This is the ultimate cheeseburger experience FULL of your favorite flavors from a standard cheeseburger with a TEX-MEX flair, WITHOUT the carbs from the bun AND is gluten free!!


1 pound ground round
1 bunch green onions, sliced and separated
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Pampered Chef taco seasoning

1/2 pound bacon, diced, cooked and crumbled
4 LARGE eggs
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 LARGE can green chiles, drained WELL OR 1 can original ROTEL, drained WELL
1/3-1/2 cup der Weinerschitzel chili OPTIONAL
1 1/2 cups SHARP grated cheddar cheese
Mexican sour cream

  • Spray 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Add beef and onion whites to a large skillet over medium-high heat, browning 5-7 minutes until crumbly and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  • Add garlic, stirring a minute more until fragrant.
  • Drain off excess grease.
  • Fold in bacon pieces, rotel tomatoes or green chiles and chili if using. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk together the eggs, heavy cream and FRESH ground salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add half the cheese.
  • Fold cooled meat mixture into the egg mixture, blending well.
  • Spread into prepared baking dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until top is golden.
  • Garnish as desired with green onion tops and ENJOY!
  • Add a dollop of salsa or sour cream for an added OOMPH!


  • ANY creamy non-bean chili can be substituted.
  • This recipes double or even triples easily for a crowd.



¼ cup avocado oil
2 LARGE limes, juiced and zested
4 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
3 tablespoons chopped FRESH cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
1 tablespoon chili powder
+/- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon ground cumin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Lime wedges, for garnish serving

  • In a mixing bowl or LARGE ziploc bag combine oil, lime juices, lime zest, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, honey, chili powder, salt, pepper, and chili flakes flakes, tossing until well until well combined. 

  • Remove 1/4 cup of the marinade and place it in a small bowl. Set aside for later.

  • Add chicken thighs to the marinade and toss to coat well.
  • Seal and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for up to 2 hours.
  • Set a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter and heat it until hot.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the skillet – be careful, they will sizzle – discard the remaining marinade. Cook the thighs for 5 minutes, or until nicely browned on the bottom; flip and continue to cook for 6 to 8 more minutes, or until cooked through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Brush chicken thighs with reserved marinade.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.


CAJUN CHICKEN PASTA yields 2-3 servings

4 ounces linguine pasta
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast steaks
2+ teaspoons Cajun seasoning (SLAP YO MOMMA) (+/- according to your heat level)
2-4 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced

1 LARGE red bell pepper, half sliced thin and half small chopped
+/- 2 cups chopped broccoli florets

4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
2-3 green onions, minced
1 ½ cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon dried basil (FRESH is better, but not necessary)
1/3 cup FRESH chopped Italian parsley
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
Juice of a SMALL lemon
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguini pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

 Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
  • Season chicken with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Coat chicken with Cajun seasoning.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Saute chicken 3-4 minutes per side until cooked through. Set chicken aside to rest.
  • Add bell pepper, garlic,  sliced mushrooms and green onions; cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Slice chicken into bite sized strips.
  • Add heavy cream, basil, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper blending well.

  • Fold in chicken pieces and lemon juice and adjust seasonings to taste.
  • In a large bowl, toss linguini with sauce.
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

  • Serve with cornbread.


ARROZ con POLLO con QUESO Servings 4-6

A Mexican food lovers dream comes true with this abbreviated short cut version PERFECT for any weeknight meal, but as satisfying as grandma’s Sunday dinner. I serve this with charred corn, but many times everyone just mixes it all together 😀 YUMMY!

4 slices bacon, diced
1 tablespoon avocado oil (if necessary)
4 large boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bit sized pieces
1 tablespoon KINDERS taco seasoning
1 tablespoon KINDERS fajita seasoning
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups INSTANT white rice
1 cup ON THE BORDER queso blanco
1 cup ON THE BORDER salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 can HATCH chopped Green Chiles
3 green onions, sliced thin
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups Mexican taco blend cheese

  • In a mixing bowl, toss chicken pieces with taco and fajita seasonings until well coated. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper toweling.
  • Add oil to bacon drippings (if necessary) to equal 2 tablespoons.
  • Add chicken pieces and all loose seasoning to sizzling skillet, sautéing until cooked through and tender.
  • While chicken is cooking, add heavy cream and rice to a saute pan, stirring to combine. Bring JUST to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add quest, salsa, green chiles and cilantro, simmering 5 minutes until rice is tender and fluffy.
  • Stir in most of the bacon pieces, tomatoes and green onions. Saving the remainder for garnish.
  • Nestle chicken pieces into the rice.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Garnish and serve.




Buttery, tender and super quick make this the PERFECT weeknight menu choice.

2 orange roughy fillets
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon paprika
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
pinch of cumin
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 LARGE lemons, 1 sliced in rings the other in wedges
scallion greens or chopped cilantro for garnish

  • Rinse orange roughy fillet in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Mix spices in a small bowl and cover the fish entirely.
  • Preheat WELL seasoned cast iron pan in oven if you have time.
  • Heat butter in HOT skillet.
  • Add fillets, cooking for 3-4 minutes.
  • Gently flip and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add lemon slices.
  • Top with wedges and chopped greens.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTES: DO NOT move fish during cooking otherwise it may stick to the skillet.



2 1/2 pounds chuck roast, cut into 2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup homemade bone broth
Juice of 2 limes
4-5 pepperoncinis
1 tablespoon pampered chef TEX MEX seasoning
1 red onion, halved and sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the broth, lime juice, vinegar and seasoning.
  • Add beef chunks to pressure cooker.
  • Pour broth mixture over top.
  • Add pepperoncinis, garlic and onion slices.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Add lid and pressure rocker.
  • Simmer with the rocker gently rocking for 40 minutes.
  • Allow to steam to release naturally.
  • Carefully open and remove beef chucks to cutting board.
  • Shred beef with 2 forks.
  • Strain broth and set aside.

NOTE: Chipotle seasoning with chipotle peppers are a great alternate flavor.

1 1/2 cups long grain rice, rinsed
2 cups homemade bone broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup FRESH chopped cilantro leaves
1 LARGE lime, juiced

  • Add the rice, broth, garlic and half of the cilantro leaves to a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, cooking until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

garnish toppings – sour cream, lime wedges, Cotija cheese, hot sauce…

  • Fluff rice with remaining cilantro leaves and lemon.
  • Divide rice into serving bowls, top with shredded beef, a drizzle of the strained broth and your favorite Tex Mex toppings.



2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 + 1 tablespoons butter
1 Poblano pepper. stemmed, seeds removed and sliced
1 small yellow onion, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
¼ cup Cornstarch
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 +/- teaspoons Chipotle chile paste
¼ cup FRESH cilantro FINELY chopped
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
Prepared white rice, mashed potatoes or pasta
2 tablespoons grated Cotija cheese

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, 1 teaspoon of warm water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be – set aside until needed.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in non stick skillet.
  • Add onions and peppers, sautéing 3-5 minutes until soft and beginning to caramelize.
  • Season chicken pieces with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Coat chicken pieces with cornstarch, shaking off excess.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter to skillet.
  • When butter is melted add chicken pieces in a single layer cooking 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides.
  • Pour reserved sauce over chicken, stirring to coat well.
  • Garnish with Cotija cheese and cilantro. Cilantro is also good added to rice, pasta or potatoes.


I loved this recipe because it was ALL made in the same pan so it’s quick and easy clean up, but also because I can no longer eat a lot of grain products so I still feel like I’m getting my tacos without have to deconstruct them! After making it exactly as written the first time, I adapted it the next time and found it was just easier and tastier to prepare the noodles separately.

You can always add your favorite taco toppings such as extra cheese, green onions or a dollop of sour cream to make it your own.

TACO SPAGHETTI servings 2 – adapted from Space Ships & Laser Beams

2 teaspoons avocado oil
1/3 pound QUALITY ground beef
1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
2 teaspoons taco seasoning
1/3 cup original Rotel tomatoes with juice
spaghetti noodles for 2, prepared al dente
1/3 cup homemade bone broth (chicken or beef – your choice)
1/2 cup Mexican style shredded cheddar/Jack cheese
scant 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
minced green onions, for garnish
chopped olives, for garnish
chopped jalapeños, for garnish

  • Heat oil in a LARGE skillet over medium heat. 

  • Brown ground beef and onion in skillet until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft and translucent.

  • Add taco seasoning, tomatoes (including juice) and broth.

  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.

  • Stir in noodles, stirring to coat well and simmer 5 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle half of the cheese and half the cilantro into the pan and stir to coat the spaghetti with the cheese and sauce.

  • Top with remaining cheese and cilantro.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream and your favorite taco toppings.


  • For the best flavor, grate your own cheese rather than using a store bought bag of grated cheese. The store bought grated version usually has an anti-caking agent on it so it doesn’t melt as well.
  • For a quicker weeknight cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.


This was originally a recipe from Hello Fresh that I have adjusted and adapted to our liking.

In my opinion tangy citrus is probably the most key ingredient in the Yucatan’s vibrant cuisine. Lemon and orange juices are often used to marinate pork, chicken and even beef as well as also used as pickling liquid for a tangy onion garnishes. When paired with zesty spices it adds a savory note to the tang as it tenderizes the meat and creates mouth watering results.

2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

  • In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, paprika, chili powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Add water 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture reaches a drizzling consistency.
  • Set aside until needed.

FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sugar

  • In a small microwave safe bowl toss the onion slices, lemon juice, sugar and pinch of salt together.
  • Microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute until onions are softened.
  • Set aside until needed.
  • Drain before serving.

1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup Jasmine Rice
1 cup water
LARGE pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon butter

  • In a small pan combine rice, water, spices, and a large pinch of salt.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15-18 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.

1 LARGE lemon, zested and juiced
1 yellow onion, halved and sliced thin
1 Poblano pepper, halved, cored and thinly sliced into strips
¼ cup ROUGHLY chopped cilantro
3/4 pound chicken strips, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3-4 tablespoons Tex-Mex Paste (2 “cubes” from recipe below)
1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl whisk together Tex-Mex paste, mandarin juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder.
  • Toss chicken in bowl with mixture.
  • Chill for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
  • Heat a drizzle of avocado oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add poblano and season with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring, until slightly softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add another drizzle of oil and remaining onion; season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring, until veggies are tender, 4-6 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate.
  • Heat a drizzle of oil in the same pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly charred and cooked through, 4-6 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper.
  • Stir in cooked veggies, then remove pan from heat.


  • Fluff rice with a fork.
  • Stir in butter and season to taste with salt.
  • Divide rice between bowls and top with chicken and veggies, crema, and as much pickled onion as you like.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro.
  • Serve with lemon or lime slices.

1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon smoky paprika
4-5 teaspoons QUALITY cocoa
3 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons sea salt
3 teaspoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, mashed
2-3 ounces pureed Chipotle chilis
1 FULL bulb roasted garlic
3-4 teaspoons tomato paste
14 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
1 white onion, FINELY diced

  • Puree diced onion and minced garlic in food processor.
  • Add chipotle chilis, roasted garlic and fire roasted tomatoes blending until smooth.
  • Add  vinegar and remaining ingredients blending until well mixed.
  • Portion into an ice cube tray or herb keeper for freezing to use at a later date.



1 slice sourdough sandwich bread
2 pounds QUALITY ground beef
1 LARGE egg, lightly beaten
1-2 cloves garlic, smashed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2+ tablespoons avocado oil
2 cups enchilada sauce (see recipe below)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Pulse bread into fine crumbs.
  • Combine bread crumbs, ground beef, egg, garlic, salt and pepper until well mixed.
  • Shape into small balls.
  • Heat oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Work in batches searing the meatballs quickly, but not cooking all the way through.
  • After they are all seared add the enchilada sauce to the pan and nestle meatballs into the sauce.
  • Simmer sauce and meatballs 10 minutes over low heat.
  • Top with grated cheese and serve with re-fried beans and rice.

2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 LARGE yellow onion, sliced thin
6 dried Ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
6 dried California chiles, stems and seeds removed
6 dried Guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed
2-3 Arbol chiles, stems and seeds removed (optional – these chiles bring more heat)
3 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
5 cups homemade chicken bone broth
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • Heat oil in large sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion slices, sauteing until beginning to caramelize.
  • Add chiles.
  • Add garlic, sauteing 1 minute more until fragrant.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Turn off heat, cover and let chiles steep 20-30 minutes.
  • After steeping time, use an immersion blender to make smooth.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil again.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Add a bit more chicken stock if sauce is too thick.

2 1/2 cups pinto beans
1 small onion, FINELY chopped
4 tablespoons bacon grease
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon each FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar/ Monterey Jack grated cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Rinse beans and pick out any bad ones.
  • In a small stock pot cover the beans with about 3 inches of water. If there are still any bad beans in there they will float to the top.
  • Bring them to a boil, lower heat and simmer 2 hours or until skins break.
  • Drain.
  • In a heavy skillet (cast iron works best), melt the bacon grease and butter.
  • Saute’ onion until translucent.
  • Add beans and stir well.
  • Smash beans continuously until desired texture is reached.
  • Transfer beans into a large mixing bowl.
  • Use hand mixer and beat smooth.
  • Add sour cream, salt, pepper and red pepper.
  • Beat smooth again.
  • Transfer into a 9×9 casserole and top with cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes.

1 MEDIUM yellow onion, FINELY diced
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon QUALITY tomato paste
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 cups jasmine rice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small can chopped green chiles, drained
4 cups homemade bone broth
1 teaspoon Pampered Chef TexMex Chipotle South Western spice
1/2 cup FRESH chopped cilantro
1 LARGE bunch green onions, minced
Juice of 1 LARGE lime

  • Heat the oil in a sauce pot over medium heat.
  • Add diced yellow onion, sauteing 3-4 minutes, but not browning.
  • Add tomato paste, salt, pepper and Tex Mex spice, cooking 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add the rice and garlic, cooking 2-3 minutes more.
  • Add the green chiles and chicken broth. Increase heat to high and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover, simmering 15-20 minutes until rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Fold in the cilantro, lime juice and green onions.


10 tomatillos
1 jalapeno
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 SMALL red pepper, diced
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
2 teaspoons red chile flakes
3 cups homemade chicken bone broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can small great northern (Navy) beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped FRESH cilantro
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken OR 2 cups diced cooked tri-tip pieces OR crumbled cooked ground beef
sour cream, garnish
grated cheddar cheese, garnish

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Peel papers from tomatillos and wash well.
  • Wash jalapeno halve and seed if preferred.
  • Arrange tomatillos and jalapeno on baking sheet.
  • Roast 15-20 minutes until tomatillos burst and brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool.


  • Heat avocado oil in soup pot over medium heat.
  • Sweat onions, red pepper, garlic and spices 5-7 minutes.
  • Chop tomatillos and jalapeno. Add them to soup pot.
  • Simmer 10-15 minutes.
  • Add chosen meat pieces.
  • Add stock, tomatoes and drained beans. Simmer 20-30 minutes more.
  • Fold in cilantro.
  • Serve with sour cream and grated cheese.


This is one of those recipes I found in an antique recipe box. It was neatly typed and attributed to Fran Thompson. I did do a bit of research on the origin of chile rellenos.

I’ve modified very little of this antique recipe except to add a protein and a bit of cinnamon to make it more authentic. During my research I found that proteins were normally incorporated during the early years. A chile relleno is literally a stuffed chile that originated in Mexican cuisine. As early as 1858 it was described as a green chile pepper stuffed with minced meat and coated with an egg batter before being fried. Poblano peppers are the most commonly used pepper, but a pepper is a pepper, so use what your taste buds ask for 😀

Typically they are stuffed with a melted cheese and a meat such as a diced pork and even raisins or nuts and seasoned with a Mexican cinnamon. Sauces vary, but some form of tomato sauce is often served these days.

12 ounces (canned) whole green chiles seeded and drained
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese**
2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese**
3/4-1 pound ground beef, seasoned as it’s browned crumbly with the green onions and drained of grease
1/3 cup flour
1 cup half and half
2 LARGE eggs
1 bunch green onions, sliced
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon (Mexican cinnamon if you have it)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

chopped olives halved grape tomatoes
chunks of FRESH avocado
favorite salsa
chopped green chiles
sour cream
lime slices
jalapeno slices

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix cheese together. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping.
  • Whisk eggs together with the half and half and the flour.
  • Fold in ground meat mixture.
  • Fold in half the cheese.
  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour egg and meat mixture into baking dish.
  • Whisk tomato sauce, cinnamon and a generous twist of FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper together. Spread on top of egg and meat mixture evenly.
  • Top with the other half of the cheese.
  • Bake 1 hour until bubbly and golden.
  • Top with reserved cheese and let sit in the off oven for 5 minutes.
  • Top with your favorite garnishes.

**Tillamook makes a Spicy Mexican Blend that works well with this recipe.