TexMex

Menu for the week of May 21: Tex-Mex

Fish Taco

Sat: Turkey leftovers
make salsa, grain bowls
Sun: BBQ: Fajitas
Mon: Mexican Salad with fajita meat
Tue: Fish tacos
Wed: Fajita leftovers
Thus: Out to new taco place or DT
Fri: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/huevos-rancheros

Menu for the week of April 8

Posole

Sat: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/posole
make ranchero sauce, hot sauce, bloody mary mix
Sun:
Brunch: OJ, GJ, baguette, cheeses, quiche, fruit
Dinner: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/fish-tacos
Mon: Chicken, rice and pinto beans
Tue: https://audreyandjon.com/recipes/huevos-rancheros
Wed: Vegetarian Taco Salad
Thus: Chicken Enchiladas
Fri: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chilaquiles-with-blistered-tom...

Menu for the week of Sept 24 Tex-Mex

Chiles Rellenos

Sat: fish tacos , prep fajitas
Sun: Fajitas? http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/06/the-food-lab-how-to-make-best... , prep ceviche
Mon: Ceviche https://www.laylita.com/recipes/fish-ceviche/
Tue: Chiles Rellenos
Wed: Fajita salad
Thu: Fajitas 2
Fri: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/tex-mex-style-beef-enchiladas

Huevos Rancheros

A tasty and relatively easy recipe with a great classic red sauce. The original recipe linked below uses canned chipotles, but this has been adapted to use more dried chiles, as the heat from the canned chipotles overpowers the eggs.

Sauce

  • 4-6 whole dried chipotles (only 2-3 canned)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves and fine stems, plus more for serving
Huevos Rancheros
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Chile-Corn Custard Squares

A nice side for a BBQ, courtesy of Bon Appetit.

3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese mixed with 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco, divided
1/2 cup sour cream (plus additional for garnish, optional)
1/2 cup canned creamed corn
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chiles

Chile Corn Custard
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Hot Sauce

A Saveur recipe, modified by Merl and sent by Sharon.

1 lb. mixed medium-to-hot fresh chiles, stemmed and seeded if very hot (Merl recommends 1/2 jalapeños and 1/2 serranos; Saveur recommends red peppers like fresno, holland, or cayenne)
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1.5 tbsp. or more kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup or more distilled white vinegar to taste

Green Salsa
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7-Layer Bean Dip

No real recipe here; we used, from the bottom up:

  1. leftover refried pinto beans
  2. Shredded cheese
  3. guacamole
  4. sour cream
  5. pico de gallo
  6. Olives (optional)

...and layered them in a flat-bottomed glass dish. The pico counts as two layers. Really.

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Pinto Beans / Frijoles

1 lb dried beans, soaked overnight
1 hamhock
2 hatch peppers, roasted and sliced
bacon grease
pepper, smoked salt

I'm not sure it's possible to really make beans without a hamhock.  I've tried. 

Soak the beans overnight; rinse.  Place back in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a simmer. Add hamhock, bacon grease, and peppers.  Let simmer for as many hours as possible.  Add pepper and smoked salt close to the end to taste.

 

 

Chiles Rellenos
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Chiles Rellenos

Dad tells the story of his first experience with Chiles Rellenos, with tears running down his face from the heat of the peppers, but loving every bite.  He worked long and hard to re-create that moment, and settled upon this recipe.

  • 12 Anaheim peppers, skin removed (see note)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 dash salt
  • Queso Chihuahua (or Monterrey Jack) cheese cut in long "fingers"
Blistering the peppers
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