Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Chunks of tender beef, tomatoes, spices, and jalapeno come together beautifully in this Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili. Hearty and full of flavor you will not miss the beans in this chili at all.

No Bean Beef Chili in a bowl ready for toppings.

We have been busy around here lately. School, sports, work, etc. and everything in between so why not add even more to our plate? Enter a new addition to the family.

So for this Mitten Movie Night instead of recommending a movie, I want to introduce you to Titan.

Titan, AmStaff Puppy

We have been in discussions about getting a puppy for some time now but once we saw his little face, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer.

Titan was one of a litter that my husband found through Paws Of Hope in Stevensville, MI. They were so great to work with and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area and interested in adding a new member of your family.

What beer goes well with Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili?

The beer: Spaten Oktoberfest.

Yes, I know it’s no longer October but this beer is something I purchased extra of in October because it’s great to use in recipes and a light drinkable beer to have on hand for guests who don’t particularly like IPA’s.

I chose to make a beanless chili recipe because I wanted a chili recipe that would also double as a great way to use up a bag of tortilla chips that had been hanging around my cupboard.

Let’s start by talking about the ideal meat to use in the Instant Pot. I picked up this 2-pound eye of round roast from the store. With the marbeling on it, I just knew it would be great. Just like when we smoke meat I’ve noticed that the more fat content meat has in it, the more tender it gets.

A piece of marbled eye of round roast, the best beef for the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili:

Prepare the ingredients that will go into the Instant Pot. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.

Cubed roast, chopped onion and a jalapeno for chili.

Should you add jalapeno to your chili?

Yes! I really like jalapenos and find that they just heighten the taste of everything from pasta to burgers.

Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.

Finally, add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.

Oktoberfest beer being poured into an instant pot for a beanless beef beer chili

Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the ‘good to go’ dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at ‘sealing’. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘Meat/Stew’ setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.

The Instant Pot spends around 10 minutes building up the pressure and then another 10 minutes to bring the pressure down before taking the lid off. Make sure to factor this additional time for serving this instant pot chili.

Tortilla chips, cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings on chili.

I served this beanless chili with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. These toppings helped to cool down the jalapeno and add even more flavor.

And here you are…..

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili ready to eat.

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

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili
Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili is so full of flavor, you will not miss the beans. The perfect cold-weather comfort food that will spice things up.
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.
  4. Add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the 'good to go' dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at 'sealing'. Set the Instant Pot to the 'Meat/Stew' setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

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 snapped 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 that is how #MittenMovieNight was born.

Here is just a taste of some of my FAVORITE recipe & beer pairings:

What to watch while eating a juicy mushroom burger?

For this Mitten Movie Night we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies!

What should I drink with a Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burger?

The beer: Boom Boom Betty from Three Blondes Brewing

Blondes are my favorite type of beer. Subtle with a nice fruity flavor and everyone I try is different from the other. But what I do know is that I will never go wrong. It’s delicious.

How to make Portobello Mushroom Burgers in the oven:

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.  *Pro-tip: Basil mayo is also great on sandwiches!

Next, mix the marinade ingredients together for mushrooms.  Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside.

Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Don’t miss this step since leaving the gills in the mushroom can make them release more water, therefore, making them soggy.

Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

While the mushrooms marinate, chop peppers and onion.

Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee 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.

Bake 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…..

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

Originally published in August of 2016. Updated photos in October 2019.

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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 Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise


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 10 minutes.

  4. Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee 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!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfect mix of spicy and creamy. Blackened chicken makes this pasta recipe really stand out and will become one of your go-to comfort foods!

Chicken Pasta on a fork with a craft beer in the background

Oh, hello spicy. Nice to see you. There was a time that I didn’t hold such an affinity for you, and that makes me sad. Thankfully I am back to your side. Especially after enjoying a big plate of pasta, creamy sauce, crunchy peppers, and so much spicy goodness. This recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta is ready to put the spice back into life.

What beer pairs well with Cajun Pasta with Chicken?

The beer: Amber from Abita.

With spicy you don’t want overwhelming. Spicy chicken plus spicy sauce PLUS carbs…you want something that isn’t trying to fight with all the goodness of this dish so a pale ale like an amber is the perfect compliment.

A closeup of Cajun Chicken Pasta on a plate

What TV series pairs well with a spicy pasta dish?

Since in our house anything featuring Danny McBride cannot be missed, Righteous Gemstones is where it’s at this Mitten Movie Night. What a wild ride this show it. Funny but still with LOTS of WTF moments.

How to make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

I REALLY think that the key to this easy pasta recipe is the blackened chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with lots of Cajun seasoning then cooking it until crispy on the outside but juicy on the outside. That is what makes it meld so perfectly with this creamy pasta.

To achieve blackened chicken perfection it’s all about coating, frying, then taking it off at just the right moment. See the below example: I hate to brag, but yeah, that’s how you do it.

Blackened chicken that has been cooked on a cutting board

First, cut the chicken breasts in half. I try to cut mine to about 2-3 inches in the middle, no more. I want these to cook quick and stay juicy. The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook.

Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.

To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. *Make a cut in the thickest part of the chicken breast to make sure that it has cooked through. If not, return to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes per side.

While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.

Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.

Sliced blackened chicken

In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes to soften but allowing them to still stay crunchy.

Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water* from the fettucini. *I have found that using the pasta water when making a cream sauce stretches the sauce out without making it clumpy.

Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.

Parmesan cheese being added to a pan on the stove

Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos.

Like adding jalapenos to food? Try these recipes that are better with the spicy stuff on top:

I like to use tongs to combine everything together and then to serve. And here you are……

An overhead shot of Cajun Chicken Pasta in a pan ready to serve

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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken Pasta has crispy blackened chicken, spicy and creamy sauce, crunchy peppers then topped off with jalapenos and green onions. One-pan comfort food with a kick!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half.
  2. Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.
  3. To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  5. Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.
  7. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water from the fettucini.
  9. Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.
  10. Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta.
  11. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries

Layers of crispy waffle fries, crunchy bacon, creamy ranch then topped with melted cheese. All made in the air fryer and minimal cleanup. Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are just what snacking should be, easy and delicious!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries in an air fryer basket with lots of cheese on top.

I think it’s an official thing by now. We are going on 8 solid months of me being in love with my air fryer. If an inanimate object can be your BFF, my air fryer and I would be attached at the hip. This thing is THE BOMB! What can’t you make in this thing?

Can you make sandwiches in it? Yes! Check out this Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich.

Snacks for munching? Yes! Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews is one of my most popular recipes.

What about making an air fryer recipe that is loaded with bacon, ranch and LOTS of cheese? Um, yeah. That’s literally what I’m doing right now.

Overhead of waffle fries made in an air fryer with bacon and ranch with a craft beer off to the side.

So we’ve got dinner squared away for Mitten Movie Night so let’s talk about the beer and what we’re watching.

What beer pairs well with air fryer waffle fries loaded with ranch and bacon?

The beer: Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.

We are sadly getting to the end of Oberon season. It feels like yesterday that I was making Smoked Sausage Nachos and pairing them with Larry’s Flamingo Fruit Fight at the beginning of Spring and now here we are, almost to September.

What TV Show pairs well with waffle fries and great Michigan Craft Beer?

Hubby and I have been binging The Boys. Great show and can I add that Elisabeth Shue looks amazing. As someone who is about to slide into the last part of the first part of her 40’s, hats off to you lady.

A side shot of Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries. Lots of cheese, bacon, ranch and green onions on top.

How to make Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries:

Start off by setting the air fryer to 400 degrees. *My air fryer has a ‘french fry’ setting so I set it to that which is 400 degrees. Check your manual for cooking times.

Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don’t stick to the bottom.

Once the waffle fries have cooked in the air fryer to the desired goldenness take the basket of the fryer out.

Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch. See isn’t this a perfect ‘one pan’ snack attack?

Steps of how to make crispy waffle fries in the air fryer then loading them with bacon, ranch, cheese and green onions.

Add cheese, then finally the green onions.

Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Serves with an ice cold beer and here you are…..

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries with Oberon

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Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries
Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are loaded with bacon, ranch dressing, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. These waffle fries are easy to make and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don't stick to the bottom.
  3. Once the waffle fries have cooked take the basket of the fryer out.
  4. Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch.
  5. Add cheese, then finally the green onions.
  6. Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

Want some un-boring ground beef recipes?

After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

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

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Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

This BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich recipe has all my favorite things in it!
Sliced chicken piled high with bacon and crunchy homemade coleslaw then drizzled with BBQ sauce.
Full of flavor and so easy to make!

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich on a plate.

I often profess my love for sandwiches. There are so many sandwich combinations you can make that it would really be hard to tire of them. Summer is also a great time to have sandwich fixings on hand for quick lunches or dinners in between trips to the lake or pool.

“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”

— James Beard
A hand holding a sandwich and a craft beer off to the side.

What craft beer pairs well with BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

The beer: Floridian Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha.

I fell in LOVE with this one while we were down in Florida on vacation. It’s a light drinkable beer that’s full of citrus notes and is similar to the blonde styles that I love so much.

A chicken sandwich piled high with bacon and coleslaw.

What should I watch on TV while eating a sandwich?

Of course, this Mitten Movie Night HAS to be all about binging Stranger Things. While I didn’t make an Indiana Themed menu as I did for Season One, this chicken sandwich is tasty no matter where you live.

How to make BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

This recipe uses already cooked chicken breasts. Cooking up a few in the crock-pot then shredding is a quick meal must!

On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.

How to prepare chicken sandwiches for baking.

Top with the precooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.

Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.

Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.

Quick Coleslaw Recipe:

In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and sugar.

Making it up to a half hour early and placing in the refrigerator makes sure all the flavors meld together beautifully.

Coleslaw makes for a great BBQ chicken sandwich topping. It’s creamy and crunchy and best of all, easy to make. Placing homemade coleslaw on top of a sandwich takes you to pinnacle sandwich Nirvana.

How to assemble BBQ chicken sandwiches

Now it’s time to assemble these BBQ Chicken Sandwich with coleslaw.

Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce.

Need more sandwich inspiration?

And here you are……

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwiches and a craft beer.

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BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
With layers of sliced chicken, crispy bacon, creamy coleslaw, and tangy BBQ sauce, this BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich recipe prove that sandwiches can be anything but boring.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Instructions
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan.
  3. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.
  4. Top with the pre-cooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.
  5. Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.
  6. Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.
  7. Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce. Enjoy!
Quick Coleslaw
  1. In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and sugar.

Salmon Tacos with Avocado Ranch

These Salmon Tacos are not only easy to make, but they are also delicious! Top with a homemade avocado ranch dressing and pair with a craft beer for a great light dinner.

Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing

We are just getting back from a H-O-T end of school year vacation to Florida. Ugh. While it has been cooler here lately in Michigan, I will not complain about it after spending a week there.

When we got home it was finally feeling like summer so to celebrate I’m making salmon tacos with fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado ranch, and crispy tortillas. This meal was giving me ALL the warm weather feels.

Close up of a salmon fish tacos drizzled with homemade avocado ranch

What beer pairs well with Salmon Tacos?

The beer: Local’s Light from Short’s Brewing.

For this taco and craft beer pairing ‘light’ meets ‘light’. A subtle beer that’s perfect for a summer afternoon then transitions perfectly to enjoy with this seafood taco recipe.

What to watch while eating tacos?

Season 3 of Claws just started! If you aren’t watching this show, you are missing out. It also works well with this Mitten Movie Night because it’s set in Florida.

Three tacos on a plate with an avocado ranch dressing on the side

How to Make Salmon Tacos:

Start by preparing the salmon. Lay the salmon out and sprinkle with a mixture of chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin.

Salmon fillets on a cutting board sprinkled with seasoning

Next, cook the salmon in a frying pan with 2 tsp olive oil, skin side facing up. Fry for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Cook an addition 3-5 minutes.

Remove from pan and flake the salmon by using two forks.

How to make Avocado Ranch Dressing:

In a food processor add the skinned and pitted avocado, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, onion powder, white vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Pulse the ingredients adding a light stream of olive oil until you get the consistency that you like. I used about 2 tsp of olive oil as I like it to thicker.

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Crisp the flour tortillas over an open flame if you wish. Serve with chopped tomatoes, red onions, and a side of re-fried beans and here you are….

Delicious Salmon Tacos with a side of refried beans and avocado ranch

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Salmon Tacos
Salmon Tacos with Avocado Ranch are so easy to make they will be on your dinner list all summer long. Pairs well with a light lager beer and warm weather.
Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salmon Tacos
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salmon Tacos
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing
Instructions
Salmon Tacos
  1. Start by preparing the salmon. Lay the salmon out and sprinkle with a mixture of chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and cumin.
  2. Cook the salmon in a frying pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Fry for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Cook an addition 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from pan and flake the salmon by using two forks.
Avocado Ranch Dressing
  1. In a food processor add the skinned and pitted avocado, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, onion powder, white vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse the ingredients adding a light stream of olive oil until you get the consistency that you like.
  3. Crisp the flour tortillas over an open flame if you wish. Serve with chopped tomatoes, red onions, and a side of refried beans. Enjoy!

Lasagna French Bread

Just a few ingredients turn ordinary loaves of French bread into this wonderful lasagna/pizza bread hybrid. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese and so toasty on top. Everyone will love this Lasagna French Bread.

Lasagna French Bread pizza on a pan

Growing up french bread pizzas from the freezer section were one of mine & my brothers favorites! Now that I’m the cook in the house I skip the freezer section and make my own French bread right at home.

What beer pairs well with Lasagna French Bread and a movie?

The beer: Lager from Simpler Times.

We pick this beer up at Trader Joe’s. It tastes great and is a great value at less than $5 for a 6-pack.

Is Trader Joe’s a great place to buy beer?

Yes! Not only do they have a great selection of beers, they also let you taste anything you want before buying.

A shot of a cut piece of French bread. A craft beer is off to the side.

What movie pairs well with crunchy french bread pizzas and a cold beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are starting Harry Potter from the very beginning. We are heading to Florida in a few weeks and visiting Universal Studios while there.

This will be Little A’s first time going when he can actually enjoy everything there. He wasn’t even 2 the last time we went so I’m excited to get him into the movies so he will understand just how cool that part of the park is.

How to make Lasagna French Bread:

In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.

To the same pan add onions and garlic. There should be grease still in the pan, if not add a small amount of olive oil. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.

Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.

Tips for making great french bread:

  • Removing some of the bread in the center makes a
    shallow area for adding the cottage cheese fillings. Makes it so much easier to eat!
  • Brush some melted butter and garlic on the bread to give it a ‘garlic bread’ feel.
A combination of photos with step-by-step for making Lasagna French bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.

In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.

Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.

Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Want more foodie mash-up recipes?

And here you are…..

Overhead shot of some pizza bread with melted cheese and a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Lasagna French Bread
Lasagna French Bread is stuffed with cottage cheese filling, ground beef, spaghetti sauce and then baked with tons of cheese on top. An easy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.
  2. To the same pan add onions and garlic. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.
  3. Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.
  7. Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.
  8. Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Do you love hot dogs? How about bacon? Now, how about garlic aioli? Let’s put those all together to make this Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog. Crack open a cold beer and dive into a different way to eat hot dogs.

Overhead shot of part of a bacon wrapped hot dog with toppings on it.

Warmer weather just calls for some good hamburger and hot dog recipes! This specific recipe has been one that I’ve wanted to recreate at home for a while. While we were at a picnic through our local energy co-op there was a gourmet hot dog truck there and this was the one that I chose.

I picked it because: 1) It had bacon on it! 2) There was a sauce on it that sounded amazing, garlic aioli. My interest was peaked and I am glad that I chose this one, amazing.

A closeup of a hot dog wrapped in bacon with jalapeno and a garlic aioli sauce on it.

Now that I’ve made this recipe at home, I will definently be adding it to my hot dog rotation for sure!

What beer pairs well with Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Garlic Aioli?

The beer: Woody Wheat Ale from Austin Brothers Beer Company.

A perfect wheat ale that doesn’t take away from the bacon and aioli.

What movie pairs well with hot dogs that have been wrapped in bacon:

For this Mitten Movie Night I’m finishing up Santa Clarita Diet. I am so sad to hear that this show that I LOVE has been cancelled. So long Sheila, so long Gary.

How to make a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog:

Wrapping bacon on hot dogs is so simple! Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.

Wrap a baking sheet with tin foil. This will make clean up so much easier!

Start by taking a piece of bacon at the top of a hot dog. Wrap the bacon going down around the hot dog. Place on the baking sheet and continue until they are all wrapped.

Bake in the oven for 12-18 minutes. The quickness of these getting done depending on your oven temperature.

Hot dogs wrapped in bacon and on a sheet pan covered in tin foil.

Take the bacon and put under the broiler for 40-50 seconds.

Take them out and turn, put under the broiler again for another 40-50 seconds to crisp the other side.

Steam some buns and add the hot dogs to them. Now they are ready for topping!

Hot dog buns with bacon wrapped hot dogs tucked inside.

How to make Garlic Aioli:

In a small bowl mix together the mayo, garlic cloves, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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To top off the hot dog I slathered garlic aioli on top, sprinkled Monterey Jack cheese, green onions, and jalapenos.

Want more hot dog recipes?

And here you are…..

Hot dogs that are wrapped in bacon and with a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog is the best way to elevate your hot dog eating experience! Top with garlic aioli, cheese, jalapenos, and green onions.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Salsa Chicken Skillet #SundaySupper

Salsa Chicken Skillet is the perfect one-pan meal! With chicken, a creamy sauce, tortillas and lots of cheese this will quickly become your busy weeknight go-to.

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This is something that I’ve been making for years.  It’s really quick, just a few ingredients and all cooked in one pan.  Did I mention that it’s fast?  Did I mention it’s delicious?  Did I mention that kids and adults both will love this meal?  Did I mention how good this is even though it may not *look* extra appealing?

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There really wasn’t a way, no matter how I staged this meal, to look anything but sloppy.  BUT HOW DELICIOUSLY SLOPPY IT IS! 

Overhead shot of chicken dish.

Everything in this dish melds so well together so perfectly that presentation will be the least of your worries if you make this for your family.

How to make Salsa Chicken Skillet:

Start by dicing the chicken and onions. Add oil to a skillet over medium/high then add chicken and onion. Start to saute.  Cook chicken through until no longer pink.

Next, cut up the tortilla pieces like a pie.

Tortillas cut into pieces

Once the chicken is cooked pour the flour over the top, stir to combine with chicken. Then add the chicken stock and ranch dressing.

Steps of how to make a this dish.

Bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken.

Add your tortillas to the top of the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for around 3-5 minutes.

On top of the chicken & tortillas pour the entire jar of salsa on top.  Don’t stir.

Place cheese on top.  Cook until cheese is melted or put this under the broiler to melt the cheese.

Serve with some lettuce and sour cream.  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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Originally published in September of 2016. Updated photos & recipe April of 2019.

Thank you so much to this Sunday Supper host Liz from that Skinny Chick Can Bake.  Do you need more quick meal ideas?  Check these out……

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Salsa Chicken Skillet

This Salsa Chicken Skillet is a great addition to your busy dinner routine. One pan, a few ingredients, and dinner is on the table.

Salsa Chicken Skillet | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken, Mexican

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

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servings


Ingredients

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken, Mexican

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Salsa Chicken Skillet | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Start by dicing the chicken and onions. Add oil to a skillet over medium/high then add chicken and onion. Start to saute.  Cook chicken through until no longer pink.

  2. Next, cut up the tortilla pieces like a pie.

  3. Once the chicken is cooked pour the flour over the top then add the chicken stock and ranch dressing. 

  4. Bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken. Add your tortillas to the top of the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for around 3-5 minutes. 

  5. On top of the chicken & tortillas pour the entire jar of salsa on top. Don't stir. Place cheese on top.

  6. Cook until cheese is melted or put this under the broiler to melt the cheese.

  7. Serve with some lettuce and sour cream. Enjoy!

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