Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

Tim's Pinto Bean Pork Dip 3

We snack a lot for dinner. With both of us working, by the time we get home, do the things that need to be done, dinner is an after thought. I know, you all think we eat food like we have on the blog all week long………not so!

We have popcorn frequently, or frozen pizza, but recently bean dip has been our go-to snack dinner. Tim LOVES beans, he would eat them every day! I like beans, but a girl can only handle so much fiber.

Tim's Pinto Pork Dip

Tim has been experimenting with a dip and it is ready to share with you. There is a local restaurant that we have mentioned before called Kelly’s. The Irish Mexican place that is a favorite of anyone local. If you are ever in the Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois area look it up and stop by…..you won’t be sorry.

The Kelly’s bean dip a.k.a. Uncle Lou’s Dip is hmm, hmm, hmm, with the homemade tortilla chips. This Uncle Lou’s was the inspiration for Tim’s dip.

Tim's Pinto Bean Pork Dip 1

Pinto beans are simmered with salsa, chilies, garlic salt, cumin, chipotle and Sriracha. Browned pork tenderloin is added and the simmering continues until you have a creamy, spicy, porky, dip. Perfect for tortilla chips. Add shredded cheese and cilantro……..it’s snack supper!

You can also use the dip as the filling for burritos ………its Tim’s preferred way……I on the other hand am a chips kinda girl. Either way…..it’s hmm, hmm, hmm!!!!

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Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

  • Author: Tim Boyd

Ingredients

  • 2-15 ounce cans pinto beans, do not drain
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into small cubes
  • non stick cooking spray
  • 1-7.76 ounces can Homestyle Mexican Salsa
  • 1-4ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • Shredded cheese and cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan over medium low heat, cook beans and their liquid until heated trough.
  2. Mash beans with a fork or potato masher, leaving slightly chunky.
  3. Add salsa, chilies, garlic salt, cumin, chipotle powder, and Sriracha. Simmer for 10 minutes. While beans are simmering, spray a large skillet with non stick spray. Heat over medium high heat until pan is hot . Add diced pork . Sauté until pork is cooked through and browned.
  4. Add pork to the beans mixture, stir to combine.
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat. Place in serving bowl. Garnish with cheese and cilantro if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

I have a new toy……I have a new toy …..and you-u don’t……….but you should, if you don’t this thing is AWESOME!!! I am happy dancing………why dancing you may ask……..my new toy helped me make my Carne Asada Nachos!

What is my new toy you ask??? It a Pressure Cooker, thats also a crock pot, and a rice cooker. Pressure CookerIf it just went to the grocery store, it would be the perfect appliance! LOL …….Oh wait…..it keeps the food warm after the programed cooking time…….it IS the perfect appliance!

Since returning from Vegas and having the carne asada tacos at Hecho En Vegas, I have been dying to try and recreate the carne asada. My new little toy made this a breeze. The flavor is not exactly like Hecho’s but it’s close. My meat was a little more done……first time with the pressure cooker ……..I wasn’t sure how long to cook it,so mine was falling apart, while Hecho’s was chunkier.

Now, what to do with this luscious, juicy,spicy meat……….Carne Asada Nachos……..of course! Nachos need cheese sauce. Neither Tim nor I really like the nacho cheese sauce,so how about queso blanco……hmmmmm. The recipe for the queso sauce couldn’t be easier, one bowl, it cooks in the microwave………one of the best inventions…..ever!! And in five minutes or less……. creamy and cheesy, easy queso blanco sauce.

Carne Asada Plate

I would like to be all homemadey but I bought some good restaurant style chips at the store instead of making my own. Hey……it was Sunday afternoon and there were football games that needed to watched……by Tim not me.

Now ,I had a plan…….heat the chips in a cast iron skillet in a 400* oven for about 5-7 minutes, until until they were warm and extra crispy. top with the carne asada, drizzle….ok, ladle the queso sauce on, then top with tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño slices, and a crumble of queso blanco cheese……the amount of toppings you put on these is up to you. OMG….these were fabulous!!!!! Crispy chips, juicy spicy meat, cool toppings……the perfect Carne Asada Nachos.

Carne Asada Chip
Since Tim and I have been married, I have a long drive to work, 40 minutes each way…….thank goodness for audio books……..but getting home late does not = time for making dinner and eating before 7 or 8 at night…….not good! But, with my new toy, the process can be sped up greatly. So, if time is of the essence for you too, look for one of these nifty toys for yourself. Looking to make a recipe now………. so I can play with my new toy.

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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup beer

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium high heat sear the flank steak in the coconut oil. Just a quick sear for color.
  2. Place flank steak and remaining ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on high for 30-35 minutes following instructions on your pressure cooker. If you do not have a pressure cooker you can use a crockpot. Adjust cooking time to your crockpot.
  3. Remove meat from cooker and use for tacos,burritos, or nachos.

Keywords: flank steak, Instant Pot, nachos,

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Carne Asada Nachos

Queso Blanco Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound White American Cheese, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno slices, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the pickled jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir.Continue microwaving at minute intervals until smooth. Allow to cool slightly and serve as a dip or over your favorite Mexican foods.

Notes

Be sure to use white American cheese not white cheddar cheese. The white cheddar will not melt they way that is needed for this sauce.

 

Chicken Enchilada Meatballs

Chicken Enchilada Meatballs

Well if you are a Football fan……..I am not………shhhh…don’t tell anyone. But Tim…….all I can say is if it’s about sports he’s about it. I don’t know about sports, but I do know what to serve to those who are…….Chicken Enchilada Meatballs of course. I mean it really is the best of two things that I love, Mexican food and Meatballs.  With all the upcoming games you really must have those go to party foods.  Bonus for these since they are made with ground chicken they are much healthier that the traditional BBQ kind. Continue reading “Chicken Enchilada Meatballs”