Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos




Smoky Ranchero Tacos

Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos

If you are like me and love tacos, then you should add these Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos to your grocery list this week. You are going to love how simple they are to make. I have been munching on these all week and I’m still not over them. Of course, you know I have been crushing on all kinds of tacos this month. If you caught me last week you witnessed my Honey Battered Chicken Tacos, weren’t they delish?! It’s hard to believe we are half way through taco month…

I have to admit, I’m going to be kind of sad when taco month is over. I’ve been having too much fun listening to Ricky Martin and eating tacos. I’m pretty sure my neighbor has overheard me singing Livin’ La Vida Loca in the shower a time or two this month. I’m certain she’s used to it by now. I think I broke her in back at Christmas time by singing Dean Marin’s it’s a Marshmallow world at the top of my lungs. I bring her food so I think that should make up for all the singing, at least that’s how I justify it.

It’s not her fault she moved in next to a fruitcake like me. I tried to be on my best behavior for a month or so, but eventually, the real me came out. Now I’m running around the yard swatting wasps with my new tennis racket bug zapper in my pajamas and she doesn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess it’s the norm now, “oh, that’s just Emily”. Hey, to each his own, am I right?

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Honey battered Chicken Tacos





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Honey Battered Chicken Tacos 

Hola! Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo so what better month to celebrate tacos then May?! I’m starting the month off with these Honey battered Chicken Tacos. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, they’re delicious! This recipe actually came from my mom, I too, thought it sounded a little strange until I tried them. One bite had me thinking I was Ricky Martin and Livin’ La Vida Loca. Except my lips were more of an avocado green than a devil red.

Reality did eventually set in. I realized that I wasn’t Ricky Martin and moving my hips that way should be outlawed… At least in my home. You, however, are free to move your hips anyway you’d like as long as it doesn’t get you arrested or send you to the ER. If you choose to move your hips in these such ways please remember I do have a disclosure and you are eating at your own risk.

Well, now that you’ve been warned and I’ve exposed my age by referencing Ricky Martin, let’s talk a little more about these tacos. Are you looking for a quick, foolproof meal for those busy summer nights? Well, this is it! If you can cook chicken tenders in the oven and do a little slicing and dicing then making these delicioso Honey Battered Chicken Taco’s is not out of reach for you. When the bold flavors from the black bean salsa fuse with the sweetness of the chicken your taste buds will be doing a dance all of their own. So, let’s not make dinner harder then it has to be this summer! Do yourself, and your family a favor and add these ingredients to your grocery list this week. Your taste buds will thank you 😉

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Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burrito

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Keeping some of these easy Make ahead Breakfast Burritos on hand will make your mornings extra enjoyable. I love knowing that I only have one mess to clean up from breakfast, for the ENTIRE week! And the mess is really not that bad. Usually, it consists of 1 electric skillet, a cutting board, a bowl, and of course, a few utensils. See, easy peasy, not even enough to fully load the dishwasher 😉 Paper plates also help to keep the mess minimal.

Now, I know I said these are Make ahead Breakfast Burritos, and they are, but my mom also had another great idea. She suggested that if I had overnight company I could make these up the night before, place them seam-side down in a greased cake pan, and bake them in the morning. I’m not sure what temperature these would have to cook at because I have never tried it. If you googled it I am sure you would find something on it. Gotta love google, right!?

* I saw many different methods of wrapping and freezing the burritos but I liked the one I used int this recipe the best. I can not find the website where I saw this, I might even have seen it on youtube. But I want all my readers to know that the recipe is my own but the freezer method is not. If I happen to come across it again I will be sure to link it. If you choose to make these burritos for yourself do some research on the different freezer methods, you may find something you like better. For example, I saw some people wrap them in foil. This would be a nice method if you chose not to use microwaves, you could probably take them straight out of the freezer and bake them in the oven with the foil still on. =)


BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats

Hamburger Boats

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats 

 I often get asked the question,” how do you come up with your recipes? what inspires you?”  Today I am going to give you a small glimpse of how my mind works. It won’t be too scary, I promise. =p

If you remember, two weeks ago, I posted about inheriting my Nana’s cookbooks and recipe cards ( see Orange Chiffon cake, a recipe from 1948). In with her cookbooks was an old family circle magazine from the year 1966. While I was flipping through the pages, I remembered my Pap telling me that he was having hamburger boats a few nights back. With hamburger boats in the back of my mind, I came across a recipe for Ranch Breakfast Burgers. I don’t know if it was the ground beef and ketchup, or the word ranch, either way, my mind went straight to BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats. And just like that a new recipe was born.. or should I say developed?

Now you are probably wondering why I have called them hamburg boats and not hamburger boats. Well, the answer is simple, that is just what my family has always called them.  I did google it and found that hamburger would have been the correct pronunciation BUT I edit some of my photo’s at my mother’s house. So until I get to her computer to fix my mistake ( if I remember) it will remain hamburg.

Now let’s talk hamburg(er) boats. If you have never had a hamburger boat you are missing out! They are so simple to make and loaded with flavor. Even better, you can personalize each one. My mom has made us hamburger boats for as long as I can remember. Normally they consist of hamburger, potatoes, onions, & carrots that are folded together in little foil packs that look like boats. I, of course, had to put a new spin on this old family favorite. I decided to load mine with BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. The result was mouthwatering! I hope you enjoy =)

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Au Gratin potatoes

Bacon Ranch Au gratin

 

Recently I had the pleasure of making these thick and creamy potatoes Au Gratin from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. They were a huge hit, and I will be making them again in the very near future. If you have yet to check out A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, then you’d better get hopping. She has so many delicious recipes that will leave you drooling. Trust me..

Catch her on facebook, also! – A Kitchen Hoor 

My Bacon Ranch Potatoes Au Gratin was adapted from A Kitchen Hoor’s recipe, thick and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin. I had no garlic or gruyere cheese in the house. But, what I did have, was bacon, ranch packets, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with those three ingredients. Add some potatoes and a few more ingredients to the mix and you have yourself a delicious pan of bacon ranch au gratin potatoes. YUM!

Bacon Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes 

Ingredients:

4-6 medium to large potatoes ( about 6 cups sliced)

1/2-pound bacon

1 Ranch seasoning packet

3 C. milk

1/2 stick butter

1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese ( mild)

2 Tbsp. flour

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and wash potatoes; slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add potatoes to the bowl of melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Use hands to toss potatoes in the melted butter, salt and pepper, so each potato gets coated well. Place half the potatoes, evenly, in the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 cake pan, sprinkle, evenly, with 1/2 cup of the cheese; Repeat once. Using kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, cut or slice bacon into small bite sized pieces. Cook bacon in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the bacon has finished cooking, drain grease, and reserve 1 Tbsp. of cooked bacon for the top. Add milk, ranch packet, and flour to the saucepan of cooked bacon. Still on medium-high heat, wait for the milk mixture to come to a boil, use a whisk to scrape the brown bits up from the bottom of the pan, whisking often. As soon as milk mixture comes to a boil, turn off the burner, and carefully remove it from the heat, pour evenly over top the cheese and potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Take foil off, and evenly sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the reserved bacon and the last 1/2 C. of cheese. Bake and additional 10 minutes or until cheese is brown and crispy.

Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadilla’s

 

Cheeseburger Quesadilla's

Bacon cheeseburgers have always been one of my favorites; it’s a classic. I mean seriously, who doesn’t enjoy a big juicy bacon cheeseburger with grease dripping down to your elbows? I wanted to find a way to put all these flavors into one mouthwatering appetizer, and that is exactly what I did!

Another reason why I love these bacon cheeseburger quesadillas, is that after cooked, they can be stored in the freezer. Simply cook the quessadillas by following my recipe below. Once they have cooled, place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. Next time the kiddos or husband gets hungry just pull a few out, place on a microwave safe plate, and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Of course, that’s if they don’t disappear before you get the chance to put them in the freezer… Maybe you’d better make a double batch? 😉

And the fun doesn’t have to stop here. Just because I didn’t load mine up, doesn’t mean you can’t. Don’t be afraid to pile in some of your favorite bacon cheeseburger toppings such as, sauteed green peppers and onions, mushrooms, etc.  I would even go as far as adding some french fried onions.

Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadilla’s

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (cooked and drained)

1/2 pound of bacon (cooked and crumbled)

1 (8oz or 2 cup) bag shredded cheddar cheese or 20 Tbsp. ( I used the finely shredded)

1 bag of 10 ( 8 in. )flour tortilla’s

Siracha Mayo

1 cup mayo

2-3 tsp. Sriracha

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

1.) Divide cooked ground beef  into 10 even piles. I have found that the easiest way to do this is to split the ground beef in half. From there, eyeball it, to get 5 even piles from each half; do the same with the bacon.

2.) Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

3.) On a clean work space, lay a tortilla down flat. On half the tortilla, sprinkle on one pile of cooked ground beef and cooked bacon.  Then sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. of shredded cheddar cheese.

4.) Fold the un-filled half of the tortilla over the filled part of the tortilla and give it a little press with your hands.

5.) Repeat steps 1-4 with the other 9 tortillas; making a total of 10 bacon cheeseburger quesadilla’s

6.) Line all the quesadilla’s on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the tops of the quesadilla’s with a little cooking spray.

7.) Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes flip and bake an additional 5 minutes.

8.) Cut each quesadilla into 2-3 triangles

9.) You can either serve these up now, or you can let them cool, put them in freezer bags, and freeze for an easy go to snack later.

* These are great served with ranch, ketchup, or Sriracha Mayo ( recipe below).

Sriracha Mayo: 

1 cup of mayo

2-3 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Directions: 

Put the mayo and Sriracha in a bowl and mix well till pinkish in color.

* Sriracha mayo is good on so many things! You can spread it on a hamburg, or sandwich, or use it as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers, french fries, onion rings, etc..

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Uncle Chuck’s Hash Brown Casserole

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uncle Chucks Hash brown Casserole

Today I am sharing with you my brother’s recipe for hash brown casserole. He can cook, too! It kinda runs in the family. Although, he know’s I am the BETTER cook! (haha) But honestly my brother is such a great guy; I can always count on him. I always tell people he is my toughest critic; mainly because he is honest… brutally honest. If I want to know the truth about one of my recipes I just make it for him. Do you want to know how I have coded how good a recipe is when letting him taste it? Well… I am going to tell you anyway =p Here it is: 1.) Takes a bite, says “eww” – I know now this recipe is no good. 2.) takes a bite looks at me then goes in the room to continue eating – That means it’s good but could use a little tweaking. 3.) Takes a bit looks at me nods his head in approval and says “it’s good” then sometime in the week to follow he will ask when I am making that particular dish again- This means it is Fan- Freaking-tastic… I nailed it!

 

Ingredients:

1 (30 oz ) bag frozen hash browns

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken

1/2 stick of butter (melted)

4-5 slices of bacon (fried and crumbled)

1 – 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese ( I use mild)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Pour frozen hash browns in a greased 13 X 9 cake pan and spread them out evenly. Pour half a stick of melted butter evenly over the frozen hash browns.

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Next use a spatula and spread the cream of chicken soup over the hash browns (like you are icing a cake).

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Sprinkle with  shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.

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Bake un-covered for 45-50 minutes or until the hash browns are soft and the cheese is browned.

p.s. Don’t look at the little bite missing from the corner… Oops! LOL

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BBQ Bacon wrapped Chicken strips on a stick

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These things are AMAZING! They are the perfect appetizer for game day parties. They are easy to make and the house smells fantastic as they are cooking. Your guests mouths will be watering the second they come through your door.=)

* These would also be awesome on the grill =)

Ingredients:

1 – 16 oz pack of boneless skinless chicken tenders/strips  ( thawed)

1 – 1 1/2 – Cups of your favorite BBQ sauce

1 –  pound of bacon

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Chives for garnish ( optional, but makes the dish if you ask me)

sour cream for dipping

1 pack of 8 inch skewers ( you will not use all of them)

* Broiler pan is used for this recipe to catch the grease from the bacon

 

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Put 1 cup of BBQ sauce into a bowl. Next take skewers and run them up through the middle of each chicken strip. Prop the chicken skewers up in the bowl of BBQ sauce so that the chicken is down in the BBQ sauce. Once each chicken strip is on a skewer and in the bowl take a sauce brush and brush each chicken strip well with BBQ sauce. Next wrap one strip of bacon around each chicken strip and line them up on a broiler pan. brush with BBQ sauce again. Bake for 25 minutes, take pan out of the oven and flip the bacon wrapped chicken strips, brush with BBQ sauce. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Take pan out and top bacon wrapped chicken with shredded cheese and chives. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Take pan out, let bacon wrapped chicken cool for just a few minutes and dip them in sour cream.

 

 

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Cheesy Ranch bacon potato & Asparagus bake

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Ranch potato final

 

An easy weeknight side that the whole family will love! I especially love this side because when I go low-carb I can pick out the asparagus and the rest of my family can still have their carby potatoes =P

Ingredients:

1 bundle of fresh asparagus

1 – 1.5 pound golden potato steamers ( The steamers are the easiest option. If you chose not to use the steamers, boil potato’s until fork pricks them easily. Depending on the size of the potato’s,  they may need cut into quarters. I try to by the mini golden potatoes if available.)

1/2 Packet of Ranch dressing seasoning

1/2 pound of bacon (fried and crumbled)

1/3 C. of Shredded cheddar cheese. (or a handful or two)

olive oil to drizzle, about 3 Tbsp.

 

Directions:

~ Preheat oven to 425 degrees~

First fry bacon, and place on a paper towel to drain grease; set aside. Follow directions on potato steamers. Take potatoes carefully out of the bag and place on a large cookie sheet that has been drizzled with olive oil. Using a potato masher,  mash each potato once so they flatten (look at photo below). Rinse and snap asparagus, pat dry. Place asparagus onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle potatoes and asparagus with crumbled bacon, and 1/2 of ranch packet. Next drizzle olive oil over the top. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, place back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted

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