I’m always looking for recipes that are simple, tasty and healthy, and this 30-Minute Chicken Chili is all of those things. It’s spicy and satisfying, and it cooks up quickly with just a few staple ingredients. My family loves my Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe, but this chicken chili is lighter and less expensive to make. It’s more of a broth-based soup than a meaty chili.
Everybody loves tacos, but sometimes tostadas are even better: crispy, crunchy and spicy, with lots of room for fresh toppings. The only thing I don’t like about tostadas is that they’re messy and difficult to eat. I wanted to make my favorite bean and chorizo tostadas for a football watch party last Sunday, but tostadas are not exactly finger food. I decided to cut the tortillas in half before frying them, to make them easier to pick up. Everybody argued about whether these were mini tostadas or giant nachos, but they devoured them anyway!
There aren’t many foods I dislike, but I don’t really like quinoa. There, I said it. I know quinoa is trendy and good for you, but I just have never liked the taste of it. Until now. Recently, I was at a food blogger event, and one of the lunch selections was this amazing Southwest salad with black beans, quinoa, queso fresco, and fresh vegetables. With this recipe, I’ve found a way to eat quinoa that I really love.
This salad is substantial, super tasty, and vegetarian. I serve it with a cilantro lime vinaigrette, and even kids will eat it. I love how healthy it is, and how easy it is to make.
During the past week we’ve celebrated a high school graduation, bought season passes to the water park, and fired up the grill at least three times. I guess you could say summer is underway! I love the tastes of summer, especially tangy citrus flavors like lime and lemon. I developed this recipe for Chipotle Lime Honey Vinaigrette to go with my Chipotle Lime Chicken Kabobs, but it goes great with any kind of salad, grilled fish or shrimp.
There are so many flavor directions you can go with a basic vinaigrette, but this combination of chipotle, lime and honey is one of my favorites. This dressing is tart, sweet and spicy without being overpowering. It’s fresher and less expensive than bottled dressing.
I love sour cream on all types of Mexican food – its creamy coolness tames the heat from chiles and adds richness and tang to tacos, burritos, nachos, tamales, and lots of other dishes. Sour cream also makes an excellent base for a flavorful sauce, like this Chipotle Lime Crema.
I developed this recipe as a dipping sauce for my Chipotle Lime Chicken Kabobs, but it also tastes great with Allie’s Black Bean Tacos, Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken or just about any of our Mexican or Southwest recipes. It’s actually a faux crema – true Mexican crema is made with heavy cream and buttermilk, not sour cream. This sauce only takes about five minutes to make, and you can serve it with fish, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, beans or vegetables.
It’s almost June, so I guess summer is here! I love summer foods, especially grilling. I eat a lot more hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad than is good for me during the summer, but grilled chicken is one summer food you don’t have to feel guilty about. I love these Chipotle Lime Chicken Kabobs because they’re delicious, high in protein and low in calories, and because all foods are more fun when you serve them on a stick! Making meat, vegetables or fruit into kabobs just makes the food seem a little more fancy.
This recipe for Chipotle Lime Chicken Kabobs takes only about half an hour to make, but you do need to allow time to let the chicken marinate for anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. The kabobs are moderately spicy, so they’re popular with both kids and adults.
If you’ve spent much time on our blog, you know we love rice and Mexican food. 5-Ingredient Spanish Rice is our most popular recipe, and Mexican or Southwest recipes always seem to be our favorites. This week I’m making another rice recipe that I absolutely love – Avocado Green Rice. If you’ve never had Green Rice (or Arroz Verde) before, you’re missing out, and the avocado just takes it to the next level.
This recipe gets its fresh flavor and touch of spice from cilantro, parsley, jalapeno, lime and garlic. I’ll be honest – this rice is actually great before you even add the avocado, but adding the avocado just gives it an extra kick. It adds a creamy texture that is so satisfying, and the avocado flavor complements the basic green rice perfectly.
Add this rice to tacos, use it in burritos or salads, or (if you’re me) eat it on its own. It’s so good, I could eat a big bowlful all by itself.
Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and everybody’s feeling a little bit Mexican! Mexican is one of our favorite cuisines, and by far the most popular recipe category with our readers. We have some great recipe suggestions for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta:
Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Dipping Sauce – One of our most popular recipes, for good reason! The tacos are rich and crunchy, and the creamy sauce is to die for. These tacos are positively addictive.
Best Ever Mexican Black Beans – This black bean recipe really is the best ever, and it’s one of our super-easy 5-minute recipes. I didn’t even like black beans before this recipe!
Crock-Pot Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken – This versatile, flavorful shredded chicken is a snap to make and can be used in tacos, salads, rice bowls, burritos and enchiladas.
5-Ingredient Spanish Rice – By far our most popular recipe! It’s surprisingly simple to make a Spanish rice that tastes just like the side dish you get in Mexican restaurants. It’s a great for burritos and rice bowls, too.
Easy Homemade Salsa Verde – Made with fresh tomatillos, peppers, onions and garlic. You can create your own roasted salsa verde in less than 30 minutes.
Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas – Cheesy, saucy, satisfying, and so simple to prepare!
Baked Green Chile Chicken Taquitos – These disappear fast whenever we make them. They’re baked instead of fried with under 300 calories.
Easy Red Posole – Posole combines a rich, warm and spicy soup with fresh, crunchy toppings, so it’s like having best of both worlds. This easy version cooks hands-free in a pressure cooker or crock-pot.
Easy Green Posole – Fresh tomatillos and chiles bring their flavor magic to this green version of classic Mexican posole.
Smoky Chipotle Turkey Chili – This turkey chili has been a favorite for years at our house, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes one of your favorites, too.
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Earlier this week I made one of my favorite recipes: fresh homemade salsa verde. I made it as a treat for my family to snack on with chips, but of course I had to make a double batch so we could enjoy one of our favorite weeknight dinners the next day: salsa verde chicken enchiladas.
Chicken enchiladas are a staple in our house. Red enchilada sauce is my personal favorite, but my husband absolutely loves salsa verde on anything, especially enchiladas. This is one of my favorite chicken enchilada recipes because it’s easy, quick, and filled with cheesy, saucy goodness. These enchiladas only have 5 main ingredients, and they’re things I almost always have on hand.
I love salsa: salsa roja, corn salsa, pico de gallo, mango salsa, I’d be happy to eat salsa every single day. But I think salsa verde might just be my favorite. I bought salsa verde for years without thinking about making it myself, for some reason I always thought it was going to be difficult or require complicated ingredients. Last year my family planted a large garden for the first time and we made salsa verde from our own homegrown tomatillos. It was hands down the best salsa verde I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. After that summer I’ve never gone back to store-bought salsa verde.
While traditional red salsa is tomato based, salsa verde is tomatillo based. If you’ve never cooked with or purchased tomatillos, they’re those small green tomatoes with husks on them. They’re not actually tomatoes, just a member of the tomato family and they have a bright, fruity flavor that I think comes out especially well when they’re roasted.