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What is Tex-Mex Cuisine

What is Tex-Mex Cuisine

Tex-Mex cuisine is a name used to describe dishes that are found in the state of Texas that is primarily American. It blends available foods in the United States with traditional Mexican cuisine. Some of the Tex-Mex foods may differ from actual Mexican dishes, but are still referred to Mexican dishes in Texas. People who live outside of Texas sometimes refer to Tex-Mex as Southwestern food.

Tex-Mex is considered “America’s oldest original cuisine” by some. Tex-Mex got its name back in 1875. It started when the Texas-Mexican Railway was nicknamed Tex-Mex to refer to the railroad and describe the Mexicans that were born in Texas. The mission era blended Texas foods with Spanish and Mexican. It got its name by the Tejanos (Hispanics born in Texas). The different regions of the state kept the foods similar to each other. Eventually other meats such as goat and cow’s head gained popularity. In the twentieth century, cheese was added because it was readily available and inexpensive in the United States.

More than 60% of the population of Texas has ancestors that were from Mexico. It is no surprise as to why that state has become popular for its Tex-Mex dishes. Tex-Mex is most popular in the South Central part of the state, which includes the cities of Austin and San Antonio. Tex-Mex dishes commonly use the ingredients of garlic, sour cream, cilantro, beans, avocado, and chorizo, which is a spicy Mexican sausage that originated from Spain. Chiles are also important in Tex-Mex dishes.

The chilies range from sweet and mild to hot fiery and are added to a variety of dishes. Some chiles that are used in Tex-Mex cuisine include ancho, jalapeno, and the hottest of them all, the habanero pepper. The food is contemporary and can easily be made. There are dishes that require more detail such as casseroles, black bean soup, and bunuelos, which is fried bread that is eaten with sugar and cinnamon that is sprinkled on the top.

Tex-Mex cuisine contains large amounts of beef, spices, and beans. Texas-style chili, crispy chalupas, and fajitas are all Tex-Mex originals. A serving of tortillas with hot sauce or salsa is another Texas invention. Other tasty creations include seven-layer dip, and tamale pie. Mango margaritas are a modern drink in the Tex-Mex menu.
Many of these recipes are simple and require little skill, but there are some foods that involve preparation of another recipe to complete the main dish.

One dish that is shouts Texas, is chili. It is a combination of meat and spices, with no beans added. Sauce is the main ingredient of the chili. Chili started by the Chili Queens of San Antonio. They made the chili to sell at stands for cowboys who came to the town.

If you are ever visiting Texas, it is worth trying the unique foods of the region. You will be able to taste Mexican classics with a Texas twist. Many dishes are available, but don’t be surprised when the dish arrives and the food doesn’t taste the same. That is part of the experience you will have when you eat Tex-Mex.

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Recipe: Voodoo Chicken with Cornbread Stuffing

Recipe: Voodoo Chicken with Cornbread Stuffing

Voodoo Chicken with Cornbread Stuffing

This lightly blackened chicken breast is superb. It is best to barbeque the chicken outdoors, because it smokes a lot, but do not overcook it – the outside should be spicy and crisp and the inside should be juicy and tender. Be sure to serve it with the cornbread stuffing.

Cornbread Stuffing
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 red onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 red peppers, peeled seeded and chopped
1 green pepper, peeled seeded and chopped
1 (4 ounce) tin chopped green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
4 cups diced cornbread (recipe below or any
favorite recipe you may like)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cream or sour cream (preferably Astro)

Voodoo Chicken
3 large whole chicken breasts, split and boned
but with the skin left on (each boned piece of
chicken should weigh about 5 ounce)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 small piece bay leaf, crushed
1 teaspoon salt

To prepare the stuffing, melt the butter in a large skillet and add the onions and garlic. Cook until tender and fragrant.

Add the celery, peppers and chilies. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are very tender. Season with chili powder, salt, black and white pepper and toss with the cornbread. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Stir in the eggs and cream. If you are cooking the stuffing on the barbecue, brush a large piece of foil with butter, place the stuffing in the centre and wrap to form a tight package. Barbecue for about 20 minutes per side. (If you are oven-baking the stuffing, place in a buttered 3-quart casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until the top is browned.)

To prepare the chicken, pat the chicken breasts dry.

Combine the melted butter and garlic and place in a flat dish. Dip pieces of chicken in the garlic-butter mixture so that both sides are coated. allow to marinate until ready to cook.

Combine all the remaining ingredients. Just before cooking, sprinkle this spice mixture evenly over both sides of the chicken and pat in slightly.

Barbecue the chicken for approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side, skin side first, until just barely cooked.

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A Chicken Recipe for Every Occasion

A Chicken Recipe for Every Occasion

It taste just like chicken.
That line’s become a part of our culture to describe meat dishes that aren’t made with chicken, but none the less, taste almost exactly like our favorite poultry meat. And why do we think that many of these alternative white meats (including tofu substitutes) taste like chicken?
Because most of us have grown up eating chicken in every conceivable way, shape, and form. Chicken is by far the most versatile meat used in recipes and will continue to be so as long as it remains relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare.
To give you an idea of the vast variety of chicken recipes, I’ve dug up a few favorites that folks are often looking for online:
Garlic lemon chicken, beer can chicken, chicken marsala, chicken and dumplings, baked chicken, chicken parmesan, chicken pot pie, bourbon chicken, chicken noodle soup, chicken salad, chicken and dumplings, chicken breast, white chicken chili, fried chicken, chicken tortilla soup, chicken cordon blue or bleu, chicken parmesan, chicken divan, chicken wings, chicken cacciatore, chicken enchiladas, orange chicken, chicken casserole, chicken stew, curry chicken, fried chicken.
And that’s just a small sample of the wonderful chicken recipes you can find online. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the greatest cook in the world or if you love to cook but short on time. You’re bound to find several chicken recipes that fit your budget, schedule, and level of cooking expertise.
You can bet your sweet chicken noodle that somewhere right now there’s a cook putting a chicken in a pot, oven, pan, or casserole dish getting ready to create another delicious chicken inspired dish.

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Easy Backpacking Dinner Recipes

Easy Backpacking Dinner Recipes

As you already know if you’ve read our other easy backpacking recipes, it is very important to eat nutritiously and drink plenty of water while backpacking. We’ve already mentioned a few meal ideas for breakfast and lunch, as well as a few energizing backpacking snack suggestions.

Dinner is the backpacking meal that most backpackers settle down and truly enjoy. Once you have set camp for the evening and settled in, a hot and hearty meal will revitalize your body and get you prepared for another day of active hiking.

Backpacker’s Sushi
Cook 1 cup instant rice with boiling water.
Cut nori (seaweed rollers for sushi found at international grocers or sections) into quarters
Place a spoonful of rice on the nori and add a spoonful of tuna from foil packet
Roll the sushi and dip in wasabi, horseradish, or soy sauce (take-out packets)

Seafood Pasta
Cook ½ package pasta (fettuccini, tortellini, etc)
Heat a little bit of olive oil, salt, and garlic with salmon or tuna (foil package)
Toss with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
Variation: chicken (canned) and sundried tomatoes

Just Add Water Backpacking Feast
In a small sandwich bag combine:
¾ cup instant potatoes
¾ cup dry stuffing
Dried cranberries
Beef or turkey jerky pieces
Powdered gravy mix
At camp, stir in boiling water and let stand before eating.

Country Chicken and Rice
Combine 1 cup instant rice with 1 ½ cups boiling water
Stir in one packet onion soup mix
Add 1 small can of chicken
Stir until warm

Fiesta Trail Chicken
In a small sandwich bag combine:
1 cup instant rice
1 packet tomato soup mix
Spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, etc.)
At camp, add 1 ½ cups boiling water to dry ingredients and stir in a small can of chicken.

Other dinner ideas include:
Small canned hams that require no refrigeration
Fresh vegetables for first night dinners (broccoli, corn on the cob, green beans, etc.)
Soup cups
Canned foods (ravioli, Spam, beanie weenies, beef stew, etc.)

Salty foods are good for replenishing your body to avoid dehydration. Eat foods that are high in calories and protein. If you packed canned foods, look for products with easy open lids. Otherwise, remember to pack a can opener, like the versatile Leatherman Juice S2 Multi-tool.

The most energizing and replenishing snacks for the trail is gorp, or modern versions of trail mix. Try these gorp recipes for variety.

Chocolate Lover’s Gorp
2/3 cup dried apricots
2/3 cup dried cherries
2/3 cup dried blueberries
2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup peanuts
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dark chocolate chips

The Trail is on Fire Gorp
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet
Brown 2 cups puffed rice cereal and 2 cups raisin bran, stirring constantly
Spread the cereal on a baking sheet and cook at 250° for 30 minutes.
Toss cooled cereal with:
½ cup Spanish peanuts
½ cup cashews
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup dried dates
¼ cup dried jalapeño slices
½ tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cumin
2 Tbsp sugar

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Recipe: szechwan chicken with cashews

Recipe: szechwan chicken with cashews

Szechwan Chicken with Cashews
Most Szechwan cooking is hot and spicy.

2 whole chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds)
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Dash of pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup raw cashews
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 scallions (with tops), chopped
(reserve 2 tablespoons tops)
1 large green bell pepper, cut into
1/2-inch squares
1 (4 ounce) can button mushrooms,
drained (reserve liquid)
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons chili pepper paste*
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Remove bones and skin from chicken breasts; cut chicken into 1/2-inch pieces. This is easier to do if the chicken is partially frozen. Mix egg white, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon salt, gingerroot, 1 teaspoon soy sauce and pepper in 2-quart glass bowl; stir in chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok or 10-inch skillet until hot. Stir-fry cashews until light brown, about 1 minute; drain. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until hot. Add chicken; stir-fry until chicken turns white, about 3 minutes. Remove chicken. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil until hot. Add scallions, green pepper, mushrooms, hoisin sauce and chili pepper paste. Stir-fry about 1 minute. add chicken, chicken broth and reserved mushroom liquid; heat to boiling. Mix water, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; stir into chicken mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in cashews; garnish with reserved scallion tops.

Yields 6 servings.

* 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes can be substituted.

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Crockpot Recipes for Low-Fat Dieters

Crockpot Recipes for Low-Fat Dieters

You may not believe this but there are actually a countless number of crock pot recipes for people who are on a low-fat diet. Apparently, such low fat crock pot recipes are intended for people who are watching their health and their weight very carefully. In this regard, we would want to share at least two of the low fat crock pot recipes that most dieters prefer to prepare.

Arroz Con Pollo is one type of a low fat crock pot recipe that we highly suggest. You will need to prepare such ingredients as two tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro, two cups of cooked rice, ten ounces of frozen peas that have been thawed, two tablespoons of red wine, one half cup of chicken broth, eight pieces of chicken thighs that do not have skin, two teaspoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of oregano, one clove of crushed garlic, one fourth teaspoon of pepper, and one half teaspoon of salt.

Mix such ingredients as chili powder, oregano, garlic, pepper, and salt together in a bowl. Such spice mixture should be sprinkled all over the chicken pieces. Once each of the chicken pieces is sprinkled with the spice mixture, you may place all of them in a crock pot. The wine and the broth should then be poured all over the chicken pieces. Cover the crock pot and let it cook for at least five to six hours using low temperature. After five to six hours, remove the chicken and set the crock pot on high temperature. Add the peas soon thereafter and cover the crock pot again and let the ingredients be cooked for another seven to ten minutes. The cooked rice as well as the chicken should then be added into the crock pot. Before serving, make sure to sprinkle the freshly chopped cilantro on the dish.

Another low fat crock pot recipe that we suggest is the recipe for Basil Chicken. This is also an easy-to-prepare dish as it only requires few ingredients and can also be cooked while the crock pot is running unattended.

The ingredients include one half whole green pepper that is sliced, one can of cream of celery soup, one half teaspoon basil, one half teaspoon of pepper, and four whole chicken breasts that are skinless.

To begin the procedure for this low fat crock pot recipe, you must place first the skinless chicken breasts in the crock pot. The chicken should then be sprinkled with basil and pepper. The cream of celery soup should then be poured over the chicken pieces. Afterwards, the sliced green pepper should be placed on top of the chicken that is covered with soup. Cover the crock pot and let it cook for approximately eight hours. The crock pot should be set on low temperature for this low fat crock pot recipe. You do not have to wait for eight hours for this recipe to be cooked. There are instances when six or seven hours will do. This recipe only contains four grams of fat and is composed of 55 grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrates.

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Choco-Related Recipes Using Chocolates from Everywhere

Choco-Related Recipes Using Chocolates from Everywhere

In a nutshell, French chocolates are known for their subtle taste and intricate chocolate designs, while the Swiss are known for their share of chocolates that have the distinctly known milky, smooth texture. The Swiss even have massive manufacturing companies that distribute these favorite treats all over the world. The Belgian chocolates, on the other hand, are known for their flavorful taste and inventive designs ideal for concocting choco-related recipes. Remember, the Belgians were the ones who revolutionized the praline and nougats that we love?

These three have very distinct taste, and for chocolate lovers out there who know them by heart, I am certain they will have neither qualm nor difficulty telling each apart. Really, it should not matter where these delectably enjoyable goodies of sweetness come from; the only sensible thing to know is that we can enjoy these fabulous creations wherever they come from. After all, they are still the same chocolates that we love, and they will always give all chocolate lovers the same tingly and delectable sensation bite after bite! Try these two chocolate-related recipes and see the goodness of chocolates in every kind of recipe!

BRANCHUMS’ CHILI with Chocolate

1 lb. beef stew meat, cubed
½ lb. pork, cubed
4 tbsp. oil
1 ½ c. onions, chopped
1 c. green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp. of minced garlic
1 tbsp. of chili powder
1 ½ tbsp. salt
½ tsp. of thyme
½ tsp. of cumin
1 ½ c. of water
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
½ oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 (30 oz.) can kidney beans
3 c. chopped rind


1. Brown the bite size pieces of beef and pork cubes in 3 tablespoons of oil.
2. Add rest of oil, onion, green pepper and garlic.
3. Cook until soft but not browned.
4. Stir in chili powder, salt, thyme and cumin. Cook 1 minute.
5. Add water, heat to boil.
6. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
7. Stir in tomato sauce and chocolate.
8. Simmer uncovered 25 to 30 minutes or until thickened.
9. Serve chili on bed of beans and rice.


3 lb. rump of veal or bottom round roast
3 tbsp. of olive oil
2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tbsp.of flour
1 bay leaf
1 c. of water
1 lg. of sliced onion
1 1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 c. dry of white wine
1/2 tbsp.of vinegar
1 tbsp. of grated bitter chocolate

1. Brown the meat in olive oil in a fireproof casserole or Dutch oven.
2. Add the garlic and onion and cook until they are soft.
3. Blend in some flour and salt and stir until smooth.
4. Add the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate.
5. Cover and simmer gently for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
6. Remove meat, add chocolate to sauce and cook until thickened and smooth.
7. If much liquid has cooked away, you may add water to make about 2 cups.
8. Add salt to taste.

Surprising as it can be, these delectable dishes using a wide array of chocolates from places al over the world were born from many years of experimenting in the kitchen. The nutty, creamy flavor of bittersweet chocolate is perfect for any kind of dish you might want to concoct as of the moment. Try these chocolate-related recipes at home and make it a family recipe everyone in your family will truly surely love!

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Recipe: shrimp quiche

Recipe: shrimp quiche

Spicy Cajun Kabobs
1 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 ounces fully cooked smoked sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash freshly ground white pepper

Preheat gas grill for 10 minutes or light charcoal and allow to burn down to a gray ash on top. Soak 12-inch bamboo skewers in water.

Remove fat from chicken and cut diagonally into 1/2 x 2-inch strips. Slice thicker areas in half horizontally so strips are uniform in thickness. Cut sausage into 1-inch chunks.

In small saucepan, heat olive oil, chili powder, thyme, cayenne, garlic and white pepper over very low heat about 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Cool slightly.

Dip chicken and sausage pieces into spice mixture. Thread, alternating chicken and sausage onto skewers. Grill over medium heat about 8 minutes, or until chicken is done and juices run clear.

Makes 3 servings.

Approximate values per serving: 299 calories, 22 g fat, 71 mg chol, 23 g protein, 2 g carbo, 1 g fiber, 426 mg sod, 67% calories from fat

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Add Barbecue Brisket Recipe to Your Food List for Any Occasion

Add Barbecue Brisket Recipe to Your Food List for Any Occasion

Summary: Barbecue brisket recipe is one of the barbecue recipes you should serve to any party you want to host next.

We normally look at a recipe of a certain dish if we have not tried cooking it or can’t remember the ingredients and procedure. We can’t just mix all the ingredients however we wanted. In a recipe, a procedure must be followed accordingly to come up with the best result. As a person who loves to cook, I always refer to a cooking recipe if I found an interesting dish to try on. If I liked the dish, it’s going to be included in my list for possible food to be cooked if there is an occasion.

Same with barbecue, which I thought doesn’t have many recipes. I used to think that there is only one barbecue recipe- the one that I knew wherein you marinate the meat and barbecue it- that simple. But, I was wrong. There is more to barbecue flavors than I can imagine and the best example is the barbecue brisket recipe.

Cooking barbecue brisket will take a lot of time, but the end result is a wonderfully flavored brisket that gets away from the sweet and sour type. The purpose of the beer is to tenderize the meat, however if you use a larger brisket, double the other ingredients, but use only 1 ½ times the amount of beer, otherwise, the meat will get too soft.
The barbecue brisket recipe will need the following ingredients:
o 1 ( 5- pound) brisket
o 1 tsp. salt
o ½ tsp black pepper
o ½ tsp paprika
o 1 onion, chopped
o 2 stalks celery, chopped
o 4 cloves garlic, minced
o 1 cup chili sauce
o 1 cup water
o ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
o 1 (10 oz) bottle of beer
o fresh parsley

Procedure of Cooking:
o Preheat the oven to 325 ºF
o Wash and dry the brisket, cut away the visible fat.
o Season brisket with salt, pepper, and paprika, and then mix thoroughly for even distribution
o Place the brisket, fat side up, in a heavy baking pan. Surround with onions, celery, and garlic.
o Pour chili sauce on top of the brisket
o Slowly pour the water into the pan around the brisket. Sprinkle with parsley
o Do not cover, and then bake for one hour.
o After 1 hour, remove from the oven and pour beer on the brisket. Do this slowly so as not to wash off the chili sauce.
o Cover the brisket and cook for another 3 hours or until brisket becomes tender.
o Let it cool down in a room temperature, and then place in the refrigerator.
o Remove the accumulated fat on top. Slice and reheat in sauce.
o Garnish with minced parsley sprinkled over the brisket.

This barbecue brisket recipe is good for 10 servings. Each serving contains 35 g of fat, 8.5 g carbohydrates, 167 mg cholesterol, 680 mg sodium, 49 g proteins, and 2 g fiber.

Now that you know how barbecue brisket recipe is done, you can add it to your barbecue flavor food list. I will certainly add this barbecue brisket recipe to the only one barbecue recipe on my list. Not bad for a start! If you want to know other brisket recipes, you can check out at

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This delicious southwestern beef recipe features juicy steak with fresh salsa.
½ cup thick and chunky salsa
½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
4 boneless beef steaks (about 1 ½ pounds)
Mix salsa, beans, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and ½ teaspoon of the chili powder. Cover and refrigerate while preparing steaks.
Set oven control to broil. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder and the oregano over both sides of beef; gently press into beef. Place beef on rack in broiler pan.
Broil steaks with tops 4 to 5 inches from heat for 6 minutes; turn. Broil 2 to 5 minutes longer for medium doneness. Serve steaks with salsa mixture on top.