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Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Chicken Enchilada Casserole)

One of my wife’s go to asks for dinners is tacos, but I get tired of these—no matter how good.  As an alternative, we finally agreed on enchiladas. One problem that I have always had was that even though the enchiladas looked good in the pan, they tended to fall to pieces as you try to transfer them to a plate. There had to be a better way.

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Chicken Enchilada Casserole)

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Chicken Enchilada Casserole)

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Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

I have posted weekday chili before (1 & 2), but my followers will know that I can rarely make the same dish the same way twice. This time I did not want to make a huge pot of beans, just enough for 4-5 person/meals. I have stripped down the ingredients list, but recently I have discovered that adding some Better than Bouillon greatly enhances the flavor of soups and stews.

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili III

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Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole)

Several weeks ago I made enchiladas. I made the recipe basically the way my mother, Claudia, made enchiladas. One problem that I had was that even though the enchiladas looked good in the pan, they tended to fall to pieces as you try to transfer them to a plate, leaving an unattractive mess. There had to be a better way.

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna (Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole)

Karl’s Mexican Lasagna
Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

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Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

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Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

It is always a challenge to decide what to make for Christmas Eve dinner. I have done lamb, crab & lobster bisque, and last year I made tamales—since Jan discovered that she is a quarter Cora, we have been trending toward Mexican cuisine in our Christmas celebrations. This year, Miriam asked for tri-tip tacos—and tacos call out for beans.

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

Karl’s Christmas Tri-tip Tacos

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Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

I am making tri-tip tacos for Christmas and tacos call for beans. I made these a few months ago and they were very popular with my family. The term “drunken” implies that you are using a large amount of an alcoholic beverage in the dish. The trick to keeping it from tasting “boozy” is to cook off the alcohol before adding any water.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

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Karl’s Drunken Chicken Mole

Since Jan discovered she is ¼ Cora23&Me, long story—she has become interested in discovering what that means. She has taken an interest in learning Spanish and is taking Mexican food far more seriously. For her birthday, she asked for chicken mole.

Karl’s Drunken Chicken Mole

Karl’s Drunken Chicken Mole

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Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

When Jan asked for chicken mole for her birthday, the email at the top of my list was from America’s Test Kitchen with a video about chicken mole and drunken beans. The beans sounded like a good side dish for the mole, so I decided to make it myself.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

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Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing

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Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

Technique drawn from Mel’s Kitchen Café

I am making Jan’s birthday dinner of chicken mole and drunken beans. We are having company so I decided to add a rice dish. Jan is pushing me to use more “low glycemic” starches in my diet so I made it with brown rice.

Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II

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