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Mexican Street Corn Turkey Burgers

Mexican turkey burgers are covered in cotija cheese, guacamole and grilled Mexican street corn for a flavorful summer burger recipe!

Mexican turkey burgers are covered in cotija cheese, guacamole and grilled Mexican street corn for a flavorful summer burger recipe!

Thanks to my friends at Jennie-O for sponsoring this post!

Mexican Street Corn is hard to beat, it’s creamy, spicy and so flavorful!

So, what happens when you top Mexican Turkey Burgers with Mexican Street Corn?! You get one seriously delicious burger recipe!

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Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

Yesterday was “Taco Tuesday” so I decided to combine two of the most trendy ingredients of the summer, salmon and chipotle, in a new dish!

Salmon is the superfood fish that is packed with Omega 3’s which help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, while keeping your mind sharp and skin glowing! This colorful and vitamin-rich fish has been one of the most searched foods of the summer and I just so happen to think that I’ve created the perfect salmon recipe!

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Fajita Meatball Sliders

You’re going to love these fajita meatball sliders on Hawaiian rolls with pepper jack cheese & creamy guacamole! They’re easy to make in under an hour!

You're going to love these fajita meatball sliders on hawaiian rolls with pepper jack cheese & creamy guacamole! They're easy to make in under 30 minutes!

Today’s post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian! Thanks for sponsoring today’s post and for providing the world with super yummy Hawaiian rolls! 

I’m here to let you in on a little secret, King’s Hawaiian makes Jalapeno Rolls that are now sold in grocery stores nationwide!

That’s right, those deliciously sweet little rolls that we’ve all come to know and love are now available with a little kick, and let me know tell you, the combination of sweet and spicy makes me SO happy!

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Breakfast Taquitos

Breakfast Taquitos are the perfect easy breakfast recipe, made with chorizo, or soyrizo for vegetarians, scrambled eggs & pepper jack cheese!

Breakfast Taquitos are the perfect easy breakfast recipe, made with chorizo, or soyrizo for vegetarians, scrambled eggs & pepper jack cheese!

Cinco De Mayo is just a few days away and what better way to start the celebration than with your first meal of the day!

Breakfast Taquitos are so easy to make! You can even prepare them the night before, then bake them up in the morning, making the start to your day so simple!

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Buffalo Shrimp Tacos

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos are an easy weeknight meal, made in just 15 minutes! They’re also perfect for celebrating Taco Tuesday or Cinco De Mayo!

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos are an easy weeknight meal, made in just 15 minutes! They're also perfect for celebrating Taco Tuesday or Cinco De Mayo!

I’m always down for tacos, shrimp and anything with buffalo sauce, so needless to say, these buffalo shrimp tacos are my jam!

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Top 3 Grilling Menu Ideas for Summer Parties

Whether it’s a Southern Style BBQ, Mexican Fiesta or Vegetarian Cookout, these Grilling Menu Ideas will help you throw a delicious summer party!

Whether it's a Mexican Fiesta, Southern Style BBQ or Vegetarian Cookout, these Grilling Menu Ideas will help you throw a delicious summer party!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Char-Broil; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to put my new Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill to work!

This grill is packed with awesome features that make grilling so easy, including even distribution of heat, technology that prevents flare-ups and a one-touch surefire electronic ignition. With these features, I feel totally comfortable loading up the grill with several recipes knowing that they’ll each cook perfectly even, and my food will come out extra juicy!

To give you some ideas for how to use this awesome Char-Broil Grill at home, I’ve created my Top 3 Grilling Menu Ideas, starting with the Southern Style BBQ, filled with everything from lemonade (yup, grilled lemonade is a thing!) to bbq chicken, skewers, sides and dessert!

Southern Style BBQ Grilling Menu Ideas

  1. Grilled Strawberry Lemonade
  2. Grilled Peach Balsamic BBQ Chicken
  3. Garlic Lemon Grilled Asparagus
  4. Grilled Rosemary Steak & Potato Skewers
  5. Grilled Berry S’Mores

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Vegetarian Cheesy Avocado & Corn Enchiladas

The best vegetarian enchiladas ever combine two cheeses, corn & deliciously creamy avocado sauce for a mouth watering meatless Mexican recipe!

The best vegetarian enchiladas ever combine two cheeses, corn & deliciously creamy avocado sauce for a mouth watering meatless Mexican recipe!

Happy First Day of Spring and Meatless Monday! I am SO excited to share this recipe today!

What started as an experiment to make Mexican Street Corn Enchiladas a couple of weeks ago, ended up as the best vegetarian enchiladas ever!

Seriously y’all, the combination of this deliciously creamy avocado sauce with corn, pepper jack cheese and cotija cheese is seriously scrumptious!

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Make Your Own Margarita Bar

There’s nothing more fun than a make your own Margarita Bar! Create one with ease for your next party or event and impress all of your guests!

There's nothing more fun than a make your own Margarita Bar! Create one with ease for your next party or event and impress all of your guests!

Earlier this week I shared a post for how to Make Your Own Taco Bar, but it felt incomplete. Why, you ask? Because we all know you can’t have a tasty taco, without washing it down with a delicious margarita, thus I created the “Make Your Own Margarita Bar”!

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Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe is easy to prep in only 10 minutes & given a deliciously spicy kick with the addition of Sriracha!

This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe is easy to prep in only 10 minutes & given a deliciously spicy kick with the addition of Sriracha!

So far 2017 has been the year of rain in San Diego! It seems like for two weeks straight, I’ve moved from San Diego to Seattle. But I’m not complaining, this cold, rainy weather gives me the perfect excuse to stay inside, eat soup for every meal and spend hours on Pinterest!

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Slow Cooker Chorizo Corn Chili

Chorizo sausage & corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, easily whipped up with only 15 minutes of prep & perfect for cool fall & winter days!

Chorizo sausage and corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, perfect for cool fall and winter days!

It’s a rainy, cool day in San Diego, which means it’s finally starting to feel like fall, and when it comes to recipes, nothing says fall to me more than a big bowl of chili!

During the fall and winter months growing up in Oklahoma, my Mom would put on a crock pot of chili once a week, I loved smelling the delicious aromas from the chili when I arrived home from school!

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Skillet Sriracha Beef Enchiladas

This deconstructed recipe for Beef Enchiladas with creamy Sriracha sauce is made in one skillet in only 29 minutes, perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

30 Minute Skillet Sriracha Beef Enchiladas Recipe | WhitneyBond.com

Today on the blog I’m combining two of my favorite things, beef enchiladas and one pot meals!

This deconstructed version of an enchilada might not look as pretty as it’s perfectly rolled up counterpart, but the entire dish is made in only one skillet and in 29 minutes, and you just can’t beat that!

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5 Minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl

This 5 minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl recipe is a delicious, wholesome and easy lunch idea brought to you by my friends at Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea!

5 Minute Salmon Taco Rice Bowl
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While it’s true that I have only ever worked a “9-5” corporate job for three months of my life, I did spend a lot of time in college, like 7 years. During my time in college, I spent long days on campus and got so sick of eating at the same sandwich shop every day, but bringing my lunch meant, basically the same thing, bringing a sandwich or salad, every day!

I was always on the look out for something new, delicious and nutritious that I could bring to school with me, and make in just a couple of minutes, only using a microwave.

Now, I may not be in school anymore, but there are still those days where I need a go-to 5 minute lunch option when I’m running around and too busy to cook anything, and that’s where my friends at Minute® Ready to Serve Rice and Chicken of the Sea come in!

Both Minute Ready To Serve Rice cups and Chicken of the Sea Salmon pouches are wholesome, delicious ways to spice up your lunch routine!

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Baked Nacho Chicken

Creamy queso dip, black beans, jalapenos and crispy tortilla strips top this easy and scrumptious Baked Nacho Chicken Recipe, made in under an hour!

Baked Nacho Chicken Recipe

With football season back in full swing, I’ve got nachos on my mind!

After making The Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about different ways to incorporate nachos into new recipes on the blog.

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The Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos

The ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos start with a delicious slow cooked pulled pork tenderloin, topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado, jalapenos & more!

The Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos Recipe

Football season is upon us my friends! Which means it’s perfectly acceptable to eat nachos for dinner Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, am I right?! 😉

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Turkey Taco Soup

This Easy Cheesy Turkey Taco Soup recipe only requires 15 minutes of prep, then cooks in a crock pot slow cooker all day, it’s gluten free & delicious!

Cheesy Turkey Taco Soup Recipe

It’s August y’all, and with that comes back-to-school for my friends with kids!

Since I don’t have kids myself, whenever I’m brainstorming back-to-school recipes, I think of the things that I liked eating as a kid, and my Mom liked making.

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Crock-­Pot® Slow Cooker Carnitas Tostadas

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos Recipe

Is there really anything better than Fridays in the summer? How about Fridays in the summer that also include Carnitas Tostadas?! Yes, those Fridays are the best Fridays & that Friday is today!

Could I mention the word Friday anymore? Friday Friday Friday! Yes, I’m super excited that it’s Friday and I’m super excited for beach picnics this weekend and catching up with friends and enjoying the super lovely summer we’re having in San Diego, all with a side of Carnitas Tostadas!

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Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip

Cheddar & cream cheese are combined with fresh jalapeños, avocado & cilantro in this Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip recipe, perfect as a side or snack!

Slow Cooker Green Chili Queso Dip Recipe

If you thought about putting your Slow Cooker away for the summer, think again!  Summer is the perfect time to use a slow cooker because it eliminates the need to turn on the oven and heat up your entire house.

Today, I’m sharing a delicious new recipe twist on queso dip, with no velvetta or rotel required!

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Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mexican Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

BBQ’s, dinners on the patio, picnics on the beach, these are a few of the reasons I can’t stop smiling because it’s officially Summer and that means all of these things are happening on the regular!!!

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Veggie Fajita Rice Bowl

Sautéed, seasoned veggies are served on top of cilantro lime rice with fresh avocado for a flavorful, easy to make, vegan and gluten free fajita recipe!

Vegan Fajita Rice Bowl Recipe

Oh hey, it’s Whitney and I’m back with another fresh and delicious bowl recipe!

If you’re a fajita fan, you’re going to absolutely fall in love with this fajita rice bowl that is so quick and easy to make!

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Sloppy Joe Tacos

Sloppy Joe Tacos Recipe

I’m totally a sucker for a fun new Taco Tuesday recipe, and today I’ve got a really good one for you!

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Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole

Fresh blackberries & jalapenos are combined in this simple & delicious guacamole recipe that’s perfect for dipping up all summer long or serving on tacos!

Blackberry Jalapeno Guacamole Recipe

Oh hey there, it’s Whitney here, checking in from 40,000 feet in the air! Yay for Southwest In Flight WiFi!

I’m currently en route to Oklahoma to see my family and celebrate my future sister-in-laws bridal shower!

If you like fried chicken, steaks and cowboy hats, be sure to tune into my Instagram page & add me on Snapchat for all of the fun foodie Oklahoma pics!

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Ceviche Taco Bowls

Ceviche Taco Cups Recipe

Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner and I’m so excited because it’s one of my favorite foodie holidays!

Growing up in Oklahoma, I ate a lot of Tex-Mex. Now, living in San Diego, only 20 miles from the border of Mexico, I’ve had the opportunity to eat a lot of authentic Baja Mexican Food!

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Chili Lime Rice & Shrimp Taco Salad

Mexican rice & chili lime shrimp kick up the flavor in this restaurant style taco salad recipe, that’s so easy to make at home!

Chili Lime Shrimp & Rice Taco Salad Recipe

Last weekend my Dad snapchatted me a picture whipping up Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Mexican Rice, with the recipes from my blog pulled up in the background.

I know what you’re thinking, yes, my Dad is on Snapchat, and yes, my Mom is on Snapchat, and yes, they’re 60 years old! This is the direct influence of having a daughter that’s a social media enthusiast and professional food blogger. Every time my parents come to visit, I give them tutorials on the latest social media channel. They get on it and suddenly I’m getting snaps from food truck festivals, football games and road trips with geotags and Snapchat filters. The moral of this story is, my parents are not normal parents, they’re cool parents! (Mean Girls reference, anyone?!)

I might not be as cool as my parents, but I do post a lot of food (shocker, I know!) travel and general shenanigans on Snapchat, so feel free to add me, WhitneyMBond, and join the party!

Now that you know all about my parents sick Snapchat game, let’s get to cooking! 😉

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One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti

In one pot and under 30 minutes, make this scrumptious Buffalo Taco Spaghetti recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners in a hurry!

One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti Recipe

Oh hey y’all, it’s Wednesday, and if you’re ready for some mid-week deliciousness, then I have just the recipe for you!

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Cumin Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Cumin Chicken Tacos Recipe

Last weekend I joined my friends at Litehouse Foods to serve up tacos & cocktails at their booth at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim.

I had so much fun meeting their team, trying new products and sharing this super simple taco recipe with the thousands of attendees at the expo!

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Easy Mexican Sweet Potato Hash

Mexican Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

It’s Taco Tuesday folks, and to celebrate I decided to whip up this Sweet Potato Hash, toss it in a tortilla and seriously get my grub on!

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base for this delicious, vegetarian salad filled with fresh veggies & creamy avocado cilantro dressing!

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Taco Croissants

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Easy Taco Croissant Recipe

Football Playoffs officially kicked off this past weekend, which means the Big Game is less than 3 weeks away!

If you’re looking for a super simple app to serve while watching football, this taco croissant recipe is perfect!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole

This Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole recipe is easy to toss together, vegetarian & gluten free, it’s great for weekday breakfasts or weekend brunch!

Slow Cooker Mexican Egg Casserole Recipe

Happy 2016 everyone!! I’m so excited for the new year, new adventures, and of course, to introduce you all to delicious new recipes!

In 2015 the 10 most popular new recipes on the blog consisted of two gluten free Chinese favorites, three slow cooker recipes, two salads, Greek tacos, and two vegetarian recipes!

I counted down the Top 10 on Instagram, so you can check out all of the new recipes that made the cut there!

In 2016, I’d love to hear what new recipes YOU would like to see on WhitneyBond.com! More slow cooker, gluten free or vegetarian recipes? One pot meals, recipes with 5 ingredients or less, quick and easy recipes? You tell me! Comment below and let me know what new recipes you’re looking for in the new year!

To start the ball rolling, I’m sharing a new version of one of the most popular recipes of 2015 on WhitneyBond.com, Greek Eggs Crockpot Breakfast Casserole. This time, I put a Mexican spin on the recipe, while still keeping it simple, gluten free and vegetarian.

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Cheesy Taco Sausage Balls

Cheesy Taco Sausage Balls Recipe

If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s how to throw one heck of a party!

Whether it’s my annual Superbowl or Christmas/Birthday Cocktail Party, or just a random football watch party, I go all out on the food and fun!

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Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash

Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the delicious flavors of the new season!

Two of my favorite things to make during fall are chili and squash, so I’ve combined them both in this tasty & healthy new recipe!

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Mexican Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Vegetarian Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Now that we’re in the post-labor day time of year where summer isn’t quite over, but fall is right around the corner, I’ve created a recipe that combines both seasons perfectly!

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Taco Turkey Patty Melt

Taco Turkey Patty Melt Recipe

When was the last time you had a patty melt? Seriously, for me, it had been years, until I made this sandwich earlier this week!

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Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Now that summer has officially arrived, I’ve been seriously craving light, refreshing dishes, and watermelon keeps coming to mind!

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Pomegranate Mint Margarita

Pomegranate Mint Margarita Recipe

A week from today is Cinco De Mayo, it’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, because well… tacos and margaritas, yes please!

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Roasted Jalapeño Honey Carne Asada Sliders

Roasted Jalapeño Honey Carne Asada Sliders Recipe

I’m so excited to share this scrumptious new recipe while also introducing sweet & spicy Jalapeño Rolls, the newest product from my friends at King’s Hawaiian!

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Mexican Sweet Potato Salad

Mexican Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

When it comes to eating healthier, no one (especially me!) likes to compromise taste, that’s why I’m always trying to come up with healthy recipes that are still packed with flavor!

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Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto

Cilantro Lime Pesto Risotto Recipe

Yesterday I introduced this risotto recipe when I shared the recipe for Cilantro Lime Pesto featured in this dish.

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Cilantro Lime Pesto

Cilantro Lime Pesto Recipe

A couple of weeks back I checked out San Diego restaurant, Venga Venga for the first time.

Between their infused tequilas, delicious margaritas, amazing food and great service, I was so impressed with this authentic Mexican restaurant, found just north of the Mexico border in southern San Diego.

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Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole

Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole Recipe

Let me start this post by stating two facts:

  1. Tamales are really delicious.
  2. Tamales take a while to make.

Given these two facts, I decided to combine my love of tamales with my love of simplifying recipes, and made this totally scrumptious Pulled Pork Tamale Casserole!

All the deliciousness of a tamale without having to wrap up each individual tamale!

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Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchiladas

Creamy Sriracha Beef Enchilada Recipe

It’s been an entire week since my last new recipe post on LLB! Why the long wait for a delicious new recipe you ask?! Because I took my first trip to New Orleans last week with two of my best friends!

If you follow me on Instagram you got to see all of the alligator holding (yup, that happened!) beignet eating, St Patricks Day glitter throwing, tutu wearing fun!

I loved the city and the food, and was so inspired to come home and create my own spins on beignets, shrimp and grits and jambalaya!

While this particular recipe was not inspired by my trip to New Orleans, it is a recipe I’ve been planning for a while now and I couldn’t wait to get home from my trip to whip it up!

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One Pot Vegan Mexican Freekeh

In one pot, cook up a delicious vegan dinner with the superfood freekeh, beans, tomatoes, corn and Mexican spices.

One Pot Vegan Mexican Freekeh Recipe

We all love an easy one pot dish.

What’s even better than an easy one pot dish? A healthy AND easy one pot dish, packed with the hottest new superfood, Freekeh!

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Mexican Chipotle Sweet Potato Casserole

Mexican Chipotle Sweet Potato Casserole

There’s nothing I love more than a delicious slow cooked one pot meal that’s super easy to make and super healthy… which is why I’m totally obsessed with this new dish!

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Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

It’s not very often that my Mom requests a new recipe from me.  You see, she’s kind of a picky eater (and I’m being really generous with the words kind of, haha!)

While I received many great attributes from my Mom, my passion for cooking and healthy appetite to eat anything and everything delicious, was not one of them.

The one thing that she does love to eat is good Tex Mex.  Living almost her entire life in Oklahoma and Texas, this totally makes sense.  And while I’ve explored many new cuisines since moving to California, I still love me some Tex Mex!

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Cheesy Green Chili Chicken Rolled Tacos

Green Chili Chicken Rolled Tacos

Football season is officially here!!!

My beloved Oklahoma Sooners took the field for their first game of the season on Saturday and put up an impressive 48 points against Louisiana Tech, and in less than a week my San Diego Chargers will take the field against Arizona for their first regular season game.

If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you know that I’m a total football fanatic!

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Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Taco Baked Ziti with Creamy Avocado Sauce

If you’ve ever thought, “Man, oh man, I really love pasta and I really love tacos, I just can’t decide which one I love more!” Well, you don’t have to choose between the two anymore!

That’s right, I took the delicious flavors of a taco and incorporated them into this baked ziti recipe, that is not only totally scrumptious, it’s totally easy too!

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Two of my favorite salads I’ve ever made are the Quinoa Caprese Salad and Greek Quinoa Salad,  so I decided to put the healthy and popular grain to use once again in this Mexican Quinoa Salad, that is gluten free and vegan, yet packed with protein!

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Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Avocado Sriracha Sauce

Chicken Enchilada Recipe with Creamy Avocado Sriracha Sauce

A few of my recipes are completely unplanned and come out of sheer necessity to use up items in my refrigerator. These are sometimes my very best recipes.  This is one of those recipes.

I had a container full of cooked, shredded chicken leftover from making a Buffalo Chicken Frittata (recipe is in my cookbook!) for brunch last weekend. I knew I needed to use it up before heading out of town this weekend so I started to brainstorm.

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Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Mexican Chicken Salad Tacos

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! I hope you’re having a great day celebrating with tacos, sombreros and maybe some margaritas 😉

I started my Cinco De Mayo bright and early grilling  corn on my balcony at 6 AM (check out my Twitter for that pic!) while preparing for my appearance on San Diego 6 News.

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Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Roasted Poblano Corn Salsa

Remember that time I made a simple salsa to put on top of a taco and the salsa ended up being totally amazing?  Well, you probably don’t, because that time was yesterday and you’re just hearing about it for the first time, but after this post you totally will!

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Mexican Manicotti

Mexican Manicotti Recipe

All I am thinking about right now is the fact that I wish I hadn’t eaten this entire dish by myself in a matter of 24 hours.

Needless to say, it was delicious and I want more!

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5 Minute Homemade Salsa

5 Minute Homemade Salsa

I’m kind of obsessed with making everything from scratch, taco seasoning, marinara sauce, salad dressings, and the list goes on.

I’m not crazy though, I totally understand that most people don’t have the time to make every element of a meal from scratch!

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Avocado Scallop Ceviche

Avocado Scallop Ceviche

After the amazingness of my Bacon Pistachio Scallops last weekend, I went on a scallop frenzy. It was all I wanted to eat for the next three days! One of the creations that I came up with while on my “Scallop Bender” was a delicious Avocado Scallop Ceviche Recipe.

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Spicy Sausage Nacho Casserole

Spicy Sausage Nacho Casserole



I throw a lot of parties. Let’s be honest, I write a food blog for a living and love to play hostess so throwing parties is kind of my thing.

Twice a year my parties are taken to another level. Once at my Christmas/Birthday Cocktail Party, then again 2 months later at my annual Superbowl Party.

For this years Superbowl Party I decided to create a “Taco Bar” and serve four crock pots filled with delicious taco fillings including Buffalo Chicken, Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork, Vegetarian Fajita and Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip.

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Roasted Tomato Salsa

Roasted Tomato Salsa



The countdown is on, 10 days until Superbowl 2014 and what says Superbowl more than chips and salsa?

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Gluten Free Chorizo Empanadas

Gluten Free Empanadas

Truth #1: Some things are easier made gluten free than others.

Truth #2: Some things are worth the effort to be made gluten free!

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Mexican Chicken Cheesy Penne

Spicy Mexican Chicken Cheesy Penne Pasta is a simple recipe that is quick and easy to whip up for a weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes!

Spicy Mexican Chicken Cheesy Penne Pasta is a simple recipe that is quick and easy to whip up for a weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes!

It’s official y’all, (and I don’t use y’all very often, so you know I mean business 😉 ) my recipe for Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne has officially surpassed Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers as the most popular recipe of all time on the blog!

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Spicy Chorizo Mexican Lasagna

Spicy Mexican Lasagna

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After creating my delicious and super popular Mexican Stuffed Shells recipe with Barilla pasta, I couldn’t wait to come up with another great Barilla pasta recipe with a Mexican flair!

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Baked Mexican Stuffed Shells with Creamy Green Chili Sauce

Mexican Beef and Cheese Stuffed Shells

On the blog I like to use the phrase “this is seriously the best thing I’ve ever made” a lot!  I realize that I can’t claim that everything I make is the best thing ever, so for this recipe I brought in reinforcements!

Both my roommate and a good friend ate this dish and said it was the best thing they’ve ever eaten. There you go, verified, best thing ever 😉

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Vegetarian Stuffed Squash

Mexican Vegetarian Stuffed Squash

For two months now I’ve been hosting Supper Club Dinners in San Diego. For the first dinner in September I chose three dishes from my cookbook “Buffalo Style” to prepare.

For Octobers dinner I wanted to make my deliciously unique and amazing Pumpkin Enchiladas for the main course. After that was decided I knew the rest of my menu would be “Mexican Fall Inspired”.

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Grilled Vegetables with Ancho Chili Sauce

Grilled Vegetables in Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce

I’m so excited, not only to share this delicious new recipe from LLB’s 2 Year Birthday Party, but also to share a couple of party pics with all of you!

My amazing photographer Stacy did such a great job of capturing all the awesome people that came out to the party! You can check out more of her work, including weddings, art and really cute babies, on her website!

Whitney Bond and girl friends at Little Leopard Book Party

Whitney Bond and friends at Little Leopard Book Party

Thank you to everyone who came out, enjoyed the food, sipped champagne and made the party so much fun!

Now back to those veggie cups!

Vegetables in Ancho Chili Dipping Sauce

The Veggies with Ancho Chili Sauce paired perfectly with the Mini Tacos and Jicama Chips with Mango Salsa that were also served at the party. Altogether, Chef Fernanda put together a delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres! If you want to try more of her delectable creations, stop by Bailiwick for brunch on Saturday or Sunday!

I re-created Fernanda’s dish at home so I could share the recipe with all of you!

Grilled Vegetables with Ancho Chili Sauce Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ancho chili water
  • 4-6 carrots (cut into matchsticks)
  • 2 zucchinis (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes

Begin by slicing off the tops of the ancho chilies and removing the seeds. Next, tear the ancho chilies in large strips.

Ancho Chilies

Boil a small pot of water, then add the ancho chili strips and remove the water from the heat.

Cooking with Ancho Chilies

Allow the chilies to soak in the water for 20-30 minutes.

In the meantime roast the habaneros and grill the carrots and zucchini over medium heat. The carrots should grill for 15-20 minutes, while the zucchini only needs 10-15 minutes on the grill.

Grilled Vegetable Recipe

Once the ancho chilies are soaked and the habaneros are roasted, remove the ancho chilies from the water, reserving the soaking water.

Ancho Chili Sauce Recipe

Peel and de-seed the habaneros, then add both chili peppers to a blender with the sriracha, ketchup, paprika, salt and pepper.

Ancho Chili Sauce Recipe

Blend for 15-20 seconds.

Ancho Chili Sauce Recipe

Add the sour cream and 1 cup of the reserved ancho chili water. Blend well.

At this time, the carrots and zucchini should be all grilled up. Prepare the tomatoes by skewering them on a toothpick.

Grilled Vegetables for Dipping

Pour the ancho chili sauce in small cups or ramekins, then place the vegetables in the cups.

Vegetables with Ancho Chili Sauce

These are great for tray passed hors d’oeuvres or individual appetizers.

Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Chili Sauce

You could also serve a large bowl of the ancho chili sauce with a veggie tray, did someone say football watch party, labor day BBQ? Oh yes!

Grilled Vegetables in Ancho Chili Sauce

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Grilled Vegetables with Ancho Chili Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 cups Ancho Chili Sauce

Grilled Vegetables with Ancho Chili Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 dried ancho chilies
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ancho chili water
  • 4-6 carrots (cut into matchsticks)
  • 2 zucchinis (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Begin by slicing off the tops of the ancho chilies and removing the seeds.
  2. Next, tear the ancho chilies in large strips.
  3. Boil a small pot of water, then add the ancho chili strips and remove the water from the heat.
  4. Allow the chilies to soak in the water for 20-30 minutes.
  5. In the meantime roast the habaneros and grill the carrots and zucchini over medium heat.
  6. The carrots should grill for 15-20 minutes, while the zucchini only needs 10-15 minutes on the grill.
  7. Once the ancho chilies are soaked and the habaneros are roasted, remove the ancho chilies from the water, reserving the soaking water.
  8. Peel and de-seed the habaneros, then add both chili peppers to a blender with the sriracha, ketchup, paprika, salt and pepper.
  9. Blend for 15-20 seconds.
  10. Add the sour cream and 1 cup of the reserved ancho chili water. Blend well.
  11. At this time, the carrots and zucchini should be all grilled up.
  12. Prepare the tomatoes by skewering them on a toothpick.
  13. Pour the ancho chili sauce in small cups or ramekins, then place the vegetables in the cups.
http://whitneybond.com/ancho-chili-sauce-with-grilled-vegetables/

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from Little Leopard Book’s 2nd Birthday Party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish for my upcoming web series, Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl, and to share here on Little Leopard Book.

Check out the video here on how to make these delicious mini tacos:

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead. To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!  For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Begin by adding the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

There’s still time to get on the guest list for Little Leopard Book’s private 2 year birthday party this Thursday at Bailiwick, check out our Facebook page for more details!

And be sure to tune in to “Taco Tuesday” on Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl next month where I’ll be showing you how to make these mini tacos and so much more!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.
  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.
http://whitneybond.com/mini-tacos-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Gluten Free Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

After a long and crazy week of shooting my upcoming web series, “Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl” I’m so excited to share a new recipe with all of you!

Spicy Mexican Pasta Alfredo

Creamy chipotle alfredo is tossed with corn pasta and topped with fresh cilantro and cotija cheese. This pasta dish is gluten free, vegetarian and more Mexican than Italian!

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 8 oz corn spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Begin my melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Chipotle Alfredo Recipe

Add the milk and greek yogurt, whisk well, then add the parmesan.

Chipotle Alfredo Recipe

Add the sea salt, cumin and chipotle pepper, then zest and juice the lime into the sauce.

Chipotle Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Consistently whisk for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil water and cook the pasta according to package directions.

Add the pasta to the alfredo sauce and toss.

Place in a serving bowl and top with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese and red pepper flakes.

Gluten Free Chipotle Alfredo Pasta

Grab a fork and dig in!

Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Mexican Corn Pasta with Chipotle Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • 8 oz corn spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cotija cheese
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Begin my melting the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the milk and greek yogurt, whisk well, then add the parmesan.
  4. Add the sea salt, cumin and chipotle pepper, then zest and juice the lime into the sauce.
  5. Consistently whisk for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 4-5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, boil water and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  8. Add the pasta to the alfredo sauce and toss.
  9. Place in a serving bowl and top with fresh cilantro, cotija cheese and red pepper flakes.
http://whitneybond.com/mexican-corn-pasta-with-chipotle-alfredo/

Mango Salsa

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & vegan!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Last night was “Taco Tuesday” at my house so I decided to toss together healthy, grilled salmon tacos for the occasion!

Chipotle honey glazed salmon is placed in warm corn tortillas & topped with fresh mango salsa in this mouth-watering recipe for healthy salmon tacos!

I made Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos. These tacos are sweet, spicy and oh-so-delicious. I couldn’t top such an amazingly flavorful taco with just any old salsa, so I whipped up this fresh mango salsa to top these scrumptious tacos!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

This mango salsa is so easy to make and not only is it perfect on salmon tacos, it’s also delicious on top of grilled chicken, steamed fish or served with chips for dipping!

Mango Salsa Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Add the diced mango and diced tomato to a small bowl.

Tomato Mango Salsa Recipe

Add the minced red onion, minced jalapeño and minced cilantro.

Mango Salsa Recipe

Squeeze the lime juice over the salsa and mix everything together.

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Easy as that, you’ve got a healthy, scrumptious mango salsa ready to go! This salsa has only 90 calories per cup, making it the perfect choice for a flavorful side that you can feel good about digging in to!

In addition to the salmon tacos I originally served this mango salsa on top of, the salsa would also be great on Grilled Shrimp Tacos or Blackened Red Snapper. You can also serve the salsa with a bag of chips and a Serrano Chili Mango Margarita or Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita for a delicious happy hour!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

 

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Mango Salsa

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 cups mango salsa

Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Instructions

  1. Add the mango and tomato to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeño and cilantro.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix together.
http://whitneybond.com/mango-salsa/

Don’t forget to pin this scrumptious Mango Salsa Recipe!

Toss this easy, homemade Tomato Mango Salsa recipe together in 5 minutes to serve on top of fresh fish, tacos or with chips for dipping!

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Buffalo Black Bean Dip

I’m so excited to share another recipe from my upcoming cookbook “Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce” with all of you!

I premiered this recipe with my Buffalo Chicken Tacos this morning on the San Diego 6 Morning News show, check out the segment here!

Spicy Black Bean Dip Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. buffalo sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno (deseeded and diced)

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until combined well.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip Recipe

Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

This easy 5-minute appetizer will be a hit at your next fiesta!

Don’t forget to follow Little Leopard Book on Facebook for the latest updates on the release of “Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce”, my premiere cookbook coming this Fall!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option:  This recipe is gluten-free when served with veggies or corn tortilla chips.

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Spicy Buffalo Black Bean Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. buffalo sauce
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno (deseeded and diced)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until combined well.
  2. Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/spicy-buffalo-black-bean-dip/

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup

This flavorful Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup made with roasted chilies, tomatillos, fresh herbs & chicken is sure to be your new favorite soup recipe!

This flavorful Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Soup made with roasted chilies, tomatillos, fresh herbs & chicken is sure to be your new favorite soup recipe!

There’s nothing quite like warming up to a big bowl of flavorful, spicy soup on a cold winter day!

Read the full post here!

Rajas Con Crema

As a side dish for my Chicken Mole, I was inspired by one of my favorite happy hour spots in San Diego, La Puerta. They have an amazing frozen mojito, (um yeah, what’s not to love about that?) as well as an assortment of tequilas, delicious apps and entrees.

Each of their entrees are served with a side of Rajas Con Crema.  This is my version.  Super simple and made with only 4 ingredients! This dish makes for a quick and easy, yet flavorful and creamy, addition to any Mexican meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 large poblano peppers (roasted)
  • 2 red onions (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup crema Mexicana

Start by roasting the poblano peppers on a grill or in the oven under the broiler setting until the skin is blistered.

Next, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced onions and cook for 5 minutes.

Now peel the peppers, slice into thin strips and add to the pan.

Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the Mexican Cream.

Cook with the cream for an additional 3-5 minutes then serve.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Chicken Mole

Holy Mole, I am so excited to share this recipe with you all!

My mole mission began when a friend brought me fresh chilies and peppers he had grown. I decided to put them to good use and make my first mole!  The sauce is slightly spicy on the stove, but cooks out in the oven for the final product with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

I know the laundry list of ingredients is intimidating for some people, but never fear, this recipe is not as hard as you think and definitely worth the time, effort and ingredients!

Ingredients (mole sauce – serves 8)

  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 large anaheim chili (chopped)
  • 4 pasilla chilies (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6 small serrano peppers (chopped)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (not pictured – for garnish)
  • 4 oz queso fresco (not pictured – for topping)

Ingredients (chicken)

  • 8 chicken breasts
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Start by roasting the tomatillos on the grill or in the broiler until lightly charred on the outside. Set to the side and allow to cool.

Next, lightly brown the anaheim and pasilla chilies on the stove top in a dry skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from the skillet and add to a medium bowl with the raisins.  Cover with warm water then set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat add the almonds, sesame seeds, ground cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and oregano.

Toast for 2-3 minutes then place in a spice grinder and ground until a powder forms. If you do not have a spice grinder a coffee grinder works well or a small food processor.

 Still using that same skillet (yay for less dishes!) add the olive oil, onions, garlic and serrano peppers.

Brown in the skillet until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

Now peel the cooled tomatillos and place in a blender or food processor with the ground spices.

Next add the vegetables, chocolate, peanut butter and brown sugar to the blender. Then add the peppers, raisins and a small amount of the soaking liquid.  Start with about 1/2 cup, then add more if the sauce is too thick.

Blend well.  This could take 3-5 minutes, that’s a lot of yumminess to blend together!

When blended well enough that no large chunks exist, transfer the mole sauce back to that one amazing skillet over low to medium heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Now, it’s time to prepare the chicken.

I know what you’re thinking “this seems like a lot of work”, but see how delicious that sauce looks, I promise it smells and tastes even 10 times better!

Have I convinced you to keep going?  I hope so, because it’s easy, breezy from here on out!

Place the chicken breasts in a large pot and cover with water. Place on the skillet and bring to a boil.

Add the chicken bouillon, cinnamon stick, white wine and sliced lemon, squeezing the juice out as you add them to the water.

Boil for 10 minutes, then drain.

Add the chicken breasts to a large casserole or baking dish.

Cover with the mole sauce.

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.

Serve on a bed of cilantro lime rice topped with queso fresco and fresh cilantro.

I also served mine with a side of Rajas Con Crema.

A little close up of the goodness…

This dish easily serves 8.  If serving less than this, save the leftovers. Re-heat and shred the chicken and add to a tortilla with the mole sauce to make an excellent taco lunch or dinner the next day!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute tofu for chicken.  Simply skip the whole step about boiling the chicken. Place the tofu cubes in the baking dish and cover with the mole sauce. Reduce cooking time to 10 minutes.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Spicy Eggplant Stuffed Peppers

When your daughter is a food blogger, you not only get Fathers Day Brunch, you get Fathers Day Dinner! I told my Dad to let me know what he wanted for dinner. He finally decided on my Mexican Meatloaf (with a little persuasion from me, it is just so good!)

I decided to change it up with a couple new sides including these delicious Spicy Eggplant Stuffed Peppers.

Ingredients (makes 3 stuffed peppers)

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 bell peppers (color(s) of your preference)
  • 1/4 cup queso fresco
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)

Start by heating the olive oil in a large skillet.  Add the eggplant, onion and jalapeño and sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and sauté an additional 2-3 minutes.

Evenly distribute the mixture into three bell peppers.

Place the peppers standing in an oven safe dish. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and top with the cheese.

Place back in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes. Remove, top with the cilantro and serve.

A little close up of these colorful beauties!

These could be easily made for 2 or 20 and add a colorful and flavorful dish to any Mexican dinner or fiesta!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is Gluten-Free.

Trader Joe’s Tacos

Spicy Ground Beef Tacos

I made this recipe one night after a long day. You know how that goes, you’re on your way home from school, work or whatever your day holds, you’re so exhausted but you know that there’s nothing at home to eat!  Some people take the fast food route, I take the “fast cooking” route, but before you can “fast cook” you have to “fast shop” and that’s where Trader Joe’s comes in!

Being a smaller, specialty grocery store there’s not all the navigating through aisle after aisle to get what you need for dinner. They are always well staffed making check out a breeze!  But my favorite thing about Trader Joe’s is I know I’m getting fresh, healthy food with no artificial ingredients or preservatives which is very important to me and time-saving because there’s no need to read labels on everything!

You also can’t beat the price!  Everything needed for these Trader Joe’s Tacos, which feeds 4, can be purchased  for $13.13 (yes that’s actually the exact amount it came out to!  All the sudden 13 doesn’t feel so unlucky 🙂 ) That comes out to $3.28 per person!  Cheaper AND much more delicious and nutritious than anything that could be bought at a fast food joint and it only takes 15 minutes to make!

Trader Joes Taco Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped)

Other Optional Ingredients

  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado

Start by cooking the hamburger meat.  Once browned add the taco seasoning, water and combine well.

Spicy Taco Meat

Next chop the veggies.

Chopped Vegetables for Tacos

Once the seasoning is cooked into the meat, heat the tortillas wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave for 45 seconds.

Put the tacos together by spooning the hamburger meat into the tortillas.

Spicy Beef Taco Recipe

Add the cheese, lettuce and chopped veggies.

Easy Spicy Beef Taco Recipe

And there it is!  Super yummy, quick and easy!

Trader Joe's Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute meatless crumbles for the ground beef.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute corn tortillas for the flour.

Trader Joe's Tacos

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Trader Joe's Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 red onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (chopped)
  • Other Optional Ingredients
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the hamburger meat.
  2. Once browned add the taco seasoning, water and combine well.
  3. Next chop the veggies.
  4. Once the seasoning is cooked into the meat, heat the tortillas wrapped in a paper towel in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  5. Put the tacos together by spooning the hamburger meat into the tortillas.
  6. Add the cheese, lettuce, chopped veggies and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/whats-for-dinner-tj-tacos/