Tex Mex Pub Style Nachos

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Pace® Salsa Verde is a Southwestern sauce that can liven up any dish. Poured over a bed of Tex Mex Pub Style Nachos, it’s a match made in Game Day heaven– and sure to be the MVP of your party spread.

Tex Mex Pub Style Nachos

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Sweet & Smoky Pork Quesadillas with Spicy Ranch Dressing

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Quesadillas are always a great idea for a quick meal, even on the busiest of nights. Stuffed full with shredded pork, diced green chiles, avocado, sweet corn, and a blend of Mexican cheeses– these Sweet & Smoky Pork Quesadillas with Spicy Ranch Dressing are a gourmet meal made on a budget, in under 30 minutes.

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{One Pot Wonder} 15 Minute Taco Pasta

Some days I seriously don’t think I’d survive without my quick one pot meals. Seriously. With everything life throws at me some days having these quick and easy meals the whole family can get behind is my saving grace. It may not be actual tacos, but it tastes just as good without all the chopping, dicing, etc.

Give it a try and this recipe for 15 Minute Taco Pasta will soon be just as stained and well-worn as some of the other quick and easy family favorites in your recipe binder.

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Esquites ( Mexican Corn Salad )

Esquites, a warm Mexican corn salad, is a cozy side dish with a little heat from freshly diced jalapenos, a little tang from chopped cilantro leaves, and cheesy goodness from crumbled Cotija cheese. It’s our favorite way to incorporate a little South of the border flavor into our everyday meals, especially if it’s taco tuesday! 

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Do you have a Mexican food stand at your local Farmers Market? Or a local food truck claiming authentic Mexican street fare? I

f the answer is yes to either of these, then you’ve probably come across this dish before. If not, you’re in for a treat.

The name literally means ‘toasted’ corn.

And it’s the smokey, sweet, spicy, and tangy off the cob cousin of elote (creamy, cheese coated corn on the cob), and it’s packin all those same feisty flavors. So, it does not disappoint.

Were just loving all these de-constructed versions of things recently, aren’t you? Convenience is priceless.

Esquites ( Mexican Corn Salad )

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Even better Esquites, this Mexican corn salad, can be served hot or cold. Making it perfect for a toasty, comforting side dish in the Winter months, and also easily adaptable for a cold corn salad to bring to any Summer barbecue.

My family loves enjoying it as a side to both quesadillas & tacos. It’s also a great option to serve with grilled meats, like steak or chicken- even fish!

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Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)

A warm creamy corn salad, this simple Mexican side dish gets a little heat from some fresh jalapeno with a bit of cream & salt from Cotija cheese.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 4
Calories: 237kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cans corn drained or 4 ears fresh corn cut off cob
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tbsp Cojita cheese finely crumbled (or shredded Mexican blend cheese)
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and diced (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the corn to the pan and allow it to slightly char on the bottom of the pan, then give it a good stir and let it char one more time.
  • Stir in the jalapeno and remove the skillet from heat.
  • Transfer the corn mixture into a medium/large bowl and add in the mayonnaise, garlic, onions, cilantro, lime juice, cheese, chili powder and avocado.
  • Gently stir everything together just until evenly incorporated.
  • Serve immediately (warm) or cover and refrigerate, serving when chilled, your choice. Both ways are great.

Nutrition

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

Have you ever had a Southwestern-style egg roll? They’re so good, and for the most part they’re not too bad for you calorie-wise. Originally we had to go to our local Chilis to enjoy them, but then we began making them at home, using tiny tortillas.

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But have you ever worked with egg roll or wonton wrappers? Once you’ve opened the package, you’ve got days at most to use the rest before they go bad. And y’all know how much food waste pains me, so as usual necessity was the mother of ingenuity. And it led to our own deconstructed version of southwestern egg rolls, this time turned into a dip. With an egg roll ‘chip’ replacing our typical flour tortilla.

it good. When we ran out of chips the sons were scarfing it down by the spoonful!

East meets (south)West in this funky Tex-Mex, inside out, version of an egg roll. Its simple, fun and a great way to use up leftovers, especially if you’re like us and you’ve got a half a can of black beans here,a quarter cup of diced peppers there, etc.

Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

1 chicken breast, cooked, then either diced or shredded
3/4 – 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced and then diced
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
package of wonton wrappers
3/4 cup ranch dressing
the juice of 1 lemon or lime, your choice
pinch of cayenne
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 avocado, mashed
salt and pepper, to taste
oil for frying

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, corn, beans, peppers, green onion, spinach, and cheese until roughly combined.
    2. In a separate bowl combine the ranch dressing, the lemon or lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper stirring until an evenly incorporated dressing forms.
    3. Mix the mashed avocado in with the dressing, whisking until evenly incorporated, and then pour the finished dressing over the veggie mixture.
    Heat vegetable oil in a pan over med/hi heat.
    4. Cut a stack (your desired amount) of wonton squares in half diagonally, forming triangular shaped ‘chips’. Fry the chips a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
    5. Serve the veggie/dressing mix as a dip in a bowl, with the egg roll chips on the side, or scoop out a bit of the dip onto each chip for easy grab and go bite sized snacks.