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 seasoning 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!
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!
Ukoy is a Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Ukoy usually consists of baby or small shrimps with head and shell on and are mixed and fried until crisp perfection. The regular Ukoy is always peddled around in Philippines by street vendors as merienda or snacks but it can also be an appetizer or a main dish.
There are several variations of this dish. There are also other Ukoy variations wherein shrimps replaced by small fishes such as dilis or dulong. The most common ingredients that are mixed with shrimps are mung bean sprouts or togue and julienned squash.
This is my recipe version of Ukoy (Filipino Shrimp Fritters), Enjoy!
1 cup small shrimps, cleaned and whiskers trimmed off
3/4 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup sweet potato (Kamote in Filipino Dialect) thin strips
2 pcs. eggs, beaten
1 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2-3 cups cooking oil
For the Dipping Sauce:
3-5 pcs. thai pepper or Filipino hot chili pepper “labuyo” – optional
1/4 cup vinegar
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine water, cornstarch, beaten eggs, salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
Then add the shrimps, bean sprouts and sweet potato then blend well.
Heat cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat, wait until oil gets hot.
Drop about 3 tbsp. of the mixture into the hot oil and fry over medium heat until crisp and both
sides are brown.
I babysit my twin grandbabies 3-4 days a week, and they are adorable handfuls! They keep me so busy that it’s hard to find the time to make dinner, that’s about when they get a wee bit fussy. Many days my husband and son pick-up dinner on their way home, but there’s really nothing like a home cooked meal.
To keep us fed and the twins happy I’ve turned to my crock pot. It makes my life so much easier, it’s a great way to multi-task. I toss ingredients in it in the morning before the twins arrive and have dinner ready in the evening. My crock pot is even big enough to cook food for my son and his wife, so I pack some up to go. I just have to keep reminding them to bring back the containers if they want more home cooked meals!
Beef Stew is one of the best things to cook in a crock pot. The slow cooking process makes the meat tender and tasty so you don’t have to use the more expensive cuts of meat. I’ve made stews on the stove, most of the recipes I’ve come across involves dredging the meat in flour, just an extra messy step in my opinion. My crock pot stew doesn’t involve dredging, I just toss all the ingredients in the pot and my stew comes out just as good, if not better.
Beef stew is just one of those comfort foods that I need every so often, specially when it’s chilly outside. I know that sounds weird if you know I live in Hawaii, but has been getting quite chilly at my house, at least for me. I wear a sweater when the temperature drops to 60!
My family, like most folks in the islands, eat stew with steamed white rice. You can serve this stew with rice, or any other starch you prefer. Hope your family loves it the way my family does! Enjoy!
The Best Crock Pot Beef Stew
3 1/2 lbs. chuck roast
1 lb. bag baby carrots
3 large celery stalks
6 small or medium sized potatoes ( I prefer Yukon Gold or the Red Skinned ones)
1 large onion
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbls. rosemary (dried or fresh)
1 tbls. oregano (dried or fresh)
3 tbls. cornstarch
sea salt to taste
1. Cut roast into 1″ chunks trimming off fat.
2. Wash celery stalks and slice into 2″ sections.
3. Scrub potatoes well and cut in half, then cut halves into 4 chunks each.
4. Toss everything, including baby carrots, into the crock pot.
5. Sprinkle with spices.
6. Pour vegetable broth and 1 cup beef broth over all.
7. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining 1/2 cup beef broth and pour over all.
8. Stir everything together making sure the cornstarch mixture is well distributed.
9. Cover pot and set on slow cook for 8-10 hours.
Serve when ready. Store leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator. Believe me you’ll want to make extra just for leftovers, it tastes even better the next day!
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.
8 Pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – cut into cubes
Atchara or Achara is a popular Filipino side dish made of grated green papaya. The grated papaya is squeezed out then combined with carrots, red and green pepper, garlic and onion. The vegetables stored and refrigerate in a sealed bottle with vinegar, salt and sugar for at least a week to maintain its sweet and sour taste.
This tangy relish is a perfect complement to barbeque, fried chicken and fish, beef and etc. Atchara is usually served as side dish together with fried or grilled food. This is my version of Atchara (Pickled Green Papaya) Filipino Recipe. Enjoy!
4 – 6 cups grated green papaya
2 pcs. carrots, finely sliced
1/2 pc. big onion, finely sliced
1 pc. small ginger, finely sliced
1/2 pc. green pepper, sliced into strips
1/2 pc. red pepper, sliced into strips
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup of rock salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 – 1 1/2 cup vinegar
Mush the grated green papaya in salt for a few minutes with clean bare hands or with gloves.
Place in cheese cloth or any clean piece of cloth, and squeeze all the juice out.
Loosen out the squeezed papaya and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Carrots, garlic, onion, green & red peppers, ginger and sugar.