Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Entrees - Meaty and Meatless

When you think of Mexican food do you instantly think of fajitas or tacos?  Well these recipes are putting an American spin on some of our favorite dishes.  I hope that you love them as much as we did. 

I am also striving to push myself to try something new.  As always the goal of these recipes are to be quick and easy... but FULL of flavor.  I received a couple requests for something meatless and possibly kid-friendly.  Give these recipes a try and let me know how you liked them.

Guacamole Turkey Burger
- 2 lbs of ground turkey meat
- 4 oz can of green chili's (mild or hot depending on your preference)
- 1 clove of garlic, minced or grated
- 1 TBSP of cumin
(Optional) 1 tsp of chipotle pepper
- Seasoning salt and pepper
- Recipe from Mara's 10-Minute Guacamole

In a large bowl combine the turkey meat, chili's, garlic and seasoning.  Take your rings off and get your hands in the bowl to thoroughly combine the meat and ingredients.   Fire up the grill to medium-high heat.  Grill for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Add the guacamole to your hamburger.  Serve and enjoy.  This would be great for kids, especially if you made the burgers into sliders.

Ranchero Bean Tostada
- 2 cans of ranchero beans (with or without the sauce is fine)
- 1/2 of medium red onion, diced
- 1 TBSP of cumin
- 5 or 6 red radishes, sliced
- 1 package of plain feta cheese
- 3 "hand fulls" of cilantro (leave them whole without the stem, no need to chop)
- 1/2 of a large tomato, diced
- White corn tortillas (2 or 3 per person - these are SMALL tortillas.. not fajita size)
- Salt and pepper

In a medium sauce pan combine the beans, onion and seasoning.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 425 and add the tortillas to a baking sheet.  (You could also toss these on the grill for a minute per side.)  Bake in the oven until golden brown and crispy - approximately 5 to 8 minutes. 

When the beans are done simmering and the tortillas are crisp... add the toppings over the tostada. 

The only "complaint" that I received about the tostada is that it was a little tricky to eat.  Most of us ate it like a taco. 

I also cannot take complete credit for this idea.  Part of the tostada recipe idea did come from  Check them out for more Cinco de Mayo ideas. 

Beer Margarita's
- 12 oz of limeade frozen juice
- 12 oz of white soda
- 12 oz of beer
- 12 oz of Tequila

Stir and serve.  You might actually be surprised how refreshing this is.  Cheers!!!

-  If you use MGD 64, you will save yourself some calories too.  :)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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