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Watermelon feta guacamole

Watermelon makes a great substitute for tomatoes in this watermelon guacamole recipe — plus the rind is too cute not to use as a serving bowl. The sweetness of the watermelon tastes great with the spicy jalapeño and creamy avocado. It’s something a little different for your summertime party spread. Watermelon feta guacamole Ingredients 9 ripe avocados, pitted 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 3/4 cup chopped red onion 2-3 jalapeños, finely chopped (remove the seeds if you don’t like a lot of heat) 1/4 cup fresh squeeze lime juice 2 cups diced watermelon Salt Pepper 1 cup feta cheese crumbles (the jalapeño variety if you can find it), divided And don’t forget tortilla chips for serving! Directions Scoop out flesh from avocados into a large bowl. Smash with a fork until just slightly chunky. Add lime juice and mix until combined. Add cilantro, onion, jalapeño, watermelon, and 3/4 cup of…

Easy, Cheesy Taco Pasta

If your Cinco de Mayo menu usually consists of some sad tacos, try kicking it up a notch this year with a cheesy taco pasta. It’s become a favorite in my household because it goes from stove to table in less than 30 minutes. Plus, I don’t mind that it only dirties one pot! But don’t just save it for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Make it for Taco Tuesday or anytime you want a simple, tasty meal that can feed a crowd. Top it with some chopped tomatoes and cilantro or avocado for a fresh kick. Use any bite-sized noodle from your pantry. I’ve tried rotini, large shells, radiatore, and even farfalle — all do a delicious job of soaking up the flavorful Mexican-inspired meat sauce. For the jarred salsa, I think Herdez adds the best flavor. I like a little kick so I used medium or spicy salsa…

How to make your own taco seasoning

Store bought taco seasonings are no fiesta. They’re filled with gross ingredients and labels that look like a chemistry textbook. If you’ve been looking to add more real food to your diet, you should try swapping this homemade taco seasoning recipe for those overpriced, small pre-mixed packets. Homemade taco seasoning is healthier, but it’s also cheaper. Not to mention, you’ll waste less packaging. It’s a win/win/win! Here’s how you make two tablespoons of taco seasoning — the perfect amount of seasoning to replace those 1.25 ounce packets. Each two tablespoon recipe is enough to season about one pound of meat, so if you’re making two pounds of meat, double the recipe. Three pounds? Triple the recipe, and so on. Add your new seasoning to these easy homemade enchiladas. Or try this warm and comforting taco soup. How to make taco seasoning Ingredients 1 tbsp chili powder 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2…

Where to get free tacos on National Taco Day, Oct. 4

Thursday, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day — does any of the other dozens of food holidays even matter anymore? This holiday means that many restaurants will be giving away free or discounted deals on the most delicious of all take-out — tacos! Grab your go-to hot sauce and head to one of these places offering freebies and other deals on this most sacred of holidays. And check your local taqueria, too! Many mom and pop shops will also be offering deals throughout the day. 1. Del Taco Access a coupon on Del Taco’s website and score a “buy one, get one free” deal on their Shredded Beef Soft Tacos. 2. Taco Bell Taco Bell is asking people to gift somebody this food holiday with the “magical gift of tacos.” On October 4, you can get a “special gift set” of tacos for just $5. The “set” includes their Crunchy…

Cantaloupe salsa sweetens up end of summer celebrations

My oven broke last week, and I’ve been waiting for two weeks for the new one to arrive. But with this summer heat dragging on, I actually don’t mind the inconvenience one bit. Ive been using this time to get creative with foods that don’t require a heat source. That’s how this bright and cheery cantaloupe salsa came to be. I’ve always been a big fan of fruity salsas, whether on their own, or over fish or chicken. Mango salsa is the king of sweet salsas, closely followed by pineapple salsa — but this melon version is right up there. The cantaloupe and jalapeño create that delicious sweet heat I can’t get enough of. Tortilla chips and salsa might not seems like much of a dinner, but when it’s this delicious — and the weather is this hot — sometimes, it’s all you can handle. And don’t forget this fun…

15 minute dinner: Taco soup

Here’s one for those of you with “no time to make anything tonight.” I think you can come up with 15 minutes, right? If you can find just 15 minutes, you can find this super simple and delicious taco soup recipe ready on your table. I say 15 minutes, and you say, “But I still have to stop and get groceries, don’t I? That’s time, too!” Well, yes. But almost everything in this recipe can be stocked in your pantry or freezer, ready to go when you’re out of ideas, and out of time. Add these ingredients to you next online or grocery store order, and pull this recipe up when the week starts to get a little crazy. Taco soup Ingredients 1 tsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1.5 lbs. ground beef (at least 90/10) or ground turkey 1 15-22ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes* 1 15-ounce can of…

Get Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials at these restaurants

Despite the fact that Cinco de Mayo commemorates a Mexican military victory over France, for whatever reason the holiday has taken hold in America. This Saturday marks the annual fiesta, so be on the look-out for deals on delicious south-of-the-boarder indulgences like tasty tacos and crisp, yellow lagers. Here are a few deals you can snag on May 5: Applebee’s Whether it’s beer or tequila, Applebee’s has something to offer. The Dollarita — that is, a $1 margarita — will be available through May 5. Plus Dos Equis will be on special for $2. Bahama Breeze Score a Classic Margarita for just $5 between April 29 and May 5. California Pizza Kitchen It might not serve Mexican food, but CPK wants to be part of the party, too! Stop by on May 5 and order an Agave Lime Margarita for just $5. Chipotle Use the DoorDash app at any participating…

Easy Chicken Enchiladas are ready to party

You’ll look forward to making this easy enchilada recipe almost as much as you’ll look forward to eating it. It’s so simple yet full of that delicious Mexican flavor you crave. And you don’t have to go to a restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. Whip these up for authentic flavor on May 5 or any night of the year. Easy Chicken Enchiladas Ingredients 3-4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I use cooked rotisserie chicken as a time saver) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 teaspoons olive oil 3/4 – 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1 large can enchilada sauce (Dos Amantes has great flavor) 3 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend preferred) 8-12 flour tortillas Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 2 tsps of olive oil. Simmer the onions and cook until soft. Stir often. Combine the chicken and the onions in the pan. Stir until combined. Pour about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce…

Easy, vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl

This dish is chockfull of so many delicious flavors. From its black beans and jalapeños to the green chilis and cumin, it’s a fun Mexican dish with a twist. It has a hint of heat and a bit of tanginess from the lime, too. It’s a great healthy alternative to taco salad. The quinoa makes this dish so filling, and the cumin and beans makes it so satisfying, you’ll never even notice meat is missing. You could even serve this mix on a bed of fresh greens for extra nutrition. vegetarian Mexican quinoa bowl Serves: about 6 Ingredients 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinse and drained 1 cup corn kernels, canned or frozen 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 can (4.5 oz), diced green chilis 1 small jalapeño, minced 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp salt + a pinch 1/4 tsp pepper 1 lime, quartered…

Where to get free tacos on National Taco Day, Oct. 4

Americans love tacos. We ate 4.5 billion of them last year — that’s 490,000 miles of tacos! But like so many foods, the origins of the taco are unknown. Some historians theorize they date to the 18th century silver mines in Mexico, because the word “taco” referred to the charges the miners would use to excavate ore. These pieces of paper were wrapped around gunpowder and inserted into holes cared into the rock — Not totally unlike a delicious flour tortilla wrapped around perfectly seasoned beef, cheese and tomatoes and inserted into your mouth. Whatever it’s origins, here are places you can celebrate National Taco Day, Oct. 4 on the cheap: Baja Fresh: JoinClub Baja and get a free taco. Chuy’s Tex-Mex: The Austin, Texas-based chain will give away a crispy beef taco with any order for $1. Chuy’s is also offering $1 Mexican beers. Del Taco: Raving Fan club members get two free…