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Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork

5 Jan

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pork Tacos

The Pioneer Woman succeeds again.  I am rarely disappointed by one of her dishes; maybe never.  We love this on fried corn tortillas topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sliced onion, and Chalula Chipotle Hot Sauce.  Feel free to create your own magic taco!  This also freezes well, which goes along with my current kick.  Baby #4 is set to make his appearance sometime in the next three weeks, so I am busy creating double batches of casseroles and meats for freezing.  This equals quick weeknight meals for after we add a newborn to an already busy family.  I place the leftovers in a Ziploc bag and use it in soups or for a super easy taco supper somewhere down the line.

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 1 whole Pork Shoulder (“pork Butt”) – 5 To 7 Pounds
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 can (11 Ounce) Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
  • 2 cans Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Peel the onion and cut it into wedges. Lay them in the bottom of a large dutch oven.

Generously salt and pepper the pork roast, then set it on top of the onions in the pan.

Pour the can of chipotle peppers over the pork (include the sauce.) Pour in both cans of Dr Pepper. Add brown sugar to the juice and stir in.

Place lid tightly on pot, then set pot in the oven. Cook for at least six hours, turning roast two or three times during the cooking process. Check meat after six hours; it should be absolutely falling apart (use two forks to test.) If it’s not falling apart, return to the oven for another hour.

Remove meat from pot and place on a cutting board or other work surface. Use two forks to shred meat, discarding large pieces of fat. Strain as much of the fat off the top of the cooking liquid as you can and discard it. Return the shredded meat to the cooking liquid, and keep warm until ready to serve. (You can also refrigerate the meat and liquid separately, then remove hardened fat once it’s cold. Then heat up the liquid on the stovetop and return the meat to the liquid to warm up.

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Spicy Cheesy Refried Beans

26 Feb

spicy cheesy refried beans01  These are dressed up refried beans.  They pair well with any Mexican or Tex-Mex entree and can be made mild, using regular refried beans.  I serve them alongside chicken fajitas.

Ingredients

  • 1 T butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (16 oz.) can spicy fat-free refried beans
  • 1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until onion becomes translucent, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook and stir refried beans into onion mixture until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir cream cheese into bean mixture. Spread mixture into a pie plate; top with Cheddar cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 20 minutes.

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Recipe from allrecipes.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken Fajitas

26 Feb

chicken fajitas I remember, growing up, that chicken fajitas were a big deal.  Not only were they a welcome break from the Hamburger Helper lasagna, meatloaf, and grilled chicken (all of which I love, by the way), but when mom made chicken fajitas, we felt like royalty.  Now that I’m (sort of) all grown up, I enjoy this sizzling entree at restaurants from time to time, but every once in a while you gotta MAKE something that just says, “WOW!  We are special.”

Serve with spicy cheesy refried beans and a garden salad.

Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • Salt
    • 2 T canola, safflower, peanut or grapeseed oil (a high smoke point oil)
    • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise (root to tip) into 1/4-inch strips
    • 3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into 1/4-inch strips

Marinade

    • 2 T lime juice
    • 3 T olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Extras

    • 8-12 flour tortillas
    • Taco sauce
    • Sliced avocado
    • Sour cream
    • Shredded cheese
    • Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed lightly with salt and cider vinegar

Combine the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Add the chicken, shake well to cover, and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.  This can be prepared in advance and marinated in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours, but allow to sit at room temperature for an hour before cooking.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and wipe off excess marinade.  Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt.

Heat a large cast iron frying pan on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add a tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the chicken breast pieces.  Work in batches, if necessary.  Allow the chicken to sear for 2-3 minutes then turn the pieces over and allow the second side to sear for another 2-3 minutes.

Stack seared chicken on a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to retain heat and finish cooking as you saute the peppers and onions.

Add another tablespoon of canola oil to the pan and, once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add the onions and peppers to the pan.  Using a metal spatula scrape up the leftover browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the onions and peppers with the oil and brown bits.  Evenly spread the onions and peppers in the pan.  Leave them to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes, allowing them to blacken a bit.  Stir and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.

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If chicken is not quite cooked through, place it back in the pan for a minute or two.  Slice the chicken against the grain into strips and serve at once with the peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and your favorite toppings.  I opt for diced tomatoes or a good pico de gallo, guacamole and shredded cheese.

Recipe inspired by simplyrecipes.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Classic Two-Meat Chili

22 Feb

classic two meat chili01I found this recipe in some slow cooker cookbook but have found, over time, that I prefer just about everything prepared by some method other than a crockpot.  The flavors of this soup are very well balanced and I have always loved the addition of the ground sausage so I had to adapt it to a stovetop method (didn’t take too much genius).  I sometimes eliminate the “spicy” from the sausage and/or the beans, depending upon my mood, what’s stocked in my cupboard and what’s available at the supermarket.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Jimmy Dean spicy ground pork sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 28 oz can stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 30 oz can spicy chili beans, undrained

In a dutch oven or other heavy pot, cook ground beef, sausage and onion; drain.

Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for at least an hour (up to 3 or more hours) to allow the flavors to meld.

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Skillet Chicken Ole

17 Jan

skillet chicken ole 2I broke out my favorite cookbook recently, Southern Living’s Easy Weeknight Favorites.  We tried some new recipes and relived some old favorites.  This one is a definite tried and true treasure.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 oz. can green chiles, undrained
  • 10 oz. frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 1/4 oz. can sliced black olives
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • Hot cooked rice
Cook chicken, garlic, and onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat for five minutes, stirring frequently.  Add tomatoes, green chiles, corn, olives, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.  Uncover and simmer 10 more minutes.
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Sprinkle with cheese and serve over rice.
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Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna

21 Sep

I served this to my husband and my mother and, upon asking them what they thought the ingredients were, they both began with “hamburger.”  The recipe called for ground chicken but I found ground turkey to be quite a bit less expensive and didn’t know if there would be much of a difference.  I still don’t know if there’s any difference, but the turkey was very good.  The texture was almost identical to ground beef and, with all the seasonings, the flavor was indistinguishable as well.  This makes a pretty big pan but I was okay with leftovers on this one.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 1/2-ish tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 cup medium heat taco sauce or 1 (14-oz) can stewed or fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Salt
  • 8 (8 inch) spinach flour tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil- twice around the pan. Add turkey and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce or stewed or fire roasted tomatoes. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.

Coat a shallow baking dish (I used a porcelain 9×13 pan) with remaining extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon oil.

Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with extra Taco Bell medium taco sauce (that stuff is da bomb).

Recipe inspired by Rachael Ray.

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Beefy Spanish Rice

6 Aug

As many times as I have made this, I wondered why it hadn’t made it to this blog.  I generally have all the ingredients on hand and it’s a super easy, quick fix when I don’t know what to make.  I last made it with home-frozen tomatoes.  I typically squeeze as much juice out of them as I can before freezing and they were still way too juicy.  So, if you’re substituting fresh or frozen tomatoes, you’ll probably need to experiment on how much juice to drain from them.  We always scoop it up with tortilla chips.  And in case you care, I love any kind of olive, but Derek takes his without.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 T instant minced onion
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup instant long-grain rice, uncooked
  • Garnish: pimiento-stuffed olives

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles.  Drain and return to skillet.  Add tomatoes, onion, chili powder, salt and pepper, stirring well.  Bring to a boil and add rice.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, or until rice is tender.  Garnish, if desired and serve with tortilla chips.

Picture by me, My Little Food Spot