! Have a GREAT day!

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Chili Lime Cumin Cod
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Southwest-inspired Chili Lime Cumin Cod is baked, seasoned fish, topped with a lime, cumin & butter sauce, and is ready in less than 15 minutes!
Category: Entree-Seafood
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: chili lime cumin cod
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 197 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds cod fillets (4 pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (may substitute dried parsley or dried cilantro-I put a bit of each on the fish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime , juiced
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Spray an oven-safe baking pan with non-stick spray (or coat pan with oil).

  2. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, and salt. Mix to combine. Sprinkle spices on top of the pieces of cod. Press spices slightly into the fish to adhere. Place the seasoned cod into prepared baking pan. 

  3. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until fish is done and opaque in color.

  4. While the fish is baking, make the sauce to top the cooked fish. Melt the butter in a small skillet. Add cumin and the juice of one lime. Stir to combine; cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat.

  5. When pieces of cod are finished cooking, remove pieces to individual serving plates. Drizzle the Lime/Cumin/Butter sauce over the top of the pieces of fish. Serve... and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I think the sauce for this recipe would also taste great on grilled halibut, swordfish, mahi-mahi, or tilapia.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Lime Cumin Cod
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 441mg19%
Potassium 728mg21%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chili-Rubbed Steak

You’ll enjoy this Southwestern Cobb Salad, with chili-rubbed steak, Romaine lettuce, feta cheese, orange slices, jicama, tomatoes, avocado & a delicious salad dressing.You'll enjoy this Southwestern Cobb Salad, with Romaine lettuce, feta cheese, orange slices, jicama, tomatoes, avocado & a delicious salad dressing.
Last summer I found a Food Network cookbook in a used bookstore. The original price was listed as $29.95, but because it was used, I only paid $1.99 for it. SCORE!  I’ve marked several recipes in it that I want to try… the first one that I’ve “officially” tried is this one for a delicious Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chili-Rubbed Steak.

Why I LOVE This Southwestern Cobb Salad!

I made this entree salad for our dinner a couple of nights ago. It was fantastic… as well as a gorgeous looking salad!  The salad was fairly easy to prepare, and the tastes were amazing!

From the homemade salad dressing with a touch of spice and orange burst of freshness, to the simple chili-rubbed steak, this salad is filled with fresh, wonderful flavors!

The flavors I just described are the supporting stars of this Southwestern cobb salad, which features Romaine lettuce, feta cheese, fresh orange slices, jicama, tomatoes and avocado. My husband and I both LOVED it, and he’s already asked me to prepare it again soon.

This Southwestern cobb salad has it all… meat, veggies, fruit, cheese, sweet, crunch, spice… WOW!  You’re gonna love it!

How To Make The Salad Dressing For Southwestern Cobb Salad

First thing I did was to make the salad dressing. Making the salad dressing is easy. I loved the addition of orange zest to it… the citrus zest helped make it very fresh tasting!

Place the salad dressing ingredients into a small bowl. Easy enough so far, right?

Ingredients for salad dressing for Southwestern cobb salad, in a small bowl

Give the salad dressing ingredients a good whisking, and it’s done! Now all you will need to do is cover the bowl, and refrigerate the dressing until ready to use! EASY!

Whisking salad dressing ingredients for Southwestern cobb salad.

The next thing to do is make the chili-rub spice mixture in another small bowl.  It’s simply olive oil and chili powder. Making this rub is quick and EASY.

Preparing the spice rub mixture for the steak used in the Southwestern cobb salad.

Once fully mixed, put a little bit of the rub on the steaks. TIP:  The chili rub mixture is fairly spicy, so use discretion how much you put on the steaks.

Chili spice rub is put on steaks before cooking them to use in the Southwestern cobb salad.

Rub the chili powder/oil mixture onto both sides of the steaks, before cooking.

Steaks for Southwestern cobb salad are covered with chili spice rub berore cooking.

How To Peel and Cut Orange Slices For Southwestern Cobb Salad

Once salad dressing, spice rub and steaks are ready, it’s time to chop the fresh veggies and fruit. Start with the orange.

Cut the top and bottom peel off of an orange. Then cut down the sides of the orange, removing all peel and white “pith”. You’ll be left with something that looks like this.

Use a sharp knife and cut between each of the sections and remove the orange slices for the salad. Get the white membrane cut off the orange slices. It’s not too difficult.

Sectioning a whole peeled orange for slices to use in Southwestern cobb salad.

Preparing Jicama For The Southwestern Cobb Salad

This strange looking thing is a jicama, also known as a Mexican turnip. It has the firm texture of a raw potato. Use a sharp knife and carefully cut the peel off. It will look like a potato once it has been peeled.

Jicama must be peeled to use for Southwestern cobb salad.

Cut the peeled jicama into 1 inch slices, then cut each slice into small cubes.

Raw jicama is sliced then cut into cubes for Southwestern cobb salad.

Assembling Salad

The prep for the salad involves cubing the jicama, cutting the orange into gorgeous sections, chopping the tomatoes, and cutting a fresh avocado into cubes.

These ingredients for the Southwestern cobb salad were layered in rows, along with crumbled feta cheese, on top of the romaine lettuce. Make sure to leave a couple rows open to add the steak after it has been cooked!

The platter with the lettuce and veggies was covered with plastic wrap and went into the refrigerator to keep cold, while I cooked the steak.

Cooking The Steak For Southwestern Cobb Salad

The steak was cooked per the original recipe instructions in the broiler of our oven. It was convenient and delicious, using this oven method. The next time I make this Southwestern Cobb Salad, I will throw the steaks on our Weber grill to achieve an even more smoky taste!

Here’s the what the steak looks like, right after coming out from the oven broiler. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

It is important to let the meat rest. This will keep most of the good juices inside the meat, instead of all over the pan. More juice INSIDE the steak means more FLAVOR! Once meat has rested, cut into small cubes.

Chili-rubbed steak is cooked under oven broiler for Southwestern cobb salad.

Remove the salad from refrigerator, and add the steak cubes, as shown. This Southwestern Cobb Salad with chili-rubbed steak sure is pretty to look at!

Roadmap For Assembling and Serving Southwestern Cobb Salad

Here’s the “roadmap” for the salad: Place chopped Romaine lettuce on bottom of serving platter (or individual plates). Arrange rows of prepped fruit and veggies for a colorful presentation.

The order I used for the rows, from left to right, were Feta cheese crumbles, chopped tomatoes, orange slices, steak cubes, jicama cubes, chopped avocado, then more steak cubes.

The only thing left to do is pour the dressing over the top of the Southwestern cobb salad, and toss gently to combine. That’s it!

Ingredients for Southwestern cobb salad are placed in rows on Romaine lettuce before serving.

This Southwestern Cobb Salad is an all in one dinner salad, and it is delicious! Hope you will give it a try. I confident you will LOVE it!  Enjoy!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chili-Rubbed Steak
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
You'll enjoy this Southwestern Cobb Salad, with chili-rubbed steak, Romaine lettuce, feta cheese, orange slices, jicama, tomatoes, avocado & a delicious salad dressing.
Category: Entree/Salad
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: Southwestern Cobb Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 694 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mayonaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle hot sauce (I used sauce from a can of adobo chiles)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
  • 1 stem scallion (use the white and green parts of the onion), thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
For the steak:
  • 1.75 pounds tri-tip steak or other sirloin steak ( I used 2 steaks), for a total of about 1 3/4 pounds meat
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons chili powder
For the salad:
  • 5 cups head Romaine lettuce , torn or chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 ripe medium tomatoes , diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese , or more (can also use Cotija cheese)
  • 1 orange , peeled, cut into sections
  • 1/2 medium jicama , peeled and cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Make the salad dressing: Smash the garlic cloves with the flat side of a butcher knife, then sprinkle with salt. Mix together to form a thick paste. Put the garlic "paste" into a msall bowl, then add the rest of the salad dressing ingredients (mayo, buttermilk, chipotle hot sauce, cilantro, scallion and orange zest). Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Prepare the steak: Lightly salt and pepper the steak. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder and olive oil together until combined into a thick paste. Put this on the meat, and rub the spices into both sides of the meat. If you are grilling steak outside, put on grill and cook until medium. If you are going to be broiling the steak (as per recipe), here's what you need to do: Put a broiler rack and pan about 6 inches away from the broiler in your oven. Turn broiler on and let the pans PREHEAT for several minutes before putting the meat on the pan. When the broiler pan is really HOT, add the steak. (You should hear it sizzle as it hits the broiler pan). Cook for 7-8 minutes on each side for medium, turning once. When done, remove the steak to a cutting board. Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes, then cut into cubes.
  3. To make the salad: Halve, seed, peel and cube the avocado. Peel and section the orange. Peel and cube the jicama. Chop the tomatoes. Put the chopped Romaine lettuce onto a large serving platter (or in a large salad bowl). Arrange the feta, chopped tomatoes, orange sections, steak, jicama and avocado in strips on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the salad dressing over the salad, and toss to combine. (if making individual serving plates, use 3 Tablespoons of dressing per salad).
Recipe Notes

NOTE: This recipe can be adapted to serve 6, by creating smaller portion sizes.

Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chili-Rubbed Steak
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 694 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 891mg39%
Potassium 1393mg40%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 6800IU136%
Vitamin C 46.6mg56%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spanish Rice

It’s easy to make delicious Spanish Rice from scratch, with bell peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, and spices. Perfect side dish for most Mexican foods.Spanish Rice / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mexican cuisine is my favorite type of food to eat, if given the choice. I really enjoy making tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tamales, refried beans and Spanish Rice.

For years I bought and cooked a “name brand” version of Spanish Rice to serve alongside our Mexican dinners. Then, a few years ago, I decided to try to make my own version, so I could control what ingredients went into this dish.

I don’t know what took me so long to just make Spanish rice from scratch! Typically I have all the ingredients necessary, already in my pantry. I love that I don’t have to purchase a pre-boxed, shelf stable version (with some interesting ingredients) to prepare!

The best part is I can make it myself, with FRESH ingredients in just about the same time as the box mix! Spanish Rice is simple to make, and it’s delicious!

Serve this delicious Spanish Rice as a side dish with a couple of tacos or enchiladas, and BOOM! You’ve got a great meal!

Spanish rice is a great side dish when serving tacos.

Sure hope you’ll give this recipe for Spanish rice a try! They are a filling side dish. I think you will like them, especially served with some yummy tacos or enchiladas! Enjoy!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: My brain, and my Mexican food hunger pangs.

Spanish Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
It's easy to make delicious Spanish Rice from scratch, with bell peppers, diced tomatoes, onion, and spices. Perfect side dish for most Mexican foods.
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: spanish rice
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 176 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup brown onion , finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper , chopped finely
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes (canned-do not drain) (one 14 ounce can)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • cilantro for garnish , if desired
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions and green pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until onions are softened and translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan (except for cilantro). Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Bring mixture to a quick boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover pan and cook rice on low simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time, until liquid has all been absorbed into the rice.
    Check on the rice at the 20 minute mark. If rice needs more cooking time to absorb more liquid, continue cooking. Keep an eye on it, so that you don't burn the rice. When rice is done, place it into serving dish and garnish with cilantro, if desired.  Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 684mg30%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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