Archive for January, 2011

Mexican Chorizo Chili Soup

With the playoff games on today, I thought a good hearty soup sounded great. After taking inventory of what we had available, I came up with a different style of chili soup, using chorizo in addition to ground beef.

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1 lb mild chorizo
1 jalapeno
2 cans Original rotel tomatos/green chiles
1 large can chicken broth
1 onion
1 small can of corn
2 cans white navy beans
4 or 5 cloves garlic

Brown chorizo, diced onion, and ground beef in skillet until cooked through. Strain grease from mixture and transfer to crock pot or soup pot. Add to this, corn, tomatoes, diced jalapeno, diced garlic, broth, and navy beans. Simmer in crock pot or soup pot for a few hours so all the flavors can come together. The chorizo flavors the soup and gives it a mexican taste and feel. Serve in large bowls with tortilla chips, cheese and avacado. We ate this for lunch and were amazed with how great it turned out. Give it a try and let me know if you liked it.

Bacon wrapped Meatloaf

When you think of comfort food, what do you think of?  To me, I think of down home southern style cooking.  And when I think of down home southern style cooking, I think of thick cut heartly meatloaf.  That was my most recent creation that I tried.  Below is what I came up with. 

Ingredients

2-3 lbs Ground Beef/Chuck/Sirloin

 1 Onion

1 Fresh Japaneo

1 Green Pepper

1-2 Tomatos

Garlic

Salt Pepper

1 Box of Chicken in a Biscuit Crackers

2-3 Eggs

Ketchup

Bacon

Salt/Pepper

In a mixing bowl combine meat, eggs, diced onion/green pepper/jalapeno/large clove garlic/tomato/salt/pepper and mix together with your hands.  Then add 1/2 to 3/4 of a box of smashed chicken in a biscuit crackers.  I have used all different kinds of crackers in meatloaf, and these seem to pack the most flavor in them so I like to use them.  Next add 1 cup or so of ketchup and mix all ingredients together with you hands.  Once everything is evenly distributed, I like to make 2 even meatloafs.  Once made, I set the loafs on a bed of either fruit or vegetables so the fat can render off the meat and drain into the pan.  You do not want your meatloaf sitting in its own fat drippings.  This step also gives some added flavor to the meatloaf.  The last and most important step, I put strips of bacon over the top of the meatloafs for the last added layer of flavor.  

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.   Once heated up, put loafs in and bake for 45 minutes – 1- hr.  After this, I drizzle ketchup all over the of the meatloaf and put back in the oven for another 30 mins to finish off cooking.   Let sit for 15 minutes to let juices redistribute.  Cut and serve.   Enjoy

Take a guess…..

What am I making for dinner?

Kabobs

Is there really anything better and easier than shish kabobs?

Spicy Breakfast Potatoes w/ Chorizo and Egg

While laying in bed last night I was thinking that a huge breakfast sounded incredible.  I went to the grocery store yesterday and stocked up on a lot of my favorites, so my options were open.  Well this morning when I woke up, I woke up with Mexican themed breakfast on my mind.  When I think of Mexican themed breakfast, I turn for the chorizo.  So this recipe is called Spicy Breakfast Potatoes w/ Chorizo and Egg

Ingredients

Chorizo

Eggs

New Potatoes/Yukon Gold Potatoes

Garlic

Onion

Fresh Jalapeno

Salt Pepper

Avacado

Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt

Bring water to a boil and boil your favorite potato until it is about 3/4 done cooking.  This will vary depending on the size of the potato.  A good trick is to pre-boil some potatoes and put them in the fridge, so you will have some available at all times.  Whether you pre-boil them or boil them that day, cube the potatoes to a size of your liking.

In a skillet (cast iron if you have it), brown your favorite style of chorizo sausage.  I like spicy foods, so I go with hot chorizo.  When sausage is done cooking, strain to a bowl and set to the side.  Leave the sausage drippings in the pan, as we will be using this instead of oil to cook with.  In this skillet, add diced onion, fresh jalapeno, and garlic.  Let this simmer on medium heat until the onion starts to carmelize.  Add potatoes to the mixture and lightly toss in with the onion/garlic/jalapeno.  (These potatoes are tender, and you dont want to lose integrity of potatoes).  Once they are coated, let them cook for a while.  We want that nice crust on these potatoes.  After a good 10 minutes, check to make sure they are carmelizing, and fold over to get that crust on the other side.  Add Salt and Pepper to you liking.

In a side skillet, cook some eggs to sunny side up.  Once finished set to the side and now it is time to start assembling breakfast

Start with a bed of the potatoes, top with 2-3 sunny side up eggs, then sprinkle with the cooked chorizo, then your favorite cheese.  I have found that queso fresco or goat cheese are really good on a dish like this.  I also like to top this with a few slices of avacado, and a small dab of sour cream or greek yogurt.  I can promise you this dish packs a huge punch of flavor that will start any weekend day off great.  Enjoy

Kids Food Favorites

If I can say one thing about my cooking, I would say that it is full of flavor.  Sometimes great flavor, sometimes not so great flavor, but flavor nonetheless.  I am constantly looking for new and inventive ways to create tastes in each dish I prepare.  I like to use strong flavors like garlic, salts, peppers, ginger, dry and fresh herbs, chipotles, jalapenos, soy sauce, different oils, etc etc.  This style of cooking is great for myself and my wife, but not very good for my little boy Christopher.  Whenever I try and feed him some things that I have prepared that taste really good, he will put them in his mouth for a few seconds and decide to spit them out.  If it were up to him, he would eat nothing but turkey dogs, chicken nuggets, string cheese, and fruit.  These are wonderful foods, but I am sure he will soon be bored with these options.  I am looking for some great food ideas for my son that he will like.  Please share some suggestions that your little friends enjoy!

Tasty Tip – Spicy Condiments

For a tasty spin on normal sour cream/greek yogurt/mayo, add some of your favorite hot sauce to it and mix in well to give the sour cream/yogurt/mayo that extra tasty zing you want!