Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce and White Cheese

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce and White Cheese

 

There are several reasons that you’re going to want to make these chicken enchiladas.

First, they start with a rotisserie chicken.  (I’ve got a post coming next week about using Costco rotisserie chickens to stock your freezer. They make a great base for easy meals.)

Second, the sauce is easy and homemade.  It uses pantry items so you’ll likely always have the ingredients on hand.

Third, I skip that time consuming, messy step of dipping the enchilada shells in hot oil and sauce.  This pan of enchiladas can be assembled in about 20 minutes, including making the sauce.

Finally, the enchiladas are cheesy, and covered with a red sauce that’s full of flavor, but not spicy.  This is a crowd pleaser!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Mexican White Queso Soup

White Queso Soup

 

A while back, I was brainstorming ideas for new recipes.  I decided to ask on Facebook, to see if anyone had ideas for recipes they’d like to see.  There were a number of great responses, but Kerri S. mentioned White Queso Dip.

That was all it took, and my mind skipped onto this idea for White Queso Soup.  I adapted the recipe for Cheese Soup to make it like the White Queso Dip we all love.     [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Salsa

A note from Tiffany: This is a post from contributing writer, Rachael. It’s been a while since she’s had a recipe post for us, but she is the one who puts everything together for the Traditional version of the Weekly Meal Plans. Rachael and her family lost their home to fire on Saturday. Thankfully, they are all safe. Please keep Rachael, her husband and their two little ones in your prayers. They are hanging on to this verse. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1:2–4

EasyHomemadeSalsa

Want to know why I will never buy salsa again? That’s easy – it’s because I will always make it myself from here on out!

Recently a good friend of mine passed along a salsa recipe. You can find that recipe here. I tweaked the recipe and love how it turned out so I had to share with you.

Here is my recipe but just know you can customize it completely to fit your needs. You could skip the jalapeno if you don’t like spicy. You could add black beans or corn to have a different spin. If you like it chunky just add an extra can of diced tomatoes at the end. So many ideas!

Easy Homemade Salsa

What you need:

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 – 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

What to do:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until consistency is like you prefer. Serve chilled!

Note – this salsa is best once it sits together a bit in the fridge. Also, I not sure how long it lasts but it has been gone in 4-5 days in my house.

Easy Homemade Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 - 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor and blend until it's the desired consistency you like best. Serve chilled.
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Oven Baked Chicken Tacos – Our Newest Family Favorite

These Oven Baked Chicken Tacos quickly sky rocketed to the top of our family favorite list.  Everyone loved them.  And they are so easy to make, plus they’re versatile.  You can alter the ingredients to suit what your family likes and what you have in the pantry.

oven baked chicken tacos

 

I’d seen this recipe for Oven Baked Beef Tacos from Six Sisters Stuff floating around on Pinterest.  It made my mouth water every time I saw it.  I decided a chicken version sounded great.

I’ve made these starting with raw chicken tenders that I cooked in a skillet.  And I’ve made them starting with cooked chicken that I had in the freezer.  Both ways are quick (of course, using the cooked and frozen chicken is quicker).

The first time I made them, I didn’t add any tomatoes.  I didn’t want there to be too much liquid.  But the next time, when I used cooked chicken from the freezer, they seemed a bit dry, so I added a can of drained diced tomatoes.  You really can vary these however you like.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Oven Baked Chicken Tacos – Our Newest Family Favorite

Yield: 6-8 servings

Oven Baked Chicken Tacos – Our Newest Family Favorite

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz black bean, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz corn, drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 18 crunchy corn taco shells
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken in a skillet till done. (You can also use pre-cooked chicken.)
  2. Remove chicken from pan and chop.
  3. Cook onion and peppers in skillet until tender.
  4. Return chicken to pan.
  5. Add beans, corn and spices.
  6. Fill taco shells and set upright in oven-proof pan.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake 350 for 5-10 minutes or until heated through.
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Chuck Roast Enchiladas

Chuck Roast Enchiladas www.eatathomecooks

 

This is one of those two step recipes that you have to plan ahead for.  It’s also one of those throw-together recipes that are so nice.  And it can be a use-up-the-leftovers recipe.

The thing is, you have to cook the chuck roast.  Mainly, this involves throwing it in a slow cooker with salt and pepper and leaving it to cook all day.

But after that, you get to choose your own adventure for this chuck roast.  You can go ahead and make the enchiladas the same night.

Or you can pop the meat in the freezer, so you’ll have the makings of a throw-together dinner another time.

Or, if by chance you have leftover roast, you can repurpose that meat in these enchiladas.

We loved this beefy version of enchiladas.  Everyone in my family likes any and all kinds of enchiladas.  That is, everyone but my youngest son.  I used to think it was the green chilis he doesn’t like.  But it may be more of a texture thing with the tortilla and sauce.  I’m not sure, but sometimes he has to endure an enchilada dinner because the rest of us really like them.

Here’s what you’ll need to fix these.  I’ll also add a separate recipe for cooking the chuck roast.  If you happen to find roasts on sale, it’s a great meat to cook ahead and shred for enchiladas, soup, bbq, beef and noodles…  Cooked meat in the freezer means easy meals!    [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Tacos

These were such a hit!  They have just enough spice to make them interesting without being too spicy.  The sweetness of the corn balances the spice.  And they’ve got cream cheese.  What more can you ask for?

Bonus – they cook in the slow cooker!

Recently, I was asked to try out the new Philadelphia Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese as part of Kraft Foods and PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeno blogger program.  Cream Cheese is one of my favorite ingredients and I knew we would love this one.  We did!  The jalapeño and cream cheese are a perfect pair of contrasting flavors.

Here’s what you’ll need for the Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Tacos:   [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas

One of the most popular recipes on my site right now is one of the newest – Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas by EaH writer, Rachael.

I’ve been wondering about a beef version and some of you have had that thought too.  So I decided to give it a try.  This could not be easier and it’s really delicious too.  The house smelled fantastic the whole time it cooked.

I used beef cut for Milanesa, which I found in Walmart.  It’s top round that’s been cut extra thin.  You could use other cuts of beef too, but I really liked this very thin beef for this dish.  I also used a packet of fajita seasoning instead of taco seasoning.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas in the slow cooker

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? I don’t know anyone. Honestly, I could eat it every night. I discovered an easy way to make fajitas in the crockpot. The best part is all the flavors really cook well together. And leftovers are even better. We were so hungry the day I made these that I forgot to take a finished product picture. But you can imagine they were very yummy!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this quick, weeknight supper of Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas:  [Read more...]

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite

We love tacos of any kind.  Really, anything that can be rolled in a tortilla is a winner around here.  And if it can be made in the slow cooker, that’s a double bonus.

These Pork Carnitas in the slow cooker were such a big hit that I know they’ll be served often.  It takes less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot.  Perfect for a busy morning.   The meat can handle an all day cooking, so they’re great for long, busy days too.

I know these are not authentic.  Frankly, authenticity is the last thing on my mind at 8am when I’m loading up the crock pot for dinner.  I bet most of you agree with that.  Once the lid is closed and the dial is turned on, I could do a Mexican Hat Dance around the kitchen I’m so happy to have dinner “done”.

Other than the pork, you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.  Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry

I have heard about the beans for years.  Yes, years!  And I can’t believe I had never tried them.  I first heard about them on the Sonlight forums, where they were made famous by Bethany of For the Love of Grub.

Bethany loves these beans and makes them often and tells the rest of us that we need to be making them.  Everyone who has tried them raves about them.

Do I take the hint and give them a try?  No, I wait 5 or 7 years before it finally hits me that I need to see what the fuss is about.  I mean, it’s just beans, right? They can’t be that much better than canned, right?

Call me a crazy bean lover!  These things are fabulous!

They aren’t spicy, and yet they’re flavorful.  They make a quick dinner, can be mashed or left whole and they’re great for stocking your freezer.

Bethany gives a lot of variations on her blog, but this is how I made them:  [Read more...]

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