Chorizo Chicken Burgers

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Can I just say, this burger may not be made from angus or kobe beef, but it is so good! By far the best chicken burger I’ve ever had! I took the original recipe from my favorite food blog annie’s-eats. I added a few more ingredients to make it my own, and to give it more flavor and spice! What I love about burgers is you can make so many unique flavors, for this recipe if you want more heat you can add more jalapeño, or leave it out for a more mellow taste. The chorizo and green chilies I added produce a lot of heat and flavor! I also mixed things up and used a pretzel bun. I found them in the bread aisle, it’s aunt millie’s brand and they turned out great! There’s also a cheese and buffalo brand i will try soon.

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To get started, mix together all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Be careful not to over mix and make sure the ingredients are mixed evenly. The chorizo tends to stick together in clumps so try to get those separated. I find it’s best to use your hands! It may be gross, but it’s the best way to mix the ingredients!

Take a grill pan or non stick skillet and spray lightly with PAM. You do not need to use any oil, the chorizo is oily enough for the burgers to not get stuck in the pan. Cook on medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side. Flipping once to prevent any loss of juices and flavor. With a few minutes left of cooking, add your sliced cheddar cheese and place a lid over top to melt the cheese. I found my burgers to be a bit on the oily side when they were done cooking, so I laid them on paper towels to soak up some of the oil.

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Assemble with toasted pretzel bun, homemade guacamole (here is the link for my holy guacamole! recipe), and salsa! Serve and let your tastebuds go to a happy place!

This recipe makes 4-5 burgers.

What you’ll need:
1 lb. ground chicken
2 links of chorizo, casing removed
½ yellow onion, diced small
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 jalapeño, seeded, cored and minced well
2 oz.(half a 4oz. can) mild green chilies (I like La Preferida brand comes roasted, peeled, and diced)
1 tsp. cajun seasoning 
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
Juice of ½ lime
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. pepper
Assembly:
Pretzel bun, or your bun of choice
Sliced cheddar cheese
Holy Guacamole!
Salsa

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Holy Guacamole!

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Guacamole, you either love it or hate it… in my case, I love it! I think for most people it’s a consistency thing. I personally like to add diced tomatoes in mine to give it some texture. Guac is good with so many foods, chips, tacos, burgers, salads, the list could go on and on. Some say it has no flavor to it, but I guarantee this recipe will have lots of flavor! Give it a try, you will be surprised how your taste buds will react 😉

Take a medium sized bowl. Grip the avocado gently on one side with one hand. With a large, sharp knife in the other hand, cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Open the two halves to expose the pit. Take a spoon and scoop out the pit. Then scoop inside of the skin with your spoon and place into the bowl. Mash with a fork. Mince the following: garlic, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Dice up your tomatoes. Add the lime juice, green chilies, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Mix well. Serve!

What you’ll need:
4-5 ripe avocados

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 onion, minced
1/2-1 jalapeño, seeded and minced well (1/2 for less spicy)
1/2 tomato diced 
1/3 cup (or handful) of cilantro, minced
Juice of half a lime
2 tbsp canned mild green chilies
Salt & pepper

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Carne Asada Burritos

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I sort of have this obsession with the Whole Foods by our house. I’ve been to many organic grocery stores, but this one is like a mecca for organic food shoppers! It has everything and anything you need and with multiple options! My personal favorite is their ready made seafood soups, all from local Florida seafood markets and fisheries!

I wanted something quick to make for after work, so I bought some pre-marinated carne asada. I also like corn and black beans so I found some frozen rice with black beans and corn. And of course you need some cheese and I happen to love goat cheese on my tacos so I bought some that was on sale, you know it’s good when it just falls apart at the slightest touch! If you’ve never had goat cheese, it has a very tart taste to it and is very soft, like butter. I use it on what I call “fancy” tacos, with really good meat such as carne asada or steak. But feel free to use anything you like!

To get started, take a small grill pan and coat with PAM or non stick spray. Turn the heat onto medium high and wait for the grill to get hot. Once it’s hot enough, grill the carne asada 5 minutes on each side for a total of 10-12 minutes total (unless you don’t like your meat pink in the middle) for medium rare I grilled mine for 10 minutes. You want to be careful to not turn the meat too often for it will lose it’s flavor and tenderness.

While the meat is cooking, place your rice bag in the microwave and cook according to directions. Let sit for a few minutes to steam. I mixed my salsa in with the rice to give it some moisture and flavor. Heat your tortillas for about 5 seconds on each side to get them soft and warm (You can also place them in the oven on 350 wrapped in foil).

All there’s left to do now is assemble! Tortilla, meat, rice mixture, and top it off with goat cheese crumbles. And voila!! You have an amazing burrito in 15 minutes! Not to mention it’s very healthy for you, whole grain tortillas, beans, corn, lean meat, all organic… what a healthier way to make a burrito!

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What you’ll need:

  • Whole grain tortillas
  • Carne Asada or some type of lean, tender meat
  • Frozen bag of rice mix with black beans and corn
  • Your favorite Salsa
  • Goat cheese crumbles

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Baked Black Bean & Chorizo Rice Bowl

Mexican food is definitely one of my favorites. What I love best is there are so many different directions you can go! There are about a million different combinations of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, etc. This type of food gives us cooking lovers a chance to be creative and unique, and come up with some seriously tasty food!

This recipe is one of those examples.

So simple to make! Half of the time is spent in the oven to bake. And the chorizo is perfect with the black beans and cheese. I will definitely be making this again!

To get started, preheat your oven to 425°. Heat a large skillet over med-high heat with oil, swirl to coat. Add the chorizo and saute for 2-3 minutes, remove from pan onto a plate with paper towels to soak up excess grease. Coat the pan with cooking spray and add the onion and jalapeño, saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the seasoning, garlic, broth and beans, stir and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes. Mash the black beans to form a paste, sort of like refried beans. Spoon into a round baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and top with the chorizo, tomato, and cheese.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Top with green onions and serve!! I had a bag of Archer Farms cilantro-lime rice with corn and green chilies, so I steamed that up in the microwave and served my black bean and chorizo goodness on top of the rice with a side of tortilla chips for dipping! You could also try this inside a tortilla and baked in the oven like a burrito! I think that’s what I will do next time.

You will not be disappointed on this one, I guarantee it!

What you’ll need:
1 tbs olive oil
2 links spanish chorizo, casings removed (I got the spicy kind)
Cooking Spray
half an onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 tsp cajun
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3/4 c fat free low sodium chicken broth
2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped, seeded tomato
1/2 c Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar cheese
sliced green onions
tortilla chips
rice, see above for what I used

Seafood Quesadillas

I love seafood.

If I had a choice, I would eat it everyday and it would never get old!! So you can imagine my excitement when I moved to FL for the first time. Growing up in Cincinnati/Northern KY, you don’t necessarily have access to good seafood. Just your run of the mill imported fish. Now that I have lived in Corpus Christi TX, Pensacola, FL and now Jacksonville I can tell you that I’ve been in seafood heaven! According to my husband, I haven’t had good seafood until I get to the New England states, but for now I think I’ll live it up to my own opinions until I’m proven wrong.

I wanted fresh seafood, not from the grocery store but straight off the boat!! So I headed to Safe Harbor Seafood Market in Mayport, right by RJ’s Navy base. It is a restaurant and market, and all of their seafood is caught fresh off the boats they have on the docks. Everything from whole fish, to fillets, to shrimp and squid. They have a ton of selections and it’s very moderately priced!

So you’re asking… What made me think of this amazing idea to combine seafood and Mexican food? I had something similar to this at a small restaurant by the beach a few weeks ago, it was an alright meal, a little too much cheese and not enough seafood if you ask me, but I love to find ways to make dishes more, well me! So I decided to ex-nay the regular salsa and make a pineapple-mango salsa. I also decided to add more than one type of seafood, so I got the works! I knew I wanted a white fish, and the Mahi was on sale, so I went with Mahi Mahi, shrimp, and crab. I used my favorite cheese from the deli Boar’s Head Chipotle Smoked Ghouda (has a good kick to it and it melts beautifully!)

I started by making the salsa. Super easy! Cut up your pineapple, mango, red pepper, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Add your lime juice and mix well. Easy Peasy and did I mention, amazing?!

Next, wash off your fish and shrimp. I cut my fish into three pieces to help it cook faster. Rub Cajun seasoning on the fish and add salt and pepper. Place some olive oil on the skillet and cook for 10 minutes and an additional 5 on the skin side. It should be white and flaky and shouldn’t see any pink.

Once it’s cooked, place on a plate to cool. While your fish is cooling, place your shrimp on the skillet and add cajun salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes being sure to move around every minute or so to cook evenly. Once done, your shrimp should have a pink look to them.

RJ didn’t want crab on his, so I had to cook it separately, but you can definitely add the crab to the shrimp on the skillet and cook them together. The fish should now be cooled, take a fork and peel off the skin of the fish. Then with your fork flake into pieces. Take your bottom tortilla and place the cheese evenly. Take your shrimp, crab, and mahi and place evenly on top of the cheese. Take some cilantro and sprinkle.

Take your top tortilla and place over the fish. Take a grill pan and coat with some olive oil on medium-high. Once it’s hot, place your quesadilla on the pan and press down with another heavy skillet or something flat that is heavy. Wait 1-2 minutes and gently take the quesadilla and flip over to grill the other side. Wait another 1-2 minutes and place on a plate to serve!

Take your pineapple-mango salsa and place on each quesadilla triangle. I whipped up a Mexican staple of mine, sour cream, taco sauce and cajun seasoning. I use it with anything Mexican!

Now I think that regular salsa would be good with this meal, but the mango-pineapple salsa just gives it that sweet and spicy collision of flavors that every mouth craves! The sweetness from the salsa pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of cajun. This is absolutely one of my favorite dinners so far! And it is super easy and quick to make! I will definitely be using this salsa again!

What you’ll need:
pineapple-mango salsa:
1/2 mango, cubed
1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
A bunch of cilantro, minced
the juice of one lime
seafood quesadillas:
Mahi Mahi Fillet
1/2 pound of shrimp
1 cup of crab (real, not imitation)
Cajun seasoning
Chipotle Ghouda Cheese (or any cheese you would like to add!)
tortillas
cilantro
sour cream/taco sauce/cajun mixture (for dipping)