Tag Archives: Cal-Mex cuisine

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Jan had brought some ghost chili products back from a trip to Monterey. As a result, I was doing a Cal-Mex cuisine Sunday dinner. I did not want the usual beans and rice, so I decided to make enchiladas.

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

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Karl’s Chile Chicken Spice Blend

I had run out of my usual four chile chili powder, so I threw together a new blend for my chicken soup. Continue reading

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Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

I used canned beans for quick weekday chili. Cook’s Illustrated has identified Goya as the best brand of canned beans, because they are processed fresh in the fields, instead of laying around in storage for an unknown length of time. This is more of a weekend variation on the theme.

Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

Karl’s Weekend Beef Meatball Chili

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Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

I had made a chili chicken for Sunday’s dinner and had plenty of chicken to work with in making other meals. If the chicken is already cooked, tacos are a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you have not roasted a chicken, a deli chicken  makes a good substitute.

Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

Karl’s Leftover Chicken Fajita Tacos

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Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

I had made a chile chicken and was kind of locked into recipes South of the Border for my leftover dishes. To season my chicken tacos and chili chicken soup, I made a batch of chili powder. This was enough seasoning for both dishes.

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

Karl’s Four Chile Chili Powder

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Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

This Sunday is son-in-law Chris’ birthday. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip and the main course. Santa Maria-Style beans are a required side dish for this main dish.

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

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Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn

One thing that son-in-law Chris requested for his birthday meal was corn on the cob. I am making beef and beans, so I though some chili powder would be the spice to use. Since I was making a big pot of Santa Maria beans, I did not want a whole ear per person, cutting them into quarter seemed the solution.

Karl's Grilled Chili Corn

Karl’s Grilled Chili Corn

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Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

While I like slow cooked chili with tender chunks of beef, I sometimes just want a quick meal for a weekday. While I have been known to simply use a brand name chili, sometimes I like to go just a step further. This may take a few more minutes than simply opening a can, but the flavor is worth the effort.

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

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Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

Chili powder—as a blend of spices—is composed chiefly of chile peppers and mixed with other spices including cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. While there is some agreement about which spices this blend should contain, the amount of each is a matter for debate. This is not improved by the linguistic confusion between “chili powder”—as a blend of spices—and the “chili powder”—as in powdered dried chilies—used in those blends. In addition to the basic ingredients, some add other herbs and spices and still call it “chili powder.”

Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

Karl’s Quick Chili Powder

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Karl’s Weekday Tacos al Pastor (Two Versions)

For weekday meals I sometimes take shortcuts, like buying pre-seasoned meat from an ethnic market. Being Californians, tacos are very popular in my house, but when I take short cuts I usually do not post about it.  However, this one has been requested. If you happen to have a Hispanic market near you, like Chavez Market, these tacos are worth a few short cuts.

Karl’s Weekday Tacos al Pastor

Karl’s Weekday Tacos al Pastor

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