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Corn and Tomato Salsa with Steak Quesadillas

Corn and Tomato Salsa

  • 2 cups grilled corn (frozen from Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce with chopped pepper if you want it spicy
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the corn, tomatoes, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, honey, salt, green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl. Mix well and let sit for at least half an hour. Serve with steak quesadillas.

Steak Quesadillas

  • 1 cup leftover steak pepper and onion mixture, chopped
  • ½ cup avocado crema
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 3 teaspoons extra light olive oil

Heat a non-stick pan and add one teaspoon oil. Add one tortilla and spread crema. Add a third cup of cheese and a third cup steak mixture on top of crema. Add the second tortilla on top and cook on both sides until golden brown – about 4 minutes each side on medium heat.
Serve with corn salsa and rice.

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Steak and Mushroom Tacos

Another delicious summer recipe…

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix the salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder together. Sprinkle all over the steak and marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more
  • 2 cup shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Brown the steak on both sides on high heat. Keep aside. Cut into bit sized pieces. Add the mushrooms and add more oil if needed. Saute on medium high heat for a minute. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Deglaze with orange juice and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the adobo sauce. Mix well. Add the steak pieces and heat through. Serve on top of corn tortillas.

Grilled Chicken with Chipotle Sauce

Perfect recipe for a barbecue.. I made this last summer and it was a big hit!

Dry Rub

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

  • 8 to 10 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

Score the drumsticks a couple of times and marinate them in the chipotle mixture in a zip lock bag over night or for at least 2 hours.

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 cup tomato sauce, preferably fresh
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo (added a pepper in there as well)
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Bring all the ingredients to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasonings and set aside.

Grill the chicken till done and baste with half of the chipotle sauce. Use the rest of serving on the side. Serve the chicken with a salad.


Chipotle Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa

Easy, flavorful and quick meal to make through the week or for company on the weekend!

  • 1 pound black cod or any other fish of choice, cut into fillets
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix the adobo sauce, chipotle powder, olive oil, salt and lemon juice in a small bowl. Marinate the fish with the mixture for 2 hours.

Place on a lined cookie sheet and broil in oven for 4 to 5 minutes till the fish is just cooked through (cooking time will vary according to the fillet size).

  •  1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Small corn tortillas

Heat the tortillas and place the cooked fish fillets and top with tomato salsa.

Pulled Chicken Quesadillas

Pulled Chicken Quesadillas1 Quesadillas are very popular in our household. My daughter absolutely loves them. I don’t have a problem making them for her as I use whole wheat tortillas and low fat cheese. I usually pair them with snow peas or a salad on the side and we are both happy.

My daughter loves to take them for lunch to school.. I guess she doesn’t mind eating cold quesadillas. I also make them for dinner and try to change them up a bit. This particular one, I made with pulled chicken. I started with chicken thighs and marinated them with some smoked paprika and chipotle pepper. If you don’t want to put in the work, you could buy rotisserie chicken and doctor it up.. but nothing like making the pulled chicken at home.. it is delicious. I bought chipotle lime tortillas from Trader Joes. They have a wonderful flavor and a nice kick. I filled the tortillas with some low fat mozzarella cheese and the pulled chicken. I served it with rice and peach salsa… recipes to follow. It was a delicious meal…
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Orange Chipotle Turkey with Make Ahead Gravy

It is that time of the year again- my favorite. Since last year, we have been spending Thanksgiving in Mexico. I really didn’t want to do it – not wanting to miss my all time favorite holiday. I love it so much because it is all about food- thats it… nothing else. I agreed to the vacation since everyone else wanted to go at that time of year. I decided to cook and celebrate Thanksgiving the following weekend- and it was great! I didn’t find the crowds in the food stores and everything was cheaper- including the turkey.

I make turkey breast, as everyone in my family prefers white meat. It works well for us- plus not a lot of leftovers. I know most people like a lot of leftovers- but I don’t. I like to be done with the meal and not worry about consuming any food later in the week.

Anyway, I digress from discussing this delicious turkey. I am still the the Latin cuisine mode- so guess what? This years Thanksgiving meal is made with lots of Latin flavors. Enjoy!!
Compound Butter

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Zest of one orange
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Mix the butter with orange and lemon zest, garlic, salt and paprika

  • 1 7 to 10 pound turkey breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 orange, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into eight pieces
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Orange Chipotle Turkey

Preheat convection oven to 325 degreed F.

Place the turkey onto a rack in a roasting pan. Turn the turkey over and place the cut up orange and lemon inside the cavity. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally and turn it breast side facing up. Loosen the skin and carefully spread half the compound butter. Spread the rest all over the skin. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. Pour the broth to the bottom of the roasting pan. Keep aside.


  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo (just the sauce)
  • Salt

Add the orange juice into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes or till it reduces by half. Add the honey, marmalade and chipotle sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes and add salt. Let cook and keep aside. This can be prepared 2 days in advance.

With a brush add the glaze all over the turkey. Roast the turkey glazing every 15 minutes. Roast till internal temperature reaches 158 to 160 degrees F. Take out of the oven and place onto a platter and cover with foil to rest for at least 20 minutes.
In the meant time, the gravy should be heating on the stove. Reduce the juices at the bottom of the roasting pan by half and add to the gravy. Slice the turkey as needed and serve with gravy.

Make Ahead Gravy

  • 4 cups homemade or store bought turkey stock
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a large frying pan, heat the butter and add the shallot and garlic. Saute for a minute over medium heat. Add the flour and turn the heat to medium high heat, stirring constantly. Cook the flour for at least 10 minutes or till it turns chocolate brown. Slowly add the stock, whisking vigorously at the same time. Bring to a boil and check for seasonings. Add salt and pepper accordingly. Once the turkey is done, add the drippings to the gravy and reheat.


Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Avocado Chunks

Fish Taco I love ordering fish tacos in Mexican restaurants. I remember eating my first fish tacos years ago in Los Angeles when my husband was on a project there for a few months and I would go visit him every few weeks.

Those tacos were out of this world. I have never had better ones since- especially here in the Northeast.

Since I have no plans on going to California any time soon, I decide to make the tacos at home.

I went to our local fish monger and got my daughter’s favorite fish- cod. She loves any white fish- especially if it is not too fishy tasting.

I marinated the fish in lemon juice, salt and some olive oil. I then drenched the pieces in some flour and lightly sauteed the fish. The ones you get in the restaurants are fried. I wanted mine lighter and healthier so I merely sauteed them.

I made a fresh, delicious tomato salsa and cut up some avocado chunks. Since my daughter doesn’t like anything very tart, I served her the fish in the tortillas without the condiments.

We enjoyed the tacos with all the condiments and a delicious bean salad on the side- recipe to follow tomorrow.
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