Black Bean and Beef Skillet Enchiladas

You know you have to get your Mexican fix.
Skillet Enchiladas One of my favorite things to make is enchiladas.
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I think it’s really for the same reason I love to make lasagna; the layering and ingredients make it so much fun and I tend to enjoy making something that’s time consuming. Not to mention the fact that they’re very conducive to adding jalapenos. Hell, it wouldn’t matter if it was Mexican food or not, I’ll put jalapenos on whatever I want to.

I like flour tortillas; if you want to use corn feel free to. I just like the texture better.

There’s something magical about using a cast iron skillet – it makes everything taste amazing. I adore making steaks in it, too. Go here to check out a couple of my favorites.

The queso isn’t difficult at all – it’s basically a roux with cheese added. I just prefer to make my own because it’s richer and you can control how much cheese, how much heat, etc.

Make extra so you can have dip for chips, and you could even add sour cream to it if you wanted to.
Beef and Bean Enchiladas Don’t forget the cilantro – it’s such an important element to this flavor profile.

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Black Bean and Beef Skillet Enchiladas

Black Bean and Beef Skillet Enchiladas

Ingredients

    For the Enchiladas:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can black beans
  • 12 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh jalapenos, sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced (or whatever your favorite tomato is)
  • For the Queso:
  • 4 tbsp. salted butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 block mild cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 block sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can Rotel

Instructions

    For the Enchiladas:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown the ground beef, add taco seasoning and water; stir to combine and simmer until it starts to thicken.
  • Add beans and stir.
  • Add beef/bean mixture to center of tortillas; roll and add to prepared skillet.
  • Pour queso over enchiladas and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Add cilantro, sour cream, tomatoes and jalapenos.
  • For the Queso:
  • Add butter to a medium size sauce pan over medium heat; melt and add flour; whisk to combine.
  • Add milk, continuing to whisk, add cheeses and stir to melt.
  • Add Rotel, increasing heat to bring to a slow boil.
  • Remove from heat.
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Pancake Battered Chicken

It’s a crazy, addictive thing, this pancake battering.

Since making Pancake Battered Jalapeno Poppers, I’ve been hooked on rolling things around in pancake batter. It’s hard to go wrong when it coats so well, has a slightly sweetness to it, and fries so beautifully golden brown.

This chicken was actually one of my favorite random out-of-nowhere ideas.
Pancake Battered Chicken | Dixie Chik Cooks Y’all know how much I like fun food.
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I made two dipping sauces, one with hoisin sauce, sesame oil and Worcestershire, and one with spicy mustard and honey.

By the way, have you ever smelled sesame oil? Oh my word…

It smells like heaven.
This is like the epitome of brunch heaven.

Just add a couple of strong Bloody Mary’s and you’ll be set.

This batter is not only easy to make, it fries in a damn flash. No waiting here. You literally throw the pancake mix in a bowl with water and roll your chicken around in it, then fry. I used Krusteaz Protein Buttermilk Pancake mix. It’s by far the fluffiest pancake mix I think I’ve ever used.

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Pancake Battered Chicken

Pancake Battered Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 2" cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Krusteaz Protein Buttermilk Pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cups sunflower oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup spicy mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley

Instructions

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Combine pancake mix with water.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Toss chicken in pancake batter; toss to coat.
  • Fry for one to two minutes, until golden brown.
  • Mix mustard and honey together.
  • Mix hoisin, sesame oil and Worcestershire sauce together.
  • Sprinkle chicken with parsley and serve with dips.
http://www.dixiechikcooks.com/pancake-battered-chicken/

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Smoked Lemon Pepper Wings

So…I’m definitely on a smoking kick at the moment.
Smoked Lemon Pepper Wings Once I really understood the process, I fell completely in love with it. I’m smoking everything I can get my hands on; chicken, beef, potatoes, cheese.
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I think I may have a smoking problem, like a bag of charcoal a day habit.

(Fine, I’m kidding). But I am loving my smoker, and look for any excuse to use it.
What has surprised me the most is that smoking is a lot like grilling; I always assumed it was much more tedious and difficult.

I recently bought a Char-Griller Double Play grill, which gives me both gas and charcoal barrels, and I bought the smoker box that attaches to the side.
It’s just not. I can throw my stuff on the grates just like I do with my charcoal or gas grill; the only differences are time and the beautiful smokiness that this type of cooking imparts.
Smoked Lemon Pepper Wings AND it’s fun. Even though it takes some patience, there’s definitely something to be said about the thrill of anticipation.

Look for a smoked beer can burger coming up in the next week or two! I have some delicious plans.

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Smoked Lemon Pepper Wings

Smoked Lemon Pepper Wings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, rinsed and pat dry
  • Flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare smoker by bringing heat to 250 and spray grates with cooking spray.
  • Combine lemon pepper through oil in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add wings and toss to coat.
  • Smoke for 2 hours, until chicken temp registers 185 degrees.
http://www.dixiechikcooks.com/smoked-lemon-pepper-wings/

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Lemon Tarragon Crab Cakes

I’m in love with this recipe.
Lemon Tarragon Crab Cakes The reason?
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Tarragon.

If you haven’t paid attention to this beautiful herb, do it. What’s really crazy is that I hate licorice, and Tarragon is very licorice-y. Kinda. Isn’t that strange??

You just have to trust me here. The first time I experienced it was in chicken salad from Publix. From that point on, I was hooked; I so fell in love with that damn chicken salad.

If you didn’t know, pairing lemon with tarragon is outstanding. I think they were made for eachother.
It adds something so unique to these.

I also made a couple of sauces, because you know I can’t stand a lot of nakedness when it comes to my food.
Lemon Tarragon Crab Cakes One is a remoulade sauce – one of my very favorites. This one pairs absolutely perfectly with the lemon tarragon flavors.

The other is a dill caper sauce. This sauce is a nice contrast to the flavors in the crabcakes themselves.
I like both complimenting and contrasting – lots of variety. It’s just how I like my sauces.

Oh, by the way, do you like that cute little polka-dotted tray? I got it in my PopSugar Must Have Box – if you want yours go here and sign up for a subscription.

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Lemon Tarragon Crab Cakes

Lemon Tarragon Crab Cakes

Ingredients

    Crabcakes
  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp tarragon
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Canola or sunflower oil, for frying
  • Remoulade Sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Roma tomato slices, optional, for serving
  • Dill Caper Sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tsp fresh dill
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground pepper

Instructions

    Crabcakes
  • Combine all ingredients, form into 6 cakes, place on wax paper and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Bring oil to 350 degrees in a medium size sauce pan or dutch oven.
  • Fry cakes for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown; drain on paper towels.
  • Remoulade Sauce
  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Dill Caper Sauce
  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.
http://www.dixiechikcooks.com/lemon-tarragon-crab-cakes/
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Chipotle Peach Meatloaf

Let me go ahead and preface this post with a pretty picture, because meatloaf has a bad reputation for sucking, not to mention the fact that the word “meatloaf” is so unappetizing to me.

But, my meatloaf absolutely does not suck.
Chipotle Peach Meatloaf It’s savory, a little peachy and a tad bit spicy. The chipotle is a good, mild heat, but smoky is the best way to describe it. Paired with the peaches, it’s such a good combination.
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Growing up, I would only eat my mother’s meatloaf. It’s hands down the best I’ve ever had. She has a pretty elaborate recipe, one that she has to date never documented, but she could definitely make it in her sleep. My favorite part is that she puts cheddar cheese slices on top, then adds sliced green olives; it’s the only way I really know meatloaf. I also dipped it in ketchup, oh and it also has “burnt ends”; those pieces are the best.

So, because others’ meatloaves looked nasty, and I would only eat hers, I would never order meatloaf in a restaurant, or eat it at school, ever. I still don’t.

That being said, I’ve tried a few of my own versions, one of them being Italian (which is extremely delicious, and I will be sharing soon), and this one being just so good I had to document it.

I added fresh thyme to the meatloaf itself, along with parmesan cheese. The parm gives it a nice depth of flavor without being overly cheesy. The bacon on top, well, that speaks for itself.

Everything is better with bacon.

Using leftovers, I made cute little crostinis with candied jalapenos…
Chipotle Peach Meatloaf Here’s your printable-

Chipotle Peach Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 peaches, peeled
  • 1 1/2 chipotle peppers
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 tsp smoke flavor
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 lbs ground round
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 3 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and spray a ceramic shallow dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine peaches through vinegar in a food processor and pulse until smooth; add to a sauce pan and bring to a low boil, stirring to make sure it doesn't scald. Remove from heat and cover.
  • Mix ground round, onion, egg, crackers, Worcestershire, seasoned salt and thyme by hand or a big spoon; form into a "meatloaf".
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then pour chipotle peach sauce over meatloaf and spread to coat; bake 30 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with crumbled bacon and parsley.
  • Serve
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