Texas Caviar will bring Olé raves at your next party or sporting event. This Tex-Mex style of salsa includes beans and white corn, along with the other traditional salsa ingredients of tomatoes, onions, chiles, and cilantro. Here, the chosen beans are canned black-eyed peas, so you can easily put this together. Make it a couple of days in advance so the flavors can meld. Serve with tortilla chips, and you have a crowd-pleasing party appetizer with little effort.
Gold Potato Pie may well be my favorite potato side dish and will soon become yours. Thin slices of Yukon Gold potatoes are layered into a pie and baked swimming in a garlic Parmesan sauce. It is a nice change from the usual mashed potatoes, and it may be made in advance if need be. If you want to jazz it up a bit, add some chopped ham or bacon bits.
Southwest Potato Frittata will make you want to have breakfast for dinner. Corn, chiles, olives, roasted red peppers, and cilantro give a Southwestern flair to this easy-to-make frittata. Although perfect for breakfast or brunch, this dish is rich and hearty enough for a main meal.
Chicken, Sausage, and Black Olives makes a deliciously different main dish to shake up your humdrum dinner routine. It may seem like a strange combination, but this is so good! The dish is further enhanced with garlic, sweet bell peppers, sweet onion, mushrooms, and just a hint of licorice flavor from tarragon. Serve over rice for a hearty and tasty meal. Did I mention it is fast and easy to make? It is!
Southwestern Taco Soup will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Imagine all of your favorite Mexican flavors in a hearty bowl of soup. It is filling enough to make a meal of on its own.
Chicken Meatball Chili Soup comes to the rescue for families with picky eaters. Herbs and spices transform boring ground chicken to bites of delight, bursting with flavor. Kids love the little meatballs. It tastes even better the next day so feel free to make it ahead.
Hamburgers Diane is a budget-friendly version of a gourmet restaurant treat. Steak Diane is a beloved dish served at the finest restaurants, but it can be quite expensive. This is an easy version using ground beef patties with a similar rich mushroom wine sauce. The flavor is gourmet enough to please even the most discriminating palate.
Hearty Pork Stew takes an inexpensive Boston butt roast and turns it into a robust meal in a bowl, fortified with a satisfying array of vegetables. It is a great way to stretch your meat budget while bringing smiles to the family’s taste buds.