Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Smothered Burriotos

This is a dinner that we came up with last year and we make it all the time. My idea of comfort food! I make this recipe with the tortillas that you cook yourself (found by the egg section of Walmart) but it is yummy no matter what.

Enchilada sauce (I like mild. About two small cans)
shredded cheddar cheese
rice (we like this recipe)
beans (we do pinto from a can)
shredded chicken (we use the Cafe Rio recipe.

Take an uncooked tortilla and load with cheese, rice, beans and chicken. Roll up and place in a greased casserole pan. Continue till pan is full. Pour enchilada sauce over burriotos and top with more shredded cheese. Bake in oven on 350 for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Top with chopped lettuce and tomatoes and sour cream.

Pumpkin Dessert

I got this recipe years ago as a sophomore in college from my roommate Sarah Nelson. I have loved it ever since.

1 yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup for topping)
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
Mix above ingredients and pat into 9/13 pan. Mixture will be sticky

1/2 can pumpkin filling (or just one smaller can)
2 eggs
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or you can mix together 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. cloves, and 1/2 tsp. ginger and use in the place of the pumpkin pie spice).

Mix the above ingredients and pour over cake mix.

1 cup cake mix (reserved from earlier)
1/3 cup soft butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (but I never do)

Sprinkle above ingredients on top of pumpkin mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Serve with Cool whip, whip cream, or ice cream. I have loved it with all of them!

Cafe Rio Dressing

1 package Ranch Dressing (Or three tablespoons)
1 Cup buttermilk (but I usually make it with regular milk and it still tastes great)
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1-2 Tamatillos (I use 2)
1 clove garlic
1/2- 1/3 bunch of chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2- 1 small jalapeno (with the seeds gone and chopped up)

Blend all together in blender or food processor. Add more milk or mayo to get the consistency you like.

Cafe Rio Chicken

 I found this recipe sometime last year and it has been a favorite ever since. We use it for burritos most of the time but when it is made into a salad with the Cafe Rio sauce it is amazing, too! This recipe is a crock pot recipe but I find that it works great on the stove top if you don't have hours to kill. I found this recipe here.

2 lbs chicken breasts
1/2 a small bottle of zesty Italian dressing
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 pkt ranch dressing mix (mixed with 1/2 cup of water)
1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 Tbsp. ground cumin
Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on LOW for about 5 hours or until chicken is done.
Shred with fork and serve in salads, burritos, tacos…etc.
You can also double or triple this to make extras for freezing. Then simply thaw and reheat for a fast and delicious meal.