Quick Fix Tex-Mex Corn Chip Chili

This may well be Anita’s favorite chili. I have to admit, it’s mighty good. This quick fix Tex-Mex corn chip chili is definitely quick fix. The only way you could make a chili any quicker is if the entire dish came out of a single can. Served over crunchy corn chips, it has all you need in a no-time-to-waste chili. Beans, beef, tomatoes, chiles, and cilantro. Oh and a bit of cheese.
I prefer fire-roasted green chiles any time a recipe calls for green chiles. The roasting adds a nice caramelized flavor and texture. Same goes for canned tomatoes, I prefer fire-roasted.

For a little kick use spicy pinto beans instead, substitute pepper jack cheese, and add in a minced roasted jalapeno.

Quick Fix Tex-Mex Corn Chip Chili
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Fritos (I used Chili Cheese Fritos)
Instructions
  1. Crumble the beef into a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until browned.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the undrained beans, tomatoes and chiles. Stir and bring to a simmer, cooking for 15 minutes.
  4. Season and then stir in the cilantro and cheese. Reduce heat to low and stir until the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve over corn chips topped with more cheese and cilantro.

 

Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers

That’s it. I’m done. There’s absolutely no need for me to ever make any other hamburger patties besides the ones on these Tex-Mex bacon cheeseburgers. Sure, the cheese sauce is amazing (it’s actually a bit beyond amazing, and would also be fantastic on hot dogs), but the patties are the star of the show. Any burger patty I make in the future will be just like these. Tender, juicy, smoky, and incredibly tasty. With a bit of a kick. Tremendous. And not meatloafy, either. You know the kind of burgers I’m talking about. They’re more like meatloaf than burger. Don’t worry, these do not cross the line into meatloafness.
Tex-Mex Bacon CheeseburgersGrating onions can take a bit of time, but it’s well worth the effort. Although you can sort of duplicate the texture by pureeing the onions in a blender, I’ve found it’s best to get out a box grater, grab an onion, and just get to work.

Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the patties
  • 12 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons grated white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons pureed chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
For the cheese sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
For the burgers
  • 4 burger buns
  • Garnishes as desired (onion, tomato, jalapeno, etc)
Instructions
For the patties
  1. Fire up your grill.
  2. Chop 4 pieces of the bacon and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the beef, onion, garlic, chipotles, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix well and divide into 4 equally sized portions, then form into patties.
  5. Transfer to the grill and cook as desired.
For the cheese sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking while cooking for 1 minute.
  3. Continue whisking while slowly adding the milk. Cook until warmed but not simmering, whisking often.
  4. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  5. Add the tomatoes, stir, and cook until warm. Reduce heat to low until ready to use.
Finally assembly
  1. Top each bun bottom with two slices of the bacon.
  2. Add patties and plenty of cheese sauce.
  3. Add desired garnishes.
  4. Serve.
  5. Devour.

 

Spicy Tex-Mex Party Mix

I’ve made a lot of snack mixes in my time. Traditional ones. Sweet ones. Savory ones. Sour cream and onion ones. Cajun ones. Italian-ish ones. And now, this most awesome party mix, Tex-Mex style. Quick and easy to make.

Spicy Tex-Mex Party MixI really prefer our homemade taco seasoning in this mix over the store bought stuff in the little packets, and not just because it’s so much cheaper to make. When you make the seasoning from scratch you can control how fine or coarse it is. For this party mix I wanted a little texture from the seasoning so I didn’t grind it for very long.

Spicy Tex-Mex Party Mix
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwestern
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Serves: 12 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place peanuts, pretzels, corn chips and shredded wheat cereal into a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle the butter over the snack mix and fold to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and mix to coat.
  5. Spread out on a baking sheet (or two) and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Let cool and serve.