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Mexicali Nachos with Beef and More

I want to start out with a brief note of something I did last year for the buildup of the big fifth of May holiday where I rewrote the words to the famous Christmas jingle the twelve days of Christmas with a distinctly Mexican holiday flare if you missed day one last year you can find it here. Now this is the link to day one you can jump through the full thing or treat yourself to one at a time like I did last year “12 Days of Cinco de Mayo – Day Uno“. Each day is connected to a different recipe so if you want to draw the holiday out for the full twelve days feel free to do so and check back to see what I have add new each day. I know I am a bit behind as I have had some health issue get in the way so sorry.

Also another slight site note I am doing some experimenting with the ad layouts and while most sites are adding more I am actual removing some and playing around with the layout. I am doing this for one important reason – “SPEED” see the sites all of their number one user is me and I spend a load of time on line and if I can speed my sites up I spend less time waiting for loading and thus work more efficiently. Now behind the scenes I already use one of the fastest and most robust servers available which makes our sites speed scores very impressive but I am a geek at heart and speed is something we regularly test for and adjust to squeeze every bit of it out of the sites as we can. Ads are a necessary thing to pay for this but they are also one of the things that slow any sites load time down so removing them is an instant speed gain.

So while others are loading their sites in loads of ads I am doing just the opposite and I hope you like the new layouts. See I am still a user too and I understand none of us likes them but that serve does cost money and my silly kids have this thing about eating sorry I know the nerve of them so please understand I do think of every user and that includes me. As for the upcoming holiday it is the third biggest food day in America only behind Thanksgiving and the Superbowl and to think it is really a Mexican holiday although celebrated more north of the border then south. Maybe they should think of that before anyone decides to build a wall. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Tortilla Press Tortillas

Although a purist will inform you that flour tortillas should be rolled out, there is no doubt a tortilla press makes quick, light work of this procedure. After all, we use blenders, food processors and other gadgets that our grandparents did not have, and the resulting food is just as delicious. Modern technology is not the enemy. It just makes cooking quicker and easier, and these days when many of us leave for work at the crack of dawn and get home tired, it can be a real lifesaver. Take the tortilla press, for example.

This piece of equipment presses balls of tortilla dough into discs, making the preparation of tortillas a real breeze. Have you ever tried homemade tortillas? They taste so fresh and delicious, and they are simple to make too. Once you have pressed the dough into the right shapes, they only take 30 seconds per side to cook, and you can make all kinds of wonderful recipes with homemade tortilla press tortillas, such as enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, or anything else you want. The whole family will be intrigued with your tortilla press and love the tortillas.

You might be wondering about the use of coconut oil in the recipe. Although you can swap this for shortening or vegetable oil, we have found that coconut oil gives the tortillas a really good flavor. Combine all the ingredients to make the dough and then put a ball of dough into the tortilla press. Push it down and hold for 20 seconds for a perfect result. If you do not hold it down for long enough the dough might spring back too much and become too thick. Some people like to flour both sides of the dough ball to discourage it from sticking to the press. Continue reading

Simple Cheesy Nacho Bake

Are you looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that you can whip up in a flash on a busy night, leaving you time to do the million other things that you have on your to-do list? Try this amazing nacho bake recipe and discover how to make this delicious dinner. What do you make the kids for a snack for the upcoming sleep over – the typical pizza, popcorn and chips with a dip perhaps? Well, what about this awesome cheesy nacho bake for a tasty change? The kids will love this, as will the rest of the family.

The crowd-pleasing blend of melted cheese, ground beef, green onion, taco seasoning mix, and sour cream atop baked tortilla chips, sprinkled generously with chopped tomatoes and dollops of creamy sour cream, will definitely reward you with many words of praise and appreciation from your teens. This would be great also to take to a potluck dinner, offer to the older neighbors on your street that do not get out much, or contribute to your next office luncheon. It also makes the perfect snack to go with movie night.

Other toppings that would go great with this are pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce, crisp chopped onion and green or black olives. Follow the easy directions below to prepare this baked nacho dish before adding some or all of the suggested toppings. The cheesy finish, the crunch, the Mexican ingredients – everything combines harmoniously to make this an extra-special dish whether you are serving it as a snack, appetizer or even as the entrée. There is something magical about this nacho bake and you will want to make it often. Continue reading

Ham and Cheese Sincronizadas

So you have made tacos, fajitas and salsa, and you are now wondering what else you can make from south of the border. If you want something easy, then what about sincronizadas? These are sandwiches made with flour tortillas and they are similar to quesadillas, although quesadillas are stuffed with cheese and cooked in a skillet while sincronizadas are baked in the oven or cooked on the grill. Although quesadillas are usually stuffed and folded over while sincronizadas are made using one tortilla which is topped with ham and then topped with another tortilla.

A sincronizada always contains ham and usually contains cheese too. Although traditionally they are eaten just as they are, some Mexicans like to add salsa, guacamole or pico de gallo on top, or even sour cream. Tex-Mex sincronizadas often contain beef fajita meat, avocado or beans.

For the cheese, you could use Oaxacan cheese if you want the most authentic result, or Asadero, Manchego, Monterey or Pepper Jack if you prefer. Just because ham and Oaxacan cheese are the traditional ingredients to use, that does not mean you cannot adapt the recipe if you wish. We also like to serve this with homemade pico de gallo to add not only color and charm, but to add nutritional value and make it more filling. If you do not wish to make pico de gallo you could serve some salsa on top or just serve these as they are, Mexican-style.

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Vegetarian Black Bean and Rice Wraps

Tortillas are an incredibly versatile food. Whether made from white or whole wheat flour, corn or any of a variety of other grains, they are capable of holding just about anything you care to put in them. Of course, a lot of what we end up eating folded up in a tortilla is less than healthy – if you need any proof, simply pay a visit to your local Mexican or Tex-Mex fast food chain and have a look at their offerings.

However, a tortilla is ultimately a vehicle for other ingredients and of course, it is up to us to decide whether we want to fill them with something good or not so good for us. In the interest of helping you have something a little healthier in your next wrap sandwich creation, we present this healthy vegetarian black bean and rice wrap.

Healthy does not have to mean boring of course and you will find that this recipe is anything but! Packed with the hearty, earthy flavor of black beans and brown rice, the fresh and vibrant tastes of bell peppers, spring greens and corn, the zip of scallions and jalapeno pepper and a little hint of sweetness and acidity from fresh mango, this is a wrap which has it all.

The filling in these wraps is quite hearty, and features rice, vegetables, mango, corn, and spices, so you can be assured of huge flavor in every bite. Whether you are making this for vegetarians, meat-eaters or a mixed group, everyone is going to love the fresh flavors offered in this easy recipe. You can make it the way the recipe explains and then tweak it the next time you make it, or leave out any of the ingredients you do not like or do not have.

A lot of people fall into the trap of using the same filling every time they eat tortillas, whether that is filling them with chicken salad, using tuna salad with cucumber, or even filling them with cheese and making them into quesadillas, so if you are looking for fresh inspiration, consider this vegetarian black bean rice wrap recipe.

Healthy Black Bean Wraps with Vegetables and Mango
Summary: These lovely wraps feature beans, corn, rice, mango, chilies and more, to make a really satisfying dish. Serve them for lunch or dinner and enjoy the amazing flavors.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 4 large (fajita or burrito size) flour tortillas (whole wheat is best)
  • 1 cup cooked or canned black beans, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, cooled to room temperature
  • ½ cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen, not canned)
  • ½ red and ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions or finely diced red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (use more or less to taste)
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup spring mix salad greens
  • 4 tsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. This is a relatively quick and easy recipe to make. Start by chopping all of your vegetables and the mango and mixing together with the rice, beans, and corn. Warm the tortillas over a flame or in the microwave to make them easier to work with before you begin assembling your wraps.
  2. Portion out about ¼ of the rice, bean and vegetable mix into each tortilla, then top with the greens and drizzle with a little olive oil, vinegar and salt and black pepper to taste. Salsa also makes a great addition to this black bean and rice wrap recipe, if you like. Fold up each tortilla and serve.
  3. This is a healthy, tasty vegetarian recipe which can be prepared in a matter of minutes if you happen to have cooked brown rice and black beans on hand. It is easy enough to put these together in the morning and pack them for that day’s lunch or to make them as a quick lunch any day of the week.
  4. Feel free to play around with this recipe; you can add or substitute almost any ingredients you like in these black bean and rice wraps with wonderful results. If you prefer (or if you have some already cooked in your refrigerator), white rice can be substituted for brown rice in this recipe, but brown rice contains more nutrients and is considered by many to have a better flavor and texture – but like everything else in this easy vegetarian recipe, it’s up to you to decide!
  5. Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

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Using large burrito-size tortillas to make these wholesome wraps means you can be sure of a very filling meal. Inside those tasty tortillas you will find a wonderful mixture of rice, corn, mango, vegetables and seasonings – a mixture which boasts a variety of Mexican flavors. If you are using leftover rice you do not even have to do any cooking. The bell pepper and onion can be raw, which offers a nice crunch to contrast with the softer-textured ingredients. Consider serving these with some mixed salad leaves, like in the photo.

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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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