Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal (and a giveaway!)

15 minute Sausage and Corn Quesadillas

 

One way to make quick dinners is to wrap something – almost anything, really – in a tortilla.  I keep tortillas on hand in the pantry, because they’re great for nights when I’m wondering what I’m going to fix.

Oh yes.  I have those nights too, where I stand in front of the pantry and fridge surveying the contents.  Some of my best recipes come from those forced cooking sessions.

Here’s how I create those recipes.  I’m going to share my system so you can do the same thing.  Some of you already cook this way, but for others it’s a new experience.

Let’s say you’ve got a pack of tortillas handy.  Knowing a quick meal can be pulled together using those, we’ll start there.

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Next, check your fridge and freezer for any meat you may have.  Leftover cooked chicken, ground beef or pork and even sausage can be used.  For this meal, I chose Italian sausage.  It doesn’t have to be Mexican to be wrapped in a tortilla.  No rules here!

You’re also going to want cheese.  Tortillas and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly.  They belong together!  For this recipe, I grabbed a block of Monterey Jack and started grating.

You could stop there if you wanted.  Sausage and cheese would be filling all on it’s own.  But since I had half a jalapeño and some frozen corn, I decided to add those.  You could also use red or green bell peppers, onion, garlic, zucchini…let your imagination and pantry guide you.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding how to cook what you’ve got.  This would make wonderful enchiladas.  Just add a simple red sauce to the top and bake.

But I was in a hurry, so I chose to make quesadillas.  Crispy on the outside and melty on the inside.  Everyone loves these!

Here’s the recipe, but keep reading for the giveaway!

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal

Yield: 6 servings

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 - 10 Azteca tortillas
  • oil or cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Cook sausage over medium heat in a skillet until done.
  2. Add corn and jalapeño and heat through.
  3. Spread sausage/corn mix on one half of tortilla.
  4. Top with cheese and fold tortilla over.
  5. Cook over medium heat in large skillet or griddle until toasted on the outside.
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Azteca Tortilla Giveaway!

I love Azteca tortillas.  They have no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.  Quick meals can be healthy!  Since I often shop at Walmart, I like that I can find Azteca products there.

Azteca is giving away a Back to School Prize Pack to one lucky winner.  The prize pack includes:

·         $50 Walmart Gift Card

·         Azteca Free Product Coupon

·         Meal Planning Notepad

·         Tupperware Container

·         Dry Erase Wall Decal Calendar

Azteca prize pack

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me how long you usually spend cooking a weeknight dinner.  Winner will be chosen randomly on 8/28 and notified by email.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated by Azteca for my time, but all opinions are my own.

Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos with Chipotle Sour Cream – a 15 Minute Meal

Chipotle Chili Chicken Nachos

 

These nachos!  They didn’t last long.

A giant platter of nachos full of chicken, bell pepper, tomatoes, black beans and seasoned with McCormick Chipotle Pepper Chile is an automatic hit in my house.  Bonus points for topping it with Chipotle Sour Cream.  Oh. My. Goodness!

This is comfort food at it’s finest.  At least, in the opinion of my family.  We polished off this huge tray of nachos in no time.

Did I mention that this meal takes about 15 minutes to get on the table?

The key to that is having the chicken already cooked.  I love keeping cooked chicken in the freezer for fast recipes.

McCormick Chipotle Chile Pepper brings a hint of smokiness to the dish.  I like substituting Chipotle Chile Pepper for regular in some dishes.  It has a bit more heat, but the smokey flavor is extra special.

Have you ever tried it on watermelon?  It’s fantastic!

In fact, watermelon and this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Honey Butter along with the nachos would make a fantastic summer meal.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Enchiladas – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

What could be better than Enchiladas with garden fresh salsa? Enchiladas that you can “forget” about until dinner time!

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

 

Mexican flavor is always a hit, and doing enchiladas in the crock pot makes this so very easy! It only takes about 15 minutes to put these together, and you can customize them to your family’s preferences, too.

Click on over to Pocket Change Gourmet to try this one out.  They’d be awesome served with some fresh salsa or guacamole!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day three in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 8 years. They have two kids – a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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...]

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