Four B’s Tostadas

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night were getting spicy.  Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B’s treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing.  A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the movie we are watching The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling?  Yes please! With dinner and the movie we’re having Sam Adam’s Octoberfest.  Now you might be asking yourself how on earth I think that these two go well together.  When researching what pairs well with Octoberfest I came across a great article from Serious Eats Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest BeersIt says that going ‘South of the Border’ is totally acceptable. Since this is a recipe I’ve had on my mind for awhile and we got a great deal on the beer at our beloved Costco I ran with it.  Now let’s get started by gathering your ingredients….

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin.  Cook beef all the way through.  Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.  Once your beef and beans are cooked it’s time to make the tostadas.  In a small pan add oil for frying.  Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes.  When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan.  Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When the tortillas are all cooked it’s as simple as setting up an assembly line.  Take the crispy (oh so good!) tostadas top with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch to cool it off just a touch.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side.  And here you are…..

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Four B's Tostadas-beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Four B's Tostadas
Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B's treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing. A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin. Cook beef all the way through.
  2. Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.
  3. In a small pan add oil for frying. Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes. When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan. Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.
  4. Assemble the tostadas with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch.
  5. Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side
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Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles

TGIF! It also means it’s time for Mitten Movie Night! I’m serving up Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles.  Loaded with a cream cheese and chicken stuffing then baked to perfection.

Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight I decided to experiment with an ingredient that I’ve been seeing in the stores a lot lately, Hatch Green Chiles.  This isn’t a food that I would normally cook with, actually never had one before, I knew that my husband enjoys Jalapeno Poppers so the recipe started taking shape in my head.  Since these are large I figured they would be perfect for stuffing and I was right.  You will really enjoyed the mellow flavor of the Chile letting the chicken and corn in the stuffing come through.

And of course since it’s #MittenMovieNight so alongside it I’m having my favorite, Dirty Blonde from Atwater Brewery in Detroit.  We’re watching Shameless the start of Season 6.  They actually started putting the series on Netflix instant so if you haven’t watched it yet I HIGHLY recommend it.  William H. Macy was born to play this roll in my opinion.  Now let’s get started cooking!  Gather your ingredients….

Stuffed HatchGreen Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Really this ended up being a very simple meal.  Cut your onion and saute in a pan to brown.  Set aside and just use same pan to cook your chicken.  The recipe below calls for 1 pound chicken BUT you could easily use pre-cooked and save some time.  I prepared the chicken for this just as I did for my Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas using Zataran’s Creole Seasoning.  Here are the directions again:

Heat oil in the pan then add chicken to it.  It is very important to cook the chicken at least 8-10 minutes without turning.  This puts the ‘blackened’ portion into the recipe.  Once it is cooked flip and cook other side an additional 8-10 minutes.

Now it’s time to prepare the Chiles.  Leaving the stem on just cut horizontally down to the tip of the Chile.  With the split open remove the core and what seeds you can.  Over the sink rinse out the inside of the Chile removing the remaining seeds.

Stuffed HatchGreen Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Onto a greased baking sheet place the cleaned peppers.  Once your chicken is cooked shred and cut up in smaller pieces.  Add to your cream cheese, half of the shredded cheese, sauteed onion, spices and your drained can of corn.

Stuffed HatchGreen Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the mix is all combined stuff your Chiles with it.  I had 6 peppers but this amount of stuffing could have been spread over 8 but I only had 6 and they turned out great overstuffed.  On top of that add the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Done!  I served with sour cream that had a small amount of Chipotle pepper in it.  And here you are……

Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles
Loaded Green Hatch Chiles with a cream cheese and chicken stuffing baked to perfection.
Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
chiles
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
chiles
Ingredients
Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cut your onion and saute in a pan to brown. Set aside and just use same pan to cook your chicken.
  2. If cooking your own chicken. Cover both sides of chicken generously with Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in the pan then add chicken to it. It is very important to cook the chicken at least 8-10 minutes without turning. This puts the ‘blackened’ portion into the recipe. Once it is cooked flip and cook other side an additional 8-10 minutes.
  3. Leaving the stem on just cut horizontally down to the tip of the Chile. With the split open remove the core and what seeds you can. Over the sink rinse out the inside of the Chile removing the remaining seeds. Place onto a greased baking sheet.
  4. Once your chicken is cooked shred and cut up in smaller pieces. Add to your cream cheese, half of the shredded cheese, sauteed onion, spices and your drained can of corn.
  5. Once the mix is all combined stuff your Chiles with it. On top of that add the rest of the cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Pork & Bean Nachos

I love dishes that are versatile and can be mixed up. Nachos are a perfect example of taking a blank canvas, the chip, and making it into something spectacular. Add beef, pork or chicken. No meat at all. Loaded to the brim with toppings or simple with cheese and covered in some homemade salsa & sour cream. I’ve even had dessert nachos! Chips dashed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped into a vibrant fruit salsa. Well let me introduce you to a new power house nacho recipe, Pork & Beans Nachos.

Pork & Bean Nachos.

For years I made regular, plain ground beef nachos. Boring!! Sure they’re good but not ‘Next Level Nacho’ good that was until I came across Smothered Beef Barbacoa Chimichangas from The Chunky Chef. I made this for dinner one night and fell in love with the meat that was used for this recipe. It instantly became my husband’s #1 favorite meal.

The next time I made the recipe I did not have any beef but I did have a bone-in pork roast that was in the freezer. I love pork and figured it would be different but just as good. I was right! With plenty of left overs a few days later I used this pork to make nachos and they were a hit! On top of that, I added some other ingredients that I normally wouldn’t which took it to what I was looking for ‘Next Level Nachos’.

So gather your ingredients…..

Pork & Bean Nachos Ingredients

The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.  I posted this on Instagram because seriously it made the house smell amazing!

Mittenmommy Instagram of Crockpot Pork

Once pork has cooked pull it out of the cooker and shred.

Pork & Bean Nachos Shredded Pork

Place nacho chips on a greased baking pan making a thin layers. I use a whole bag for the large baking sheet.   Next you will add you beans.  Spread out onto the chips right from the can. No need to preheat or drain. The juice soaks everything up, yummy.

Prok & Beans Chili Beans

Add your shredded pork and your toppings like black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Anything you like. Plus LOADS of cheese. I use a whole 8 oz. package of Mexican Blend.  Now this is the additional ‘extra’ ingredients that I add to my nachos. Blue Cheese & Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.   The tang of Blue Cheese & the Buffalo Sauce just make this….let me say…. Perfect!

Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce & Blue Cheese

Now put in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pork & Bean Nachos out of the oven

While it’s cooking grab you sour cream, avocado or lime-cilantro dressing. Cut up some crunchy lettuce. And here you are….

Pork & Bean Nachos, enjoy!

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

Pork marinade adapted from The Chunky Chef

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Pork & Bean Nachos
Pork & Bean Nachos. Perfect for a crowd!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Pork & Marinade
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Instructions
Pork & Marinade
  1. The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred pork when it has cooked thoroughly. Remove and discard any bones.
Pork & Bean Nachos
  1. Add chips to greased baking sheet.
  2. Add beans on top of chips.
  3. Add shredded pork on top of that.
  4. Add any toppings you prefer.
  5. Add cheese.
  6. Add Blue Cheese & Buffalo Sauce.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Top with avocado & lettuce if desired.
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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!” But once I tasted this I changed my mind big time.

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. While my final pictures looked a little less than appealing because they didn’t set up very well I was able to accomplish a taco salad feel in a smaller package but please feel free to use any shells you like.

So here are the ingredients that I gathered up.

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First for the taco salad, let’s get our meat and beans cooking on the stovetop. Add your chorizo, ground hamburger and beans to a pan.  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 the grease, chorizo has tons of it and you don’t want it making your taco shells soggy.

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While the meat drains chop up the lettuce, tomato and green onions for the salad.

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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.

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With this dinner I love to make Broiled Cinnamon Pineapple as a sweet little side dish to cut the spicy. Get a dish that you can put under your broiler. Drain your pineapple.

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Add to the dish and then sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on top. Put under the broiler for no longer than 5 minutes. Enough to warm up the pineapple and let the sugar and cinnamon make a nice little crust on top.

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Now assemble everything together. 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
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Cinnamon Pineapple
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Cinnamon Pineapple
Instructions
Chorizo & Beef
  1. Add your chorizo, ground hamburger and beans to a pan. 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.
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.
Cinnamon Pineapple
  1. Drain pineapple. Add to broiler proof dish then sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on top. broil for 5 minutes.
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