Honoring the Buffalo Soldier

Today is National Buffalo Soldier Day. In 1992 Congress set this day aside to commemorate the formation of the first regular Army regiments of African American soldiers in 1866. Following the Civil War, Congress passed the Army Organization Act, creating six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments. It was the first such creation during peacetime.

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Another Taco Tuesday in Paradise

Over the course of our marriage, Hubby has introduced me to a lot of different things. One was an appreciation for Jimmy Buffet. One of the best concerts we’ve attended was a Jimmy Buffet show in Las Vegas.

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Cheesy Chorizo Bites

Reality check – these are suppose to be appetizers. However; with all these days running together as they are; today is Tequila Tuesday. As long as we’re having cocktails; why not finger food for supper? I’m thinking serve with Beefy Taquitos and maybe a few Bean Dip Cups.

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Make it a Grande Burrito Day!

Did you know that the first Thursday in April is National Burrito Day? Wow – it’s April – finally!! Anyway, according to the National Day Calendar, the best way to observe Burrito Day is to call all your friends and go out for burritos or serve them up at home. The at-home we can handle. Maybe next year, we’ll include friends.

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Ro-Tel Tacos on Indian Fry Bread

Have you ever eaten at a Taco Bell? Have you ever tried their Chalupa Taco? If so, this is a lot like the Chalupa Taco. If you search for copy-cat Taco Bell Chalupa recipes, you’ll find them to be nearly identical to Fry Bread.

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Nacho Cheese Grilled Chorizo Burritos

A few days after we had enjoyed our very messy Quesadilla Burgers, I stood in the kitchen and wondered what to make for lunch. There are a few stables in our house that are always on hand. Flour Tortillas in a variety of sizes, Nacho Cheese Dip and good Mexican Chorizo.

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Spicy Two Meat-Bean Tostadas

What is a tostada but Nachos on a giant tortilla chip? In our house, Nachos are awesome. We have nachos for game night, or just because we like eating with our fingers. So giant nachos with a pitcher of Margarita were perfect for a Tijuana Tuesday.

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Beefy Cast Iron Skillet Nachos

This is a cast iron dish that is still a work in progress. I wasn’t even going to share it just yet, especially since I just gave you a No-Bean Nacho recipe last week. After much consideration and debate, I decided to go ahead and share. Maybe you have some ideas that would help this casual skillet supper hit its mark.

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Jug Bands and Chorizo Burgers

The first time that I came across the idea of a Chorizo Burger Topped with Shrimp was about a year ago. My guys wanted a weekly burger night, and I wanted to inject a little variety. The weekly burger night idea didn’t last long. It’s not the healthiest of meals and even the best burgers become mundane after a while. So this recipe was tucked away for another day.

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Sizzling Hot Chorizo Quesadillas

Some like it hot. If you are among the “bring on the heat” crowd, these quesadillas should do the trick. First, you’ve got good chorizo at the heart of the filling. Then you’ve got a spicy sauce that packs a mean Jalapeno punch. I mean – wow!

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Bean and Chorizo Taquitos

There are dishes that come out of my kitchen that my guys let me know that I have managed to serve up what they consider to be a good meal. Then there are foods that come out of my kitchen and my guys let me know they really, truly enjoyed what they ate. Generally, when this happens I hear “you can make this again.” It is their way of letting me know having the same food twice is just fine by them. I strive to create a different meal every night. While some things are repeated such as mashed potatoes or a salad, the evening’s entrée changes nightly. (By entrée, I am referring to the main dish). My guys were in luck. The Taquitos I served up for Taco Mixer Tuesday were a dress rehearsal for Cinco de Mayo appetizer. So yeah, I’ll serve them up again tomorrow.

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Chorizo Chili Frito Pie

We’ve all heard of Taco Tuesday, right? In our house, we’ve expanded the whole Taco Tuesday thing to incorporate anything with a Mexican flavor. Tacos, burritos, chilies, seafoods, pork dishes, beef dishes – it’s a free for all of Mexican Favorites. I know, Frito Pie isn’t exactly authentic Mexican, it’s more Mexican-American. Still, it’s quick, easy and oh so delicious. Served with slices of avocado and a few pitches of Margarita and you’ve got all the makings for a great night!

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It’s National Tater Day – Can you Dig It?

As many of you know, I write a lot of my posts weeks or even months in advance of actually posting. That means when I say “last night” while it may been last night as far as writing is concerned, the reality could be weeks ago as far as posting is concerned. Take today’s post for example. It’s mid February as far as real time is concerned, but it will be the end of March before posting. Why? In the case of this recipe, the last day of March is National Tater Day. I spend the better part of any afternoon reading recipes for Taters. Could be mashed, or baked or fried. What I was craving were cheesy, spicy taters. Hubby is a big fan of Tater-Tots. It’s only in the last year that I have come to embrace the Tater-Tot in the same way he does.

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Awesome Spicy Spread Chorizo-Bean Burritos

I love Chorizo. I love it with scrambled eggs, in rice dishes, as a filler for everything from Omelettes to Tacos. Chorizo-filled burritos are the absolute best! Grilled Spicy Chorizo-Bean Burrito Supreme and Grilled Beef and Chorizo Spicy Burritos are two of our favorite.

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Grilled Spicy Chorizo-Bean Burrito Supreme

A while back, while Hubby was out-of-town on business, leaving me to enjoy a good old-fashion sleep-over with a good friend of mine from work. We talked all night, went for coffee and pastries in the mornings and just had a great time.  For dinner, we picked up some Mexican food (tacos and refried beans) from a little strip-mall taco shop. It was one of those really out-of-the-way joints tucked under an elevated section of freeway. One of the best things about their refried beans is that it contained chorizo – adding both texture and flavor to the beans. Since then, I’ve made it a point whenever possible to throw a little chorizo into my refried pinto beans. Yum!

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