Tag Archive: Beans

Spice Up for Spring-Green Enchilada Casserole

All the way home from work I was thinking about Mexican food.  I never got over in a lane where I could turn into any place to get it to take home.  So I had to make my own.

For some reason I bought some flour tortillas the other day while I was shopping.  I think I was intending on a chicken taco salad with the shell baked in some new tortilla bowl molds I bought.  (Another day!)  In the pantry I had all the fixings I needed to make my own Mexican flavored dinner.

When I get hungry for the taste of enchiladas nothing else will do.  All I had were flour tortillas.  I could make burritos or enchiladas; however I settled on this little casserole which now has provided plenty of leftovers.  I don’t usually use refried beans, but these also have the flavor or nachos with the beans.  So I have technically taken care of 2 hankerings I might have.

I used to make Nachos Grande on Sunday night.  A little labor intensive, but so well worth the taste.  Tostada chips spread with the beans (individually), topped with browned ground meat, green chiles, onions, tomatoes and cheese.  Broil until the cheese bubbles and eat them fast while they are still warm.  Andy would warm up the leftovers in the microwave.  That didn’t appeal to me.

I like the taste of raw onions on my enchiladas.  If you don’t, you can brown the onions with the ground meat.

Green Enchilada Casserole

Chili Playoff

I love chili.  I like it in a lot of forms.  I just can’t decide which to make for the weekend. In the spirit of the Super Bowl maybe I can have a play off.  Take a read below and then vote here for the winner.  If none of these does it for you, send your chili recipe to me:  thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com I’ll publish it and include it in the playoff.  Also, vote on your key chili ingredient.  Might be interesting to see what folks think.

Click the pic to vote for your favorite.

The results so far.  The mushroom chili is doing better than I thought it would.  I am honing in on my decision.  Keep those votes coming!

My friend, Georganne, who has participated in the Terlingua Chili Cookoff many times says, “If you add beans to chili, you don’t know beans about chili.”  So, no beans in my chili.  But she won’t give me her recipe for her prize winning chili, yet.  I’m still working on it.  This one is simple and you should have most of the ingredients to make this one.

Super Bowl Chili 

  • 2 pounds coarse ground chuck
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 8 tablespoons Gebhardt’s chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 jalapeño pepper whole (pierce about 5 times with a sharp knife

    Super Bowl Chili

  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced or 4 teaspoons powdered garlic granules
  • 1 28 ounce crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 tomato cans water (I like my chile a little soupier)
  • 1 box lower sodium beef broth

Brown the meat and onion in a deep Dutch over.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least an hour.  Remove the jalapeño pepper.  Cool and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Put it in a crock pot and keep it warm to serve with grated cheese, sour cream and diced onion.  Some corn bread or tortilla chips are good with this too. Click Here for the Recipe Card

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My mother was a great cook.  She made real food for real people and it was good.  She was also ahead of most trends.  She was a foodie before it was cool.  As soon as she “discovered” email we started getting recipes.  I am glad to say that I got my love of the kitchen from her.    My mother also loved football and planned meals so that they never interrupted the game.  It is fitting that she be a part of the Chili Play Offs.  My oldest daughter learned a lot from her in the kitchen too. So, here is one of her memories.

The favorite thing that Grandma made for me was apple pie.  I asked her a hundred times for the recipe.  She would shrug her shoulders and say, “I don’t have one.”  Then she would make the most delicious apple pie ever, crust and everything!   So, the favorite recipe I have of hers is for Chili Mess.  That isn’t what it is called.  She just called it chili.  It’s more than that though.  The way she served it was as a layered cheesy treat.  I loved it.  Still do.  I am sure there is a tex mex or proper Mexican food name for it.  I call it chili mess.  It is the one thing of hers I cook best.  I have made it a little spicier but the basics are still the same.  I like recipes like that.  I also have found stronger flavoring if you add dry spices before adding broth or juice to soups and chilis.  This is probably all wrong, but it is how I like it.

Chili Mess

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey (lean or fat to your taste)
  • 1 whole onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno diced (seeds or not to your heat tolerance)
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 64 oz. can tomato juice
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder (the plain store kind or a favorite spice store concoction)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Chili Powder (add another Tablespoon of regular chili powder and leave this out if you can’t take the heat)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of oil- 4 if you are making with turkey
  • Corn tortillas
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Tortilla Chips

In a heavy bottom 6 qt. pot or dutch oven heat  1or 2 Tablespoon oil over medium heat.  Sautee onions, garlic and jalapeno until soft.  Crumble ground beef or turkey and cook until browned.  Add the dry spices right as the beef is finishing browning, one at a time, stirring into the beef.  Then add the chili beans (undrained).  Finally, add the tomato juice and green chiles.  The longer it sets the better it gets.  So, put it in the crock pot or set the stove to low and let it simmer for at least four hours if not eight.  Taste as you go to see if it needs more or less of anything.

When the chili has come to taste and thickened it is time to make a mess.  In a skillet heat the 2 Tablespoons of oil on the stove.  Add corn tortillas and cook until softened one at a time.  Remove the first  tortilla to a deep serving plate or bowl.  Add a ladle of chili and a sprinkle of cheese.  Then put another tortilla from the skillet on top of that.  Add another ladle full of chili, another sprinkling of cheese and a handful of chopped lettuce.  Get a knife and fork and eat the middle.  Then get some tortilla chips to clean up the MESS!  Click Here for the Recipe Card

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Now, this is a strange one.  Albeit good.  For those of you looking to take Chili to the next level.

Mushroom Chili

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Pounds Ground Sirloin
  • 24 ounces mixed mushrooms (cremini, shitake, oyster, white)
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced or 4 teaspoons powdered garlic granules
  • 2 Tablespoons Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 bottle beer
  • 1 box lower sodium beef broth

Brown the meat, mushrooms, jalapeno and onion in a deep Dutch oven with olive oil until meat is browned and mushrooms are cooked.  Add the bottle of beer and cook until reduced by ½.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least three hours.  Cool and store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Put it in a crock pot and keep it warm to serve with grated cheese, sour cream and diced onion.  Serve with flour tortillas or tortilla chips.  Click Here for the Recipe Card

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR THE SUPER CHILI CHAMPION

I’m Addicted

I am addicted to the Food Network and now the Cooking Channel.  Their shows don’t inspire me to make all those recipes, but I have learned wonderful techniques that make preparing a meal quicker and more economical.  Most of all I am inspired to try a lot of food I would never have thought about.   Now that I am in the blogosphere I enjoy reading other cook’s experience and perspective as much as I do those shows.

I watch Paula, Ina and Giada make all those wonderful food items and just get angry that I can’t jump up and make them to eat RIGHT NOW! But I am diabetic and I just can’t let myself do that to myself.  I go out to eat and watch all the delicious foods come out, read the menu and pick a chicken breast. It used to make me depressed until I realized the real winner is me when I don’t give in to my temptations.  I feel satisfied with the meal and with myself for making the right choices for me.

I love to cook and especially bake.  Thank goodness I have several outlets to share my creativity.   The people I work with have been fed well for years.  My Dr.’s office staff have to endure cookies and candy at Christmas.  He knows I don’t eat it – the proof is in the test results.  And, of course, my church.  The first Sunday of each month we take baked goods to a homeless shelter.  This little project gives me the chance to write about food as well and then I don’t need to cook.  And some days I do NEED to cook.  It is a great release and gives me a sense of accomplishment like nothing else.  Well maybe the garden does that too, but right now the garden is dormant.

My friends at work are always dropping by my desk with a recipe to share.  Some are too complicated or not to my taste and I don’t try them.  Regardless, I appreciate hearing about their adventures in the kitchen.  Courtney mentioned one she can make and have on the table in about 45 minutes.  I’m not sure the nutritional value, but it sounds warm, comforting and economical.

2X4 Soup

  • 2 pounds lean ground meat (you could use ground chicken)
  • 2 18.5 ounce cans Progresso Minestrone Soup
  • 2 15 ounce cans Ranch Style Beans (drained)
  • 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes and Green Chiles

 

Brown the meat, add the soup, beans and tomatoes.  Heat and serve.

Now a more low carb meal would be the one Nelda gave me on Friday.

Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad

  • 1 16 ounce package dry broccoli cole slaw
  • 1 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup canned mandarin orange segments packing in juice (light) drained and chopped
  • 1 cup sliced scallions
  • 12 ounces cooked and chopped skinless lean chicken breast
  • ¾ cup low-fat sesame ginger dressing (recommended Newman’s Own Lighten Up)

Mix all ingredients and toss with the salad dressing to coat.    5 servings with about 195 calories per serving.

Thanks Ladies!  Keep em coming.  I love the inspiration.