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Tex-Mex Crockpot Vegetarian Quinoa Lentil Chili

As a vegetarian it is important to incorporate lentils and legumes into your diet so you still get plenty of protein to keep the carbohydrates in balance. And sometimes it may seem hard to figure out ways to accomplish this and still stay true to your choice to go meatless. This choice however doesn’t mean you are stuck with bland tasteless dishes as you will see in the following recipe we go vegetarian for the night and still serve up a dish that my house of men can get behind and not leave them wondering what mom is trying to pull on them.

As a mother I am always trying to make sure my guys get exposed to many different foods and other possibilities as guys can get a little stuck in the basic pizza and burger mode and forget the fact that diet needs to be balanced. So one of the things I am always on the lookout for is recipes that are going to satisfy their need for meat with my need to get them to eat balanced.

One of the ways I do that is through using bold and tasty recipes that you do not even miss the meat in. This is such a recipe. If you have that challenge in your home try using this one on them as a defense and see what I mean. I mean my guys love Mexican food and usually that means meat to them but this chili is so nicely blended with so many different taste that it is welcome even meatless. Continue reading

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

There is a big difference between fajitas which are served in a restaurant and those which are made at home, and we are not talking about the ingredients. In a restaurant people expect the meat to come served on a sizzling platter. The platter is made to sizzle by putting a little butter in one corner just before carrying it through the restaurant to your table, and the whole point of the sizzle is to encourage other diners to order the same dish. Try this at home though and the effect is not quite the same.

The sizzle is all about showcasing the dish and getting other people to order it. If you happen to have metal platters though, by all means try this trick if you want, but piling the chicken and vegetables on a red-hot metal platter is unlikely to do anything apart from begin to overcook them, and once they are perfectly cooked in the slow cooker that is not really necessary, so leave the theatrics in the restaurants and instead focus on optimum flavor and presentation. Fajitas are easy to make, and the slow cooker makes this process still simpler.

All we are using here, apart from the chicken, peppers and onion, are fajita seasoning and a little broth. Everything else is served on the side, namely the tortillas and any toppings you wish to have. If you do not have fajita seasoning, use taco seasoning. Perhaps you do not have either but you have plenty of spices. This means you can make your own. Combine a tablespoon of chili powder with a teaspoon each of salt, black pepper and cumin, ½ teaspoon paprika, and ¼ teaspoon each of onion powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Easy! Continue reading

Spicy Crockpot Bean Chili with Fresh Jalapeños

A lot of chili recipes are very similar. Although there are hundreds of different chili recipes to choose from, including plenty of vegetarian options, most of them do call for ground meat and/or beans, along with chili powder. What we are doing here though is slightly different. Instead of the chili powder we are using fresh chilies to give a fresh taste and plenty of spicy flavor to the mix. This makes a wonderful dinner and you can tweak the amount of chilies used, even the type.

We suggest using jalapeños here because they offer a spicy flavor without being too hot or masking the other flavors. Jalapeño chilies come in red or green and they are probably the most famous type of chili peppers. Ripe jalapeños can be up to 3½ inches in length and they are usually sold while they are still green. This pepper was named after Xalapa, a town in Veracruz, were it was traditionally grown. Other names for jalapeños in Mexico include cuaresmeños, chiles gordos and huachinangos. There are plenty of other names for them too, although north of the border they are simply known as jalapeños.

Most of these peppers are picked while they are green. They begin turning red as the growing season nears its end. Most red jalapeños are used in the production of chipotle peppers, because the green ones are believed to be superior. They give a lovely taste to our vegetarian chili recipe, adding a delicious bite to the flavor. Save some to garnish the finished dish, because they add a striking color to the presentation and let people know they are about to eat something spicy! You might want to serve sour cream on the side to contrast with heat. Continue reading

Crockpot Bean and Chicken Taco Soup

Regardless of how much or how little experience you have had in the kitchen, you are sure to find this a very simple recipe to make. If you are in the mood for a tasty chicken soup, consider this crockpot chicken taco soup recipe which is hearty, warming and so yummy. Homemade chicken soup is always welcome and the whole family is sure to enjoy the taste of this.

There are plenty of chicken soup recipes to choose from but this one is particularly good because of the south of the border twist. This is just what everyone wants to have for dinner on a chilly winter evening. This adaptable soup can be changed however you want just by adding extra meat or veggies, or substituting some of the ingredients for others. Use what you have on hand. This recipe offers an interesting twist on the traditional chicken soup recipe you are sure to already know and the whole family should really like it.

You will need chicken breast, onion, beans and corn, tomatoes and tomato sauce, beer, and taco sauce to make it, along with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips for the perfect garnish. Follow the recipe below and you will be able to make this wonderful Mexican taco soup, and it is made in the crockpot which means the flavors will be extra mellow and well-blended. Crockpot cooking is also very easy. Simply dump the ingredients in there, remove and shred the chicken when it is done, then put it back in, and give the soup a couple more hours. That is all you need to do to make this magical dish and your reward will be the most fantastic flavor. We are calling this a soup but actually it is somewhere between a soup, stew and chili in terms of flavor and texture. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Recipes Black Bean Corn Chili

If you like spicy recipes black bean corn chili is a great dinner idea. This recipe can be made in the crockpot, which means you can get it ready in the morning, be out all day and then get home to a dinner, which is all ready to enjoy. This chili recipe is bean rich, featuring corn, kidney beans and black beans rather than meat. The beans make it suitable for a vegetarian and you will not miss meat at all because this recipe is so good. If you are a strict vegetarian rather than somebody who just fancies a meat-free chili recipe for a change, you can replace the chicken broth in the recipe with vegetable broth and it will still taste nice.

The cumin, oregano, coriander, and chili powder are just some of the seasonings in the following recipe for black bean corn chili and the dish has a really complex and delicious flavor. Slow cooking always makes recipes tastier because of the way the flavors merge and blend and this chili is really wonderful after being slow cooked. Serve it with boiled rice or cornbread muffins.

Slow cooker recipes are so handy and being able to cook a classic recipe like chili is great if you are going to be out all day and you know the last thing you will feel like doing when you get home is standing over the stove. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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