If you love Tex-Mex cuisine and are a vegetarian there are not a lot of option out there for you as it normal has meat in it in one form or another and in Fact dishes like Texas chili are usually void of beans and mainly meat. This doesn’t mean we can’t create a new area of food based on the needs of vegetarians to have dishes that are meatless yet pack that signature Tex-Mex heat that these dishes are known for.
In the following recipe I blend a common group of vegetarian ingredients together and then suggest a few ways to pump up the heat to whatever level you like. Just as a group of you have had to live without Tex-Mex because of the meat doesn’t mean others of you should have to miss out because of too much heat either. Feel free to make each one personalized to who will eat its love of spice.
This is a great way to do quesadillas as each person will end up with one that makes them happy instead of making one dish fit all which rarely ever works out because in any group or family there are different levels or tolerances to spice and just because one person likes it like dragon fire and another likes it mellow doesn’t mean they should have to miss out. Continue reading
Ok so it is not a fajitas in the truest sense of the word but hey guys some of us gals like chicken more than beef. Good thing I am not in Texas or they would be sending a lynching party after me about now but from the safe haven of my home I can tell the guys out there that many of us ladies actual prefer chicken to beef and I feel that in 2016 I can come out and safely say it. I mean in today’s day and age we should feel safe saying we like something other than the special cow.
Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with beef it is a wonderful meat and many recipes would not be the same without it. On the same hand chicken is a delightfully light and versatile meat that by the way is the most popular meat in the world and second isn’t cow by the way guys. Now I am sure right now some Texas legislator is writing a bill to present before the Texas legislature banishing my site form all Texas schools but you know something someone had to do it and I think I am just the woman.
I have dared to cross the line in this whole Tex-Mex expansion and even challenge the supremacy of the beloved Texas beef industry. Right now there are ranchers gathering to collect hit money to silence my ramblings and wild ideas of ways to turn the whole Mexican Tex-Mex debate on its ears. I might even have some family members from the beloved Lone Star State disavowing any relationship to me also. I am sorry if this all seems a bit farfetched but you would not believe some of the comments on these issues I have gotten over the many years of bringing Mexican inspired food to an ever growing audience. Continue reading
I suppose if you wanted to you could call this a black bean and corn salsa it is kind is similar to a lot of salsa recipes using those ingredients but not too many salsa I am familiar with use Italian dressing in them so that and of itself separates it from the many different salsa recipes featuring these ingredients. It has all the makings of a typical Tex-Mex recipe one thing and feel free to tweak this is Texas Caviar as it is know is missing the typical Tex-Mex signature heat. Now like I said feel free to introduce it to as much heat as you like. It can be brought into the recipe through the use of any number of chilies to whatever heat level you like just dice them up mix them in and make sure to let it all meld in the fridge for a while and voila.
Now if you have kids you may want to separate out the part with the fire first as the kids will like the milder version I am hankering a guess at it. Yes a Yankee using hankering (shhh I was country when it wasn’t cool) so there. See I told you food brings us all a bit closer even my drawl is showing. All kidding aside it is funny I was having a conversation with one of my staff about a similar issue on my British food site see I have long held the notion that America and the UK are only a language apart as I discovered in trying to put a name to a very common British Dessert but that is a story for a different site.
As for this recipe I give you all you need to make it total yours from the ingredients to blend to the homemade Italian dressing that you can use with it you can be lazy and use your favorite store bought Italian dressing it will save a bit of time in the preparation but you know my feeling in general about homemade and fresh vs. store bought chemicals your choice I understand some of you have lives. Now I also give a few optional ingredients these are totally personal choices and there is definitely more than one way to make Texas Caviar recipes and this is just my take on this very popular dish. Continue reading
Now this dish is a prime example of a dish where you can turn the heat up or down to your liking although as a general rule Tex-Mex tends to bring the heat to the table so to speak that doesn’t mean you have to have the fire department on speed dial if you’re not a fan of loads of heat. This dish is very nice on its own with the combination of the fiesta corn and black beans added into the rice along with the salsa you pick.
I personal have always liked corn and rice together and this recipe the fiesta corn adds an extra dimension but on the list of substitutions feel free to switch it out for whole kernel corn it will mellow the heat a bit further if you are looking to tame this on the heat department. The big choice is what you use for your chili powder as you’ll see it can deliver eye burning heat or actually be almost toward the sweet side this is a wonderful way to turn the heat up and down to your liking.
Also the salsa recipe you decide on will have a bearing on heat some salsas are very spice while others are really tame. I would suggest a pure tomato based salsa and not one with fruit. I looked at the commercial salsas and although I do like Newman’s Own it is just too expensive on Amazon so if you have a commercial brand you like check your local store although stay away from the big name ones they tend to have way to much salt and you don’t want to introduce a lot of sodium into this recipe and in fact may wish to use a low sodium version of the beans instead. Continue reading
Ok in the notes I give you two alternative cheese choices for the brave at heart but I love the heat so I figured I would mention them usually I just put some ideas of things you can use as I know not all parts of the country have some of the harder to find ingredients and I want to give you options. Now warning these are spicy so if you like mellow stay clear and in fact although the recipe calls for pepper jack you can use regular Monterey jack or even a Mexican cheese blend if you don’t want all the heat completely your choice and in fact for the kids ones you may want to do that anyways.
When cooking the vegetables the tomatoes are going to give up their water and you want most of this gone or you are going to have a mess on your hands when you try and cook your quesadillas so I suggest in the instructions cooking off most of the liquid soggy tortillas are not what we are after here. This is especial true if you want to make them all ahead and keep them warm in the oven you don’t want the tomato juice leaching all over our nice crisp quesadillas in the oven so make sure the water goes away before cooking the quesadillas.
Now another simple alteration you can do too is use fiesta corn in place of the regular corn it will turn the heat up a bit more but will give it another dimension not there otherwise. And as always alter to personal preference if you’re not into black beans use whatever kind of beans you like just make sure to rinse them first. You could even use refried beans if you like might be a little harder in the cooking process but a very easy change up. Continue reading
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