Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Sometimes it’s not about putting a stylish or fancy dinner on the table. Rather, it’s about cooking something that’s comforting, delicious, filling, and quick. A dish that the family will dive into with gusto and with no worries of leftovers. In these situations it doesn’t hurt if the meal is something inexpensive at the same time. My wife’s famous chicken enchilada casserole is all these things and more.… Read the rest

Chicken Soft Tacos with Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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It’s summertime folks. Time for simple, warm-weather friendly food that works well indoors or out. These tacos are simple, mostly make-ahead, which makes them perfect for outdoor get-togethers. Did I mention they were good? I mean really, really good. Like crazy delicious. Like I want them again right now!

This recipe is actually three separate recipes all rolled up into one phenomenal dish.… Read the rest

Fish Tacos with Spicy Sour Cream

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Fish Tacos. Sweet, succulent fish, crisp cabbage and slightly spicy sour cream all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. I’m not sure there’s a better combination of flavors anywhere. Top that off with the fact that it’s hand-held and you’ve got a real winner on your hands. This is a quick, simple and utterly delicious choice for a weeknight meal.

All you need to put a rock star dinner out is a handful of ingredients.… Read the rest

Oven Baked Tortilla Chips

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Let’s face it, tortilla chips are just plain good. They are the perfect compliment to guacamole, bean dip or as the base for nachos. That is, if they last long enough to get there before they’re bathed in salsa or pico de gallo and devoured. What could be better?

Making your own, of course. It’s simple, so there’s no reason not to.… Read the rest

Cheesy Bean and Salsa Dip

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Today we’ve got the perfect quick and easy recipe for your game-day snacking or barbecue, because nobody wants to spend hours making a dip. Let’s face it, those chips need one.  This is the one they need. And hey, we’ve made bean and cheese dips before, but you can never have enough variations on a bean dip in your arsenal.

This dip can be served as shown, or modified in as many ways as there are toppings to add. … Read the rest

South American Breakfast Scramble

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Waking up in the morning should never be a dull affair.  Anything with a copious amount of Mexican chorizo can never be dull.  See where I’m going here? why not start your day with a zesty punch of flavors that will keep you going all day long. (Or at least until lunch time.)

This dish was directly inspired by my friend Ben at What’s Cooking and his recipe for Huevos a la Mexicana.… Read the rest

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

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There are several debates on the proper manufacture of carnitas. For the absolute purist, carnitas must be made by simmering meat in manteca (or lard) for a very long time. This isn’t really practical in many most home kitchens. It is much safer to do outside. It’s also a very labor-intensive method, as the pot has to be supervised at all times for safety reasons, so we’re not going there today.… Read the rest

Mexican Rice (Red Chile Rice)

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Lisa Fain may have just saved me from ever setting foot in another over hyped super-chain Tex-Mex restaurant. If you don’t know who Lisa is by name, I’m sure you’re already familiar with her blog, The Homesick Texan or her cookbook, The Homesick Texan Cookbook; which I will be reviewing in the next few days.

But how did Lisa save me from another mediocre enchilada plate or cheese-sauce covered nightmare?… Read the rest

Salmon Ceviche

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If there is a perfect recipe for hot summer days, civiche has got to be it.  It’s simple, no cook and is a dish that you make ahead of time. Served chilled on a hot summer afternoon it is utterly refreshing.  In short, it’s everything you want when the weather turns warm.

When I say simple, I’m not exaggerating.  Civiche is basically just pico de gallo with seafood.… Read the rest

Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca) Recipe

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Can something made from 6 humble ingredients inspire you? In the case of pico de gallo, it can and should. Fast, simple, colorful and flavorful, this proto-salsa is often overlooked as simply another condiment, but it is so much more than that.For starters, it's an exceptional addition to any cook's arsenal because it can be served to anyone. Pico de gallo is fat-free, gluten free, vegan, raw food, lactose-free and dairy free. It has no nuts, sweeteners or artificial anything. Short of allergies to citric acid or peppers, this dish runs the gamut for allergy friendly foods, which makes me a very happy boy indeed.

Beef Heart Chili Recipe

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Lately I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on the icky-bits.  Firstly, I agree with the nose-to-tail movement.  I firmly believe that if an animal has given me the honor of its very life so that I may eat that no part of that gesture should be wasted.

Granted, the animal in question may never understand the sacrifice it has made or why.  … Read the rest

Carne Asada Tacos

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If there’s one food that Americans have adopted from another culture and changed to their own liking it’s the taco.  In fact, most Americans wouldn’t know a real taco if it bit them.  We’ve changed them too much.  Chain restaurants have buried the simple and noble flavors under mounds of lettuce, yellow processed cheese goo and whatever else they can come up with.… Read the rest

Huevos Rancheros

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Weekend breakfasts are one of the things that my family looks forward to.  Weekdays are a grab-and-go affair with the school bus showing up before 7:00AM and three kids to get out the door, so taking the time to sit and enjoy something together in the morning is something special.

Of course that doesn’t mean I want to spend hours making that breakfast.… Read the rest

Southwest Tuna Salad

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of HealthyTuna.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

A lot of people contact me to write posts for them.  Most are horribly unsuited for this venue, but every once in a great while one comes along that gets my attention, not just because the people behind the product are willing to compensate me for my time, but because what they have to say is relevant, important and has an impact for the most important people in this blog’s world; You, the faithful readers of CBSOP.… Read the rest

Leftover Turkey Tacos Recipe

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Are you getting tired of turkey yet?  Do you need a new way to spice up that grand bird that graced your holiday table? Are you just sick-to-death of trying to find ways to get the last little bit out of your meal?

Whether you’re trying to reinvent a little more of your leftover bird or are just looking for a new way to incorporate turkey into your diet, this dish is for you. … Read the rest

Tilapia with Black Bean and Corn Relish

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If you’re looking for ways to put more fish on your weekly menu at something like a reasonable price, you’ve probably considered Tilapia. It’s a good choice.  Tilapia is a mild fish, fairly firm and easy to deal with when cooking.  It is farmed around the world and can be bought for less than your first-born child, even if you have plans to feed an small army.… Read the rest

Roast Beef, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil “Taco” Recipe

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Some days are just nicer than others. In my opinion it doesn’t get much nicer than having a package full of yummy goodness delivered to your door from a company that would like you to try out their newest products and let people know what you think of them. Last Tuesday was just such a day and the contents of the package were absolutely delish!… Read the rest

Chicken and Spanish Rice Soup with Chickpeas and Corn Recipe

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There are few things more comforting than the unassuming soup. There are also very few foods that are as versatile. Whether you’ve got meat, poultry, fish or veggies, you’ve got the makings for a good wholesome meal.  Just about anything can be turned into a soup if you set your mind to it and leftovers are the perfect first choice for a soup-based face lift.… Read the rest

Margarita Shrimp with Spanish Rice Recipe

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The weather has been unseasonably warm in our neck of the woods lately. Temperatures have stayed in the 70’s for over two weeks and I’ve actually been having to run the air conditioner for short periods during the afternoon to keep the house cool.  With the warmer weather comes lighter foods and brighter flavors, sort of a fond farewell to winter, which seems to have left us alone for now.… Read the rest

Caribbean Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo) Recipe

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Arroz con Pollo is a simple dish.  I’ve heard it called the “Mac and Cheese or Pot Roast” of the Latin world.  Every family has a recipe and every kid will tell you that their mother’s is the best.  I personally think my wife’s version is the best, but feel free to disagree with me.  I’m sure that if this dish is made in your family, it’s pretty good too.… Read the rest