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Southwestern Heat!

The Southwest region of the U.S.A. produces a style of cooking which is easy to make, has bright and beautiful flavors and uses lots of fresh and inexpensive ingredients. Heat up the week!

Southwestern Campfire Chili Recipe star
This Southwestern Campfire Chili recipe can be slow cooked on the stove top or in the oven. This recipe freezes exceptionally well making it a quick fix for dinner on busy days. This is a very spicy recipe, however, you can vary the heat to your own liking - try it if you dare! Enjoy!

Southwestern Chipotle Skirt Steak Recipe star
Chipotle chilies are jalepenos that have been smoked and packed in Adobo sauce. They are truly delicious, have depth of flavor and you can regulate the heat by removing the seeds. You can eat this with rice as in this recipe or turn it into a family taco night with flour tortillas or hard shells!

Southwestern Shrimp with Pasta or Rice Recipe star
Do you love chili peppers? Why not try this Southwestern Shrimp Scampi wit h either pasta or my cilantro rice recipe! I have suggestions for you to tame down the heat if you wish. A quick and easy recipe, with minimal ingredients that pack a punch with flavor.

Spicy Southwestern Jumbo Omelette for Two Recipe star
It's great to change up breakfast once in a while, so why not share this Spicy Southwestern Jumbo Omelette for Two with someone special and liven up the morning. Fresh jalapenos, spinach and cilantro along with touch of cumin and red pepper flakes make this breakfast or brunch one to remember!

Carnitas Taco Night Recipe star
Are you ready for a Taco Night Feast? This Carnitas Taco Night recipe is essentially twice cooked shredded pork shoulder and is simple to prepare and delicious to eat! A basic staple from the Southwest.

Chicken & Peppers (Fajitas) Recipe star
Chicken and Peppers - otherwise known as chicken fajitas in many restaurants, is a delicious south of the border skillet dinner. Serve with warm, fluffy flour tortillas, sour cream, guacamole and maybe a little Queso Blanco or Cotija cheese as a garnish.

Chili Chicken Bites w/Potatoes & Onions Recipe star
Chicken is so versatile - and when you add some Southwestern love to that, you come up with my Chili Chicken Bites with Potatoes and Onions recipe. It's packed with flavor and texture! Great hot or cold, for dinner or lunch. Try this - it's so easy and inexpensive to make!

Chili Fries with Spicy Black Bean Sauce Recipe star
Chili Cheese Fries are always a tasty little craving. So if you want to try something just a little tastier, then you should make my Chili Fries with Spicy Black Bean sauce. Topped with a Mexican Cotija cheese or whatever is your favorite - it will be the bomb with your Taco Fiesta! Enjoy!

Chipotle Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe star
My Chipotle Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe is a great way of using leftovers from your refrigerator, making them so ridiculously affordable to make. Just by adding a few spices and seasonings you can create these bold flavored, comforting baked potatoes.

Cinco de Mayo Crab Salad Recipe star
Cinco de Mayo is a special celebration on May 5th every year for my Mexican friends. It's a party in the park for a reason - standing up for your country against all odds! So, I made a no-cook Mexican Crab Salad for the park, just to be a rebel. My friends will understand when they taste it!

Poblano & Jalapeno Salsa Verde Recipe star
One of the best smells in the world is that of roasting chili peppers - whether it be outdoors on the grill or indoors on the stove top or in the oven. The chilies become sweeter and soft after roasting and are ideal for making a quick salsa verde (green sauce) literally in seconds.

Southwestern Chicken Chiliquiles Recipe star
If you're looking for something quick and easy to make for breakfast or brunch, then you have to try my Southwestern Chicken Chiliquiles recipe. Crunchy tortilla chips, fresh garden salsa and cheese topped off with a fried egg is a delicious and inexpensive alternative and ready in 15 minutes.

Southwestern Chicken Empanada Recipe star
Empanadas are known as "street food." These little pastry packages can be filled with anything your imagination allows. My Southwestern chicken Empanada recipe stays quite true to the heritage of the Mexican kitchen, by using culantro or salsa verde along with a little heat - jalepenos! Enjoy.

Southwestern Chili Potato Croquette Recipe star
Spice up your taters Southwestern style! If you are a mashed potato lover like me, then you probably make too many, like I do - so leftovers can be turned into these Southwestern Chili Potato Croquettes. They make a great finger food appetizer for football parties or as a side dish for dinner.

Southwestern Fajita Burrito Recipe star
There is nothing more tastier than fresh, simple ingredients that go into making one of the most vibrant dishes from the Southwest - Fajitas! But in this case it's in a burrito. With 3 cooking technique suggestions for all of our lifestyles...there's no excuse - you have to make it! Enjoy!

Southwestern Green Chili Chicken Recipe star
Do you love budget-saving recipes? If so, then my Southwestern Green Chili Chicken recipe will be a keeper for all things great and tasty. Using low cost cuts of chicken and a few pantry and fresh ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and tastes so yummy. It can be made mild or spicy.

Southwestern Hatch Chili Cornbread Recipe star
Liven up your cornbread with Hatch chilies! This Southwestern Hatch Chili Cornbread recipe has a wonderful balance of sweet and savory and is light and moist. You can make this hot or mild, so even the kids can enjoy and it's great served warm with my Lemon Maple or Honey butter recipe.

Southwestern Pulled Pork Chili Stew Recipe star
Slow cooking large, inexpensive cuts of meat is a great way to stretch your budget and have plenty of leftovers for the next day. This Southwestern Pulled Pork Chili Stew Recipe is easy to make and combines jalepeno chilies and spices. This recipe is bold, full of flavor and is great over rice.

Southwestern Relish and Salsa Recipes star
Take advantage of fresh corn and mangoes while they are in season during the summer months. This trio of mouthwatering southwestern salsas and relishes are quick and easy to prepare. They liven up Mexican food and are excellent pairings for chicken, fish and any red meat.

Southwestern Shrimp, Tomato & Egg Skillet Recipe star
Well, all I can say is that if you are hungry and have no time - think again! My Southwestern Shrimp Tomato & Egg Skillet Recipe is the bomb for a quick Southwestern fix. Succulent shrimp - juicy, ripe tomatoes with a runny egg on top. Grilled bread for mopping up would be most welcome!

Southwestern Superbowl Beef Nachos Recipe star
If you're looking for a fabulous, tasty Superbowl party appetizer, then you have to make my Superbowl Beef Nachos Recipe. Layered with shredded beef, beans, cheese, peppers and more...this is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Southwestern Taco Stromboli star
Taco night is always a big hit in my house! Here is a fun and creative way to eat the ever-loving taco! A Southwestern Taco Stromboli! Put the tortillas away today, it's time to have some fun in the Southwestern sun!

Spicy Chroizo Stuffed Poblano Chili Pepper Recipe star
Liven up your week with my flavorful Spicy Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Chili Peppers! These are not for the faint of heart, but you can always tame down the heat. These are a great game night appetizer for the guys who want to show off - or you can tame this into dinner and serve them with rice. I dare you to try them!

Spicy Southwestern Chicken Potato Casserole Recipe star
If you're in the mood for a spicy casserole fix this week, then you have to make my Spicy Southwestern Chicken and Potato Casserole recipe. This dish a packed with flavors from the Southwest all topped off with roasted cumin potatoes - and leftovers make a fantastic taco.

Tex-Mex Ham and Swiss Quesadilla Sandwich Recipe star
If you generally love a ham and Swiss sandwich and adore southwestern cuisine, then youŽll love my little take on the plain deli ham and Swiss! With a little help from a couple of pantry items, this Tex-Mex Ham and Swiss Quesadilla turns into a Southwestern affair!

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