One of America’s Favorites – Taquito

June 7, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A taquito (Spanish pronunciation: [taˈkito], Spanish for “small taco”), tacos dorados, rolled taco, or flauta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈflawta], Spanish for “flute”) is a Mexican food dish

5 rolled beef tacos with guacamole, lettuce, and cheese

that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then crisp-fried or deep-fried. The dish is often topped with condiments such as sour cream and guacamole. Corn tortillas are generally used to make taquitos. The dish is more commonly known as flautas when they are larger than their taquito counterparts, and can be made with either flour or corn tortillas.

The taquito or small taco was referred to in the 1917 Preliminary Glossary of New Mexico Spanish, with the word noted as a “Mexicanism” used in New Mexico. The modern definition of a taquito as a rolled-tortilla dish was given in 1929 in a book of stories of Mexican people in the United States aimed at a youth audience, where the dish was noted as a particularly popular offering of railroad station vendors. Taquitos were referred to, without definition, in a 1932 issue of the Los Angeles School Journal.

Two Southern California restaurants are often given credit for their roles in the early development of the taquito. Cielito Lindo was founded by Aurora Guerrero in 1934 and located on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Guerrero’s daughter used her taquito recipe in opening chain restaurants in Los Angeles, and soon competitors were selling similar dishes. In San Diego, what would become El Indio Mexican Restaurant began selling taquitos during World War II, when tortilla factory owner Ralph Pesqueria, Sr., was asked by workers at the Consolidated Aircraft Company factory across the street for a portable lunch item. Pesqueria, who used a recipe developed by his Mexican grandmother, has claimed credit for introducing the word “taquito” for the dish.

Carnitas flautas with jack cheese, guacamole, salsa fresca, and cotija cheese

Taquitos were among the early Mexican food items developed as a frozen food, with Van de Kamp introducing a successful frozen taquito offering by 1976. The United States government has determined that taquitos must contain at least 15% meat.

Crispy fried taquitos sold in Mexico are often called tacos dorados (“golden tacos”) or flautas. Typical toppings and sides include cabbage, crema (Mexican sour cream), guacamole, green chili or red chili salsa and crumbled Mexican cheese such as queso fresco. “Taquitos” in the Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali refer to small tacos sold in stands, rather than the rolled taco dish.

Jazzed-Up Turkey Fajitas

June 4, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Here’s another Jennie – O recipe to pass along, Jazzed-Up Turkey Fajitas. This one uses the JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. Other ingredients include; Tortillas, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Salsa, Monterey Jack Cheese, and more. Give new life to those Fajitas with this Jazzed-Up Turkey Fajitas recipe. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021! https://www.jennieo.com/

Jazzed-Up Turkey Fajitas
Looking for the easiest Mexican recipe ever? This quick Jazzed-Up Turkey Fajitas recipe features extra lean oven roasted turkey breast—found at your local deli—for a delicious weeknight shortcut.

Total Time – 15 Minutes
Serving Size – 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

6 (6 to 8-inch) tortillas
2 red, green or yellow bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 red onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, cut into strips
1 (.78 ounce) packet taco seasoning
1½ cups salsa
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers

DIRECTIONS

1) Heat tortillas according to package directions.
2) In large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté peppers and onion in oil 5 minutes or until peppers are slightly softened.
3) Add turkey, heat 2 minutes or until warmed. Stir in taco seasoning. Evenly divide turkey mixture among tortillas. Top with salsa and cheese.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 260
Protein 18g
Carbohydrates 22g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Fat11g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 990mg
Saturated Fat 4g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/jazzed-up-turkey-fajitas/

Farmers Market Enchiladas

May 17, 2021 at 12:39 PM | Posted in Enchiladas | Leave a comment
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I came across this at my favorite site, Taste of Home, and I just had to pass it along!

Farmers Market Enchiladas
These vegetarian enchiladas use a lot of garden favorites in a quick weeknight meal. Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you have from your garden—yellow summer squash, eggplant and corn all taste great here, too. – Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grv., Utah

Ingredients
3 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
8 ounces cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese, divided
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro, divided
2 tablespoons lime juice
14 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine zucchini, poblano, mushrooms and tomatoes; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with cumin, salt and cayenne. Toss to coat. Divide vegetable mixture between 2 lightly greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Roast 15 minutes; rotate pans top to bottom. Roast an additional 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return to bowl and cool slightly.
2 – Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 cup queso fresco, 1/4 cup cilantro and lime juice. Place a scant 1/2 cup vegetable mixture off center on each tortilla. Roll up and place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish, seam side down. Top with enchilada sauce; sprinkle with remaining queso fresco.
3 – Bake, uncovered, until enchiladas are heated through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Top with remaining cilantro.

Test Kitchen tips
* Roasting the veggies before making the enchiladas takes extra time, but it adds so much flavor! Don’t skip it.
* Poblano peppers are mild and great for stuffing, since they have thick walls. Anaheim or bell peppers are good substitutes.
Nutrition Facts
2 enchiladas: 346 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 18g protein.
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/farmers-market-enchiladas/

One of America’s Favorites – Chimichanga

April 26, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chimichanga

A chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and other Southwestern U.S. cuisine. The dish is typically prepared by filling a flour tortilla with various ingredients, most commonly rice, cheese, beans, and a meat such as machaca (dried meat), carne adobada (marinated meat), carne seca (dried beef), or shredded chicken, and folding it into a rectangular package. It is then deep-fried, and can be accompanied by salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or carne asada.

The origin of the chimichanga is uncertain. By some accounts, it originated in Mexico, in others, by accident in Arizona, United States. Given the variant chivichanga, specifically employed in Mexico, one derivation indicated that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Sonora into Arizona. The words chimi and changa come from two Mexican Spanish terms: chamuscado (past participle of the verb chamuscar), which means seared or singed, and changa, related to chinga (third-person present tense form of the vulgar verb chingar, a rude expression for the unexpected or a small insult.

One of America’s Favorites – Chimichanga

A chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito that is common in Tex-Mex and other Southwestern U.S. cuisine. The dish is typically prepared by filling a flour tortilla with various ingredients, most commonly rice, cheese, beans, and a meat such as machaca (dried meat), carne adobada (marinated meat), carne seca (dried beef), or shredded chicken, and folding it into a rectangular package. It is then deep-fried, and can be accompanied by salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or carne asada.

Chimichanga from Amigos in Melbourne, Australia.

The origin of the chimichanga is uncertain. By some accounts, it originated in Mexico, in others, by accident in Arizona, United States. Given the variant chivichanga, specifically employed in Mexico, one derivation indicated that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Sonora into Arizona. The words chimi and changa come from two Mexican Spanish terms: chamuscado (past participle of the verb chamuscar), which means seared or singed, and changa, related to chinga (third-person present tense form of the vulgar verb chingar), a rude expression for the unexpected or a small insult.

According to one source, Monica Flin, the founder of the Tucson, Arizona, restaurant El Charro, accidentally dropped a burrito into the deep-fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish profanity beginning “chi…” (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of “thingamajig”. Knowledge and appreciation of the dish spread slowly outward from the Tucson area, with popularity elsewhere accelerating in recent decades. Though the chimichanga is now found as part of the Tex-Mex cuisine, its roots within the U.S. are mainly in Tucson, Arizona.

Woody Johnson, founder of Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, claimed he had invented the chimichanga in 1946 when he put some burritos into a deep fryer as an experiment at his original restaurant Woody’s El Nido, in Phoenix, Arizona. These “fried burritos” became so popular that by 1952, when Woody’s El Nido became Macayo’s, the chimichanga was one of the restaurant’s main menu items. Johnson opened Macayo’s in 1952. Although no official records indicate when the dish first appeared, retired University of Arizona folklorist Jim Griffith recalls seeing chimichangas at the Yaqui Old Pascua Village in Tucson in the mid-1950s.

According to data presented by the United States Department of Agriculture, a typical 183-gram (6.5-ounce) serving of a beef and cheese chimichanga contains 443 calories, 20 grams protein, 39 grams carbohydrates, 23 grams total fat, 11 grams saturated fat, 51 milligrams cholesterol, and 957 milligrams of sodium.

 

Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels

April 3, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a recipe for Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels. To make these Pinwheels you’ll be needing Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Shredded Monterey Cheese, Pimento Stuffed Green Olives, Red Onion, Salt, Garlic Powder, Black Beans, Tortillas, and Salsa. Another Delicious recipe from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Black Bean Tortilla Pinwheels
Party guests will enjoy this tasty version of guacamole with black beans.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
5 (10-inch) tortillas
Salsa

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine the cream cheese and sour cream; blend well. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, the olives, the onion and the seasonings. Chill for 2 hours.
2 – Purée the beans in a food processor or blender.
3 – Spread a thick layer of beans over each tortilla.
4 – Spread the cream cheese mixture over the beans.
5 – Roll up tightly.
6 – Chill for 30 minutes.
7 – Cut into 3/4-inch slices.
8 – Serve with salsa.
Makes 16 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/black_bean_tortilla_pinwheels_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Heat those Taco Shells…………

Many people use either pre-packaged taco shells or create their own shells using tortillas. In either case, taco shells are best when they’re heated before adding the fillings because cold taco shells filled with warm meat or miss the mark.

Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes

February 7, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken casserole recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Creamy Mushroom, Chicken and Asparagus Bake
This comforting weeknight casserole recipe features plenty of mushrooms and asparagus combined with chicken and brown rice and a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Whip this up anytime you have leftover chicken or cooked brown rice to spare………..

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey……….

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
We took the best parts of chicken Parmesan–ooey-gooey cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and plenty of tomato sauce–and spun them into an easy family-friendly casserole. We simplified it by skipping the breading on the chicken and, instead, loaded the top of the casserole with cheese and breadcrumbs. Serve with a crisp green salad to complete the meal……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Casserole Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18912/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/casserole/

Healthy Eggplant Recipes

January 16, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Eggplant Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Eggplant Recipes with recipes including EatingWell’s Eggplant Parmesan, Eggplant Tortilla Casserole, and Italian-Style Stuffed Eggplant. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Eggplant Recipes
Find healthy, delicious eggplant recipes including baked, roasted, grilled and stuffed eggplant. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

EatingWell’s Eggplant Parmesan
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue…………………

Eggplant Tortilla Casserole
This layered casserole is inspired by classic cheese enchiladas, minus the fuss of rolling and stuffing individual tortillas. You’d never guess that within this comforting Tex-Mex casserole hides a layer of thinly sliced eggplant. The thin slices become tender when roasted and add a subtle savory note………………

Italian-Style Stuffed Eggplant
Two favorite Italian dishes–lasagna and eggplant Parm–are rolled into one in this stuffed vegetable recipe………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Eggplant Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19301/ingredients/vegetables/eggplant/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortillas………………………..

Corn tortillas have lower fat, carbs and calories contents than flour tortillas. However, corn tortillas provide less protein than flour tortillas. In comparison, corn tortillas make a healthier choice since corn is a whole grain and provides all essential nutrients.

Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry

June 12, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I’ve got another Delicious and Healthy Recipe from Jennie – O, Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry. This one is made using Curry Powder, Diced Tomatoes, Baby Spinach Leaves, Garbanzo Beans, JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey, Mint, Tortillas, Mango Chutney, and Plain Non Fat Yogurt. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Quick Turkey and Spinach Curry
Try this recipe with any OVEN READY™ product.

Craving curry? With spinach, chickpeas, lean turkey, fresh mint and mango chutney, this East Indian weeknight dinner should do the trick and ready in under 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups cubed leftover JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Turkey
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
4 tortillas, warmed
¼ cup mango chutney
⅓ cup plain non-fat yogurt

DIRECTIONS
1) In large skillet, heat curry powder 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
2) Add spinach, garbanzo beans, turkey and mint. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until spinach is wilted and turkey is hot.
3) Spread one side of each tortilla with chutney. Top with turkey mixture and yogurt.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 370
Protein 30g
Carbohydrates 51g
Fiber 8g
Sugars 7g
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 940mg
Saturated Fat 0.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/618-quick-turkey-and-spinach-curry

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