Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

I have to admit that I have never imaged that I would one day say that a ‘taco salad’ was appealing to me. In a sense, isn’t a taco in general, a taco salad? It has all the elements it’s just assembled differently and adds a lot more lettuce—and is that a good thing? Up until I made this recipe I would say a definite, “No!”  My mind changed though when I decided to play around in the kitchen and created this Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad.

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For this Cinco de Mayo inspired Mitten Movie Night I remade and shot one of the very first posts I made.  Wow, has my photography came a long way.  Guess what though?  The recipe was just as delicious then as it is now.  Okay enough patting myself on the back !  We are drinking some Modelo Especial and catching up on Better Call Saul.  If you don’t follow me on social media you may not have heard that we recently moved into a new house :’)  So in between moving and everything we haven’t had time to catch up on the 2nd Season that just started. This show is in my Top 5 of shows, it’s awesome. If you are interested in 5 shows that I am in love with for future viewing here they are:

  1. 30 Rock.  Tina Fey is my idol. The question ‘Who would you want to have lunch with dead or alive.’ It would be her 100%.  A close 2nd would be Steve Martin. A 3rd would be any cast of any season of Saturday Night Live. Some great things have come out of that show.
  2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So cute! And of course let me refer to #1…Produced my Tina Fey.
  3. Shameless.  All of the actors in this series are spot on.
  4. A new one that just came out and surprised me was Santa Clarita Diet.  It reminded me a lot of Weeds.  Great show!
  5. And finally Better Call Saul.

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Now let’s get on to the food!  When I first made this I had the intention of making the taco bowls on my own using flour tortillas but then scratched that when I found these Fiesta Flats.  They worked out perfectly because we ate them like tacos with a little flair and then the 3 yr old could scoop his goodies by himself.

First for the taco salad, let’s get our meat and beans cooking on the stove top. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger to a pan.  I was sad that when I had plans to make this I found a great recipe from Mexican Please on how to make your own Easy Homemade Chorizo but I wasn’t able to find chilies in our local grocery store so I did purchase the local fare.  If you have a chance though check out this recipe and make it for yourself!

Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together over medium/high heat until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink.  When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off the grease, chorizo has tons of it and you don’t want it making your taco shells soggy.  Drain, drain, drain!

Now the best part in my opinion, the lime-cilantro dressing. It’s amazing and well worth getting out and cleaning your food processor (can you tell I find this to be a chore?) Put all ingredients in the food processor-EXCEPT THE OIL.

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Ok, now we can get to the oil. Put the lid on your food processor and you will then pour the oil slowly into the top while it chops up the ingredients you’ve already put into the bowl. When it gets to the consistency you like then stop adding. I put a ½ cup of oil as a general rule but you may like it a little chunkier (that’s how I prefer it) over runny. Trust me, once you make this you will make it again and again so adjust until you get it the way you like it.

I also recently perfected some rice that is amazing with anything that is spicy inspired.  This recipe is as simple as buying one of those pre-made packets. We live close to an amazing restaurant El Rodeo.  Everything they serve is pretty amazing and I wanted to recreate it at home and I think I nailed it! Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.  Now if only I can remake their Enchilada Sauce….I could eat that stuff in a bowl with a spoon it’s so good.

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Layer as you see fit.  I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing.  Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice.  Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Beef & spicy chorizo tucked into taco flats then layered with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and cheese. Top with some delicious Lime-Cilantro Dressing for an extra kick. Fiesta time!
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
  1. Add your chorizo and ground hamburger. Sprinkle the cumin and chili powder on top. Start sautéing everything together until the sausage and meat are completely cooked through and no longer pink. When cooked put the meat into a strainer to drain off.
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients but the oil. Put the top on the food processor. Add oil into the top funnel and blend until the consistency you prefer.
Mexican Rice
  1. Just add rice, water, tomato & chicken bouillons, spices then frozen veggies as you like-I use corn & peas.
  2. Layer as you see fit. I prefer lettuce, meat, cheese, tomatoes, green onion then the Lime-Cilantro Dressing. Heat up some refried beans and plate the rice. Add some avocado and sour cream on top if desired. Enjoy!
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My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach and croissants. Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house where Sunday is a day for family and feasting.

Now back to the recipe because once you make ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’ I know that it will quickly become a keeper you make for years yourself.  Gather up your ingredients.

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For years I made this recipe on the stovetop in a stockpot using quick cooking rice.  But this Christmas I asked for a Rice Cooker and started making it that way.  Let me tell you abut this rice cooker……

I LOVE IT!  I know a rice cooker seems like something you would use only occasionally but let me tell you that I use this thing all the time. It is a steamer, slow cooker and I pretty much haven’t used my large stockpot (with the exception of this soup) since I got it. If you do not have a rice cooker, please feel free to make this on your stovetop following the same instructions.

In the pan or in your rice cooker add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.

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Now let’s cook your mushrooms and onions. I cook these separate from the chicken because the chicken will get soggy if cooked together and I like the chicken to be really crispy.  Just add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.

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Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder.

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Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
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Your rice should be cooked so now just add chicken as the final step and stir to combine all the goodness.

Chicken & Rice
With this recipe I make Chinese Slaw Salad to go with it. Here are the ingredient I use.

Chinese Slaw

Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking for a crunchy topping on this salad.

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Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.  Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl.  Add the bag of coleslaw mix.  Top with dressing.  Stir to mix.  Top with Ramen Noodles.  Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.  It just adds a great citrus kick to it.

Chinese Slaw

Plate it all up and here you are…..

Chicken & Rice

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Delicious Chicken & Rice meal the whole family will love. Serve with Chinese Slaw Salad, recipe included.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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servings
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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Instructions
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
  1. Add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.
  2. Cook your mushrooms and onions using add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.
  3. Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
  4. Once rice is done cooking add chicken to the pan. Stir to combine all ingredients. Serve.
Chinese Slaw Salad
  1. Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking.
  2. Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.
  3. Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl. Add the bag of coleslaw mix. Top with dressing. Stir to mix. Top with Ramen Noodles.
  4. Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.
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Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

The topping on this is homemade croutons and a sprinkle of parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. They are so easy to make so I almost always double the batch to have them on hand for salads.

So gather your ingredients and let’s get started!

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First, let’s make the croutons so that they can cook while you whip the soup up. I purchased these 2 buns at my local store.  **Tip: You know those leftover one off buns that you always end up with after eating brats or hot dogs? I keep a large freezer bag and add those to it when I get them and freeze them. When I want to make croutons I take out whatever amount I need defrost them to make this.

Cut the bread up into chunks and pour the oil & spice over the top. Use your hands to combine all the goodness.

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Spread on a baking sheet and pop into the oven at 350 degrees. Takes about 20 minutes. I just leave it in the oven to let it chill out and they are usually perfect if I take them out when I’m done making this soup.

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Now onto the soup.  Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

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Now add your sausage and cook until browned. This right here I could just eat with a spoon. Forget the other stuff!

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Oh, but the other stuff is so good.   Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.

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Flick a couple times with the spoon. That is literally how fast this cooks.

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Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

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You’re almost done. See how quick that was! Now just add the water, chicken bouillon and gnocchi. Bring your pot to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Now add your parmesan and take the croutons out of the oven.

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Serve it up and add croutons & additional parmesan.  And here you are……

Spinach Soup
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

 

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with crunchy homemade croutons.
Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
Crunchy Croutons
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
Crunchy Croutons
Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
Instructions
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup
  1. Melt butter and sauté onion until softened. Add garlic and sausage. Sautee until the sausage is cooked through. Once cooked take sausage off and drain.
  2. Leave a little oil from the sausage in the pot and add spinach. Cook until wilted.
  3. Chop tomato and add to pot along with spinach. Add the sausage back into the pot.
  4. Add water, chicken bouillon and potato gnocchi. Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. At the end of the 10 minutes add parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve with croutons & additional parmesan.
Crunchy Croutons
  1. Cube bread. Add oil, Italian herbs and garlic powder. Mix with hands to coat bread with oil & spices. Spread on baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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