Mexican

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Pozole

Many Mexican dishes are perfect for the slow cooker as they require braising or roasting of meats, which adapt very well to crock pot cooking. I have yet to make this the traditional way, but if the slow cooker is any indication, this is a nice addition to your Mexican recipes. Traditionally eaten during the Christmas season, I find this soup/stew adapts easily to warm weather due to its cooling condiments. I have replaced the traditional hominy with fresh corn which makes it even more appealing in warmer weather.

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Drinks, Drinks, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita Protein Smoothie

I took a break one afternoon from having my nose in my laptop and desperately needing to recharge. Fueled myself with this incredibly refeshing, super yummy and uber healthy protein smoothie. It was the last week of Jazz Fest and I was daydreaming about the last time I was at this timeless music fest. Almost as memorable was finding El Gato Negro and their Pineapple-Cilantro Margarita. This is my smoothie verison and you’ll never miss the tequila (well, if it is before 5pm!).

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Mexican Margarita Cookies

I adapted The Whole Meal’s popular and healthy raw Cinnamon Raisin Cookies for my friend, Kari L., for her Cinco De Mayo get together as she wanted to highlight fresh Mexican as well as healthier, in-theme desserts. This was a hit in testing with both kids and adults as it has just the right balance of sweet and salty with a punch of lime.

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Chalupa Bowl

This is the slow cooker meat version of the popular Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl. For the meat eaters in the family, they’ll love it just as much. I love being able to use dried beans rather than canned. It’s Mexican cooking at its best, but all in the able hands of your slow cooker. Ole!

All Seasons, Fall, Main, Mexican, Seafood, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Hint O Lime Fish Tacos

Serve with black bean and corn salad-

When I travel to sunny, southern California, this is one of my favorite dishes to devour. The fresh seafood, guacamole and salsas are classic Baha cuisine, especially when sitting at an eatery on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Preparing this meal at home transports me back for one surfin’ safari night!

In the suggestions I have provided recipes to make salsa and guacamole from stratch- well worth the extra 10 minutes of preparation. Once all the ingredients are made, this is such a fun meal to eat, as each family member gets to make their own tacos. Crank up some Beach Boys and let the fun begin!

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa

Chipotle is about the only fast food that I will eat because the meats and dairy are hormone-free, they try to use as much fresh organic local produce as possible, and it tastes so good! The spicy barbacoa beef is my favorite and is perfect for cooking in a slow cooker. I searched the internet for ideas of how to recreate Chipotle’s fantastic shredded beef and ended up with this version that is pretty outstanding. Mission accomplished!

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Fajitas were originally made with skirt steak, hence, the name fajita coming from faja or “belt”. Texas ranch hands have been making them since the 1930s and the dish’s popularity is still evident in every Mexican or Tex Mex restaurant in the U.S. Skirt steak is tough and typically marinated overnight for tenderness prior to grilling, but the slow cooker automatically takes care of transforming the meat to a tender, flavorful base for this meal.

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Tacos

I am almost embarrassed to include this; it’s so easy, it’s shameful! This is my have-one-second-to put-a-meal-in-the-slow-cooker dinners. Not only can I make the taco meat in a split second and forget it all day, but everyone loves making and eating tacos! It’s such a fun meal to eat with others.

Appetizer, Bbq/Grilling, Chicken, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Sugar Free, Summer

Grilled Chicken Nacho Salad

My friend, Pat A., inspired me to create this recipe after she served us a white bean nacho appetizer she cooked on the grill for our girl’s night. I was intrigued with the idea of grilling a plate of nachos and boy were they good! I have made it a little healthier with homemade tortilla chips and more substantial with the addition of rotisserie chicken and homemade guacamole. Eating it as a salad gets a green side on the plate and it’s fun to eat!