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Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

27 Jan


My love for Southwestern style egg rolls started a few years ago when our restaurant at work had them on the menu. It didn’t take long for me to get hooked on that crunchy exterior filled with spicy goodness, dipped in a zesty sauce.


Sadly we don’t serve those egg rolls anymore, so I just decided to make my own version! The main difference is that these are baked rather than fried. You don’t get quite the same texture on the outside, but they’re still plenty crispy. One nice thing is that you can customize these with whatever flavors and ingredients you prefer or have on hand. You could sub beef for the chicken or load on the veggies and go totally vegetarian. Or if you’re a spicy natured person, add some peppers and extra spices to kick it up a notch.


Feel free to eat these plain, but I definitely suggest dipping them in something. You could stick with a simple salsa or guacamole or go with a zesty creamy choice like a salsa/sour cream combo or some salsa/ranch dressing mixed together. Just some food for thought – enjoy!!

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls

1/2 bag frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
1 package egg roll wrappers
Water for sealing edges

Yield: 1 dozen

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with silicone liner or spray with non-stick spray.

Combine all of the ingredients (except the wrappers of course!) into a large bowl and mix until fully combined. Lay out an egg roll wrapper in a diamond shape and put about 1/4 cup of the filling in the center. Have a small bowl with water nearby and use a brush to line the edges with water to make them stick.

To roll the egg rolls: fold the bottom up to cover the filling, fold the sides in tightly, then roll it up tightly and press the edges to seal. (or see the package for instructions!) Lay the folded egg rolls on the baking sheet, seam side down, and spray/brush the tops with a little olive oil.

Put them in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until they’re light brown. Serve while warm with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Nutritious Eats

Chorizo Lentil Soup

2 Jun


This soup is a perfect quick and easy dinner that packs plenty of flavor. The chorizo gives it a nice hint of spice and the beans and lentils make it hearty and filling. Toss in some fire roasted tomatoes and spinach for a bit of color and nutrients, and you have a delicious soup that can be simply eaten as it is, include some sriracha for more of a kick, or top with some cheese and cilantro for an extra Tex Mex twist. Enjoy!

Chorizo Lentil Soup

1 pound chorizo sausage
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained
1 can (15 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup dried lentils
2 cups chicken stock or broth
6 cups fresh chopped spinach
Salt and pepper, to taste

Yield: 6-8 servings

In a big stockpot, brown the chorizo in a little bit of vegetable oil, stirring constantly, until almost done, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the cannelini beans, tomatoes, lentils, and chicken stock and stir until combined. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes until the lentils are soft and tender. Remove from heat and stir in the spinach; cover for about 5 minutes to let it wilt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy!

Source: Tasty Kitchen

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 May


Tortilla soup has always been a favorite to eat, but I’d never made it myself! Leading up to Cinco de Mayo, I tried out a few new Tex Mex recipes, including this one for spicy chicken tortilla soup. It was love at first bite – very easy to toss together, super colorful, somewhat healthy, and has amazing flavor with all of the peppers and spices.

I slightly adapted the original recipe, excluding hominy and adding some corn and crispy tortilla strips. Side note: to make crispy tortilla strips to top your soup, simply slice a few corn tortillas into strips, put them on a lined baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Super simple and adds a nice texture when you dig in.


Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 cups chicken, shredded or chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (with or without seeds)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 poblano pepper, roasted and diced
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
8 cups chicken broth (2 quarts)
1 4-oz can diced green chilies
1 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 bag frozen corn
1 14-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
4 corn tortillas, cut into strips (plus more if making crispy strips)
Juice of 2 limes
Shredded monterey jack cheese, optional for serving
Chopped cilantro, optional for serving
Sour cream, optional for serving

Yield: Serves 6-8

First, roast the poblano pepper over a burner on a gas range stove or under the broiler. You want the pepper to be very dark and charred— almost black. Set aside on a plate to cool then dice. (you can either leave or remove the seeds)

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot. Once hot, add the diced onion and jalapeno and cook for five minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and diced poblano pepper and cook for another minute. Add the chili powder, cumin, and coriander and mix until well combined.

Pour in the chicken stock and add the tomatoes, corn, black beans, green chilies, chicken, and salt. Bring to a boil.

Finally, add the regular tortilla strips and lime juice and cook until tortillas soften. Serve with chopped cilantro and shredded cheese, plus crispy tortilla strips and sour cream if wanted.

Source: Slightly adapted from Eat Live Run

Mango Pico de Gallo

5 Jun

I never used to be a big lover of pico de gallo, but now I’m a huge fan. It’s such a delicious healthy addition to any meal. The traditional style is great, but this mango version is perfect for the summer with it’s fresh fruity flavor. Pile it on top of a taco or simply scoop it up with tortilla chips and you’re in for a tasty treat!

Mango Pico de Gallo

2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion, diced
1 small jalapeño, deseeded and minced
2 mangos, chopped
Juice from one lime
Dash of salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Add additional salt or cilantro to your liking. Refrigerate until ready to serve and enjoy!

Source: Slightly adapted from A Zesty Bite

Fiesta Rice

8 May

This colorful and healthy side dish is perfect for any Mexican inspired meal. I made a huge batch and contently ate from it for days. You can use white or brown rice depending on your preference and could include any extra vegetables and seasonings you like. The cilantro and lime were plenty for me and mixed perfectly with the corn, tomatoes, and black beans. Totally delicious and guilt free 🙂

Fiesta Rice

1 1/2 cups cooked long grain rice
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed
3/4 cup cooked corn
1 large tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine hot rice, heated corn, heated beans, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper if needed. Toss and serve.

Source: Skinny Taste

Mango Margarita

30 Apr

This fruity drink would be mighty tasty for any upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations! The fresh mango is absolutely delicious and the drink is so refreshing. Which is nice because in our home, we try to just use our fans versus the A/C for as long as possible. This is starting to get hard, given that we live in Texas and I’ve had the oven on most of the day! I know we’ll give in soon enough, but in the meantime, we’ll keep enjoying some more cool drinks to ease the heat.

Mango Margarita

3 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz triple sec
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts water & sugar mixed together)
2 to 2 1/2 cups crushed ice
4 oz fresh or frozen chopped mango
Salt or sugar, for rimming (optional)

Yield: 2-3 servings

Combine the mango, tequila, triple sec, orange juice, and simple syrup in a blender. Add in 2 cups of ice an blend until smooth. If desired, add additional ice to achieve a thicker consistency. Serve in chilled glasses rimmed with salt or sugar (optional). Sip and enjoy!

Source: Annie’s Eats

Brisket Tacos

17 Apr

What’s better than a crockpot meal that can be used in tons of different ways? Not much, as I see it. This meal has several components that I’ll address in following posts, such as homemade tortillas, an amazing barbeque sauce, and fiesta rice as a side dish.

Let me start by saying that this brisket is so versatile – besides these tacos, I used it for sandwiches and a mighty delicious pizza. I made the tacos smaller than normal to give them a little ‘food truck vibe’. After a long day of slow cooking, the meat was so tender and tasty. I added monterrey jack cheese, cilantro, and some homemade bourbon orange coriander BBQ sauce which made for a phenomenal pairing. I was SO glad there were lots of leftovers because I definitely wanted more of this tasty action. Like I say about lots of recipes, you can really personalize this meal with flavors you prefer. Maybe pick a different cheese, add your favorite salsa, or use corn tortillas instead. That’s another beauty of this meal – hope yall enjoy it!

Brisket Tacos

3 pounds brisket, from the flat cut
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 carton beef broth
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 leafy stems cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges and slightly squeezed

Flour tortillas (or corn if you prefer)
Monterrey jack cheese, shredded
Fresh cilantro
Bourbon Orange Coriander Barbeque Sauce (optional)

Combine all of the brisket ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the brisket and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Shred the meat with two forks and remove fat. Line some tortillas with the shredded brisket and add shredded monterrey jack cheese, cilantro, and sauce. (or anything else you want to top it with) Serve while hot and enjoy!

Source: Adapted from Homesick Texan