Pork Carnitas

pork carnitas

Have you ever seen a photo of a recipe on Pinterest that looked amazing.  Totally drool worthy and you couldn’t wait to try it?  If you’re lucky it tastes half as good as the photo looks. Except of course if you are trying one of my recipes! Today’s recipes is one of “those” recipes.  Not only did it taste half as good as the photo looked it tasted just as good if not better than the photo looked.  The photo looked pretty good.  Today’s recipe is from my friend Martha [Continue Reading...]

Baked Tacos

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This week’s quick and easy dinner is a quick one!  One of my go to meals when the kids were young were tacos.  I, also, remember it being one of my mom’s go to meals.  It doesn’t get much easier than browning up some meat, adding in a packet of seasoning and wrapping it in a tortilla! The only problem was, I am a crispy taco shell girl.  You know, the kind you bake in the oven first.  The only problem though is the entire shell cracks and falls apart [Continue Reading...]

Brisket Tacos with Mango BBQ Sauce in the Crock Pot

Brisket Tacos with Mango BBQ Sauce

I think I have finally embraced my crock pot. I am not sure why it has taken me so long.   I keep thinking about all the years I have missed out on of enjoying the ease of having dinner cooking first thing in the morning and not having to stress mid afternoon about what I’m going to fix!  I may be slow but I eventually get there! Today’s recipe for Brisket Tacos with Mango BBQ Sauce in the Crock Pot uses one of my favorite cuts of meat.  I love [Continue Reading...]

Taco Bake Recipe

Taco Bake Recipe

I think every mom has their “Go To” dinner recipes.  I know I do. Now that we are empty nesters (except for this summer thank goodness!) my “Go To” dinner recipe is sometimes take out!! But when I was a mom of four little kids those go to recipes usually included Boboli pizza, BBQ Chicken Wingettes and tacos. I remember one of my mom’s go to recipes was also tacos.  We like those crispy shells. Earlier this week I was feeling pretty uninspired in regards to what to have for [Continue Reading...]

Carne Asada

Carne Asada

I love when my blog readers write to me and share recipes. I also love it when they write asking me if I have a certain recipe on the blog.  A few weeks ago a reader wrote asking if I had a carne asada recipe on the blog.  I don’t, which is surprising as it is one of my favorite things to order when we go out for Mexican food.  I love the challenge of recreating my favorite restaurant meals at home.  So I took on the challenge to find [Continue Reading...]

Cinco de Mayo Favorites


Just a quick post today to share some recipes that just might come in handy for Cinco de Mayo this week (that would  be May 5th for us non-Spanish speakers) You could start dinner out with a nice yummy bowl of guacamole. Or a nice Mexican Layered Dip For your main dish there are lots of choices! Fajitas are a favorite at our house, both beef fajitas and chicken fajitas And there are enchiladas.  One way I like my enchiladas is as an enchilada casserole. Honey Lime Enchiladas are amazing [Continue Reading...]

Flat Bread Tacos

Flatbread Tacos

When my kids were little I had my list of “go to” meals.  Things we had over and over again.  I didn’t try new recipes and experiment as much back then as I do now.  I just wanted to get dinner on the table! One of our standard meals was tacos.  It was quick and it was easy – a pound of hamburger, some pre made crispy taco shells and a few toppings.  For my kids it was basically ketchup and grated cheese! Today’s recipe is a stepped up version of those tacos.  [Continue Reading...]

Shredded Beef Tacos

Shredded Beef Tacos

I often get requests for recipes that are good to serve to a crowd (maybe it’s all that cooking I’ve done for various church functions).  Two of my favorite recipes to recommend are ones I have featured here on the blog – Cafe Rio Pork and Costa Vida Chicken. They both make a lot and they can both be done in the crock-pot which makes things easy.  I have been searching for a 3rd recipe to round off this group – a beef taco recipe that could also be done in the crock-pot.  [Continue Reading...]

Skirt Steak Tacos

skirt steak tacos

One of my favorite cuts of meat is skirt steak.  I like it for a couple of reasons - it’s inexpensive and  it cooks up fast on the barbecue. It is not a very tender cut of meat so it definitely needs a little help from a marinade – the longer you can marinade it for the better.  The ideal is to marinade for 24 hours but that would require remembering to do it and planning ahead – I usually do it  3-4 hours ahead.  The meat is definitely more tender the longer it marinades. [Continue Reading...]