Posted at 9:43 am , on February 24, 2017
This might be one of the tastiest tacos ever! They were so good I can’t wait to make them again. This Mole sauce has so many flavors to awaken the taste buds including dried chiles, spices and dark chocolate. The pulled pork was the star of this taco so there was no need for a lot of toppings. A fresh Pico salsa with crumbled Queso Fresco is all you need.
Posted at 10:23 am , on January 6, 2017
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes. My camera was acting up and developed a lens error which prevented me from taking pictures. It took a few weeks to send it off and get it back in working order again. Then the holidays were upon us and I had my hands full with no time to blog. I’m just getting back in my groove and wanted to share one of my favorite pot pies with you. Pot Pie is a favorite of mine, however my hubby Joe doesn’t enjoy my enthusiasm for pot pie. So I compromised and made a pot pie with minimal dough, just a crusty puff pastry dough on top. And I added some spicy chicken and veggies that we both love, roasted corn, green chile and red onion. It had all the flavors of home and it couldn’t have tasted better. They were made in individual ramekins, just the perfect size to heat up for a quick lunch or have for dinner with a side salad.
Posted at 10:24 am , on October 26, 2016
One of my favorite restaurants, the Red Door Grill offers Jalapeno Fried Chicken every Thursday and only on Thursdays. Let me tell you it’s REALLY REALLY good! It’s marinated in buttermilk and jalapenos for 4 days or so they say. I was so impressed that I decided to make my own fried chicken but I chose to use Hatch green chile in lieu of jalapenos. What New Mexican wouldn’t pick green chile over jalapenos? I pan fried it browning the outside and then let the oven do the rest. For me it’s much easier to cook the chicken evenly throughout that way. The chicken is so moist with a golden crunch outside and a hint of spicy green chile in every bite. A side of mashed potatoes with green chile gravy made this one of the best comfort meals I’ve had in a long time!
Posted at 9:07 am , on September 2, 2016
As promised here’s another idea for any leftover Mayan pork. While Josh enjoyed a Mayan pork sandwich from the food truck, I had a platter of Loaded Fries. Oh boy were they good! The fries were crispy and loaded with cheese sauce, fresh pico, cilantro lime cream and lots of Mayan pulled pork. It was way too much for this girl to eat but I gave it my best shot!
Posted at 10:04 am , on August 26, 2016
Recently I had my first food truck experience. Here in KC there is an old warehouse district called the West Bottoms that’s been converted into a huge flea market that happens every first Friday/weekend of the month. If you love all things vintage then this is the place to be. They have anything and everything you can think of displayed in these beautiful old warehouses. People spend hours perusing through the old buildings looking for treasure. There aren’t many places to eat down there except for a line of food trucks that are parked along the streets. We walked the streets looking at all the food trucks each with their own artistic style and various menus, it was hard to choose. We decided on “American Fusion” which offered a small menu but caught our attention. Josh had their “Mayan Pork” sandwich aka Cochinita Pibil, a slow roasted Mexican pork from the Yucatan peninsula of Mayan origin. First of all, it practically melts in your mouth, it was that tender. And the flavor, it was amazing with a hint of smoky sweet flavors. I was inspired!! After researching everything I could find on how to make this delicious pulled pork I have finally created my own version. First thing on the menu Mayan Pork Tacos . . . . with more to come!
Posted at 3:03 am , on August 15, 2016
It’s been 5 years since I first posted our tradition of putting up green chile for the freezer. Time to update and revisit my favorite time of year. It’s the time when the big trucks drive up, the roasters come out and they start to unload those fresh Green Chiles from The Land of Enchantment. It’s Green Chile season and I’m in heaven. I’ve lived away from NM over 20 years and other than my family, chile season is the time I miss most with the aroma of roasted chile in the air. There’s nothing like it and the chile is so delicious right after it’s been roasted. Several years ago they started bringing in truckloads of Hatch Chile to one of the grocery stores here in the Kansas City area and roasting it outside on the weekends. Always before I had to ask my family back home to please put up some chile in the freezer for me. They always came through but it’s really special to be able to put up my own and experience the aroma and taste firsthand. This year they were especially meaty and hot.
Posted at 9:32 am , on June 24, 2016
Last fall Joe and I went to Old Settlers Day which is a local festival here in Olathe. The streets are blocked off for a few days as people gather for concerts, arts and crafts, an old car show and a parade. As we were walking through the streets checking out the arts and crafts, we saw a lot of folks eating tacos that caught our eye. I could tell that they were made with flour tortillas but they were crisp and browned on the outside. As we neared the food vendors we found a group of boy scouts selling “Pan Fried Tacos”. I watched as they prepared them with taco meat and then placed them in a skillet with a little bit of oil to crisp and brown them, first on one side, then the other. Before they handed them over they topped them with shredded lettuce, chopped onion, tomato and grated cheese. I had to try one and it was love at first bite! Flour tortillas aren’t usually my first choice for tacos however the pan fried method gives the tortillas a crisp and crunchy texture which also makes them taste so good.
Posted at 1:57 pm , on March 12, 2016
With one rotisserie chicken you can make a variety of meals. I was able to make a mound of Ancho Chicken Nachos with the dark meat and still have leftover breast meat to use for another dish. I chopped the breast meat into little cubes and combined it with a green chile sauce to make a filling for Verde Chicken Taquitos. My love of taquitos has no bounds! I love biting into those crisp corn tortillas with savory fillings and oozing cheese. They’re the ultimate fun food you eat with your fingers, but when you dip them into a creamy queso, spicy salsa or fresh guacamole you add on a whole nother dimension. Whether you mix or match is up to you, but you can’t go wrong with any of these flavors. I had 3 cups of leftover chicken which made 2 dozen taquitos. Next time I may use the whole chicken to make a batch for the freezer.
Posted at 10:18 am , on March 1, 2016
Joe took me out recently to a new place called Red Door Grill. We were seated in the dining room right in front of a huge glass window looking into the kitchen area where the staff were preparing delectable wood fired dishes. They were grilling burgers, chicken, steak, and fish. Everything looked so tempting with wood smoke rising and open flames shooting through the huge grilling area. I was so conflicted when it came to ordering but in the end I decided on these Rojo Nachos with a green chile cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, queso fresco and sour cream. You could also add Ancho Pulled Chicken for a couple dollars more. Yes, please!! Our server brought out a massive mound of fresh corn chips topped with all the afore mentioned favorites. I couldn’t decide where to start it was so gorgeous. It appeared that they pooled some of the cheese sauce on the bottom so that the nachos wouldn’t get soggy so quickly. Everything else was evenly piled on with so many complimenting flavors. There was no way to eat it all even with Joe helping me out. A week went by and I was still craving these nachos so I decided it was time to make my own. So what do you think . . .
Posted at 8:43 am , on February 5, 2016
My favorite pizza in the whole world is Dion’s Pepperoni and Green Chile pizza. Named the “505” this slice of heaven is New Mexico’s most popular pizza. Dion’s is a New Mexico favorite serving pizza, subs and salads for as long as I can remember. I’ve been craving it for the longest time and decided it was time to make my own because Dion’s wasn’t going to deliver all the way to Kansas! I can make pizza and I can make pepperoni pizza but I wasn’t so sure this pizza would look or taste like Dion’s unless I found the right green chile. I finally found what I was hunting for in a brick of frozen Hatch diced green chile at our local Sprouts store. When you thaw it, it is submerged in chile juice. It is meaty and a bit lighter in color than the chile that I have roasted and packaged at home. It was perfect and tasted so good with a little kick of heat. If you ever have the chance to visit a Dion’s, make sure to order a side of ranch dressing to go with your pizza. It’s tradition to dip or drizzle your pizza with ranch, until you’ve tried it you can’t know how good it is!