Latin American Dinner

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Guacamole, recipe provided below (adapted from Cooking Classy)

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe Hass Avocados, seeded, diced and scooped from peel (about 26 oz before peeled and cored)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large Roma tomato, seeds and pulp removed then diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 - 3 pinches cayenne pepper, optional
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Partially mash avocados with a fork on a cutting board or in a large bowl, pour lime juice over top and continue to mash to reach desired consistency. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Run chopped red onions under cold water (to remove harsh bite from onion), drain well and add onions to avocado mixture, along with diced tomato, garlic, cilantro, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste, stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or alongside Mexican entrees.
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Chicken, Guacamole and Bean Tostadas, recipe provided below (adapted from Cooking Classy)

Ingredients

  • 6 tostada shells, store-bought or homemade*
  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16 oz) can Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans
  • 1 (10oz) can Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained (use Mild if you don't like spicy food)
  • 3/4 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or shredded cooked chicken breasts
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup pico de gallo, homemade or store-bought**
  • Sour cream

Directions

  • Using a fork mash avocado with lime juice and 1/8 tsp garlic powder to a slightly chunky texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a small saucepan mix together refried beans, drained canned tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and remaining 1/8 tsp garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until heated through.
  • To assemble tostadas, layer each tostada shell with guacamole (avocado mixture), bean mixture, lettuce, chicken, cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. Serve immediately.
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One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole , recipe provided below (adapted from Making Thyme for Health) 

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies, drained (or 1 jalapeno, diced)
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen and defrosted
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounces salsa or enchilada sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked Planet Rice California Sprouted Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
  • serving suggestions: fresh cilantro, diced green onions, avocado

Directions

  • Start by warming the oil in a large skillet (mine is 3 quarts) over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add the spices (cumin to oregano) and stir together. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Next add the red pepper and the green chilies and stir together. Cook for another 2-3 minutes then add the drained and rinsed beans, corn, salsa, and rice. Stir everything until well-combined.
  • Turn the oven to broil then top the mixture in the skillet with the shredded cheese. Place the skillet in the oven and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly on top. Serve warm with diced green onions, cilantro, and/or avocado.
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Homemade Crunch Wrap Supreme, recipe provided below (adapted from Damn Delicious)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 4 (12-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup nacho cheese
  • 4 tostada shells
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Directions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat; set aside.
  • Heat tortillas according to package instructions.
  • Heat nacho cheese according to package instructions.
  • Working one at a time, place ground beef mixture in the center of each tortilla. Top with nacho cheese and tostada shell. Spread sour cream in an even layer over the tostada shell; top with lettuce, tomato and cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  • Fold the edges up and over the center. Continue to work your way around the tortilla, folding as tight as possible.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Place wrap seam-side down and cook until the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook wrap on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Serve immediately.