Monday, August 30, 2010

Beef Chimichangas

This is a recipe from my sister-in-law Nicole.  I haven't tried it, but I will soon... they look delish!

1 lb ground beef
1 can refried beans
1 tomato; diced and skin removed
vegetable oil
flour tortillas
toppings (sour cream, cheese, olives, guac, etc)
¼ tsp crushed rosemary
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp parsley
1 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 can diced or whole green chilis with juice
1 tsp salt


Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.

In a food processor add the following: (fyi the amounts are just guesstimates. Add more or less according to your taste)
chili powder
garlic powder
onion powder
fresh cilantro
brown sugar
green chilis with juice

Puree seasonings. Ten minutes before the beef is done, add the seasoning mix and tomatoes & simmer

While the meat and seasonings are cooking, in a pot heat about ½ inch of vegetable oil to about 320 degrees.

Once the meat is done add the can of refried beans. Cook until warm.

Warm your tortilla shells for a few seconds in the microwave so they don’t break when you roll them. Add cheese and the meat filling. Roll up and fry each side in the oil until brown. (Make sure you roll them up tight so nothing comes out in the oil)

Add toppings and enjoy!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chicken and Rice Soup

This recipe is so is one of my favorites!  I added thyme this time because I have seen quite a few recipes that had thyme in them.  It definately added a great flavor.  This one is easy and yummy!

Olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium carrots chopped
4 celery stalks chopped
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 quarts chicken broth
3 cup of water
3 cup long grain white rice
5 cans chicken breasts

In a pot over medium heat add the olive oil and vegetables and thyme.  Cook over medium heat for 6 minutes or until veggies are tender.  Add chicken broth and water and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil then add the rice and chicken.  Turn to low and cook for an hour.  Enjoy!