Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mexican Happiness

This is a recipe that Whitney has been making for quite awhile, she said it was inspired by a roommate's cooking, but she added her own combination of ingredients. It has a real latin american flavor, and it tastes wonderful! Whitney wanted me to make sure that I made it clear that you could use the base in any sort of way, either as taco filling, with chips, with whatever! Enjoy playing with it!

Creating the Base

1/2 lb. of ground beef
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 can of northern white beans (I think hominy might taste good here)
1 pint of medium salsa
Garlic Salt
Chili Powder
Ground Red Pepper

In a non-stick skillet, brown the beef over medium heat. Mix some garlic salt (a teaspoon or so) into the beef as it is browning.

Once the beef is browned, add the cans of corn, beans, and salsa. Stir to combine.

Now to try and explain Whitney's method of spicing. I asked her for specific measurements, but she has no idea! So here's how she does it: When she's adding a spice, she sprinkles it completely over the top of the mix, stirs it in and then tastes it to see if she's added enough. It usually takes two to three tries of that to get it right. She does say that she added a little more garlic salt, and not very much ground red pepper.

Let it simmer until the flavors combine, a nice juicy forms with it, and it looks like this:

The way we arranged the Mexican Happiness tonight is that we made homemade tortillas to use as a base for tostadas. We then added shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and grated cheese. Another favorite is to put the base in a bowl, add the shredded cheese, and eat it with corn chips.


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