Category Archives: Mexican Food

Seven Layer Mexican Dip


This seven layer dip is always a huge hit at parties. Your guests will love you after this one.

It can be made in advance and refrigerated, making it the perfect dish if you have to bring something to a family gathering or party.

Similarly, we have a Homemade Salsa Recipe that is another party hit: Fresh & Mild Salsa

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

2 Can Jalapeño Bean Dip
1 Container Sour Cream
1 Container Avocado Dip
Small Bunch Scallions, washed & cut
3 Large Tomatoes, chopped
1 Can Black Olives
1 Bottle Salsa
1 Cup Cheese, grated
1 Packet Taco Seasoning
 

Directions:

  1. Spread out the beans in a flat pan.
  2. Add taco seasoning to the sour cream. Spread the mixture gently on top of the beans.
  3. Spread either a homemade or store-bought avocado dip on top of the sour cream.
  4. Spread salsa to taste.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top of the salsa.
  6. Now garnish with black cut olives and green onions.
  • Health Benefits: Avocados are an excellent source of the healthy monounsaturated fat oleic acid, which helps lower cholesterol and can help protect against breast cancer. They also contain the highest amount of the carotenoid lutein among commonly eaten fruits, along with high amounts of other carotenoids and vitamin E, which together have been found to inhibit different types of cancer growth.
    Additionally, because healthy carotenoids are fat-soluble, consuming avocados, which are naturally rich in monounsaturated fat helps to enhance your body’s ability to absorb these healthy nutrients from other vegetables.
    Cilantro, sometimes referred to as Mexican or Chinese parsley, has a strong flavor that people usually either love or hate. In Mexican cuisine, it’s a popular herb used in guacamole, salsas, and sauces.
  • Health Benefits: Cilantro is rich in beneficial phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic acid compounds, which may be responsible for many of its health benefits. Cilantro and its seeds have been found to help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol and fight inflammation and free radicals. Cilantro may also have antimicrobial properties.
    Fresh and dried chili peppers are what give Mexican dishes their characteristic spice, though specific peppers are used for flavor while others are used for heat. Some popular varieties include jalapeno, poblano, serrano, guajillo, chipotle, pasilla, habanero, ancho, Mulato, and cascabel.
  • Health Benefits: Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers, giving them not only their spice but also their health benefits. In fact, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. This spicy compound has been found to Fight cancer, prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion, fight inflammation also helping burn fat, provide pain relief and a major factor in protecting the heart by a reduction in cholesterol, triglycerides, and platelet protection
    Beans are yet another staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine, perhaps second only to corn. While a variety of beans, like pinto, lentils, kidney beans and fava beans, are used in Mexican cooking, the focus is on pinto and black beans because they’re far more common in Mexican cooking and they offer many nutritional benefits — loads of antioxidants. Normally Mexican beans are served boiled or fried.
  • Health Benefits: Pinto and black beans are rich in antioxidants, beans are high in dietary fiber, which is an excellent cholesterol fighter, and the complex carbohydrates they contain help keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day — essential for staying alert and feeling energized.
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Tex-Mex Pizza

I have been craving for pizza for last couple of days and I was no mood to order a pizza online or get frozen ones from the store. Instead, I started to make my own pizza. Here is the mouth watering, fun and easy recipe for the Mexican vegetarian pizza.

Cooking level: Very easy
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup of pace pic ante salsa
1 Pillsbury pizza crust
2 tbsp roasted deli sliced red bell pepper
2 tbsp green bell pepper
1/2 cup of black beans drained and rinsed
2 tbsp of onions
2 tbsp of sliced black olives
2 tbsp of scallions
1/2 cup of Mexican cheese

Preparation:

1. Follow the instructions on the Pillsbury pizza crust

2. Bake the pizza crust as instructed on the package

3. Apply the pic ante salsa and spread all the ingredients and top it with Mexican cheese

4. Now, bake the pizza for another 15 minutes with 400 F until crust is done

5. Then broil on high for two minutes. Please do not over broil the pizza.

6. You may top the pizza with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes on the pizza.

Enjoy!! Please feel free to provide with your valuable comments and suggestions.

Mexican Enchiladas

Enchiladas are all time favorite!! Easy to make and healthy it can be. To make fun try to involve kids and family member too. I am pretty sure they will enjoy making it . Enchilada filling and sauce varies from recipe to recipes. Here is quick recipe.  Omit the cheese for a Vegan version.
Recipe type: AO = Antioxidant DF = Dairy Free GF = Gluten Free HF = High Fiber HP = High ProteinLS = Low Sugar, V= Vegan
Cooking level : Very easy
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Assemble time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
8-10 corn tortillas
2 tbsp of canola oil
Taco seasoning 1.5 oz (As per your taste)
One can 15 oz black beans
One small zucchini diced
One small onion diced
One small yellow squash
Few tofu small pieces
Red and Green bell pepper
Small amount of corn kernels
Tomato sauce 8 oz
1 and 1/2 cup of water
Enchilada sauce mix 1.5 oz
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese (omit for vegan version)
Any vegetables
One Can black beans
Black Olives and  Spring onions for garnishing

 To assemble
1. For Enchilada sauce: In a medium pan,  add water with tomato sauce and according to your taste add enchilada mix seasoning. Bring to a boil.Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes on a medium high heat. Set aside.
2. For filling:  In another pan or microwave safe bowl. Add black beans rinsed and drained , add green and red bell pepper, corn,  zucchini,  squash. Per your choice you may add more vegetables.  Add taco seasoning per your taste and cook on medium heat  for 3-4 minutes and mix it well. Set aside



3. In a skillet on a medium heat, apply oil on both sides of tortilla to make it soft so it doesn’t crumble when you roll it. Please do not deep fry the tortilla.

4. Fill the mixture of enchilada  filling in the middle of tortilla and roll it as shown in the picture.

5. Pour the enchilada sauce over the tortilla enough to cover the edges of the tortilla.

6. Sprinkle with shredded  cheddar cheese, black olives, Spring onions.

7. Microwave the tortilla with its filling and sauce for 1-2 minutes.

8. Serve it with guacamole, salsa,  lettuce, and tomatoes. http://www.thevegfusion.com/2009/05/salsa-mexican.html

Please try to make it at home and feel free to give your valuable suggestions and comments.

Enjoy!!

Quesadillas with Homemade Salsa & Guacamole

Quesadillas are instantly satisfying and fulfilling. Make them for a quick Saturday lunch to have a change from regular sandwiches. As you all know, it is a great Mexican dish that is low in fat. Homemade guacamole and salsa is also very tasty and fun to make and eat!

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Recipe Type: Vegan, Mexican, Appetizer/Snack
Serves: 4-6



Ingredients for Homemade Salsa:

4    Medium Tomatoes
1    Medium Onion
4    Tsp Salsa, store-bought
2    Cloves Garlic, fresh
1    Tsp Ginger Paste
1    Green Salerno Pepper
1    Bunch Cilantro, washed & cut
Salt to taste
1    Can Tomato Sauce

Directions for Salsa: 

  1. Use a chopper or Cuisinart to chop all of the ingredients. It should not be totally liquid. You should still see some pieces.
  2. Make this salsa ahead of time. Refrigerate to mellow the taste.
Tips:
  • Mangoes and/or ripe papaya may be added to enhance the flavor.
  • More Green Chilies may also be added.

Ingredients for the Guacamole:

2-3 Avocadoes, ripe, peeled and smashed 
1    TBsp Fresh Lemon Juice
Fresh garlic, crushed 
Cilantro, chopped
Onions, chopped
Tomatoes

Directions for Guacamole: 

  1. Mix together and serve.

Tips for Guacamole: 

  • I try to leave one avocado seed in the guacamole.
  • Guacamole Ready Mix package also works well.

Ingredients for Quesadillas:

1    Package Tortillas
1    Can Black Beans
Olives, chopped
Spring Onions, chopped
Red Onion, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Jalapeño, seeded & chopped
1    Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (or Vegan Cheese )
Chopped Vegetables of your choice 

Directions for Quesadillas: 

  1. In a skillet on medium heat, lay one tortilla and layer all of the ingredients on top.
  2. Now cover with another tortilla.
  3. Heat for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Check that the cheese has melted.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve with homemade salsa and guacamole.
  6. Garnish with lettuce and sour cream.

Tips for Quesadillas: 

  • There are different varieties of tortillas available in the market.
  • Here I have used one package of cilantro jalapeño tortillas.

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Fresh & Mild Tomato Salsa

This salsa comes from an old recipe called “Tom’s Tacos.” You can make this any time when you want a fresh, slightly spicy, slightly sweet tomato salsa.

Cooking Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Difficulty Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Ingredients: 

 1    Can Stewed Tomatoes
 1    Tsp Sugar
 3/4 Tsp Oregano
 1/4 Tsp Salt
 1/8 Tsp pepper
 1/4 Tsp Hot Sauce
 1/4 Cup Green Pepper
 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion

How to Prepare:

  1. Put all ingredients into a Cuisinart.
  2. Mix until blended.
  3. Refrigerate for coolness or eat right away!