Celebrate Cinco de Mayo everyday with this simple, but classic recipe for Real Deal Mexican Nachos with Homemade Tortilla Chips. When you have quality ingredients you don’t need all the extras!
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One of the first times I went to Mexico, I ordered chips.
What came out wasn’t the normal chips and queso I was accustomed to at home in Texas (home of TexMex cuisine.)
My chips were delivered to the table standing up in a plate of beans sprinkled with some white crumbly cheese.
While it took a moment to take it in, I quickly figured out, after that first bite, that this little shack in a tree (like really, the place was upstairs and proposed around a tree), had the secret to how to enjoy your chips – it was in a mess of really good refried beans.
From then on, I ordered the “nachos” (actually I think we just asked for frijoles) everywhere we went. There was something about the hard crunch of the chip, the smooth, rich taste of the beans, and the sharp twang of the cheese that was “muy bueno.”
Years later, I still remember the plate of “nachos” and how good they were paired with a cold drink. For me, that is what Mexican food is really supposed to taste like – not because it’s covered in cheese or a complex combination of sauces. Just simple, good ingredients, that when paired together, are the ideal marriage of flavors.
With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner (and hopefully a vacation southbound as well), it was time to relive that memory of Mexico. And it took all of 20 minutes to do it – from start to finish thanks to a “shortcut” from BUSH’S COCINA LATINA®. With seven flavors available at Walmart, the line gives legendary flavor to your favorite Latin American and Southwestern dishes.
By using the Bush’s Cocina Latina beans, I didn’t have to worry about slaving over a batch of beans. I opened the can and it was done. So really the only thing I had to do to recreate our “Real Deal Mexican Nachos” was chips.
But we aren’t talking about a bag of chips. Don’t get me wrong, those are good when you need to dip a little salsa. But the first time you make your own corn tortilla chips, you’ll wonder what have you been doing wrong your whole life. Besides, how could it be bad? It’s corn tortillas fried in grease. And that’s it. It doesn’t even warrant a recipe.
Corn tortillas (You’re going to get 4-5 chips per tortilla, so use what you need depending on quantity needed)
Use a pizza cutter to make it easy to slice your tortilla into chips
Fry in hot grease until nice and brown
Move to a plate with a paper towel to absorb the grease.
Sprinkle with seasoning salt and serve.
The cheese is the last in the trifecta of the Real Deal Mexican Nachos with Homemade Tortilla Chips. There are actually a lot of Mexican cheese that get no love. There’s nothing like them in taste, texture, and even their level of meltability (I made that up.) But cojita (pronounced KOHITA) is a hard, but moist cheese that when cut, crumbles like feta and has a salty, sharp, pungent taste. And a little goes a long way.
To serve, all you need to do is layer!
Warm up your Bush’s Cocina Latina (I used the Bush’s Cocina Latina Frijoles Charros Machachados with Serrano peppers and bacon), stick your homemade tortilla chips point-side down, and sprinkle the cojita. Ole!
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Be the MVP of your big game party with this easy recipe for Slow Cooker Shrimp Bisque. Give it the kick that will have them coming back for more with El Yucateco hot sauce!
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The best part of any game, either if you’re tailgating or sitting front row in your living room, is the party! Whether you go all out or just keep it to the couch, you can really score with a recipe like this Slow Cooker Shrimp Bisque that lets your play with the team instead sit on the sidelines! What gives this Cajun favorite its really amazing flavor is El Yucateco.
Bisque has always been one of my favorites. Anytime I can find it on the menu, it’s a must have to order and in my time I’ve enjoyed different recipes made in several different ways (A LOT!) However, with the perfect mix of creamy and smooth with bits of shrimp and the full flavor delivered by El Yucateco, each spoonful of this bisque gives you just what you want and still leaves you wanting more.
With other hot sauces one of the main ingredients is vinegar, but with El Yucateco the pepper is definitely #1! It’s also really versatile for everything from meats to margaritas, especially when there are different levels of heat and pepper blends available at Walmart!
If you really like to give it some heat with a smokey flavor without the sweetness of chipotle, try the El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce!
Just like NOLA, there’s a party in every bite of this Slow Cooker Shrimp Bisque!
And since you aren’t spending time cooking for your big game party, you can actually add a little fun to your Mardi Gras party as easy as a few beads, masks and even just a little zydeco music will get everyone moving! If you are tailgating or hosting your shindig outdoors, El Yucateco has you covered with a whole line of fun gear in the El Yucateco Store where you’ll find some really cool gear from board shorts for the summer, hoodies for the winter and many shirts for your any kind of party you’re going to!
So ready to see how easy it is to get your party started?Print
Make this creole favorite made easy with the slow cooker!
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped chunky
- 4 c. seafood stock (you can make this fresh or pick up at the grocery already made)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp El Yucateco hot sauce
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- 1 14 oz can petite diced tomatoes
- ¼ cup dry sherry
- 1½ cups corn
- 2 tsp old bay seasoning
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. (My slow cooker lets you do all of this in the same pot.)
- Add onions, garlic and saute until tender.
- Add mixture mixture to the slow cooker.
- Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, 2 tbsps of El Yucateco, sherry, seafood stock, corn, old bay, salt, and pepper combining together.
- Then whisk in the cornstarch.
- Cook on low for 3.5 hours or high for 1.5 hours.
- Meanwhile add remaining El Yucateco to shrimp and allow to marinate.
- At this point, either choose a smooth bisque or a chunkier version. To smooth, use an emulsifier. (I prefer a combination with a creamy version with a few chunks!
- Next add heavy cream and shrimp to finish the bisque heating the shrimp until it is pink (don’t overcook.)
- This should be approximately another 30 minutes in the slow cooker.
- Finish with a little more El Yucateco and serve with a crusty bread!
- Make sure to taste test the El Yucateco as you go to modify the heat level!
It’s that easy to get that flavor-packed bowl of Shrimp Bisque made in the slow cooker!
How do you add a little zip to your BIG GAME Party? Score with El Yucateco!
Wanna score big at your Super Bowl Sunday party? Besides having the game on, make sure you have a good menu especially with these Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa!
Even if your favorite team isn’t playing or if guests aren’t really into football, you can still make a touchdown when your spread includes a little fun and a lot of flavor. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With just a few ingredients including Del Monte’s new Diced Mangos from Walmart, you will make your party a real fiesta!
Tacos are always a crowd pleaser and when making food for a group of people creating options to customize it make it easier on you in the kitchen and more fun for your guests. This doesn’t mean just putting out tortillas, meat and cheese. You can still show your unique touch by preparing a couple of options with a little flair, like this two-minute mango salsa and an avocado sour cream with fish tacos, that take a normal dish from ordinary to extraordinary.
For our game day fish taco bar, we’ve fried up (or you can bake) a pre-made crusted tilapia, a three ingredient slaw (for extra crunch), our two-minute mango salsa, avocado sour cream, a few cheese options served with corn tortillas (perfect for your gluten free guests, too). The key to a good fish taco is the crunch so using the crusted fish, adding corn off the cob in the mango salsa and the cabbage in the slaw make each bite perfect and will keep your guests coming back for more.
Again, the best part for you? It took less than 30 minutes to create the entire taco bar! And using the left-over mango salsa, serve them with tortilla chips or even better, these tortilla cups for maximum presentation and convenience to keep the game going with no timeouts – for the game or you!Print
Make your game-day watching party a real fiesta with this fish taco recipe featuring Del Monte’s Mangos!
- 4-6 filets, Treasures from the Sea Encrusted Tilapia, frozen (I used parmesan)
- 10 corn tortillas, warmed
2-Minute Mango Salsa
- 1 can Del Monte Mangos, diced and drained
- 1 package pico de gallo (found at Walmart or you can make yourself)
- 1 cob of corn off the cob, fresh and uncooked
Avocado Sour Cream/Crema
- 1 cup sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
- 2 avocados, smashed
- 1 bag shredded cabbage
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1-1.5 cups of feta or cojita cheese
- Combine all slaw ingredients into a bowl and place in fridge to marinate flavors.
- Meanwhile, fry/bake the fish as directed on package. Once completed, slice into strips or bite-sized pieces.
- Next, mix mangos, pico and corn into a bowl.
- Then, mix mashed avocados and sour cream into a bowl.
- For taco bar, place fish, slaw, salsa, cream and cheese into separate bowls for guests to create their perfect taco.
My favorite way to layer the taco is: fish, slaw, salsa, cream and then cheese.
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Don’t forget the ninos!
Share the fiesta fun with the kids while the grownups watch the game with the “Book of Life.” Available January 27 at Walmart, my kids are excited to bring this one home after seeing it in the theatre. Enjoy the Latin-themed legend of Monolo and his “epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.” Since my children are enrolled in Spanish immersion schooling, this movie was a great way to fuse the cultural aspect of Latin culture including Dia de los Muertos. However, even without the basic knowledge, you and the kids can still enjoy the story, its humor, and its teachings, as well as the vivid animation.
Enjoy the big games and this delicious fish taco bar including mango salsa featuring Del Monte’s new mango and you’ll be named the MVP!