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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  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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Margarita Chicken Tacos

Margarita Chicken Tacos

 

If you haven’t guessed by now I love Mexican Food!  I can eat it everyday!  One of my favorite Mexican dishes are chicken tacos.  I love them wrapped in fresh warm flour tortillas.  The chicken filling is real easy to make, if you’re pinched for time you can even use taco seasoning packets to give it that Mexican flavor.  But I like to make it from scratch and sometimes I experiment a bit with the ingredients.  Recently I came up with these Margarita Chicken Tacos, they are delicious!

What makes these Margarita Chicken Tacos different is that the chicken is marinated in, you guessed it, tequila and lime juice; hence the name Margarita Chicken Tacos!  They really are easy to make and are too yummy!

I marinate the chicken about an hour before I sauté it.  I serve it fresh wrapped in warm flour tortillas and topped with chopped cilantro, cheese, sour cream, and salsa.  It’s a complete meal in a tortilla.

Here’s the recipe.  I hope you’ll love it as much as we do.

Ingredients:

8 Pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – cut into cubes

1 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Sea Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro – coarsely chopped, divide chopped cilantro in half

1 Med. Onion -chopped

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Vinegar

1/4 Cup Tequila

1 Lime

Flour Tortillas

Shredded Cheddar & Pepper Jack Cheeses

Sour Cream

Salsa

Directions:

Combine all the dry seasoning together in a mixing bowl.

Add Olive Oil, Vinegar, Tequila, onion, and 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.

Squeeze the juice of the lime over mixture.

Mix well.

Add Chicken cubes.

Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Sauté in large frying pan about 10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Serve with warm tortillas and garnishes. You can sprinkle each taco with the remaining cilantro.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Combine all the dry seasoning together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add Olive Oil, Vinegar, Tequila, onion, and 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.
  3. Squeeze the juice of the lime over mixture.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add Chicken cubes.
  6. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  7. Sauté in large frying pan about 10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  8. Serve with warm tortillas and garnishes. You can sprinkle each taco with the remaining cilantro.
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Dion’s Steak Flautas – Very Delicious!

Dion’s Steak Flautas – Very Delicious!

steak flautasWe just discovered that my 13 year old grandson loves to cook!  Not only does he loves to cook, he does it very well.  He recently tried out his culinary skills by making us these very delicious Steak Flautas!

What are flautas?  They’re also called taquitos, tacos dorados, or rolled tacos.  Basically they are a small tortilla rolled up with a filling.  Whatever you call them they are very tasty and are one of my favorite Mexican dishes.

Flautas can be filled with shredded chicken, ground or shredded beef, pulled pork, beans, or cheese.  They can be served as appetizers or a main dish depending on the size.

Dion used ribeye to make these Steak Flautas.  The filling is tender and tasty.  Served with Spanish rice and refried beans thes Steak Flautas make a great meal!

The recipe for Steak Flautas is Dion’s own creation.  He didn’t follow a recipe, he simply made it up as he went.  And I have to say they turned out very well!  He even garnished them with chopped cilantro because according to him presentation matters!  I do believe we have a budding chef in the family!

I wrote down his recipe and decided to share it with you!  It’s pretty easy to make but because it involves frying kids should be supervised if they’ll be making them.  This recipe will make 12 Steak Flautas.

Ingredients:

1 Lb.  Boneless Rib Eye Steak

12 Pcs. 6″ Flour Tortillas

1 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

1 Small Bunch Fresh Cilantro – chopped

1 Lime

1 Tbls. Garlic Powder

Oil for frying

Directions:

Pan fry rib eye steak until it’s cooked but still pink in the middle – don’t over cook the steak

Shred or chop the cooked steak

Flash fry tortillas in a small amount of oil – fry both sides until they are slightly golden brown but the tortilla is still soft and pliable – about 30 seconds per side

Drain tortillas on paper towels and set aside

In a large bowl mix sour cream, cheese, garlic powder, and cilantro until well combined

Squeeze the juice of the lime into the mixture and mix well

Add shredded steak to the mixture and stir until well combined

Scoop 1/12 of steak mixture and drop in center of tortilla, spread a line of mixture across the tortilla

Roll tortilla around the filling and secure end with toothpick

Fill remaining tortillas

Heat about 1″ of oil in a frying pan

Fry tortillas until they are golden brown

Drain on paper towel

Place in serving dish

Garnish with extra chopped cilantro and shredded cheese if desired

Serve with sour cream and salsa for extra yum!

 

 

 

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  1. Pan fry rib eye steak until it's cooked but still pink in the middle - don't over cook the steak
  2. Shred or chop the cooked stea Garnish with extra chopped cilantro and shredded cheese if desired
  3. Flash fry tortillas in a small amount of oil - fry both sides until they are slightly golden brown but the tortilla is still soft and pliable - about 30 seconds per side
  4. Drain tortillas on paper towels and set aside
  5. In a large bowl mix sour cream, cheese, garlic powder, and cilantro until well combined
  6. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the mixture and mix well
  7. Add shredded steak to the mixture and stir until well combined
  8. Scoop 1/12 of steak mixture and drop in center of tortilla, spread a line of mixture across the tortilla
  9. Roll tortilla around the filling and secure end with toothpick
  10. Fill remaining tortillas
  11. Heat about 1" of oil in a frying pan
  12. Fry tortillas until they are golden brown
  13. Drain on paper towel
  14. Place in serving dish
  15. Garnish with remaining cilantro and/or cheese
  16. Serve with sour cream & salsa if desired
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