Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mexican Food

I've been on a Mexican food kick lately.  I just can't get enough.  I love Mexican food.  Since I obviously can't eat out every night, I searched for some recipes that would give me my Mexican food fix.  Here are a couple I found from Southern Living. ( I also grabbed the pictures off of Southern Living, as mine don't look near as pretty, and by the time I get done cooking, I just want to eat!)

The first one we tried was the chimichangas.  We enjoyed them so much when we Anthony made them a couple weeks ago that we made them again last night.



  • 1  (16-ounce) jar picante sauce or salsa, divided (I used a can of Rotel)
  • 7  cups  chopped cooked chicken
  • 1  small onion, diced
  • 2  to 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 20  (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3  cups  (12 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomato (we chose Queso)


1.Combine 1 1/2 cups picante sauce and next 5 ingredients in a Dutch oven; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, 25 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Spoon 1/3 cup mixture below center of each tortilla; top with 2 tablespoons cheese.
2.Fold in 2 sides of tortillas to enclose filling. Fold over top and bottom edges of tortillas, making rectangles. Secure with wooden picks. Place, folded side down, on greased baking sheets. Coat chimichangas with cooking spray.
3.Bake at 425° for 8 minutes; turn and bake 5 more minutes. Remove picks; top with remaining picante sauce and desired toppings.

We loved these.  And it made a ton.  There were atleast 2-3 extra meals. Meaning I didn't have to cook the next night!

The next one we tried was Mexican Lasagna.  This one I was a little more hesitant to try, but it was really easy and really good.

Mexican Lasagna


  • 1/2  pound  ground mild pork sausage
  • 1/2  pound  ground beef (I omitted the sausage and used all beef)
  • 1  (15-ounce) can jalapeno ranch-style pinto beans, drained
  • 2/3  cup  canned diced tomatoes and green chiles (AKA Rotel)
  • 1  teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  pepper
  • 1  (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1  (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1  (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 9  (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2  cups  (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1  cup  (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1  medium tomato, seeded and diced (I left these out)
  • 4  green onions, chopped (didn't have any, so I used about 1/8 c white onion)
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1  medium avocado, chopped (didn't use these)


1.Cook sausage and ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in beans and next 5 ingredients; cook until thoroughly heated.
2.Stir together soups and enchilada sauce in a saucepan; cook until thoroughly heated.
3.Spoon one-third of sauce onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; top with 3 tortillas. 4.Spoon half of beef mixture and one-third of sauce over tortillas; sprinkle with half of Cheddar cheese. Top with 3 tortillas; repeat layers ending with tortillas. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese and next 3 ingredients.
5.Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Top with avocado.

What Mexican recipe do you enjoy?


Jessica Lynn said...

Those look really good! but.....I'm a little biased coming from New Mexico and all. Pictures in magazines and recipes from mags and TV usually do something funky to the meal and the New Mexican in me scoffs - hate to say it, but it's true. On a regular basis, though, I usually make tacos, enchiladas, rellenos, tostadas, and nachos.

JG said...

Those both look awesome! I'll have to learn how to make chimis while Hubs is away - they are his fav! I found a "healthy" taco salad recipe back in the day that is super easy. I need to share it sometime. But other than that, my mexican food recipe is usually Ted's or Taco Bell ;)

Hazel said...

Those both look delicious. I agree with JG, Taco Bell lol! I need to start cooking!