Best Tex-Mex

• 27 May 2009
















I love good Mexican food and these recipes from the latest Living definitely fit the bill. In fact, I've made variations of this meal twice in the last 3 weeks--it's that good. Since I'm a rare red-meat-eater, I've decided to save my limited intake for the Tacos Picadillos..they clearly present a temptation :) To make them a little healthier, I buy fresh corn tortillas and then place them on a griddle pan on medium heat for about 5-10 seconds per side. I don't spray them with oil or anything...I find them delicious enough on their own.

Some other notes worth reading beforehand:

1. The Salsa Picante is just that...picante...as in pretty darn spicy. I only used one of the two recommended jalopenos to lessen the heat, but still found it quite hot. For the Husband, who enjoys spicy food, it was just right though. I'd go with 1/2 to 1 jalopeno when I make this again. The roasted vegetables really add depth to the salsa. Loved it!

2. This Spanish Rice recipe is the best I've ever made. Totally loving my tomato-paste-in-a-tube right now. It's easy to double too.

3. Holy Guacamole. This is good. Easy too! The trick is choosing the right avocado...I always buy one more than I think I'll need just in case I open one and it's bruised.

4. A side of the Southwestern Salad is the perfect "fresh" accompaniment to this meal. It evens things out a bit you could say. In addition to the Southwestern Salad, consider a plate of fresh fruit for dessert. It's a light way to end a Mexican meal.

images from MS

6 comments:

jordan said...

that looks delicious. i'm so glad you used "holy guacamole!" i've been trying to bring that saying back for some time. i'm dead serious. here's to rhymes based on fruits and veggies! "see you later, mashed potater." yeah, i know, i'm cool.

jen jafarzadeh said...

i could live off of mexican food, literally. nothing beats fresh guacamole.

megan russell said...

oh good... i've got those recipes in my binder waiting to be made...

keely steger said...

Yum. Yum. Yum!! I just finished meal planning yesterday and already have 2 Mexican nights planned...may have to add a third, or at least incorporate some of these dishes in. Thank you!

Leslie said...

Yum! I could eat mexican every single day.

Brenda BE said...

For dessert with Mexican food, I love to serve fresh strawberries with the green "hat" left on. Dip the strawberry in sour cream (yes sour cream) and then dip it in brown sugar. Creates a caramel cover on the strawberry. People like to do the dipping either in communal bowls or give them their own two bowls, one with sour cream and one with brown sugar, then they can double dip!!
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