Creole Chicken and Rice Stew


Serves 8

1 T olive oil
2 cups carrots, sliced
1/2 cup celery, sliced – include a bunch of the leaves
1 small onion, chopped, approximately 1 cup
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 heaping T fresh chopped garlic
1 bay leaf
2 T Creole Seasoning mix
1 t dried basil
1/4 t fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste
2 cups chicken stock, low to no sodium
28 oz tomatoes, hand squished
1 cup brown rice
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, approximately 2 breasts
Dashes of Tabasco sauce to taste
2 T parsley
2 green onions, sliced Read More

Pork Carnitas



1 (3 lb) pork roast – either center cut or loin, well-trimmed
1 T vegetable oil
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1/2 bell pepper, deveined, deseeded, and sliced
1/2 cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot)
1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 T hatch chili peppers, roasted and diced (mild or hot)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T ancho chili powder
1  1/2 t cumin
1/4 t ground black pepper
Warmed corn or whole wheat tortillas
Optional Toppings: a sprinkle of queso fresco, hot peppers, salsa Read More

Pan Fried Chicken Flautas


Makes 20 traditionally thin pan fried flautas, perfect for your next gathering. Cut in half or leave them whole, just be sure to set out a variety of dips. Or for a wonderful change of pace, treat your family to a terrific Tex-Mex flautas dinner!

Need to save calories? Try Baked Chicken Flautas!


1 cooked rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocers
1 (4 oz) can Hatch green chiles, hot or mild
8 oz Queso Fresco, crumbled
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 T cilantro, chopped
1 small lime, fresh squeezed
2 t chili powder
2 t cumin
2 t garlic powder
1/4 t ground black pepper
20 6” flour tortillas
20 toothpicks
Vegetable oil for frying Read More

Sloppy José


2 1/4 lb ground chuck or 85% lean ground beef chuck
1 T olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 T chili powder
2 t garlic powder
1 t cumin
1 t paprika
1/2 t dried cilantro, or 1 T fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 t ground black pepper
Salt to taste (start with just a pinch or two)
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 can water
1 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1 T plus 1 t firmly packed brown sugar
2 t spicy brown mustard
1/4-1/2 t Tabasco Sauce
8 whole wheat hamburger buns Read More

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

Delicious when made with regular, low, or fat free cream cheese. Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish and are a very good source of vitamin A, as well as a few other nutritional goodies which makes this is a most mindful treat. Treats are just fine as long as you do not have them every day. Choose your day, your treat and enjoy each bite.


10 extra-large or jumbo sized jalapenos
1 (12 oz) package cream cheese, brought to room temperature so it is soft (the spreadable version is fine)
2 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
2 T sun dried tomatoes, drain the oil and chopped into very small bits
2 T cilantro, chopped very fine (optional, but tasty and yes, you can use 1 T dried)
10 strips thick applewood smoked bacon, or the best meaty bacon you can find
20 toothpicks Read More

Lemon Barbecue Sauce


2 T butter
1 small (1 1/4 cup) onion, finely chopped
1 small (1/2 cup) red pepper, finely chopped
1 stalk (1/2 cup) celery, finely chopped
2 T vinegar
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T brown sugar
1/2 t cayenne pepper – or Tabasco sauce
3 T Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 t celery seed
1 1/2 t ground mustard
2 T olive oil
1 T to 1/2 cup water Read More

Red Chile and Turkey Stacked Enchiladas


Serves 8


1 recipe Red Chile Sauce, divided use – set aside 1/2 cup for assembly, the rest goes into the meat and bean sauce
18 corn tortillas
1 T olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
20 oz ground turkey breast, 99% lean
1 (15oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C corn, fresh, frozen and thawed, or drained from a can
2 t chili powder
1 t garlic
1/2 t cumin
1/8 t ground black pepper
1/2 t dried cilantro (or 1 T fresh cilantro chopped)
1 T butter (or use non-stick spray)
12 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Read More

Hot and Sweet Red Chile Pork



2 pounds pork tenderloin, well-trimmed of fat and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 T chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t oregano, dried
1 t cumin
1 t paprika
1/4 t ground black pepper
Pinch salt
1/4 t dried cilantro
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups chunky red chile salsa
2/3 cup of peach preserves
6 cups jasmine rice, cooked
Optional topping: Sriracha sauce Read More

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Image purchased from Getty Images, will replace the next time I make this delicious soup!


2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 (4 oz) can Hatch green chilies, chopped
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 T chili powder
2 t cumin
½ t sugar
1 T Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups beef broth
2 cups chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can tomato soup, condensed
2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, divided use
8 whole wheat flour tortillas cut into ½ inch strips like short noodles
8 oz co-jack cheese, divided use Read More