Chicken Chimichanga

Chicken Chimichanga

Last week I used my big bottle of Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning to make a delicious chicken casserole that my family loved.  Well I need more than casseroles to use up all that chicken chimichangaseasoning I picked up at Costco so this week I’m sharing my Chicken Chimichanga.

 

Chimichangas are my all time favorite Mexican dishes.  I love the crunchy fried burrito filled with tasty meat then topped with cheese, salsa, and sour cream.  I mean seriously what’s not to love?  I usually make it with shredded beef, but I still had a big bag of chicken thighs so I figured why not make chicken chimichangas.  I’m so glad I did!  Everyone loved them, including my 4 year old grandson who’s always a very picky eater!

These chicken chimichangas were a delicious way to use up more of that bottle of Carne Asada Seasoning!

I serve this with refried beans and Mexican rice for a filling meal.  I try to make enough for leftovers because everyone loves them, but that’s not always easy.  They’re eaten up in one meal!  My son even comes over to take a bunch of chicken chimichangas home for his family’s dinner!

You can top or garnish it with anything you want like shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, hot or mild.  We love the hot!

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Instructions
  1. Mix seasoning, vinegar, garlic powder, and olive oil together and place in a ziplock bag.
  2. Add chicken thighs to marinade and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Add about 2 tbs. oil into a frying pan and fry chicken until cooked or grill chicken until cooked.
  4. Shred cooked chicken.
  5. Divide shredded chicken into 10 equal parts, do the same with the cilantro
  6. Place 1 portion of chicken and cilantro into the middle of a tortilla, sprinkle with about a tbs of shredded cheese.
  7. Roll into a burrito.
  8. Heat 1 - 1 1/2" of oil in frying pan.
  9. Fry each burrito until all sides are golden brown.
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Serve and garnish which your choice of toppings.
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Delicious Shredded Beef Flautas

Delicious Shredded Beef Flautas

Flautas

 Mexican cuisine is one of my family’s favorites.  We love tacos, burritos, chimichangas, quesadillas, and specially flautas!

What you may ask are flautas.  Well, they’re crispy filled tortillas garnished with shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and any other favorite toppings.

Flautas, sometimes called taquitos, are very similar to chimichangas which are deep fried burritos.  They can be filled with ground or shredded meat, cheese, beans, or a combination of any of these.

It’s served garnished with sour cream, salsa, cheese, and other toppings.  My favorites are sour cream and extra hot salsa!

In Hawaii there aren’t very many great Mexican restaurants, and only one that I know of offer flautas.  That’s why most of the time we end up making flautas and other Mexican favorites at home.

Flautas can be served as an appetizer or as a main course.  When I serve them as a main course I add a side of rice and beans.  However they’re served they are yummy!

Here’s my recipe, it makes 15 Flautas.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Flank Steak

1 Packet Taco Seasoning

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack/Cheddar Cheese mix

1 Cup Cilantro – coarsely chopped

15  10″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Garnishes:  Sour Cream, Guacamole, Shredded Cheese, Salsa

Directions:

Rub taco seasoning and garlic powder all over the flank steak

Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 2 -3 hours

Place flank steak on a baking sheet and bake in a 350° for about 30 minutes or until done

Shred meat.  I use 2 forks to shred the meat.

Place shredded meat into a large bowl.

Add Shredded Cheeses and Chopped Cilantro.

Divide into 15 portions.

Tightly roll each portion in a tortilla.  Each tube should be tightly rolled and round, not flat like a burrito.

Heat oil.

Fry each rolled tortilla in hot oil, turning to brown all sides.

Remove from frying pan and drain on paper towels.

Serve hot with garnishes and sides if desired.

If you liked my Beef Flautas you should try my grandson Dion’s version of Steak Flautas and my Chimichangas!

 

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  1. Rub taco seasoning and garlic powder all over the flank steak
  2. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 2 -3 hours
  3. Place flank steak on a baking sheet and bake in a 350° for about 30 minutes or until done 
  4. Shred meat.  I use 2 forks to shred the meat.
  5. Place shredded meat into a large bowl.
  6. Add Shredded Cheeses and Chopped Cilantro.
  7. Divide into 15 portions.
  8. Tightly roll each portion in a tortilla.  Each tube should be tightly rolled and round, not flat like a burrito.
  9. Heat oil.
  10. Fry each rolled tortilla in hot oil, turning to brown all sides.
  11. Remove from frying pan and drain on paper towels.
  12. Serve hot with garnishes and sides if desired.
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Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls) Recipe

Lumpiang Sariwa (Fresh Spring Rolls) Recipe

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Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Rolls is an unfried version of the popular fried Lumpia.  Lumpiang Sariwa is traditionally called “fresh” not because it’s a raw but because it’s not fried like its counterpart the fried lumpia.  

In the Philippines Lumpiang Sariwa can be served as an appetizer, snack or dessert.  It is served during many occasions;  Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and specially During Fiesta Season.

Fresh Lumpia has three parts,  the filling, the wrapper, and the sauce. The filling usually has pieces of fried pork or shrimp but you could replace them with fried tofu or tempeh (deep fried fermented soy beans from Indonesia), and you can choose some of your favorite vegetables cut in small pieces. The wrapper is a simple thin crepe, and the sauce is a thick sweet-savory cream. Combined together, they make one delicious dish that is a party in your mouth.

This is my version for Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Rolls. For Fried Lumpia recipe please click here! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

For the filling and garnish:

½ lb pork, thin sliced

1 cup shrimp, shelled and de-veined

1 pack  tofu, sliced in strips

2 cups sweet potato, cubed

1 ½ cup carrots, julienned

6 pcs. Lettuce leaves

2 cups baguio beans (string beans), chopped

1 lb cabbage, shredded

½ cup cilantro, chopped

2 tbsp. patis (fish sauce)

1 medium size onion, chopped

½ cup peanuts, crushed

3 tbsp garlic, minced

1 pc. pork cube, (pork stock )

½ cup water

For the wrapper:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1½ cups milk

2 eggs

½ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. cooking oil

For the sauce:

2 tbsp. corn starch, diluted in 4 tbsp. water

½ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. garlic, minced

½ pork cube

2 cups water

 Directions:

For the filling:

In a pan over medium heat, pour-in the cooking oil. Sauté the garlic and onions.

Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown.

Add the pork cube and add ½ cup water then simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until pork is tender.

Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are soft then add the shrimps. Then add the tofu and cook for a few minutes.

Add the carrots, cilantro, and string beans then mix with the other ingredients then add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the fish sauce and mix then set aside.

For the Wrapper: 

Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl, beat and add the milk while beating.

Add salt and all-purpose flour then mix well, add the vegetable oil and mix well again.

Spray oil or grease butter in a pan over medium heat.

Pour-in the mixture for about half a cup and tilt the pan to distribute the liquid evenly.

Cook until the top part of the mixture is dry “about 2 minutes”.

Remove the cooked mixture and place in a flat plate using a spatula then set aside.

For the sauce:

Pouring water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Add the brown sugar and pork cubes.

Add  salt to taste and soy sauce then mix well.

Dilute the cornstarch in water and pour in the saucepan then cook until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.

Final Direction:

Place the wrapper in a plate or in a clean flat surface, then place a lettuce leaf in the middle top part of the wrapper.

Spoon the filling and place in the middle of the wrapper over the lettuce leaf.

Close the wrapper by folding the lower part first then roll the sides until the filling is sealed.

Pour the sauce at the top of  your fresh lumpia and garnish with minced garlic and crushed peanuts.

Serve at its freshness,

 

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  1. For the filling:
  2. In a pan over medium heat, pour-in the cooking oil. Sauté the garlic and onions.
  3. Add the pork and cook until color turns light brown.
  4. Add the pork cube and add ½ cup water then simmer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until pork is tender.
  5. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until potatoes are soft then add the shrimps. Then add the tofu and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the carrots, cilantro, and string beans then mix with the other ingredients then add the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the fish sauce and mix then set aside.
  8. For the Wrapper:
  9. Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl, beat and add the milk while beating.
  10. Add salt and all-purpose flour then mix well, add the vegetable oil and mix well again.
  11. Spray oil or grease butter in a pan over medium heat.
  12. Pour-in the mixture for about half a cup and tilt the pan to distribute the liquid evenly.
  13. Cook until the top part of the mixture is dry “about 2 minutes”.
  14. Remove the cooked mixture and place in a flat plate using a spatula then set aside.
  15. For the sauce:
  16. Pouring water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  17. Add the brown sugar and pork cubes.
  18. Add salt to taste and soy sauce then mix well.
  19. Dilute the cornstarch in water and pour in the saucepan then cook until the sauce becomes thick then set aside.
  20. Final Direction:
  21. Place the wrapper in a plate or in a clean flat surface, then place a lettuce leaf in the middle top part of the wrapper.
  22. Spoon the filling and place in the middle of the wrapper over the lettuce leaf.
  23. Close the wrapper by folding the lower part first then roll the sides until the filling is sealed.
  24. Pour the sauce at the top of your fresh lumpia and garnish with minced garlic and crushed peanuts.
  25. Serve at its freshness,
  26. Share and Enjoy!!!
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Gambas al Ajillo – Mexican Shrimp Scampi

Gambas al Ajillo – Mexican Shrimp Scampi

20140307-spanish-garlic-shrimp-gambas-al-ajillo-recipe-09Shrimp is one of my favorite shellfish, second only to lobsters.  I love shrimp cooked in almost every way, and I think almost every type of cuisine has a recipe for making shrimp.  The easiest shrimp dish to prepare in my opinion is Scampi.

Shrimp Scampi is very basic, it’s just butter, garlic, shrimp, and lemon.  Today we’ll add a south of the border twist and make Gambas al Ajillo or Mexican Shrimp Scampi.

I like to serve this dish with Spanish rice and refried beans.  I also serve it with flour tortillas.  They make super yummy shrimp tacos!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Jumbo Shrimp – peeled and deveined

1/4 Cup Butter

2 Tbs.  Garlic, finely minced

1/4 Cup Cilantro, finely chopped

1 Lime

Directions:

Melt butter in a pan.

Add garlic, cook for about 3 minutes.

Add shrimp, cook until shrimp turns pink.

Add cilantro, stir until it’s well distributed.

Remove from heat.

Squeeze lime juice over shrimp and stir in.

Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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  1. Melt butter in a pan.
  2. Add garlic, cook for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp, cook until shrimp turns pink.
  4. Add cilantro, stir until it's well distributed.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Squeeze lime juice over shrimp and stir in.
  7. Serve immediately.
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