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...]

Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

This recipe was created simply by standing in front of the pantry and pulling out a few likely ingredients.  I needed something that would be ready to eat when we got home, with minimal fuss required.

Oh, and I only had about 3 minutes to get it fixed and get out the door.  Ever have a morning like that?

Here’s what I used to make these Sloppy Chicken Tacos, but please feel free to alter as needed.  I really don’t think you can mess this up.  Put in whatever you have that sounds good to you.  Experiment!   [Read more...]

43 Enchilada, Taco, and Burrito Recipes

smoky chipotle chicken tacos done

Raise your hand if you love Mexican food!  Today, we’re celebrating enchiladas, tacos and burritos.  Basically, anything wrapped in a tortilla.

Tacos

Smokey Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

Shrimp Tacos

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans in the Slow Cooker

Lentil Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Lime Slaw

Taco Night Recipe – from Single Mom on a Budget

Taco Ring – from Hoosier Homemade

Pulled Pork Tacos – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Tacos – from Family Balance Sheet

Enchiladas

Grilled Chicken and Cream Cheese Enchiladas

White Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Enchiladas with Chili-Tomato Sauce

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Golden Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas (with help from batch cooking) – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken Enchiladas – from Above and Beyond

Too Easy Chicken Enchiladas – from Coupon Cookin’

Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas – from Bargain Briana

Chicken Enchiladas – from Single Mom on a Budget

Chicken Enchiladas – from The Happy Housewife

Beef and Bean Enchiladas – from Cookin’ Mimi

Burritos

Black Bean and Rice Freezer Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

Easy Bean Burritos – from The Happy Housewife

Shredded Beef Burritos – from The Happy Housewife

Burrito Tacos – from Lunch It, Punch It

Veggie Bean Burritos – from Kitchen Stewardship

Easy and Inexpensive Black Bean and Salsa Burritos – from Simply Frugal

Shredded Pork Burritos – from Cookin’ Mimi

Bean, Rice and Cheese Burritos: Perfect for Freezing – from Cookin’ Mimi

Other Goodness Involving Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas – from The Happy Housewife

Chicken Tortilla Dippers – from Sunday Baker

Austin Fajitas and Veggies – from Kansas City Mamas

Chicken Chimichangas – from The Cutting Back Kitchen

Pineapple Green Chile Pulled Pork – from The Cutting Back Kitchen

Build Your Own Mexican Feast – Real Food Recipes – from Granola Catholic

Homemade Tortilla Chips – from Single Mom on a Budget

Tostados – from Cookin’ Mimi

Beef and Bean Chalupas – from Cookin’ Mimi

Grilled Chicken and Cream Cheese Enchiladas – 5 Ingredients

These couldn’t be simpler, especially if you’ve already got the chicken grilled, sliced and frozen.  But even if you need to do some grilling first, they are easy.  (If you do need to grill, cook more than you need and stock your freezer with the extra.)

The ingredients can be changed and swapped too.  Use cooked chicken instead of grilled, or use ground beef or leftover roast beef.  Swap out the Black Bean and Corn Salsa for another variety.  Skip the cream cheese and use Monterey Jack instead.  Anything goes, and it’s all good.

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

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

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You may have noticed that I have a thing for enchiladas.

There’s something about warm tortillas stuffed with zingy filling and covered with melting cheese. Yum!

These were inspired by cans of green chili enchilada sauce I picked up at the grocery.  Simple and delicious.

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Refried Bean Quesadillas – 5 Minute Meal

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I made these one day when I had a gaggle of giggling girls here for lunch.  There were a few boys present too.

Thankfully, these were a hit with all of them and they only took 5 minutes to fix.  I’m thinking these may come to the rescue one of those nights when we’re running out to a soccer game this fall.

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Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos in the Slow Cooker

smoky chipotle chicken tacos done

Oh yum!  We’ll be eating these frequently.  They have the ease of a slow cooker meal and the crowd-pleasing taste of Mexican food.  They are similar to Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans and Chicken Tacos and Salsa Verde Steak.

But they also have a bit more heat (not so much to make them too hot for the kids) and a delicious smoky flavor.

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Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

bean and cheese enchiladas done2

Please forgive my photo.  I didn’t take the time to plate this before taking the pictures, so you get to see the serving dish and even the cheesy spatula.

I made these for a quick and easy weeknight dinner after scrounging my pantry and fridge for ingredients to pull together a meal.  We all really liked them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa/Salad

black bean and corn salsa done

I thought I was making a salad, but my family decided it was a salsa.  It did taste good scooped up on chips.

There must be a kachillion ways to make this dish.  I put mine together based on what I had available in the pantry.

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