Mexican & TexMex

Hatch Chile Ranch Dressing

Hatch chile ranch dressing

Hi. I made hatch chile ranch dressing. And then nearly had to cage-fight my 4-year-old for the last spoonful in the jar. This is probably where most “normals” would back up and explain a back story that makes them sound more normal and less dramatic – and definitely less violent. But I have no back [...]

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Hatch Chile Borracho Beans

Hatch Chile Borracho Beans

The onset of hatch chile season means that the pot of beans I make for the 2-3 TexMex nights that are always on the menu get a green chile makeover. Where I come from, you usually have three options for beans on taco night: refried beans, charro beans, and borracho beans. Refried beans are easy, [...]

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How to Roast Hatch Green Chiles (And Every Other Pepper Out There)

If you’ve spent any time poking around the blog at any point over the last 8 (!) years in late summer, you know you can guarantee three things: 1) Somewhere, I’m bitching about the oppressive Texas heat and humidity. 2) I’m hoarding stocking up on hatch chiles. 3) I’m planning my next margarita, usually with [...]

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Grilled Chile-Lime Fish Tacos with Cucumber-Mango Salsa

10 years ago, if you’d told me that I’d move to the far west, cookie-cutter suburbs of Houston and judge most of the restaurants frequent-visit list by the quality of their playground and not necessarily the food, I might have laughed in your face. Probably would have, actually. All those margaritas I made with Mrs [...]

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Margarita-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Margarita-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Everyone has someone in their family that is the go-to person for cooking a specific dish. In my family, I am not that person for ribs. But I have not given up. At a cookout in 2011, with a Fine Cooking magazine in one hand and a margarita in the other (possibly my problem), I [...]

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Queso-Smothered Chicken Fajita Burgers

Queso-Smothered Chicken Fajita Burgers

Who needs tortillas? I mean, I do. Gosh, any world without tortillas is one I do NOT want to live in. But you don’t need tortillas. At least, not for this “burger,” anyway. And it’s actually how this burger came about. Fajita Night with tortillas that ended up being moldy easily turns into Fancy Burger [...]

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BBQ Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

Barbecue Chicken & Grilled Pineapple Nachos

I have been on a major grilled pineapple kick lately. Like, mayjah. Guacamole, burgers, margaritas, and of course – those nachos. The other two people in this house are not so… passionate about grilled pineapple. There have been eyerolls and little remarks and sighs. Nor are they passionate about taking the contents of 5 leftover [...]

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Loaded Queso Fries

Loaded Fries with Chile con Queso

“You’re going to get me kicked off the internet for this.” Not the first time I’ve said those words to Jason… probably won’t be the last, either. But he has a point. There is no such thing as too much queso. Nor is there any shortage of things to do with the leftovers. Especially if [...]

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