Wednesday, August 11, 2010

South of the Border

This meal has to be one of my favorites not only because it's so colorful, but also because it's so easy to make and has so many wonderful flavors!

This is my infamous Taco Chicken.  Put taco seasoning in a ziplock bag.  Place a piece of chicken in the bag and shake it until coated (like shake-n-bake) and then bake in the oven at 425 for 20 min. or until done.  For the last 5 minutes, I put a jar of salsa over the chicken until the salsa is heated through.  To serve top with shredded cheese (I use Monterey Jack), a dallop of sour cream, and sliced black olives.  Serve with some rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole and you're done!

 I make my guacamole very simply because I want to taste as much of the avocado without drowning it in other stuff.  Mine consists of mashed avocado, 1 clove of fresh, pressed garlic, and juice from 1/2 of a lime. Mix until blended.

I also made bean and cheese dip - I know there is a name for this, but I can't think of it now.  Anyway, it's not very diet friendly, but it sure tastes good with the tortilla chips with a hint of lime.   I tried to at least help myself a little by getting the fat-free refried beans!  I found this cheese sauce and just mixed it together with the beans and microwaved it until heated through.

I asked the girls to help set the table that night.  I came out to find them so proud of themselves because they made a Mickey Mouse out of the plates and silverware.  You never know what you're going to get when you ask 4 yr. olds to help!  You do get a good laugh sometimes though. 


  1. That's hilarious! Oh, and by the way, your bean dip looks like barf! I'm sure it was good though. I like to also take nasty Velveeta (but it's sooo good), and Rotel and put that in the crock pot. I add black beans and leftover taco beef. It's delish!

  2. You lost me when you described it as "Nasty". You need to work on your presentation a little more! Ha!Ha! Bean dip never really has a good visual presentation either.

  3. well, presentation aside I'm sure it was great! I love mexican foods :)