Posts Tagged With: Beef

Gameday Chili

I could care less about this years Superbowl.  As soon as I publish this I’m going to have to Google who’s even playing.  I usually get pretty excited about it, not for the game itself, but for the excuse to have a party and make some of my favorite foods (and sometimes the commercials).  Here’s one of my many chili recipes that’s sure to spice up what might otherwise be a boring Sunday evening.

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Love it or hate it, there is no denying that chili, or chili con carne, is one of the first great American dishes.  Now that’s not to say that it was actually a good dish back in the day, more of a pioneer version of a military MRE (meal ready-to-eat). Dried, and formed into a brick, chili was an easy meal to rehydrate and cook out on the trails.  We’ve come a long way since then, chili competitions, Bobby Flay “Throwdowns”, chili in a sense provided a gateway for the amateur chef to make his or her mark on the scene. Continue reading

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Easy Baked Rotini

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Sometimes you just need pasta, yesterday was one of those days.  Baked pastas are always a crowd-pleaser, relatively easy to make, and taste amazing.  If you’ve never tried your hand at one, now is the time.  It’s a very simple concept: noodles, sauce, and cheese.  How you go about those three ingredients is what separates the good from the extraordinary.  For this particular dish I used rotini, mainly because I happened to have in the pantry.  You could easily do this with ziti, penne, or any other similar style of pasta.  The important thing is to make a sauce that you’re proud of, and the rest of the dish will follow.  This will serve at least 6. Continue reading

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Chipotle Beef & Black Bean Enchiladas

I love Mexican food, and you should too.  Now I’ve never been to Mexico, and I suspect that most of the restaurants I’ve been to were more close to Tex-Mex than anything else.  So the authenticity of the food I make and call Mexican is no doubt questionable.  But it’s awesome, and I guarantee you’ll like it or your money back… nevermind. Continue reading

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Chipotle Shredded Beef

So anybody who has read a few of my posts from last month probably can tell that I like braising cheap cuts of meat.  Groceries are expensive where I live, and often selection is limited.  I tend to buy whatever is on sale, and that’s usually a tougher cut that’s going to take some time.  It makes for an interesting challenge in the kitchen, especially when certain things just aren’t available on a week to week basis.  For example, lately I have had no access to fresh chilies.  How the hell am I supposed to keep things picante around here?  Fortunately, I usually keep a few cans of chipotles in the pantry.  I absolutely love the chipotle flavor, but as it tends to overpower subtle flavors, I only use it on occasion.  This is one of those opportunities. Continue reading

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Island Spiced Burgers

My weekend plans were screwed by tropical storm Rafael.  I’m supposed to be on the beach, but instead it’s pissing it down outside.  Now what?  I decided to stay in and make some spicy island cuisine.  I had a craving for a good burger and Jamaican food, this burger was the love child of those cravings.  It’s pretty easy to make, as long as you have all the seasonings.  This will yield 2 half pound burgers. Continue reading

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Getaway Grill Out “The Art of Asado”

We had a chance to get away this weekend.  Once we arrived at our destination and saw the opportunity to fire up a grill, I made a quick stop at a local market.  Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook.  It’s very social and everything tastes amazing with a little fire underneath it.  Origins of “The Art of Asado” are as follows: man made fire, man dropped food in fire, food tasted better, man made grill and bought a cooler full of beer, the end. Continue reading

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Quick & Easy Carne Asada Tacos w/ Habanero Salsa

It’s lunch time and I’m in a rush.  I finished off the empanadas so I’m making a quick easy favorite.   If you skip making the salsa this can be made in under 10 minutes.  If the words Habanero and Jalapeño scare you, you’re reading the wrong blog. Continue reading

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