April 10, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Dinner

On the Menu Today~
Cinco de Mayo Dinner~

Taco Dip with Frozen Margaritas 
Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas and
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Brownies 

"Que tengas un buen dia"

Taco Dip {Easy}

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix (dry)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 head lettuce, shredded
  • 1 (8 oz) container cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups honey barbecue sauce
  • cilantro chopped, garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. With the back of a large spoon, spread softened cream cheese on a large serving plate.
  2. Brown ground beef, drain. Add taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water. Cook according to package directions.
  3. Spread taco/ground beef mixture on cream cheese layer.
  4. Layer on shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, onions and cheese.
  5. Pour barbecue sauce over all.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

Frozen Margaritas

  • 10 cups pineapple juice
  • 8 cups water
  • 6 cups tequila
  • 3 cups orange liqueur
  • 3 (10 oz) cans frozen margarita mix concentrate, thawed and undiluted
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
  • garnish: lime wedges, coarse salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine pineapple juice, water, tequila, orange liqueur, frozen margarita mix, and limeade in a very large plastic container. (A large, clean, ice cream pail works great for this recipe.) Cover and freeze at least 24 hours or until frozen to a slushy consistency. Moisten rims of margarita glasses with lime juice and dip into coarse salt. Pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded taco-style cheese
  • 1/2 cup jarred diced roasted red bell peppers,
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 package flour tortillas
  • 1 (10 oz) can mild green enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 8 oz container cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • green taco sauce or salsa
  • chopped cilantro
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350. Spray 13 x 9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, taco cheese, roasted red bell peppers, green chilies, sour cream and cream of chicken soup; mix well.
  3. Spread 2 teaspoons enchilada sauce on each tortilla. Top each tortilla with 1/2 cup chicken mixture. Roll up tortillas; arrange seam side down in prepared dish. Top with remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray, cover baking dish with foil, sprayed side down.
  4. Bake 45 to 60 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil during last 10 minutes of baking.
To serve:

  • Divide shredded lettuce between 4 plates.
  • Place 2 enchiladas on top of lettuce on each serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with cherry tomatoes, chopped avocado, and red onion.
  • Serve with taco sauce, sour cream and chopped cilantro.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Brownies

  • 1 box (18 oz) Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small mixing bowl beat butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, flour and vanilla extract. Mix well, set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325ยบ Spray 11 x 7 x 2 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together egg, oil and water until combined. Add brownie mix, ground cinnamon and cinnamon chips. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  4. With a large spoon, drop cream cheese filling onto brownie batter. With a knife, cut through filling to create a marble/swirl effect. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

Dip, Mexican, Dessert, Brownie, Drinks, ChickenCheese, Cream Cheese, Cinnamon
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