Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains.  It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them.  I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I  get a whole plate of them to myself!

I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores.  They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls.  They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry!

But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home.  It’s super easy!  I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well.

Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas.  The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants.  The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper.  Either way they’re delicious!

I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe.  This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags.  Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo.  The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe.

South West Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel.

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Can Corn Kernels, drained

1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste

1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese

1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in large pan.

Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute.

Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft.

Add Chicken, beans, and corn.

Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt.  Mix until well combined.

Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken.

Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.

Set aside and prepare your wrappers.

Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across.

Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style.

Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Fry rolls in oil until golden brown.

Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1 Ripe Avocado mashed

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Carne Asada Marinade

Carne Asada Marinade

As many of you know I absolutely love Mexican food and am always on the lookout for restaurants that serve authentic Mexican cuisine.  That’s not easy to find where I live in Hawaii.  Although a few places have popped up that meet our family’s expectations most of the time I end up making our favorite Mexican dishes at home.

A family favorite is Carne Asada, typical for a family of carnivores I guess.  In restaurants it’s sometimes used as the filling for burritos and enchiladas, or a topping for nachos; and it mostly appears on the mean as steak.

Since it’s a favorite of ours I always make it and use it to fill tacos, burritos, and my all time favorites Chimichangas and Flautas which are really just fried versions of burritos and taquitos.

I use flank or skirt steak to make my Carne Asada, and in a pinch flap meat works well too.  Those cuts of meat aren’t the most tender but marinating it overnight makes it not only tender but tasty as well.  I usually make a big batch of Carne Asada and freeze some to use later.  I pan fry the meat and freeze half.  It heats up really well.

You can also grill the Flank Steak instead of pan frying it, but to grill it don’t cut up the meat before marination.  Marinate the whole slab, grill it, then cut it up to fill your tacos, burritos, or whatever.

So here’s the recipe!

Carne Asada

Marinade Ingredients:

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

3 Tbs. freshly squeezed lime juice

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro roughly chopped

2 Tsp. Chili Powder

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. Ground Oregano

2 Lbs. Flank or Skirt Steak – cut into 1/2″ strips or if you are grilling don’t cut it up marinate the whole slab

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients except the meat in a bowl.

Place meat in a large ziplock bag and pour marinade over it.

Close bag and knead the meat to distribute the marinade evenly.

Refrigerate overnight.

When you’re ready to cook it heat 1 Tbs. Olive Oil in skillet.

Place the meat into hot oil and pan fry to desired doneness.

Discard the marinade.

When meat is cooked use it to make nachos or fill your tortillas, taco shells or bowls, depending on what you are making.

Serve with garnishes such as pico de gallo, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole, fresh diced tomatos, lettuce, salsa, etc.


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SOUTHWESTERN SWEET POTATO SALAD

SOUTHWESTERN SWEET POTATO SALAD

This Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is an easy side dish recipe that is perfect for summer! The southwestern flavors from Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Peppers, Lime Juice and Roasted Red Pepper Dressing take this Sweet Potato Salad to a whole new level! I was a touch late to the full sweet potato party, however currently I’m inbound with this Southwestern Sweet salad and I’m coming back in with a bang! It’s loaded with black beans, corn, peppers, juice and roast red pepper dressing. Now, that my friends could be a Sweet salad that packs a punch!

To me, sweet potatoes were simply issues the items that came out at Thanksgiving and perhaps Christmas (and the thing I avoided just like the plague unless they were baked in a very Sweet Potato Bundt Cake or mashed in these Sweet Potato Biscuits).In fact, i used to be therefore late to the party; I didn’t even understand that sweet potatoes were oversubscribed year around. Fast forward to varsity and every This Southwestern Sweet salad formula is a simple entremots formula that’s excellent for summer! The southwestern flavors from Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Peppers, juice and roast Red Pepper Dressing take this Sweet salad to a full new level!

I was a touch late to the full sweet potato party, however currently I’m inbound with this Southwestern Sweet salad and I’m coming back in with a bang! It’s loaded with black beans, corn, peppers, juice and roast red pepper dressing. Now, that my friends could be a Sweet salad that packs a punch!For instance, the maximum amount as i like a classic salad formula, i used to be super fascinated by making an attempt to form a version with sweet potatoes. I wished to figure with ingredients that complemented sweet potatoes, making a novel summer entremots that centered on a special ingredient.

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Ingredients

3 cups diced sweet potatoes (about 3 med-large peeled sweet potatoes; or pre-cut sweet potatoes)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cups sweet corn (I used frozen that I heated until warm)
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained
1 1/2 cups diced bell peppers (I used green, yellow, red, and orange)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
1 tsp seasoned salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
3-4 tbsp roasted red pepper dressing (or, you can use chipotle ranch, southwestern flavored dressing, etc.)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread sweet potatoes onto a non-stick foil lined large sheet pan.
2. Drizzle with olive oil, beginning with 2 Tbsp. If you think it needs more, add the extra tbsp.
3. Sprinkle with salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper, reserving the remaining 1/4 tsp of pepper. Stir the sweet potatoes around until they are all evenly coated.
4. Cook for 25 -30 minutes, until they are browned and fork tender (a little crisp on the outside and soft inside), stirring the sweet potatoes with a spatula every so often.
5. Mix roasted sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, bell peppers, cilantro, seasoned salt, remaining 1/4 tsp of black pepper, and lime juice and dressing together (begin with 3 tbsp, and add more as needed).
6. Once combined, serve immediately, or serve chilled (this salad tastes great warm, at room temperature, and cold).

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Instant Pot Shredded Beef Flautas

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Flautas

I’ve recently jumped on to the Instant Pot bandwagon and my life has never been the same!  Instant Pots are basically crockpots on steroids, at least that’s how I’d describe them.  The can do just about everything a crockpot can do only they do it faster!  Because Instant Pot uses pressure to cook food instead of constant slow heat like a crockpot meals can be made not only faster but better tasting because they get tender but don’t get mushy like veggies do when cooked in a crockpot.  That’s why making this Instant Pot Shredded Beef is the perfect way to make fillings for tacos, chimichangas, burritos, and more.

Today I’m going to share with you my recipe for Instant Pot Shredded Beef Flautas.  Actually it’s basic shredded beef with Mexican spices which I’m using to fill flour tortillas which I then deep fry.  That’s what a Flauta is a rolled and fried four tortilla, some folks call them taquitos, but what ever you call them they’re yummy just the same.

Instant pot shredded beef

You can use this Instant Pot Shredded Beef to fill just about anything you need to fill with shredded beef; like burritos, chimichangas, enchaladas, empanadas, and more.

Instant pot shredded beefI’ve always used skirt or flank steaks to make shredded beef, they turn out pretty tender making them pretty easy to shred.  But once I started making this Instant Pot Shredded Beef the shredding is even easier, the meat literally just falls apart!

I’m sure you’ll love this recipe so make plenty.  I usually freeze extras so that I can use them later for burritos, chimichangas or whatever.  If you’re going to freeze it be sure you use freeze safe containers and label them.  Because it’s shredded the beef will last in the freezer for about a month so be sure you use it soon!

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Instant Pot Shredded Beef Flautas

Ingredients:

2-3 Lbs. Flank or skirt Steak

2 Tbs Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1 Cup Water

1 Package Fajita size Flour Tortilla

1 Package Shredded Monteray Jack/Cheddar Cheese blend

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped

Oil for frying

Toppings of your choice – Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Cheese, Sour Cream, Guacamoli

Directions:

Combine spices in a small bowl then add olive oil, stir very well

Rub oil mixture to both sides of steak

Let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour

Place trivet in Instant Pot

Pour 1 cup water into pot

Place steak on to trivet

Set on Manual and adjust time to 30 minutes

Secure lid and make sure valve is in sealing position

When pot beeps allow to depressurize naturally it takes about 30 minutes

Once pot is completely depressurized remove lid carefully and take out steak

Place steak onto chopping board and shred using 2 forks

instant pot shredded beef

Place shredded beef in a bowl ready to fill your tortillas

Fill flour tortillas with 2 tbs shredded beef, about 1 tbs shredded cheese, 1 tsp chopped cilantro

Roll up and fry in hot oil

Drain on paper towels and serve with desired garnishes

 

 


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  1. Combine spices in a small bowl then add olive oil, stir very well
  2. Rub oil mixture to both sides of steak
  3. Let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour
  4. Place trivet in Instant Pot
  5. Pour 1 cup water into pot
  6. Place steak on to trivet
  7. Set on Manual and adjust time to 30 minutes
  8. Secure lid and make sure valve is in sealing position
  9. When pot beeps allow to depressurize naturally it takes about 30 minutes
  10. Once pot is completely depressurized remove lid carefully and take out steak
  11. Place steak onto chopping board and shred using 2 forks
  12. Place shredded beef in a bowl ready to fill your tortillas
  13. Fill flour tortillas with 2 tbs shredded beef, about 1 tbs shredded cheese, 1 tsp chopped cilantro
  14. Roll up and fry in hot oil Drain on paper towels and serve with desired garnishes
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Sweet Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers

lime cilantro chicken skewersSummer’s in full swing!  This means our backyard grills our working overtime turning out delicious barbecued food.  And those of us who prep for the barbecues are looking for different foods our partners or husbands can toss on the grill.  Well just in time for your July 4th. barbecue are my Sweet Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers.  They are delicious!

My Sweet Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers are easy to make and best of all can be served as a meal of chicken kabobs, top fresh salads for a light lunch, or rolled in a tortilla for an delicious snack!

These Sweet Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers are perfect for your next backyard barbecue.  They’re a little bit sweet, a bit cirtursy, and a whole lot spicy!  Serve it with a side of my Spicy Homemade Salsa for a delicious Mexican Fiesta!

If you’re not a fan of hot spicy food, no worries, just omit the peppers for a milder version.

 

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  1. In a ziplock bag combine chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, and crushed red pepper together
  2. Squeeze in the juice of the lime into bag
  3. Add Cilantro, lime rind, and olive oil into the spice mixture. Be sure the spices have dissolved and mixed in with the rest of the ingredients
  4. Add chicken cubes. Knead the sealed bag to evenly distribute the spice mixture with the chicken
  5. Place in the fridge until ready to cook. Leave in fridge atleast 2 hours but no more than 24 hours.
  6. Skewer the chicken cubes on to bamboo or metal skewers alternating between meat and bell peppers
  7. Place any remaining marinade in a bowl to use for basting chicken while it cooks.
  8. Grill chicken and serve warm
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