Air Fryer Empanadas

Air Fryer Empanadas are the answer snack time or anytime! Made with flaky pie crust, savory beef filling, and cheese you will find yourself making batch after batch.

Close up of beef empanadas made in the air fryer with salsa and sour cream on the side.

There’s nothing better than a great recipe to have in the back of your pocket for nights when you just want some comfort snack foods that don’t take too much effort. Good thing I’ve got this ground beef empanada recipe for just those kinds of nights!

The great thing about this air fryer beef empanada recipe is that you don’t use all of the ground beef for the initial preparation. What I do is freeze the additional beef that’s leftover so I can make these again without having to remake all the meat.

A side shot of air fryer empanadas on a serving tray.

Bonus, you can freeze storebought pie crust. Grab them when they are on sale so when you want to whip these up, the beef and the crust are already in my freezer. I just put both items in the refrigerator to thaw the night before and it’s HELLO snack time the next night!

What movie pairs well with air fryer empanadas?

For this Mitten Movie Night, we are watching The Great Outdoors in honor of the late, great John Candy who passed away 26 years ago this week.

The perfect bite shot of an empanada with salsa and sour cream on it.

What beer pairs well with flaky pie crust stuffed with ground beef and cheese then dipped in lots of sour cream and salsa?

The beer: Dirty Blonde from Atwater Brewery.

You will see this beer in many of my posts because it just happens to be 1) my favorite, 2) a perfect example of blonde ales because it can literally be paired with any dish.

Do you own an air fryer? If so, check out these other air fryer recipes on the site:

Empanadas that were made int he air fryer split in half to show ground beef.

How to make Empanadas in the Air Fryer:

The key to making this empanadas recipe is to KEEP IT COOL.

  • Make sure the ground beef has cooled completely before using it.
  • Roll out one sheet of pie crust at a time, keep the other one in the refrigerator and only remove when ready to cut the circles out.

Start by browning the ground beef. Cook over medium/high heat on top of the stove. When the beef is halfway cooked, add the garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, and cumin.

Once the ground beef is cooked all the way through and no longer pink drain the grease from it and add to a bowl. LET IT COOL COMPLETELY.

Close up of ground beef that was cooked for empanada filling

When the beef has cooled, remove one of the pie crusts from the refrigerator to start cutting out the circles.

On a piece of wax or parchment paper add a small amount of flour and roll the pie crust out onto it.

Using a glass or biscuit cutter cut out 7-8 circles.

Rolling out pie crust and how to use the excess to make additional pastry circles for empanadas.

There will be remaining dough. Pick it up and roll it together into a ball.

Using the same glass, roll the dough out into a circle again and cut additional circles. I can usually get 11-12 circles of dough out of each crust.

Add the cooled ground beef and shredded cheese onto one half of the pie crust circle. *Any additional ground beef that is leftover put into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to a month. To thaw, put in the refrigerator 24 hours before use.

Steps for how to fold empanadas..

The best way to make sure that they seal and you don’t make a mess of the air fryer basket, pinch the edges then fold the edges over. Crimp the folded edge with a fork.

Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray vegetable oil. Add the prepared empanadas to the basket. Spray the tops with additional oil or brush with melted butter (this is my favorite way to make them but spray works well too).

An air fryer basket with empanadas in it.

Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and fry for 8 minutes. With a fork, gently flip each one. Spray again with oil or brush with butter and fry for 1 more minute.

Remove the empanadas from the basket and continue the process until they are all made, should take about 3-4 times. Keep the already made ones warm in the oven or eat as you make them!

Serve these with sour cream and salsa. And here you are……

Overhead shot of air fryer empanadas ready to eat on a serving tray.

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Air Fryer Empanadas
Air Fryer Empanadas are made with flaky pie crust, savory beef filling, and cheese. Make them right in the air fryer for snack time or anytime.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by browning the ground beef. Cook over medium/high heat on top of the stove. When the beef is halfway cooked, add the garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
  2. Once the ground beef is cooked all the way through and no longer pink drain the grease from it and add to a bowl. LET IT COOL COMPLETELY.
  3. When the beef has cooled, remove one of the pie crusts from the refrigerator to start cutting out the circles.
  4. On a piece of wax or parchment paper add a small amount of flour and roll the pie crust out onto it.
  5. Using a glass or biscuit cutter cut out 7-8 circles. There will be remaining dough. Pick it up and roll it together into a ball.
  6. Using the same glass, roll the dough out into a circle again and cut additional circles. I can usually get 11-12 circles of dough out of each crust.
  7. Add the cooled ground beef and shredded cheese onto one half of the pie crust circle. *Any additional ground beef that is leftover put into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to a month. To thaw, put in the refrigerator 24 hours before use.
  8. The best way to make sure that they seal and you don't make a mess of the air fryer basket, pinch the edges then fold the edges over. Crimp the folded edge with a fork.
  9. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray vegetable oil. Add the prepared empanadas to the basket. Spray the tops with additional oil or brush with melted butter.
  10. Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and fry for 8 minutes. With a fork, gently flip each one. Spray again with oil or brush with butter and fry for 1 more minute.
  11. Remove the empanadas from the basket and continue the process until they are all made, should take about 3-4 times. Keep the already made ones warm in the oven or eat as you make them!
  12. Serve these with sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!

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.

Tortilla chips dipped into beanless chili.

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 marbling 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 cubed roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Steps and instructions for making Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the canned tomatoes, 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.

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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 beef, instant pot, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, instant pot, soup
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 cubed 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 canned tomatoes, 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!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos

These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are so full of flavor you won’t go back to boring tacos again! Topped with homemade pico de gallo and a buffalo ranch sauce makes these the ultimate for taco night.

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I’ve got something spicy on deck for this Mitten Movie Night!  These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, pico de gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.

What beer pairs well with Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos?

The beer: Summer Love Ale from Victory Brewing Company

Can you believe that this Summer is half over?  Where did the time go?  What seems really odd is that we haven’t even been busy this summer.  So in order to celebrate the mid-summer slump let’s pair these fresh tacos with this perfect fruity compliment to the bite of the buffalo sauce and the jalapeno in the pico de gallo.

What movie pairs well with chicken tacos topped with buffalo ranch and Pico de gallo?

For tonight’s movie, I recommend ‘How It Ends’.  I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies and this one was right up my alley.  Check out Netflix to find this title.  So now on to these buffalo ranch chicken tacos!

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How to make Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos:

Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit.  Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2″ thick.

Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken.  Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes.  Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost ‘blackened‘.

Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.

How to make an easy Pico De Gallo:

You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor.  It does make it a little watery from the tomatoes so what I do it strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.  Saves so much time and tastes just as delicious.

How to make Buffalo Ranch Sauce:

In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.  This sauce is the key to making this chicken taco recipe the BEST!

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For the flour tortillas, I love to cook them over the open flame on my stove.  You can, of course, skip this step if you like and just cover 8 tortillas with a warm, wet paper towel and microwave for 25 seconds.

Now fill the shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce.

Serve with Double Batch Smashed Beans and here you are…..

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Originally published in July of 2018. Updated post in April of 2019.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos

These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, Pico de Gallo, cheese and finally topped with buffalo ranch sauce.

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Servings
tacos


Ingredients
Pico de gallo

Buffalo Ranch

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Servings
tacos


Ingredients
Pico de gallo

Buffalo Ranch

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Instructions
Chicken for tacos
  1. Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit. Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2" thick.

  2. Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken. Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes. Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost 'blackened'.

  3. Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.

Pico de gallo
  1. You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor. *If you make this in the food processor: Strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.

Buffalo Ranch
  1. In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.

  2. Fill the tortilla shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce. Enjoy!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

This chicken wing recipe will make sure you don’t miss saucy wings at all.  Dry Rub Chicken Wings are rubbed with a smoky and sweet coating then baked to a crispy perfection. 

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

Kicking off Father’s Day weekend with Mitten Movie Night! I thought I would make my husband a special dish just for him.

When I was thinking about what to make my husband this weekend I remembered some really great wings that we had in Florida.  While there we stayed in a condo so we hit the local Costco and grabbed some already made up dishes from the deli area.  That is where we got the chicken wings and they were fabulous.  We heated them up in the oven and paired with a giant salad.

When we got home sadly our local Costco did not have them.  So light bulb moment, I will make my own dry rub chicken wings at home!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing on the side.

Full disclosure, I have never made wings before.  If you read my post about Wing Sauce Sliders you would know why and how I just finally came around to buffalo sauce.  I was willing to give it a try though you know since I kind of like the guy who has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years.

So off to the internet I went to check out how some of my favorite bloggers make dry rub chicken wings.  Then since I don’t have a grill, how to bake chicken wings.

How to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings:

For the rub, I visited Bewitchin’ Kitchen and followed the recipe for Sweet n’ Smoky Rib Rub.

It had all the spices I thought were in the rub I was basing these on. It turned out great and I didn’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients. I had all of them in my spice cabinet.

Next, I headed over to The Chunky Chef’s site and followed the directions for baked chicken wings from her Epic Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings recipe.

To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil.

Sprinkle them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor.

Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.

Ingredients and steps of how to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings.

On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack.

Layer the wings out then put into a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes.  Be prepared because if you make these the house will smell downright amazing!

Cooked dry rub chicken wings with butter and dry rub seasoning to the side.

Once the chicken was done I decided to use a part of The Suburban Soapbox’s Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe.

At the end of the recipe, it called for melting 4 Tbs of butter.  Pour it over the chicken.

Add the spice that was left over to it the bowl.  Toss to coat the chicken with the butter and spices.

Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into and a side of crunchy carrots.

What beer pairs well with Dry Rub Chicken Wings?

The beer: Greenbush Brewing, Star Chicken Shotgun.

These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubbies favorite style of beer, an IPA.

Poultry and IPA’s work well together but add the spice of the rub and crispy skin and you have a perfect combination.

And here you are……..

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

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Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer or meal.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, peppers, coarse kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne powder and cumin in a small bowl.
  2. To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil. Sprinkled them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor. Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.
  3. On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack. Lay the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.
  4. When chicken is done melt 4 Tbs of butter and add the remining rub to it.
  5. Toss chicken in butter mixture. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these double deluxe tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy these Double Deluxe Tacos.

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These tacos have double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef wrapped with a flour tortilla then spread with refried beans.  Finish it off by sprinkling with cheese and bake. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

What beer pairs well with Double Deluxe Tacos?

The beer: Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales.

For the start of June, I’m living for these fruity, lemon, citrus and bright beers. Nothing heavy just delicious and makes me think of sitting on a beach, getting a tan then taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon.

Chicka Chicka Yeah is the perfect beer for just that.  Similar to my favorite beer, Dirty Blonde, but different enough to feel like it’s not a repeat.

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What TV show pairs well with tacos?

Then for this Mitten Movie Night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back so we must binge!! Sadly this is the first half of the last season of this adorable show.  If your a fan of The Office, Parks & Recreation or 30 Rock I think you will love this show too.

How to make Double Deluxe Tacos:

Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  Drain the grease from the pan.

To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin, and chili powder.  Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8″x11″ pan the set up the assembly line.  With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells.  Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.  I found that 6 was the perfect amount for the beans and meat ratio.

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What should I do with those extra taco shells then?

I always like to have tortillas on hand since my 4 yr old loves cheesy roll-ups.  Just add cheese and some chili powder then microwave for 20 seconds and lunch is served.  With a side of fruit, it’s perfect for busy days.

Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  Open up some sour cream to top off these double deluxe tacos.

And here you are…..

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Double Deluxe Tacos
Double the taco goodness with these Double Deluxe Tacos! A hard shell filled with spicy beef is wrapped with a flour tortilla spread with refried beans.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger. Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then drain the grease from the pan. To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder. Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8"x11" pan the set up the assembly line. With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells. Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.
  4. Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Open up some sour cream. Enjoy!

Salsa Bread

Need a break from ordinary bread? Don’t have all day to spend making a loaf of bread from scratch? Enter Salsa Bread.  A quick bread recipe full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.

Salsa Bread on a board ready to cut and eat.

As I’ve stated many times before I really haven’t had the easiest time learning how to bake. I like to stick to hearty meals that can be paired with beer. The closest I get is jazzing up boxed cake mix for sweet or pizza crust for savory.  However, I was willing to give baking a try so I could make this bread for a specific sandwich I am trying to recreate.

A load of Salsa Bread ready to eat.

After a little searching I found and baked this recipe for Dill Pickle Bread from Delish. It turned out fabulous and the recipe was so simple that I figured it was a perfect one to adapt for this.  Guess what?  It turned out exactly how I wanted.  Yeah! So now on to the recipe for this spicy Salsa Bread.

How to make Salsa Bread:

First let’s start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and make the salsa.

In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion.  Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.

In another bowl or mixer, start to make the bread base.  Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture.

Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together.

Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

Homemade salsa and a mixer.

Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan.

Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.

Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat.

And here you are…..

A load of Salsa Bread ready to eat.

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Salsa Bread
This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches!
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bread, Mexican, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Bread, Mexican, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion. Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.
  3. In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture. Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together. Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.
  5. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat. Enjoy!

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos #SundaySupper

Upgrade game day with these Walking Chili Cheese Tacos. Packaged chips make the perfect plate for chili, cheese, meat, and toppings. These walking tacos are a great idea for tailgates or parties.

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos on a board with toppings off to the side.

With football season we usually spend mornings at my son’s games then the afternoons back at home watching the big games.  Now I don’t watch but I do get my ‘Game On’ making food that I know my boys will love to snack on while they watch. They love the classics: burgers, wings and tacos.  This week I’m making walking chili cheese tacos.

The great thing about these walking chili cheese tacos is that you can hit the store and grab a variety of chips for the base.  While I went for the traditional nacho chip for most of them I did pick up few surprise bags special for my 11-year-old, spicy fries.

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos loaded with toppings ready to eat.

When we lived in town I knew he was getting older when a bunch of boys set off on their own to go to the convenience store up the road and pick out their own snack and pay with their own money.  Inevitably they would come back with one kind or another of these fries and with fingers as orange as the sun. Since moving to the new house he doesn’t get to walk to the store anymore so I figured I would pick them up and make his walking chili cheese tacos with them.

How to make Walking Chili Cheese Tacos:

Start with browning the beef.  To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power.  Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan.

Add to a bowl and then you are ready for the chili cheese sauce.  In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.

Ingredients and steps to make Walking Chili Cheese Tacos.

For the bags, I cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.

Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces.

Tips for serving Walking Chili Cheese Tacos:

  • Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese of course. 
  • Go ahead and set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. 

And here you are….

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos on a board with toppings off to the side.

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

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten #tacos #walkingtacos #partyfood

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos
Packaged chips make the perfect plate for chili, cheese, meat, and toppings. These walking chili cheese tacos are a great idea for tailgates or parties.
Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Fall Food, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Fall Food, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start with browning the beef. To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power. Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan. Add to a bowl for serving.
  2. In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes. Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.
  3. For the bags cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.
  4. Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese.
  6. Set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. Enjoy!

Street Corn Taquitos

A sweet chicken and corn filling is rolled up in and fried to crispy perfection.
Street Corn Taquitos make a great appetizer or dinner!

Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Has this Summer been busy!  I have been doing so much around the house, we’ve been running around and I haven’t had much time to work on this little blog. Even sadder is it’s been weeks since I’ve celebrated Mitten Movie Night which is probably my favorite of all posts to do on the blog.  So let’s rectify that right now and enjoy some Michigan craft beer and these Street Corn Taquitos.

What beer pairs well with Street Corn Taquitos?

The beer:  Oval Beach Blonde from Saugatuck Brewing Company

Tonight I am pairing this dish with one of my favorite types of beer, a blonde.  This pairs perfectly with the crispy tortillas, the bursts of sweet corn in the filling and the creaminess of the mayo.

What movie pairs well with street corn themed appetizers?

In anticipation of the upcoming Eclipse I want to watch a classic from the 80’s that always freaked me out, Night of the Comet. I know it’s not an eclipse but it is space related phenomena so close enough.  Where are you planning on watching the eclipse?  The boys and I are going to our local library where they are having a watching party.  How exciting!

Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the chicken, I cooked mine in the crock pot with some salt & pepper.

How to make shredded chicken?

To shred it I wanted to try something that I saw on Pinterest and guess what, it WORKED! Use a KitchenAid mixer to shred the chicken. I cut the chicken in half, put it into the mixing bowl and turned it on high.  Less than 3 minutes later beautifully shredded chicken without the work.  Genius!

Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

How to make Street Corn Taquitos:

To the same bowl add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese, and spices.  Stir to combine.

Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup.  While the oil heats upstart assembling the taquitos.  Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out.  Roll it up.

Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down.  Fry for 2 minutes, then flip.

Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.  Don’t overcrowd or they won’t fry properly. 

Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and lettuce.

And here you are….

Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Street Corn Taquitos
Sweet corn, shredded chicken and a creamy filling wrapped in a corn tortilla then fried to a crispy golden brown. Street Corn Taquitos make the perfect appetizer or even a main dish.
Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Street Corn Taquitos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken breast then shred it to make small pieces. (Try the KitchenAid mixer!)
  2. To a bowl with the chicken in it add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup. While the oil heats up start assembling the taquitos.
  4. Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out. Roll the it up.
  5. Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down. Fry for 2 minutes, then flip. Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  6. Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.
  7. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes and lettuce. Enjoy!

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing is a great recipe to shake up taco!  Spicy chorizo, beef, loads of toppings and a delicious dressing make for the ultimate fiesta.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 and beef taco salad.

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!

What beer pairs well with Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad?

The beer:  Modelo Especial.

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.

What TV shows go well with eating tacos and drinking beer?

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 by 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.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now let’s get on to this taco salad recipe!  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.

How to make Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing:

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 of this chorizo and beef taco salad, 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.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

 A bonus recipe for GREAT Mexican Rice:

I also recently perfected some rice that is amazing with anything that is spicy inspired that goes perfectly on this chorizo and beef taco salad.  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!

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.

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Layer the chorizo and beef taco salad 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….

Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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
This Chorizo and Beef Taco Salad is tucked into crispy taco flats then topped with some delicious lime-cilantro dressing.
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chorizo & Beef Taco Salad
Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Mexican Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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!

Four B’s Tostadas

Four B’s Tostadas has crunchy tortillas getting 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

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re getting spicy.

What beer pairs well with spicy tostadas?

The beer: Sam Adam’s Octoberfest.

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.

What movie pairs well with Four B’s Tostadas and Octoberfest?

For the movie, we are watching The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling?  Yes please!

4 B's Tostadas |Bottom Left of the Mitten

How to make Four B’s Tostadas:

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 cooked.

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.

You could always take this fiesta up a few notches and use my Double Batch Smashed Beans or homemade rice for this meal.

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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Originally published in September of 2016. Updated post in March of 2019. 

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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
Beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce on top of crunchy tortillas make this Four B's Tostadas a bold combination packed with tons of flavor.
Four B's Tostadas | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Four B's Tostadas | 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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