• Bean Dip

    Recipe adapted from the Magical Slow Cooker.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. can refried beans (refried pinto or refried black beans)
    • 8 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded and divided
    • 7 oz. can fire-roasted green chiles
    • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature (or microwave for 30 seconds to soften)
    • 1 c. sour cream plus more for serving
    • 1 oz. pkg. taco seasoning (see below)
    • Sliced pickled jalapeno, if desired
    • Chips for serving

    Taco Seasoning:

    • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tsp. salt

    Crockpot Directions:

    1. To the crockpot add the refried beans, 2/3 of the cheese, chiles, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Stir everything together and flatten out with a spatula.
    2. Sprinkle over remaining cheese and pickled jalapenos.
    3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.

    Oven Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*
    2. In an a 8×8 pan add the refried beans, 2/3 of the cheese, chiles, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Stir everything together and flatten out with a spatula.
    3. Sprinkle over remaining cheese and pickled jalapenos.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

  • Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

    This recipe is so good! Filling and flavorful.

    Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
    • 2 15 oz. cans of enchilada sauce
    • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles
    • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 4 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1 c. shredded cheese
    • Toppings: cilantro, diced tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, lime juice, tortilla chips

    Directions:

    1. Add the beans, corn, enchilada sauce, tomatoes with chiles, quinoa, water, cream cheese, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook 4-5 hours on HIGH or 5-7 hours on LOW.
    3. In the last 30 minutes, take the lid off and stir; then add the cheese and replace lid and let cheese melt.
    4. Serve with desired toppings.

    Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole:

  • Ranchero Sauce

    Perfect for Huevos Rancheros. Add 1 c. of Ranchero sauce to 2 cans of black beans that are drained and rinsed and serve with fried eggs.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
    • 2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 TBSP sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
    • 1 c. water

    Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat then add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant.
    2. Then add the chili powder through salt. Stir and allow spices to toast, about 2 minutes.
    3. Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until desired thickness.

    Ranchero Sauce:

  • Chicken Burrito Bowls

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 TBSP Olive oil
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • 3 tsp. cumin
    • 2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 4 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 10 oz. can Rotel or fire roasted tomatoes
    • 1 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 12 oz. can corn, drained
    • Serve over rice
    • Toppings: Monterey jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chipotle, salsa, olives, and/or green onions

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat; then add the chicken and onion and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
    2. Once chicken is cooked add the salt through the smoked paprika; then add the tomatoes, beans, and corn, and cook until warm.
    3. Serve over rice with toppings of choice.

    Chicken Burrito Bowls:


  • Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

    Adapted from Real House Moms.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. cooked chicken shredded or diced
    • 2 c. Monterey jack cheese
    • 1/3 c. sour cream
    • 2 4 oz. cans diced green chilis 
    • 15 oz. canned green chili enchilada sauce
    • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
    • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Top with: Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and/or jalapenos

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1/3 cup enchilada sauce, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and diced green chilis. Mix until everything is combined.
    3. Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan and spread it out until the bottom is covered. Use 3 tortillas to cover the bottom of the pan. I cut or tear them in half to fill gaps.
    4. Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover chicken mixture with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce. Use 3 more tortillas to cover the first layer.
    5. Add another 1/3 of the chicken mixture and spread out over the tortillas. Add 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese over the chicken mixture. Using 3 more tortillas, cover the second layer.
    6. Add remaining chicken mixture and spread over tortillas. Add another 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over chicken mixture. Cover the third layer with remaining tortillas.
    7. Using remaining sauce, pour over the entire top of the casserole. Try to cover as much of the tortillas as possible to keep them from drying out while the casserole bakes. Spread the remaining cup of cheese over the top of the sauce.
    8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole nice and bubbly.
    9. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving for easy to serve portions.

    Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

  • Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas with Chipotle Peach Salsa

    Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    Crispy Chicken Carnitas:

    • 2 lbs. chicken breast
    • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 TBSP chipotle chili powder
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 12 oz. bottle of Negra Modelo beer
    • 1 TBSP honey
    • Juice of lime
    • Warm tortillas and toppings: crema, avocado, feta, cilantro, pickled onion

    Chipotle Peach Salsa:

    • 1/2 c. salsa verde
    • 1/4 c. (or less to taste) chipotle peppers in adobo, finely chopped
    • 1/2 c. chopped ripe peaches
    • Salt

    Directions:

    1. In the bowl of the Instant pot, combine chicken through beer. Cover and cook on manual for 10 minutes; then quick release.
    2. Preheat broiler. Remove meat from the Instant pot and shred. Add meat to a baking sheet and then add 1/4 c. of the cooking liquid and lime juice. Drizzle hone. Broil for 2-5 minutes, until crispy. Add more cooking liquid if necessary. Watch closely.
    3. For the salsa: combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until combined. Season with salt.
    4. To serve: add carnitas to tortilla and top with salsa and desired toppings.

    Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas with Chipotle Peach Salsa:

  • Instant Pot Chipotle Tortilla Soup

    Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

    Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
    • 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 2 tsp. ground cumin
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1-2 lb. boneless skinless, chicken breast
    • 2 (14 oz.) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 4 c. chicken broth
    • juice of 2 limes
    • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving
    • Serve with: sliced avocado, lime wedges, cheese, chopped chipotles in adobo, sour cream, and tortilla chips

    Directions:

    1. Set the instant pot to saute. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, poblano peppers, paprika, cumin, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook 5-10 minutes, until very fragrant. Turn the instant pot off. Add the chicken, then stir in the tomatoes and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
    2. Once done cooking, use the quick release and release the steam. Shred the chicken using two forks. Stir in the lime juice, and cilantro.
    3. Ladle the soup into bowls. Top, as desired, with sliced avocado, lime wedges, cheese, chopped chipotles in adobo, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

    Instant Pot Chipotle Tortilla Soup:

  • Cheesy Green Chili Smothered Chicken Burritos

    Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Burrito Ingredients:

    • I recipe of Mexican Chicken.
    • 4-6 large flour tortillas
    • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

    Cheesy Green Chili Sauce Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 TBSP butter
    • 3 TBSP flour
    • 2 c. chicken broth, warmed
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 c. sour cream
    • 1/2 4 oz. can mild chopped green chilies, or more to taste
    • 1 1/2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

    Directions:

    1. Prepare Mexican chicken per recipe and drain the excess liquid.
    2. For each tortilla add 1/2 c. (or more) of the Mexican chicken and desired amount of cheese, and roll the tortillas up.
    3. Toast the burritos on a skillet.
    4. Prepare Sauce by melting butter in olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low then gradually whisk in chicken broth. Add spices and bring to a simmer while stirring until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in green chilies, cheese until melted then sour cream.
    5. Top burritos with sauce.

    Cheesy Green Chili Smothered Chicken Burritos:


  • Mexican Chicken (For Burritos)

    This chicken is so flavorful. It’s definitely the go to for burrito and enchilada filling.

    Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings.

    Ingredienst:

    • 2 lb. chicken breasts
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1/2 c. medium salsa
    • 3-4 TBSP brown sugar
    • 1 4 oz. can mild diced green chilies
    • 1 14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chili powder
    • 1 tsp. liquid smoke

    Directions:

    1. Mix salsa through liquid smoke in crockpot. Rub chicken with olive oil and add to crockpot, and spoon some of the sauce over the breasts.
    2. Cook on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
    3. Remove chicken to a cutting board, and let rest 5 minutes before shredding (there will be liquid remaining). Return shredded chicken and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid/juices. Drain all excess liquid.

    Chicken Burrito Filling:

  • Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Salad Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2-3 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 1/3 c. cilantro, chopped
    • 6 c. mixed leafy greens or Romaine lettuce
    • 1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
    • Roasted corn
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 1 mango, diced
    • crushed tortilla chips or strips

    Baja Lime Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo, optional
    • juice of 2 limes
    • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp. honey
    • 1 jalapeno, seeded if desired
    • 1 TBSP pickled jalapenos with juice, to taste
    • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 TBSP chopped fresh chives, optional

    Directions:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
    2. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients except the chives in a blender and pulse or food processor until mostly smooth. Stir in the chives. Dressing will keep for 1 week in the fridge.
    3. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, black beans, tomatoes, roasted corn, avocado, and mango. Top the salad with the taco meat and then drizzle with the dressing. Toss to combine and then top with tortilla chips. Enjoy! 

    Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing: