South-of-the- boarder pork chops

Ingredients

4 pork chops
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
garlic powder, to taste
cumin, to taste
2 tbsp butter
1 cup chopped green onion
7 oz green chili salsa
1 tbsp flour
1 cup 1/2 & 1/2

How to prepare

Season chops with seasonings. Brown in butter in skillet; remove. Saut onions in pan drippings. Stir in salsa. Add chops. Simmer, covered, 1 hour or until tender; remove. Blend flour in pan juices. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 & 1/2. Add chops. Cook until heated through.

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Mexican crema – creme fraiche

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp buttermilk

How to prepare

Place cream and buttermilk in a clean container and cover with cheesecloth, and place overnight in a warm location to set. The consistency of the crema the following day should be of a loose sour cream. If any mold develops, toss the mixture out and start again. Once set, the crema can be stored refrigerated for about one week. Yield: 1 cup

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Spicy carrots

Ingredients

4-5 lg carrots chopped
1 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2+ cloves garlic, sliced
1/8 cup parsley
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup onion sliced into 1/2 rings
1/4+ cup jalapenos w/ juice sliced lengthwise

How to prepare

Bring all ingredients to a boil except carrots . Pour mixture over carrots and let sit at least 2 hrs. Enjoy! These keep for a very long time, at least 2-3 weeks, put in airtight container. Refrigerate before eating.

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Green chile sauce #2

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green chiles, roasted & peeled
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 small onion
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups water
2 cups beef broth

How to prepare

Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles. Cut into strips 1/4″ wide, 1 1/2″-2″ long. Set aside. Drop the garlic through the feed tube of a food processor with the motor running. Add the onions. Pulse to chop coarsely. Cook the onion and garlic in the oil in a lg saucepan until the onions are limp. Stir in the chiles, salt and worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring, over med heat for 5 minutes. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Add to the saucepan. Stir in the beef broth. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste. Yields 5 cups

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Tequila hamma hamma oysters

Ingredients

24 freshly shucked hamma hamma oysters
1/3 cup finely diced seedless cucumbers
2 tbsp finely diced red bell pepper
2 tbsp finely diced poblano chile
1/2 tbsp finely chopped serrano chile
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
black pepper
sea salt
frozen jose cuervo traditional tequila

How to prepare

Combine the cucumber, peppers, chilies, lime juice, cilantro and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Arrange the oysters on a platter with crushed ice. Spoon about 1/2 tbsp of the relish over each oyster. Just before serving sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of tequila.

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Mexican style short ribs

Ingredients

4 lb beef short ribs
10 1/2 oz beef stock
1 1/4 oz taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

How to prepare

In large skillet brown ribs, pour off excess fat. Mix beef stock with dry taco mix, add green pepper. In crockpot, pour sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. Yield: 6 servings

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“The Works” Mexican Burger

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large avocado
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and pepper
1 (15 oz/470 g) can refried beans
6 1/2 oz (200 g) packet corn chips
1/2 head romaine (cos) lettuce, shredded
1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) prepared chunky-style salsa
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) sour cream
Fresh coriander (cilantro) sprigs
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) chili sauce

Burgers:
1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground (minced) chicken
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 green spring onions, chopped
2 1/2 cups (5 oz/155 g) stale bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to prepare

Heat the oil in frying pan, add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant.

Mash the avocado with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste – keep tightly covered.

Heat the refried beans in a saucepan or microwave on high (100%) for about 3 minutes.

BURGERS:

Combine chicken, coriander, cumin, salt, chili powder, garlic, green (spring) onions, 1 1/2 cups of the breadcrumbs and the egg in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 large flat patties, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Press the remaining cup of breadcrumbs onto the patties and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a large shallow frying pan and cook the burger patties over a medium-low heat until they are well browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes on each side).

Arrange the corn chips around the edge of the plates, pile the lettuce in the center. Top with a burger, then some of the beans, onions, salsa, avocado, sour cream and coriander (cilantro); drizzle with the sauce.

This recipe can be prepared a day ahead – reheat and assemble just before serving. The uncooked patties are suitable for freezing.

Stale breadcrumbs are made from 1-2 day-old bread – do not substitute dried packaged breadcrumbs. Stale breadcrumbs can be made in large quantities in the food processor and frozen in 1 cup bags for convenience.

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Jicama salsa

Ingredients

1 lb jicama, peeled and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 roma tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp canola oil
dash freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt, optional
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

How to prepare

Place jicama, carrots, red pepper, onion, chiles, garlic and tomatoes in a large glass bowl. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients except cilantro. Pour over vegetables and toss lightly. Marinate several hours. Toss with cilantro and serve. Makes 12 cups.

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