Sunday, August 14, 2011

I played "Chopped" in my kitchen with leftovers.....

I needed to make dinner, and I had NO IDEA what I was going to make. It was only 5 o'clock so I had plenty of time to think about it......
Hmmm, let's see. I have leftover steamed rice, and some ground beef. That's a good start.
Here's some of the ingredients I found in my pantry:
Baked beans, canned tomatoes with diced green chili's, tomato paste, baked beans, yellow onion, ....and tons of spices to choose from.
In the freezer:
Corn, peas, and green beans, bananas, watermelon
In the frig:
Corn tortillas, sour cream, milk, several hot sauces, pickle juice, pepperoncini juice, (I save the juices for cooking) butter, scallions, jalepe├▒os, green, and red bell peppers, and a few other odds and ends.

Let's get started!

Saute' the onions and peppers in a little canola oil



Add the (already cooked) rice to the onions and peppers, add a little hot water and salt, stir, and cover , put  the heat on low and steam for @ 20 min


I added grated onion and jalepeno to the ground beef, once browned, I added the canned tomatoes



Add the canned beans, (I rinsed the beans first to cut some of the sweetness) continue to stir over medium heat

Add frozen corn, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, mix well

The beans were still super sweet, so I added more fresh jalepeno, pepperoncini juice, and some chicken stock, continued to stir

Heat the corn tortillas in a 375' oven, turn over, add shredded cheese, return to oven, under broiler


Finished dinner!
Put the tortilla with melted cheese on a plate, add a spoonful of rice, then a ladle if the meat mixture, a little more shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and garnish with a few scallions for added color and flavor

It had a very "Tex-Mex" flavor. The sweetness from the beans, mixed with all of the different spices, gave it wonderful sweet and spicy flavor. The sour cream on top balanced all of the flavors well.

All I need now is a name for this dish.....anybody?



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