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Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa ~ Cinco de Mayo 2K11

Hola mi amigos! (Is that right? I took French for 4 years and can’t even speak that, so please pardon my French and my Spanish.)

It is that ever-blessed time of the year in which the sun shines, the tequila flows and corporate Americans everywhere use Mexican culture as an excuse to drink margaritas on a patio at noon on a work day. That’s right chicas – Manana esta Cinco De Mayo!

In keeping with that grand tradition of poaching holidays simply for celebration’s sake, we present to you an Americanized version of Mexico’s signature dip: la salsa! I made this last night because I was craving corn and needed a veggie fix after the weekend (but obviously didn’t want anything so healthy it couldn’t be served atop Fritos).

This was bright, and summery and addictive, and it would make a great base if you’re planning on getting your Margarita on tomorrow. Just sayin… safety first, y’all. ¡Buen apetito! (Oooh, I have always wanted to use that upside down exclamation point thingy, so thanks Google!)

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2 ears corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Mexican Rotel + juice
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 heaping tbsp taco sauce
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 415.
  2. Open up the corn and add a little olive oil and close up. Roast in their husks for 20 minutes or until tender. Remove and allow to cool.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and place in the fridge to chill while the corn cools.
  4. Cut the kernels off of each ear of corn (I like to do this while the “butt” end of the corn is in the bottom of a deep mixing bowl so the kernels don’t ‘splode everywhere in the kitchen – they can be some slippery little suckers), and then add corn to the veggie mixture.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve with Fritos. Ole!

This would also be a good topping for grilled anything, so feel free to make some game-time grilling adjustments as needed.

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Black Bean Soup with Chipotle Cream

I already have 3 problems with this post: 1) I hate beans; 2) It’s officially 71 degrees outside and therefore way too conventionally “warm” to post a soup recipe; and 3) Every idiot I’ve run across recently cannot pronounce the word “Chipotle.” Let’s take these one by one, shall we?

First of all, I think beans are kind of pointless. Refry them and cover them in cheese and maybe we can talk, but for the most-part, I’ll pass.

That is, AHEM, until I had this soup. The Chef brought this home from work for me months ago, and I don’t know if it was my intense love of getting anything for free or the Chipotle Cream on top, but it was GREAT. As for my second point, I have pointed out that soup knows no season on several occasions, so you can take it down the street to another blog if you don’t like it.

And finally, the word is pronounced “Chi-poht-lay.” Yeah, I’m looking at you, Paula Deen, I love your wacky behind more than anyone, but “Chi-POLT-ay” just “ain’t rite,” to use your vernacular. You’re on the Food Network for goodness’ sakes. Get it together girl.

Black Bean Soup:
4 cups of dry black beans
2 yellow onions, diced
1 poblano pepper. diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
6 quarts of water
salt and black pepper to taste

  1. Rinse black beans in cold water.
  2. In a large pot, cook onions and peppers in olive oil until they become soft. Add the chili powder and cumin and stir until the onions are well coated.
  3. Add the beans and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about an hour and a half. (While this is cooking, make the Chipotle Cream.)
  4. Puree beans in their liquid until smooth. Thin down with additional water, if necessary.
  5. Season to taste and top each bowl of soup with Chipotle Cream.

Chipotle Cream:
4 Chipotles in Adobo sauce
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/3 cup of mayo
juice of one lime
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp of cilantro

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or processor and puree until smooth. (I like to refrigerate this for the cold-hot dynamic you get when you top the soup with it, but it’s your prerogative lady, so do what you will.)

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Pitts’ Morita Chilaquiles

West Coast represent – we have another update from Mr. Pitts. Take it away Justin:

This is really simple – only 4 ingredients – but the key is the salsa. Pace or some s***like that won’t cut it. This recipe is with Morita chile salsa. Morita is like a Chipotle in that it’s a smoked jalapeno, but it’s smaller, hotter, and comes dried rather than canned in adobo sauce.
(You could use a jarred salsa as long as it’s really good, and salsa verde would even work if that’s your thing.)

Morita Salsa:
8-10 dried moritas
1/2 yellow onion rough chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
3-4 tomatoes seeded and chopped.
water
salt
  1. Toast the moritas in a dry skillet until you start to smell them.
  2. Transfer into a bowl of very hot water and let them reconstitute for 5-10 minutes or until soft and fully re-hydrated.
  3. Remove stems and roughly chop.
  4. Put all the ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until pureed.
  5. Thin it out with water (if you want it really hot, use the water from the re-hydrating step earlier) as needed. You want it to be thick but not too chunky.
  6. Taste and adjust as needed.
Chilaquiles:
2 eggs per person (at least)
tortillas (ideal) or tortilla strips/chips
sharp cheddar cheese or Cojita
butter
  1. If you want to be a hero, use fresh corn tortillas, cut them into quarters and fry in some 350 veg oil until crisp. Drain on a rack or paper towel and season with salt.
  2. Whisk the eggs and season with s+p. Scramble in a non-stick skillet with butter.
  3. When eggs begin to cook, add handful of cheese and a healthy amount of the salsa and continue scrambling.
  4. When the eggs are about 30 seconds out, add a handful or two of the tortilla strips and stir together. (It’s ok – they are not supposed to stay fully crispy.)
  5. Garnish it with green onion or cilantro if you like, but it’s really good as-is.

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BB’s Tortilla Soup

Despite The Chef’s unfortunate aversion to making standard, run-of-the-mill soups, I whined enough to finally get him to make me some tortilla. And it was anything but standard. I even got his brother-in-law JR to back me up on the fabulosity of this, so maybe that will give me some leverage when I beg him to make it again.

2 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 can of chopped green chilies
2.5 cans of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp of chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 quart of chicken stock
3 cups of shredded cooked chicken
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add all of veggies except tomatoes.  Cook until soft and caramelized (this is the most important part of making this soup right).
  2. Then add tomatoes, stock, chili powder, and cumin.  Simmer for about an hour.
  3. Then add chicken, heat through, and serve. Garnish with fried tortilla strips, chopped cilantro, a squirt of a lime, and sliced avocados.

I also dose this up with some shredded Mexi cheese, but that’s your judgment call to make. The Chef’s Mexican Crema would also be a welcome addition. This soup becomes even nummier after a few days, so make enough to munch on all week.

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Spicy Southwestern Slaw

We made this last week for The Chef’s birthday, and it was a great alternative to your grandma’s mayo-slathered slaw. Barrett likes to serve this with fish tacos, but it was just as good with the coffee-rubbed brisket version we devoured like wild animals.

Feel free to up the jalapeno quotient if you like, but if you’re making it to go on the with the coffee-rubbed brisket tacos, you might want to keep it tame because they’ve got a pretty good amount of heat on its own.

4 cups of finely shredded green cabbage
4 tsp lime juice
4 tsp honey
4 tsp finely minced jalapenos
4 tsp chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Allow to mixture to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before serving

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