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!
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Lime-Cilantro Dressing
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Course Main Dish
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Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
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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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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, woot.  How is yours going to far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.  Ground turkey meatballs glazed with a thick sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce.

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The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming. For dinner with this turkey meatball recipe we are drinking Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.  My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer.  I was pleasantly surprised! Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact one of the very first recipe I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year! Ok enough about one of my favorite foods, let’s get cooking!  With less than 10 ingredients, one pan and less than 15 minutes this is a meal you can make any night of the week.

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First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.  Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.  Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.  To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.  Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.  Easy as that.

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To perch these little meatballs on I made some red skinned mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels spouts & carrots for the side.  If you would prefer to serve these with noodles double the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly.  And here you are….

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

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Turkey meatballs that cook within 12 minutes are then glazed with a sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar glaze. Serve on top of creamy red skin mashed potatoes for a cozy weeknight meal.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
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Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.
  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!
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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

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It’s funny to think that this was one of my very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  Knew nothing about food styling (still working on that).  Didn’t have a clue about blogging.  I just knew that I wanted to share my food, family and what I enjoy.  So I jumped in and here I am.  Learning more every day about photography, writing and sharing.  Really hoping that it will continue to grow from here.  Ok, enough about me-on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it give the best taste.   Cook the rice according to package directions then……and this is *Important*…let it cool! Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degree.   Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spirilizer.  Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.  Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

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In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and here you are…. Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Tender turkey mixed with beefy rice to make the perfect meatball. Place atop zucchini noddles and chunky vegetables. Cover with spaghetti sauce & top with Parmesan for a different kind of 'spaghetti & meatballs'.
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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servings
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Porcupine Meatballs
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Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce

TGIF!   Friday means Mitten Movie Night.  I have prepared something really special.  It was a few step process but really required more waiting than working.  First I put the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Then I braised the pork and put it in the oven.  Whisked the Asian BBQ sauce.  Chilled the beer.  I recommend this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce on a cool Fall day when your lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix wanting to put much effort into a great meal.

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Tonight along with the meal we are drinking Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter from Cranker’s Brewery.  This was part of a ‘I Love Michigan’ Craft Beer pack that we picked up at Meijer.  I really enjoyed this pack since it let us try a few different beers from all over the state. Like a little travel without the…travel.  On second thought, that isn’t fun! One of mine & hubby’s favorite ‘us’ time thing to do is take mini-vacations to check out the craft beer scene. Our last trip was to Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio.  While we were there we even visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Christmas Story house!  I’m a huge history nerd so this trip had tons to offer–and did I mention these cities also have great craft beer?

For entertainment we’re watching The Boss.  I have been binging on funny stuff all week after the premier of The Walking Dead Sunday.  Done. Over. I cannot handle anything remotely scary or stomach turning…..until this Sunday when I watch it again.  Sorry, I’ve invested too much time to quit now.  Alright! So onto the meal (unless your having TWD flashbacks then come back later).  As I mentioned I made this meal in stages.  For the sweet potatoes I wash them and then put them in a crock pot for 6 hours.  Done! See didn’t I say that was easy?

For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.  Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven.  Cook for 1 hour.  Take out of oven then add 1 cup water.  Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.   When the pork comes out so tender it shreds easily.   Now your ready for the sauce!

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For the Asian BBQ sauce whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil.  Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork.  Save the remainder for topping.

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Split top of sweet potato with a knife.  Stuff with pulled pork.  Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes.  Garnish with chopped parsley.  And here you are….

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Creamy sweet potatoes topped with tender pulled pork. Finished with a sweet & tangy Asian BBQ sauce. Perfect slow cooked comfort food with minimal effort.
Course Main Dish
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Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
potatoes
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Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Instructions
Sweet Potatoes
  1. Add washed potatoes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Asian BBQ Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil. Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork. Save the remainder for topping.
  2. Split top of sweet potato with a knife. Stuff with pulled pork.
  3. Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Pork
  1. For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides. Then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.
  2. Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 1 hour. Take out of oven then add 1 cup water. Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.
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Portobello Mushroom Burger

One thing that I really love about blogging is sharing.  And one of my favorite ways of doing that is through my Instagram.  Now mine may not be the most beautiful but whether it’s what I made for dinner last night or my kid crying on the ground it is an honest portrayal of me & my family.  Messy at times but mostly beautiful.

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snap what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So without further ado……

 

Let’s start with what we are eating, Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Next what we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies! Lastly, what we are drinking: Lost Dune from New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan.  While I am not a huge blueberry fan I do love coriander and this is fruity & refreshing.  Pairs very well with the woody meatiness of the mushroom and the sweetness of the onions & peppers.  Let’s get cooking.  Gather your ingredients…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.  Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.

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Mix the marinade ingredients together.   Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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Chop peppers and onion.  Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.  Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

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Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.  Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger with Basil Mayo from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I would love to know if you made this!  Follow & tag #MittenMovieNight on Instagram.

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

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Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes of this burger perfectly. ~Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Portobello Mushroom Burger
Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this burger perfectly.
Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
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Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
Basil Mayonnaise
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
Basil Mayonnaise
Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.
  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.
  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Chop peppers and onion. Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.
  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.
  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!
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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!

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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.

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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 & Marinade
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Cuisine Mexican
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Pork & Marinade
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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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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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