Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com The Official Blog of Hamilton Beach® Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/02/05/slow-cooker-mississippi-roast/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/02/05/slow-cooker-mississippi-roast/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:22:26 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=7063 Mississippi Roast (otherwise known as the roast that broke the internet) is a simple but unbelievably delicious pot roast recipe that originated in Ripley, Mississippi. Legend has it that Robin Chapman first created the now-viral one pot wonder back in the early ‘90s when trying […]

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Mississippi Roast (otherwise known as the roast that broke the internet) is a simple but unbelievably delicious pot roast recipe that originated in Ripley, Mississippi. Legend has it that Robin Chapman first created the now-viral one pot wonder back in the early ‘90s when trying to make roast beef a little more appetizing for her children. The popular recipe includes ingredients you might not think to combine but results in a silky, buttery pot roast perfect for a family meal, potluck or as next-day sandwiches.

Mississippi Roast

The recipe for Mississippi pot roast, along with adaptations and variations, are all over the internet. Because our Pinterest feed is a never-ending barrage of appetizing roast, we gave into temptation and made our own version. Laurie in the test kitchen was quick to come up with a slow cooker recipe using ingredients we already had on hand, and you can make substitutions in your versions, too. After all, that’s how Robin Chapman turned an ordinary roast beef into an internet sensation.

The original Mississippi roast recipe uses pepperoncini peppers to add a kick of vinegary spice to the dish. We had a jar of hot banana peppers in the pantry, and we figured we’d try those instead. It also calls for a packet of au jus gravy mix, but we substituted with onion soup mix.

Mississippi Roast

The nice thing about this rich roast is that it can be served a variety of ways – over mashed potatoes, egg noodles or on slider buns with extra peppers. It works as a weeknight meal, weekend feast or gameday party food. And it goes to show a little improvisation in the kitchen can turn an everyday recipe into an absolute hit.

Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon coarse pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 3 to 4 pounds beef chuck roast
  5. 1/4 cup butter
  6. 1 cup beef broth
  7. 1 package (2 ounces) onion soup mix
  8. 1 package (1 ounce) ranch dressing mix
  9. 1 jar (12 ounce) sliced hot banana peppers
Instructions
  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, add flour, pepper and salt. Seal and shake. Add meat to bag, then shake to coat with flour mixture.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high, melt butter. Add meat, cooking about 5 to 6 minutes on each side until golden brown. Place in slow cooker crock.
  3. Pour remaining flour mixture, broth, soup and dressing mix over meat, then top with peppers.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 8 to 9 hours until meat is cooked and can be shredded.
  5. Remove meat to a cutting board. Shred meat with two forks.
  6. Add meat back into the crock. Stir until well blended.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes or on slider buns.
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Mardi Gras is a holiday that is all about eating the rich, fatty foods that are often given up for Lent. It should truly be every baker’s (and eater’s) favorite holiday! Throw your diet out with some beads – it’s Mardi Gras time!

The most popular Mardi Gras dessert is King Cake, a bready, cinnamon roll-esque cake decorated in the bold, festive colors of Mardi Gras. This year, I reached beyond King Cake to create a new Mardi Gras tradition.

2-Way FlexBrew

Café au Lait mini cakes are loaded with New Orleans’s famous Café Du Monde coffee and chicory and filled with vanilla buttercream. These cakes are like little tastes of a New Orleans morning, bursting with the flavors of coffee and cream.

2-Way FlexBrew Coffee

I used the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffee Maker to make the coffee for this cake. Since I often use brewed coffee in my baking, I love that this coffee maker has the ability to brew a big pot of coffee or just a little bit. Using the FlexBrew, I could actually brew just the amount of coffee that I needed for this recipe directly into into my liquid measuring cup! There is an option to use a K-Cup® single-serve pack or ground coffee – so much flexibility!

Cafe Au Lait Mini Cakes

I chose to do an understated decoration of powdered sugar for these cakes. Eating one would be a peaceful way to begin a Carnival day or to wind down after Mardi Gras festivities. However, if the mood strikes you, go ahead and decorate them with a glaze and colored sugars just as you would a King Cake.

Cafe Au Lait Mini Cakes

Tip: I liked the powdered sugar look on these mini cakes, but if you are a glaze fan, I highly suggest brewing a little more coffee than this recipe calls for and using it to make coffee-flavored glaze like the one I use on my mocha donut holes.

Café au Lait Mini Cakes
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1 ¾ cups sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 ½ cups cake flour, not self-rising
  6. ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  9. 1 cup brewed coffee, ideally Café Du Monde Coffee and Chicory
  10. 1 recipe vanilla bean buttercream frosting or your favorite vanilla frosting
  11. Powdered sugar, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs, one at a time.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together, cake flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  5. Stir espresso powder into brewed coffee to dissolve.
  6. Alternately add flour mixture and coffee to butter mixture in three additions, mixing until just
  7. combined after each addition.
  8. Grease mini Bundt pans and fill ¾ full with batter.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a Bundt comes out clean.
  10. Cool on counter for five minutes and then invert onto a sheet of parchment to continue cooling.
  11. Once cool, pipe frosting into the center of each Bundt and dust Bundts with powdered sugar.
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It’s Carnival Season in the bayou and we’ve compiled our favorite recipes to help you celebrate Mardi Gras.

Buttermilk Pancakes with EverythingButtermilk Pancakes with Everything from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.”  In some cultures, pancakes are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday. Our Buttermilk Pancakes with Everything would be the perfect Fat Tuesday indulgence. Whether you eat pancakes plain or with blueberries, pecans, chocolate chips or pistachios, you’ll find a way to make this recipe your own. Go ahead and treat yourself, it’s Mardi Gras after all.

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

You can recreate this New Orleans favorite at home in your slow cooker, making a seemingly complicated meal come together in just a few easy steps. Our Slow Cooker Jambalaya combines shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken thighs and rice with an array of spices to make this hearty, Creole classic.

King Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

King Cake is a braided and iced cinnamon-roll style dough ring often associated with Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations in New Orleans. Traditionally, the cakes are glazed and then dusted with bright, colorful sugar in yellow, green and purple, said to stand for power, justice and faith, respectively. The cake is often adorned with a small plastic baby said to bring good luck to whomever is served the charm in their slice of cake. Make this festive Mardi Gras King Cake and buy decorations to match for your Mardi Gras party.

Fried Okra with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Fried Okra from Food Focus: Okra by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach

Okra is a staple ingredient of southern cuisine. In the South, “okra” is synonymous with “fried okra.” Fried okra is an absolute treat, especially when spiced and served with a delicious dipping sauce, but there are many other ways to enjoy okra. Okra can be roasted, added to stews and curries, pickled, and added to a Cajun classic, gumbo. This Fried Okra with Spicy Dipping Sauce is a crowd-pleasing appetizer for any Mardi Gras gathering.

 

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Did you know you can cook pasta in the slow cooker?  We took raw pasta shells and cooked them directly in the slow cooker for our Stuffed Shells with Spinach.

Stuffed Shells with Spinach

We started with large uncooked pasta shells and filled them with a combination of frozen spinach, mozzarella cheese, creamy ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, fresh garlic and Italian seasoning. Use a spoon and to fill the shells with the cheese mixture. We found that running the shells under warm water for a few seconds helps to soften them, making them easier to fill. Once the shells are filled, layer them directly in the crock. Top the first layer with extra tomato sauce (use homemade or your favorite jarred variety from the grocery store) and cheese. Add another layer of shells and close the lid.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells

Once the pasta is cooked, sprinkle a little more cheese on top, garnish with fresh parsley and dinner is served. Not only is this an easy meal to make, it’s a simple way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. Serve with garlic bread or a salad for an well-rounded Italian dinner.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Shells with Spinach

 

Stuffed Shells with Spinach
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  2. 1 container (12 ounces) ricotta cheese
  3. 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  4. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  7. 28 jumbo pasta shells
  8. 2 jars (24 ounces each) marinara sauce
  9. Chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir spinach, ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, garlic and Italian seasoning.
  2. Divide and fill each shell with ricotta mixture.
  3. Add 3 cups sauce to the bottom of the crock.
  4. Place 14 stuffed shells in the bottom of the crock. Spoon 2 cups marinara sauce over shells.
  5. Top with remaining stuffed shells and sauce.
  6. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 until shells are cooked. Remove lid and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over shells. Wait 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley.
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Chicken Wings for the Big Game http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/02/01/wings-for-the-big-game/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/02/01/wings-for-the-big-game/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:03 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6732 What goes better with football than chicken wings? Whether you like your wings so spicy they make you sweat or the sweeter varieties, you’ll find the perfect recipe you and your guests will surely enjoy at your next watch party. Throw on your jersey, grab […]

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What goes better with football than chicken wings? Whether you like your wings so spicy they make you sweat or the sweeter varieties, you’ll find the perfect recipe you and your guests will surely enjoy at your next watch party. Throw on your jersey, grab tons of napkins, and dig in.

Buffalo Chicken WingsBuffalo Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York is renowned as the birthplace of the Buffalo wing. The recipe for authentic Buffalo wings comes down to a few must-haves: cayenne pepper hot sauce, butter and deep fried chicken wings. Our Buffalo Chicken Wings include those three ingredients along with a dash of garlic powder. This classic game-day dish is sure to be the delicious, albeit messy, star of your next watch party.

Slow Cooker Korean WingsSlow Cooker Korean Chicken Wings from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We love the idea of making chicken wings in the slow cooker. Not only is there minimal clean up, you can attend to your guests while the wings cook instead of standing over the stove or deep fryer. These Slow Cooker Korean Wings are great, especially for those who find spicy Buffalo wings too hot or intense. They have a mild-to-medium, sweet taste with a blend of Korean flavors like honey, soy, sesame and ginger. You can eat your fair share without burning your mouth, and you don’t even need a separate dipping sauce – though they are good with the traditional blue cheese side.

Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

 Grilled Chicken Wings

Brave the great outdoors for these Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings. Combining hot sauce, poultry seasoning, black pepper and fresh garlic adds the perfect amount of heat to these wings. Serve them alongside your favorite blue cheese dressing and celery. You could also use one of our indoor grills for this recipe – just disregard the wood chip instructions on the recipe.

Slow Cooker Sticky Jalapeño Hot Wings

Sticky Jalapeno Hot Wings and other Football Tailgating Recipe Ideas from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

These Slow Cooker Sticky Jalapeño Hot Wings are the perfect wings for those who prefer a spicier variety. The fresh jalapeño and dry mustard in the wing sauce add an extra kick. The best part? The sauce you baste these wings in can also act as a dipping sauce, saving you time in the kitchen and freeing up more time to concentrate on the big game.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Big Game http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/29/buffalo-chicken-dip-for-the-big-game/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/29/buffalo-chicken-dip-for-the-big-game/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:31 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6471 The big game is right around the corner and no watch party is complete without the perfect game day dip – or dips (plural) if your family, like mine, agrees you can never have too much melted cheese on the table. With a packed house […]

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The big game is right around the corner and no watch party is complete without the perfect game day dip – or dips (plural) if your family, like mine, agrees you can never have too much melted cheese on the table.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

With a packed house full of friends and family ready to watch the big game, you can’t go wrong with this Buffalo Chicken Dip. It’s spicy, it’s simple, it’s delicious.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Use a 1.5 quart slow cooker (we used the Party Crock Slow Cooker) and let the cheeses meld with the chicken and spicy hot sauce while you wait for kickoff. Serve alongside celery sticks, crackers or tortilla chips for an added crunch then throw on your jersey, find the nearest recliner and enjoy the game! I can assure you this dip will be gone well before the halftime show. 

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
  2. 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken from Slow Cooker Buffalo Sliders
  3. 1/3 cup hot sauce
  4. 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  5. Sliced green onions
  6. Celery
  7. Crackers
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker crock, add cream cheese, chicken, hot sauce and blue cheese.
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or LOW for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Garnish with green onions and serve with celery and crackers.
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Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Soup http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/27/roasted-cauliflower-with-curry-soup/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/27/roasted-cauliflower-with-curry-soup/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:00:48 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6615 Cauliflower is quickly earning its place among popular, nutrient-rich superfoods. Not only is cauliflower a versatile vegetable, it is wonderful source of vitamin C. This Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Soup is figure-friendly and provides the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day.  […]

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Cauliflower is quickly earning its place among popular, nutrient-rich superfoods. Not only is cauliflower a versatile vegetable, it is wonderful source of vitamin C.

This Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Soup is figure-friendly and provides the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day. 

Roasted Cauliflower and Curry Soup

We roasted the cauliflower with garlic and olive oil before adding it to a dutch oven with vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Roasting cauliflower brings out a nutty flavor in the vegetable and adds color by browning the off-white edges. Adding a touch of spicy curry powder to the mixture perfectly compliments the mild cauliflower while a sprinkle of roasted red pepper flakes adds a little heat.

After the ingredients heat up in the dutch oven, a portion is blended until smooth. The leftover cauliflower mixture is combined with the puree for added texture then topped with a swirl of yogurt and fresh parsley to brighten the flavor. 

Roasted Cauliflower and Curry Soup

This lusciously creamy soup is a must try during soup season.

Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Soup
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large head (about 2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into small florets
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 4 cups chicken broth
  6. 1 teaspoon curry powder
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  9. 1/2 teaspoon coarse pepper
  10. Plain Greek yogurt
  11. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large baking pan, add cauliflower, onion and garlic. Drizzle olive oil over cauliflower mixture and stir.
  3. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned.
  4. In a dutch oven over medium heat, add cauliflower mixture, broth, curry powder, salt, crushed red pepper and black pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Remove 4 cups cauliflower mixture and add to a blender jar. Cover and blend on HIGH until pureed.
  7. Return mixture back to dutch oven. Stir until well blended.
  8. Serve with yogurt and chopped cilantro.
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Slow Cooker White Chicken and Corn Chili http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/25/slow-cooker-white-chicken-and-corn-chili/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/25/slow-cooker-white-chicken-and-corn-chili/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:30:33 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6461 In the dead of winter, there is nothing more comforting than coming home to a steaming bowl of chili. Instead of combining ground beef with a typical thick, tomato base, this white chicken and corn chili is a healthier, lighter take on a winter classic. […]

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In the dead of winter, there is nothing more comforting than coming home to a steaming bowl of chili. Instead of combining ground beef with a typical thick, tomato base, this white chicken and corn chili is a healthier, lighter take on a winter classic.

Slow Cooker White Chicken and Corn Chili

Mashing white kidney beans with a fork before adding them to the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients adds texture and heartiness to this trimmed-down chili. The boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a healthy, lean protein that won’t leave you missing the ground chuck. While this chili cuts corners in the calorie department, it sure doesn’t skimp on flavor – jalapeños and a bit of cayenne pepper add just the right amount of kick.

White Chicken and Corn Chili

Sprinkle shredded cheese on top (even slimmed-down chili needs cheese), serve with your favorite tortilla chips, find the fuzziest blanket, and enjoy the perfect accompaniment to a frigid winter night.

Slow Cooker White Chicken and Corn Chili
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  2. 2 cans (15 oz. each) diced tomatoes
  3. 2 cans (15 oz. each) cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  4. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  5. 1 small onion, chopped
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed, minced
  8. 1 package (16 oz.) frozen corn
  9. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  10. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  12. 1 teaspoon salt
  13. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  14. 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Mash 1/2 cup of cannellini beans with fork.
  2. Place all ingredients (except cheese) including mashed beans in slow cooker and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  4. Top with shredded cheddar cheese before serving.
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Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/21/slow-cooker-chocolate-cherry-pineapple-dump-cake/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2016/01/21/slow-cooker-chocolate-cherry-pineapple-dump-cake/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:00:05 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=6559 Baking can sometimes be intimidating, stressful, and most of all, messy. We love the idea of using a slow cooker as a baking vessel. For this slow cooker dump cake there is no need to dirty your bowls, mixers, or pans. Just add ingredients and […]

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Baking can sometimes be intimidating, stressful, and most of all, messy. We love the idea of using a slow cooker as a baking vessel. For this slow cooker dump cake there is no need to dirty your bowls, mixers, or pans. Just add ingredients and impatiently wait for your rich, moist dessert.

Layer canned tart cherries and sweet pineapple with mini chocolate chips and boxed vanilla cake mix in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Cook until the center of the cake is set (about 3-4 hours). Serve with whipped cream or let ice cream melt over the top of this mouth-watering cake. This fruity dump cake will leave your kitchen clean and your sweet tooth satisfied. Find your biggest spoon, dig in, and enjoy.

Slow Cooker Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

 

Slow Cooker Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (14.5 oz.) dark tart cherries in water
  2. 1 can (8 oz.) chunk pineapple in juice
  3. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  4. 1 package (15 oz.) vanilla cake mix
  5. 1/2 cup butter, sliced
  6. Whipped cream or ice cream
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray. In crock, layer cherries, pineapple, mini chocolate chips and cake mix.
  2. Top cake mix with butter slices.
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours or until center of cake is set.
  4. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
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I could eat Mexican food all day, everyday – anytime, anyplace. While tacos and enchiladas are simple staples to incorporate into your weekly dinner menu, why not try turning your favorite Mexican entrée up a notch? We used a deep fryer to fry these loaded chimichangas at home, adding the same texture and crunch that you’d find if you ordered the dish at your favorite Mexican restaurant.

Chicken Chimichangas with Ranchero Sauce

Making these chimichangas is a step-by-step process, so get the whole family involved. First, sauté green peppers, onions and garlic. Combine half of the cooked mixture with shredded chicken and green chiles in a bowl. Cut down on your cooking time by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken and shredding it by hand or cooking a few chicken breasts a day or two ahead of time and saving them in the refrigerator.

Chicken Chimichangas with Ranchero Sauce

Mix refried beans with salsa and spread on the bottom half of a tortilla. Spoon the chicken mixture above the refried beans, and top with cheese (swap out cheddar with Monterey Jack for an added kick).  Then fold in the sides of tortillas to enclose the filling. Fold over the top and bottom edges of tortillas, making rectangles and secure the tortillas with toothpicks. Deep fry the filled tortillas for about five minutes, or until golden brown.

Chicken Chimichangas with Ranchero Sauce

Top with homemade spicy ranchero sauce, made by combining fire-roasted tomatoes, the previously sautéed  onion mixture, cilantro, chili powder, and cumin in food processor and blending until smooth. A dolop of sour cream, shredded cheese and cilantro finish the dish. Put chips and salsa on the table and dig into these crispy delights.

Chicken Chimichangas with Ranchero Sauce
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 medium onions, chopped
  3. 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  6. 1 can (2 ounces) chopped green chilies
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder, divided
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans
  11. 1/2 cup medium salsa
  12. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  13. 8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  14. Vegetable oil for frying
  15. 1 can (15 ounces) fire-roasted tomatoes
  16. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  17. 1 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat butter. Add the onions, green pepper and garlic. Saute' until onions are translucent and green pepper is tender, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, half of onion mixture, green chilies, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin. In a small bowl, combine refried beans and 1/2 cup salsa.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup refried bean mixture on bottom half of each tortilla. Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture below center of each tortilla; top with 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold in 2 sides of tortillas to enclose filling. Fold over top and bottom edges of tortillas, making rectangles. Secure with wooden picks.
  4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Fry chimichangas 1 to 2 at a time, turning once, until golden brown about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  5. To make the Ranchero Sauce, place tomatoes, remaining onion mixture and cilantro, remaining chili powder and cumin in food processor. Blend until smooth.
  6. Serve chimichangas with sauce, sour cream, additional cheese and cilantro.
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