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Slightly sweet leftovers

One of the great things about crockpot recipes is that you can cook a decent amount of food all at once and have plenty of leftovers. Remember that Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken I made? I had about half of that left over and I found myself wondering whether to just freeze them to eat later or use them for something else. I took half of it and added some chili beans and taco seasoning for a sweet chicken burrito filling. I combined that with some sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, fresh tomato, and sour cream. That covered another two meals and they were fantastic!

The last couple of days I’ve been craving some chili. I thought I’d try using what was left of the sesame chicken to make a slightly sweet chili. Using the Taco Soup recipe as a base, I combined the sesame chicken mix into my crockpot with a large can of diced tomatoes, two cans of chili beans, a can of black beans, about a cup of whole kernel corn (from the freezer), a packet of taco seasoning, a packet of Ranch seasoning, and a mix of the following to taste: Tabasco sauce, ground chili pepper, ground white pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt.

It was delicious! I do not have any “starting” images, but here’s the end result:

I served a bowl of the chili topped with a mix of white and mild cheddar cheese and sour cream, with cinnamon rolls which were soaked in vanilla bourbon just before baking. They were very sweet and I found complemented the meal nicely. 🙂

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili

Ok, so I ran across this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Yammie’s Noshery. Her pictures that accompany the recipes always look soooooo good, and this recipe sounded so tasty I just had to try it!

So here’s the recipe as she posted it:

Creamy Cheesy White Chicken Chili

Recipe Source: yammiesnoshery.com

Ingredients:

1 Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
1/2 of a white onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 of a red bell pepper, chopped
7 oz. can of green chiles
8 oz. frozen corn
2 15.5 oz. cans white kidney beans (cannellini beans)
32 oz. chicken stock
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of pepperjack and monterey jack)
Cilantro and limes for serving

Directions:

In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper in a little bit of oil on medium heat until softened. Add the chicken, chiles, corn, beans chicken stock, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and continue cooking until it comes to a simmer (if you prefer a non-creamy soup, it’s great at this point too!). Add the sour cream and cream cheese. Toss together the cornstarch and cheese and add to the pot. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Serve with cilantro and lime wedges.

I deviated a bit from the recipe:

  • I had only one can of cannellini beans, so I drained and rinsed a can of black beans too. I figured this would give it a bit more color, and I love them so. 🙂
  • I added 1/2 can of petite diced tomatoes that I had saved in the freezer from the last time I made chili. Doing this made it a bit darker in color, so it wasn’t really a true ‘white’ chili, but I love tomatoes and I was making this for me! 🙂
  • I used not quite all of the 32 oz. container of chicken stock so that the chili will be a bit thicker.
  • I omitted the onion, bell pepper, and chiles. I have weird food issues, this is one of them. 😛
  • I didn’t have any fresh garlic, so I doubled up on the garlic powder — this made it a bit TOO garlicky. I love the taste of garlic, but it was very strong.
  • Lastly, I omitted the cream cheese. It probably would have added to the “creamy factor” but I hate the taste. I may try substituting some velveeta next time.

This was my result:

All in all, this was a very good recipe. Leaving the chiles out left me wanting more kick, so I added some hot sauce when I served my bowl. The flavor was very good, I will try a bit more chili powder and add some white pepper next time to give it a bit more heat.

This was a nice thick chili. In fact, I’ve had its leftovers for breakfast this morning, and over tortilla chips as a snack! I think I may pair it with some refried beans in a chicken burrito for lunch tomorrow. This is definitely a chili I will fix again soon!

Diabetic Lowfat Texas Bean Dip

Recipe Source: thatsmyhome.com

Ingredients:

15 1/2 ounces black beans, canned – drained
15 1/2 ounces red beans – canned, drained
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 cup onion – chopped
1/2 cup tomato – diced
1/2 cup mild picante sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper – diced
1/4 cup reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese – coarsely grated
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions:

Place beans in a bowl; partially mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until chunky. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onion and garlic; saute for 4 minutes over medium heat. Add beans, tomato, picante sauce, cumin, chili powder and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and lime juice. Stir until well blended and cheese has melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Makes 40 (1-tablespoon) servings.

Spicy Nacho Bake

Recipe Source: hunts.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep Time: 10 / Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients:

PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 can (14.5 ounce) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Roasted Garlic, undrained
1/2 teaspoon Gebhardt® Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
5 cups (5 ounces) tortilla chips
1 can (8 ounces) kidney beans, drained, rinsed
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno pepper
1/2 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 8×8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Combine diced tomatoes with their liquid, the chili powder and cumin in small bowl; set aside.

Place 1/3 of the tortilla chips on bottom of prepared baking dish. Cover with layers of 1/3 of the beans, 1/4 cup of the corn and 1/2 cup of the cheese; top with 1/3 each of the bell peppers and onions. Repeat layers 2 more times, starting with the tortilla chips and ending with the bell peppers and onions. Top with the tomato mixture; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake 30 minutes. Cut into 4 squares to serve.

One Skillet Chicken and Black Beans

Recipe Source: drgourmet.com

Ingredients:

1 tsp. grapeseed oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 large onion (diced)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup dark beer
1/4 tsp. salt
to taste fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 – 15 ounce can no salt added black beans
6 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast (cubed)
2 ounces low-fat Monterey jack cheese (grated)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, celery and onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until the onions begin to soften.

Add the cumin, cayenne, beer, salt, pepper, tomato paste, maple syrup vanilla extract and black beans. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for another five minutes.

Divide the chicken and black bean mixture into two au gratin dishes. Top with the grated jack cheese and place the dishes in the oven.

Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.

Nicki’s Notes:

I made mine in an iron skillet and put that straight into the oven after topping with cheese. I also used olive oil in the absence of grapeseed oil.

Mexican Lasagna

Recipe Source: Edna Harter

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground chuck
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
15 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 (16-ounce) jar chunky mild salsa
16 ounces water
2 cups sour cream
1 (6-ounce) can sliced black olives
3/4 cup chopped green onions
8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Brown the beef in a large skillet. Drain it, and return it to the pan. Add the garlic, oregano, and cumin. Mix well, and stir in the beans. Layer 5 lasagna noodles over the bottom of the prepared dish. Spread 1/3 of the meat mixture over the noodles. Add 5 more noodles and another 1/3 of the meat mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining noodles and meat mixture. Pour the salsa evenly over all. Fill the empty salsa jar with water, and pour it over the top. Cover the lasagna with foil, and bake for 1 hour, until the noodles are tender.

Mix the sour cream, olives, and green onions together. Spoon this evenly over the lasagna. Top with the cheese. Return to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Cincinnati Chili

Recipe Source: Jean Kressy, “Relish the American Table,” February 19, 2006 (relishmag.com)

Ingredients:

3/4 pound ground lean beef
1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 (15-ounce) can lower-sodium tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
6 ounces uncooked spaghetti, cooked according to package directions (3 cups cooked)
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, heated
Chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Add diced onion; cook, mixing with a large spoon to break up meat, until beef is browned. Add garlic, tomato sauce, water, cocoa, chili powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer slowly, uncovered, 1 hour.

Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary to make consistency of a meat sauce.

Spoon sauce over cooked spaghetti, top with beans, onion and cheese. Serve with oyster crackers.

Serves 4.

Creamy Ground Beef Burrito Bake

Recipe Source: cheapcooking.com

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1/2 an onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 15-ounce can refried beans
1 10.5-ounce can of “cream of” soup (I used mushroom)
8 ounces sour cream or yogurt or a combination
flour tortillas (quantity could vary, I used 10)
grated cheese, about 3/4 pound

Directions:

Brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Drain off any accumulated grease. Add the cumin and cook another minute or so, then add the tomato sauce and water and simmer 5-10 minutes. If it gets too try, add a bit more sauce or water. Stir in the refried beans.

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream or yogurt and the “cream of” soup. You can always make your own “cream of whatever” soup to use instead. Spread a bit of this on the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan. Reserve the rest for topping the burritos.

Heating the tortillas in the microwave in a tortilla warmer or between paper towels makes them a bit easier to roll up.

Spread a bit of the bean and meat mixture down the middle, top with some grated cheese, and roll up and fold burrito-style, placing the burrito seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat until all the filling is used up. Spread the sauce over the top of the burritos and sprinkle some cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Serve with salsa, more sour cream, guacamole, sliced olives, or whatever else sounds good for topping. I poured some green tomatillo sauce on mine, which was fantastic. The girls ate theirs plain.

Taco Rice Mix

Recipe Source: hillbillyhousewife.com

Ingredients:

1 cup long grain brown rice or white rice
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon each oregano & cumin & garlic powder
2 tablespoons dry onion
Dash red pepper flakes
1 or 2 tablespoons oil
8 oz can reduced sodium tomato sauce or 1 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
2 cups water

Directions:

In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Add dry ingredients. Sauté the rice and seasonings in the hot oil until the rice is toasty and slightly opaque. Add the tomato sauce and water. Stir it up and bring it to a boil. When it starts to boil, cover the pan with a good lid and reduce the heat to very low. Brown rice will cook in 45 minutes. White rice will cook in 20 minutes. Serve topped with cheese for a main dish, or just like it is as a side dish.

This is my oldest son’s favorite food in the entire world. This recipe doubles easily. Cook it in a 3-quart saucepan if you double it.

Makes 4 servings.

Variations:

To make Taco Style Beans & Rice add a 15 oz can of kidney or pinto or black beans (1-1/2 cups cooked beans) well drained and rinsed, along with the tomato sauce and water. Cook as directed.

Beef Empanadas

Recipe Source: cooks.com

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/3 c. chopped raisins
1/4 c. chopped stuffed green olives
1 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. flour
1 3/4 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 (12 oz.) pkgs. Big Country buttermilk biscuits
2 egg yolks (for glaze)

Directions:

Heat olive oil in skillet. Add ground beef, green pepper, garlic and cook until beef is browned, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Add raisins, olives, vinegar, flour, allspice, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, and cook over medium heat until thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat stir in the Monterey Jack cheese and the cilantro. Mix well and set aside to cool for at least 45 minutes.

Recipe to this point can be made up to 48 hours ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.

Beat the 2 egg yolks until smooth (glaze).

One at a time, roll biscuits out on lightly floured bread board, to discs of about 4 1/2″ in diameter. Brush a 1/2″ strip of the glaze around one half of the edge of each disc. Put one heaping tablespoonful of filling in the middle of each disc. Fold unglazed half over to form half circle. Crimp edges together using dinner fork dipped in flour. Put empanadas on ungreased cookie sheet, brush tops lightly with remaining glaze.

Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown on top, about 12 minutes.

Makes 20 empanadas. (Or, use one package of 10 biscuits, and save half of the filling to make 10 more a few days later.)

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