Jalapeno poppers

Ingredients

6 lg jalapenos
6 slices monterey jack or mozzarella cheese (1/2″ thick)
All purpose flour for dredging
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 lb or 3 sm eggs, separated

How to prepare

Place peppers in a bowl and add scalding water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour until softened. Leave stems on and slit down one side removing and discarding all the seeds. Place one slice of cheese inside each pepper, and dust with flour. Heat the oil. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Beat the whites until they stand in peaks. Fold the yolks into the whites and dip each pepper in the egg mixture until well coated. Fry at once in hot oil turning once and spooning oil over the uncooked places. Cook until golden brown.

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Fajita Burritos

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb sirloin or round steak, sliced thin
1 onion, sliced thin
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
dozen flour tortillas

How to prepare

Place thin sliced beef in slow cooker. Top w/onion and bell pepper. Add next 4 ingredients. Cook on low 6 hours. Spoon fajita mixture on warm tortilla with sour cream and avocado. (Other condiments-lettuce, tomatoes,grated cheese, black olives, salsa. ) Serves 8-10

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Chicken tostada pizza

Ingredients

4 6″ tostadas
6 oz pkg of shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup black olives
1 tbsp chopped cilantr

How to prepare

Heat oven to 350 heat tostadas for 5-7 mins until browned on a cookie sheet remove From oven and top each with 2 tsp of cheese mix chicken and salsa and spoon over the Cheese top with green pepper, black olives and cilantro top each with remaining Cheese and heat until cheese is melted i served the pizzas with chopped lettuce, Tomatoes and sour cream.

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Cavanagh’s cream of poblano soup

Ingredients

3 6″ corn tortillas, + more for garnish
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp each: salt and black pepper
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced poblano pepper, + more for garnish
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp butter
3 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/8 cup roasted chicken, chopped
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack

How to prepare

Cut 3 tortillas into ninths, place in food processor and chop until fine. Add flour, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Blend to the consistency of cornmeal. Place oil in stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, 1/2 cup poblano pepper and garlic. Saut

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Clear creek salsa

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 small onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped coarse
1 fresh ancho chile, seeded and minced

1 yellow bell pepper minced
4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp dried cilantro

How to prepare

Saut

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Chile relleno batter

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup milk, about
2 eggs

How to prepare

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cornmeal in a medium bowl. Beat eggs lightly and blend in milk. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Additional milk may be needed for a smooth batter.

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Southwestern shrimp cocktail

Ingredients

1 lb cooked bay shrimp (the tiny ones)
8 to 12 oz jar green salsa
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic minced very fine
1/2 cup of cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 of sm white onion, finely chopped
1/2 of a sm red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pickled jalapeno pepper, very finely chopped
2 avocados (the ones with the dark skin) cubed
Leafy greens, such as chard or mustard greens to line a serving dish
Lemon slices

How to prepare

Combine shrimp, salsa, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, onion, red bell Pepper and jalapeno pepper blend ingredients well chill thoroughly to serve: place Greens on a serving platter place salad in center arrange cubes of avocado around The shrimp salad sprinkle some lemon juice over the avocado to keep it from browning Decorate with lemon slices serve and enjoy should make about 6 appetizer servings.

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Smoked chili salsa

Ingredients

1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
2 cup boiling water
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp strong red wine or balsamic -vinegar or more to taste
2 tbsp brown sugar

How to prepare

Blend the chiles and water together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the other ingredients and blend again. Taste and adjust the flavorings as desired. Serve salsa with beans, eggs or in soups. Makes 2 cups.

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El torito’s sweet corn cakes

Ingredients

2 tbsp lard
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup masa
3 tbsp cold water
10 oz frozen corn kernels or 2 lg cobs, kernels removed
3 tbsp cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp whipping cream
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

How to prepare

Combine lard and butter in electric mixer bowl; beat till light and fluffy. Add masa gradually and mix till thoroughly incorporated. Add water slowly, mixing thoroughly. Place corn kernels in blender and blend till coarsely chopped. Stir into masa mixture. Place cornmeal, sugar, whipping cream, baking powder and salt in lg mixing bowl. Mix quickly. Add masa mixture, mixing just till blended. Turn into 8″ buttered baking pan. Cover with foil. Bake in preheated 350 oven 40-50 minutes or till corn cake has firm texture. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before cutting. Cut into squares or use sm ice cream scoop. Serve with grilled poultry, meats or mexican food. Makes 10 (2 oz) servings. Note: use masa that has not been mixed with lard to prepare recipe.

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Spicy black beans with tomatoes

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 green bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped
2 cups cooked black beans
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
6 fresh plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped

2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
4-5 parsley sprigs for garnish

How to prepare

In a large saut pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and green and red peppers, and saut 4-6 minutes, until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender. Add the black beans and salt to taste. Add tomatoes and olive oil. Let cook another 5 minutes, until hot throughout. Add cilantro and mix well. Add cayenne pepper to taste and serve hot, garnished with sprigs of parsley. Makes 4-6 servings

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