Why have I never thought of making a BLT taco before? Genius.
This quick and delicious weeknight dinner recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I cooked the bacon at a lower temperature, increasing the cooking time. I think that this method isn’t as messy. 🙂 I added avocado slices, used corn-flour hybrid tortillas, a Serrano instead of jalapeño chile, increased the lime juice, and used chipotle Tabasco in the mayonnaise. I also warmed the tortillas with steam in the microwave.
Yield: Serves 4
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon, about 10 slices
- 1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered (mixed colors are pretty here)
- 1 small Serrano or jalapeño chile, seeded or not, finely chopped
- 2-3 T cilantro, chopped
- 1 T fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ teaspoons Cholula or other hot sauce, or to taste, plus more for serving (I used Chipotle Tabasco)
- 8 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas (I used corn-flour hybrid tortillas)
- Romaine lettuce leaves, sliced into bite-size pieces
- 1 avocado, sliced into eighths
- refried beans and rice, for serving, optional
- Heat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection. Lay bacon in an even layer in 2 9-13″ glass pyrex dishes or on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until browned and crisp, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plates and let cool. (Keep rendered fat for another use.)
- While bacon is cooking, toss together tomatoes, chopped chile, cilantro, lime juice and a large pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Taste and add more lime juice and salt, if needed.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and hot sauce.
- Place tortillas in a tortilla warmer or medium bowl. Top with a damp paper towel and seal with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave for 1 minute to warm. (Alternatively, the tortillas can be warmed on the stove top: Lay a clean kitchen towel in a medium bowl. Using the open flame from a stovetop gas burner (or in a skillet placed on an electric burner), warm and lightly char tortillas, 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Transfer warmed tortillas to a towel-lined bowl, and cover with towel to keep warm while you finish remaining tortillas.)
- Serve, letting people make their own tacos by layering bacon, salsa, lettuce, spicy mayonnaise and avocado, on tortillas. Top with more hot sauce, if desired.
Posted in Pork, Quick, Recipes, Tacos
Tags: BLT, cherry tomatoes, chipotle, cilantro, corn tortillas, dinner, easy, grape tomatoes, jalapeño, lime juice, mayonnaise, romaine, salsa, sandwich, serrano, Tabasco, Tacos, tomatoes, tortillas, wrap
I am such a sauce person! This roasted tomatillo and garlic sauce was absolutely incredible. The acorn squash is roasted on the sheet pan with the chicken and sauce ingredients, absorbing all of the flavors too. It would be a wonderful dish to serve as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration. In fact, I might make it again on Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used boneless, skinless thighs instead of bone-in, and adjusted the method and roasting times accordingly.
I’m bringing this delicious dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #221 this week, hosted by Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes. Enjoy!
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes, Sauces
Tags: acorn squash, adobo, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chipotle, cilantro, cinco de mayo, cumin, dinner, Fiesta Friday, jalapeño, limes, Mexican, roasted, salsa, salsa verde, sauce, scallions, sheet pan, tomatillos, verde, Vitamix
Simple and rich. This side dish is so quick to throw together it’s absolutely perfect for after Thanksgiving or another holiday meal when less side dishes and more turkey (or main protein) is leftover. I suppose it would also be a terrific side for the big day! We enjoyed it with our leftover turkey this year. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Sarah McLellan. She described this dish as “an easy, unadulterated combo of creamy, salty, and cheesy.” Spot on.
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cans of whole kernel corn (not creamed corn)
- 8 oz block of cream cheese
- 2 T unsalted butter
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese, to taste
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup panko or other breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, sage, and/or parsley, more to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Combine the jalapeño and garlic in a medium saucepan. Sauté until fragrant and just starting to soften.
- Add the corn, cream cheese, butter, 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; stir through until melted.
- Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Add more cheddar cheese, if desired, to taste.
- Pour it into a baking dish, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, the remaining Parmesan, and the chopped herbs.
- Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 15 minutes. Serve right away.
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Posted in Casserole, Holiday, Quick, Recipes, Sides, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian
Tags: casserole, cheddar, corn, cream cheese, Holiday, jalapeño, panko, parmesan, parsley, sage, side, side dish, Thanksgiving, thyme, vegetarian
Move over creamy chicken-chard-roasted poblano tacos… we have a new favorite in our house! These tacos are amazing. Thanks to the chipotle chiles, the filling tastes like it has been slow-cooked for hours. The finished full-flavored filling is loaded into a warm tortilla and smothered in toppings- incredible. Perfect.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by David Tanis. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in and substituted scallions for white onion as a garnish. It could easily be modified to use rotisserie chicken meat as well.
Perfect for your Cinco de Mayo feast… or Seis de Mayo if I’m too late. Fabulous any day! 🙂
Yield: 4 servings
Time: about 1 hour
For the Tacos:
- 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 3 scallions, left whole
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 thyme branch
- 3 black peppercorns
- 1 allspice berry
- 2 cloves
- Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 or 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped
- 3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from the can
- ½ cup chicken broth (*use broth from simmered chicken*)
- 8 fresh corn tortillas
For the Garnish:
- 1 small white onion, finely chopped, soaked in ice water for 10 minutes and drained (I substituted unsoaked scallions.)
- thinly sliced serrano chile
- thinly sliced radishes
- sliced avocado
- crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese
- crème fraîche or Mexican crema
- cilantro sprigs
- dried oregano
- lime wedges
- Put chicken thighs in a saucepan and cover with 3 cups water. Add scallions, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, allspice, cloves and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Simmer for 30 minutes, then remove chicken and cool.
- Shred chicken with your fingers. Strain broth and reserve. You should have about 2 cups shredded chicken.
- Put olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add diced yellow onion, season with salt and cook until softened and a bit browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and cumin and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add chopped chipotle chile and adobo sauce and stir to combine.
- Add shredded chicken, salt lightly and stir to coat.
- Add chicken broth and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes, until sauce has thickened somewhat. Keep warm.
- Heat the tortillas over steam or by your favorite method, keeping them soft and pliable. (I placed them in a tortilla warmer, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 minute.)
- Build the tacos quickly: Put a spoonful of the saucy chicken in the center of each tortilla. Top with a teaspoon of chopped white onion or scallion, a few slivers of serrano chile, some radish and avocado slices, a teaspoon of queso fresco or feta and a teaspoon of crème fraîche. Add a few cilantro springs and a small pinch of oregano.
- Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Holiday, Recipes, Tacos
Tags: adobo, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chicken thighs, chipotle, cilantro, cinco de mayo, creme fraiche, jalapeño, Mexican, rotisserie chicken, serrano, Tacos
I received the most beautiful Napa cabbage in my CSA share this week. The leaves are so tender, and yet crunchy, they are absolutely perfect for a salad. This dish caught my eye because it was so colorful, bright with flavor, healthy, and a little bit “out of the box” for me.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I am bringing it to share at Fiesta Friday #88, co-hosted by Julie @ Hostess at Heart and Liz @ Spades, Spatulas, & Spoons. Happy October!
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
For the Marinade & Dressing:
- 1 ½ to 2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin (usually 2 tenderloins)
- ⅔ cup minced shallots (about 4 shallots)
- ⅔ cup chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
- 5 tablespoons light brown sugar, separated
- 6 garlic cloves, minced in a garlic press
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 5 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed oil
- Juice and zest of 4 limes
- 3-inch piece peeled ginger root, grated
- 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt, more to taste
- 1 to 2 Thai bird, serrano or jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and minced
For the Salad:
- 8 cups Napa or regular cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1/2 of a large head)
- 5 whole scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 2 small Kirby or Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 ½ cups cilantro leaves
- 1 ½ cups mint leaves (I omitted the mint)
- 1 cup basil leaves
- 1 ¼ cups roasted cashews or peanuts, toasted and chopped
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut chips or large flakes, toasted, optional
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine shallot, cilantro, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, garlic, soy sauce, peanut or grapeseed oil, lime zest and juice, grated ginger, fish sauce, salt and chile. Pulse to mince the shallots, cilantro, garlic, and chiles- as well as to combine the mixture.
- Remove three-quarters of the mixture; reserve to use as the dressing. Add the remaining 3 T sugar and purée until a smooth, loose paste forms. This is the marinade.
- Pat the pork dry with a paper towel. Place tenderloin in a large bowl and spread the paste all over pork. Marinate at room temperature for 2 hours, or cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours; turn the tenderloin occasionally. (I marinated the meat for 12 hours in the refrigerator.)
- Light the grill or heat the broiler and arrange a rack at least 4 inches from the heat. (Mine was about 6 inches away.) Grill or broil pork, turning occasionally, until well browned and meat reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees, 4 to 10 minutes per side depending upon the heat of your broiler or grill. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook. Let meat rest while you prepare the salad. (Or, cook the pork 1 or 2 hours ahead and serve it at room temperature.)
- In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients, reserving the herbs, cashews and coconut. (I omitted the coconut.)
- Whisk the dressing and use just enough to dress the salad, tossing to combine. Let sit for a few minutes for the flavors to meld, then right before serving, add herbs and toss again.
- To serve, slice the pork. Arrange salad on a platter or serving plates and top with sliced pork. Scatter cashews and coconut on top, drizzle with a little more of the remaining dressing, to taste, if desired.
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Posted in Greens, Grilling, Pork, Recipes, Sauces
Tags: basil, cabbage, cashews, cilantro, dinner, ginger, gluten free, healthy, jalapeño, marinade, mint, napa cabbage, peanut oil, pork tenderloin, salad, salad dressing, serrano chiles, Thai
These wonderful, vegetarian, no-bake enchiladas claimed to be light and satisfying- a pretty accurate description! Perfect warm weather Mexican fare. Fresh and fabulous. 🙂 This recipe was adapted from the New York Times, contributed by Martha Rose Shulman.
Inspired by my food blog friends who have made their own birthday cakes, etc., I made this dish for my own birthday dinner!! I prepared the filling a day in advance (no work on the big day!) and we ate them after a relaxing day in the sunshine. My husband made my favorite Huevos Rancheros for breakfast (I am obviously a Mexican-food lover), and I was greeted with a surprise birthday cake from my girlfriend when I got home! ❤ What a great day! Maybe getting older isn’t so awful….
I’m bringing my special dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #74 (belatedly, again…), co-hosted by Loretta @Safari of the Mind and Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking. As another surprise birthday gift, my dish from Fiesta Friday #73 was featured this week! Yay!! Check it out & Enjoy! 🙂
Yield: Serves 8
- 1 pound Swiss or rainbow chard, or a combination
- 2 medium-size chayote or summer squash (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut in small dice (4 cups diced)
- 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 2 jalapeño or 2 to 3 serrano chiles, stemmed
- ½ white onion, coarsely chopped
- coarse salt to taste
- 4 large peeled garlic cloves; 2 whole and 2 minced
- 12 cilantro sprigs, plus chopped cilantro for garnish
- 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
- 2 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
- freshly ground black pepper
- 18 corn tortillas
- About 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta
- Peel and dice the chayote squash.
- Strip chard leaves from stems and wash in 2 changes of water. Keep leaves whole.
- Rinse chard stems and cut in small dice if wide, or, if thin, slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick. (I cut my wide stems into thin strips and then sliced all of them crosswise 1/4 inch thick.) Set aside stems with chayote in one bowl and leaves in another.
- Make the salsa verde: Combine tomatillos, jalapeños and onion in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, until tomatillos have gone from pale green to olive and have softened. Using a slotted spoon or a Chinese strainer, transfer tomatillos, onion and one of the jalapeños to a blender. (I used a Vitamix!) Do not drain water from pot. Let vegetables cool in the blender while you blanch greens and chayote.
- Add more water to the pot so it is about 2/3 full. Return to a boil, salt generously, and add the chard leaves. Blanch until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer leaves to a bowl of cold (ice) water to quickly shock, then drain and dry. Chop coarsely and set aside.
- Return water to a simmer and add chayote and chard stems. Simmer 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain through a colander and again on paper towels.
- Add whole garlic cloves and cilantro sprigs to ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste for heat and add remaining jalapeño if desired. (I only used one jalapeño- and the salsa had quite a kick!)
- Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add tomatillo purée and partly cover to protect from splattering. Cook, stirring often, until it thickens and begins to stick to the pan, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in stock, add salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often, until sauce is thick and coats the front and back of a spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat and add minced garlic. When fragrant, after about 30 seconds, stir in oregano, blanched and chopped leaves, stems, and chayote. Cook, stirring for about 3 minutes, until tender, fragrant and coated with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup salsa verde and set aside.
- Place tortillas in a tortilla warmer or on a microwave safe plate. Cover with a damp paper towel and cover with warmer lid, or with plastic wrap if using a plate. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Alternatively: Prepare the tortillas: Heat 1/3 cup canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, until oil bubbles around the edges of a tortilla when you dip it into the pan. Place a platter covered with paper towels next to pan. Using tongs, slide tortillas, one at a time, into hot oil. As soon as tortilla begins to puff, about 10 to 15 seconds, flip over and leave another 10 to 15 seconds. Immediately remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Cover with foil to keep warm.)
- One by one, quickly dip tortillas into the remaining warm salsa verde, lay on serving platter, and top with about 1/4 cup filling. Roll up tortilla and place seam side down on platter. When all tortillas have been filled, pour remaining salsa verde on top, sprinkle with cilantro and queso fresco (or feta) and serve.
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Posted in Greens, Holiday, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: chayote, cinco de mayo, corn tortillas, dinner, enchiladas, Fiesta Friday, gluten free, greens, healthy, jalapeño, light, Mexican, no bake, queso fresco, salsa verde, serrano chiles, Swiss chard, tomatillos, vegetarian, Vitamix, white onion
We had a crisis situation in our house this year… my husband had to work on Cinco de Mayo. 😦 We more than made up for it by eating these delicious no-bake enchiladas on Seis de Mayo! We also had our absolute favorite tacos (Creamy Chicken & Greens with Roasted Poblano Tacos) the next night as well- if you must know. 🙂
There was something really special about this dish. It was really restaurant quality. It may have been the richness of the sauce, cooking the shrimp in butter…the combination?! It was really very good.
This recipe was adapted from Pati Jinich, via The Chew. We ate it with chips and guacamole, brown Basmati rice, and refried beans. A perfect belated celebration. (& belated post!) Perfect for Fiesta Friday #70– co-hosted by Dini @ Giramuk’s Kitchen and Mollie @ The Frugal Haufstrau!! (but also a little belated…)
Yield: Serves 6
- 1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 Serrano or jalapeno chiles
- 1/4 cup white onion (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt (divided)
- 1 cup seafood or chicken stock
- 1 cup Mexican cream (creme fraiche, Latin style cream, or heavy cream,) plus more for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
- 3 tablespoons canola or safflower oil (divided)
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 pound large shrimp (drained, cut into 3-4 pieces)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 ripe avocado (diced, plus more for garnish)
- 1/2 cup queso fresco, farmer’s cheese or mild feta (crumbled)
- chopped chives or cilantro, for garnish
- To Make the Sauce: place tomatoes, garlic and chiles in a medium saucepan, cover with water. Place over medium-high heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until tomatoes are cooked through and soft.
- Place tomatoes, garlic and one of the chiles in the blender (I used a Vitamix.) along with chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt, grated nutmeg and 1 cup stock. Purée the ingredients until completely smooth, taste and add the other chile if you would like more heat. (I only used one.)
- Rinse and dry saucepan, pour a tablespoon of oil and place over medium heat. Once hot, pour pureed tomato sauce and cover partially with a lid. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, and deepens its color to a much darker red. Remove lid, reduce heat to medium-low and add creme fraiche. Stir and keep at a steady low simmer for about 8 to 10 more minutes, until it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
- To Heat the Tortillas: Heat them on an already hot comal or skillet set over medium-low heat, for a minute or so per side, until tortillas have lightly browned. Alternatively, “pass them through hot oil”: heat enough oil to reach 1/2-inch deep in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat until hot. Gently glide each tortilla through the oil, for about 10 to 15 seconds on each side, so they completely heat through, lightly fluff and change color. Transfer the tortillas to a paper towel-covered plate. Alternatively, place on a microwave safe-plate or tortilla warmer with lid. Cover with a damp paper towel and either a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep warm.
- To Make the Filling: Heat one tablespoon of the oil and one tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet set over high heat. Once very hot but not smoking, add the shrimp and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for a couple minutes, stirring a few times. The shrimp should be cooked, a bit browned but crisp and plump on the inside. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the bowl. Mix with the diced avocado.
- To Assemble the Enchiladas: One by one glide each prepared tortilla through the sauce. Place on a plate, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the shrimp and avocado mixture in the middle and fold as in a quesadilla. Place on individual plates or a platter and continue with rest of the tortillas, laying each one gently on top of the edge of the other. Once you are done, generously spoon more of the tomato sauce on top. Garnish with chives and crumbled cheese.
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Posted in Holiday, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: avocado, cinco de mayo, corn tortillas, creme fraiche, dinner, enchiladas, feta, Fiesta Friday, jalapeño, Mexican, no bake, Pati Jinich, shrimp