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15 Minute Crispy Shrimp Tacos

This quick and easy recipe for Crispy Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle BBQ Sauce is made in only 15 minutes, perfect for a weeknight dinner in a hurry!

15 Minute Crispy Shrimp Taco Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I joined the Foodbeast team for a “Foodie Day in San Diego”.  I was so excited to see that they had picked some of my favorite local spots to visit, like Basic Pizza and Puesto for tacos!

It was on that fateful Friday that I tried Puesto’s crispy shrimp tacos for the first time and fell in love!

I went home and immediately created a similar recipe that’s made in only 15 minutes!

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Slow Cooker Smoked Chipotle Brisket Tacos

Brisket Tacos are slow cooked in a smokey chipotle rub and stout beer, shredded and served in tortillas with Roasted Corn Salsa & Creamy Chipotle Sauce.

Smoked Chipotle Brisket Tacos Recipe

Oh hey there! Happy Taco Tuesday!

I recently asked my Facebook friends to share the first thing they thought of when they thought of my blog, and one of my friends said TACOS!

I had to laugh, because it is totally true, I do share a lot of taco recipes!

And this recipe for brisket tacos is definitely a new favorite!

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Crock-Pot® Crock-Squad Party Recipes

Crock Pot Dessert Fruit Taco Cups

Alright y’all, it’s time for a moment of honesty here, I’m totally obsessed with Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers! Yes, it’s true, I am now the proud owner of SIX Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers! I literally own a Crock-­Pot® Slow Cooker from the 80’s, a Crock-­Pot® Slow Cooker from the 90’s and now four Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers from this decade, and no, I’m not giving any of them up, no matter how many times my boyfriend tells me it’s ridiculous to have so many Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers! 😉

For every party I throw, I cook up at least one, usually three or four recipes in my Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers. Slow cooking for parties allows me to prep everything the night before, or the morning of the party, then let the Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers do all of the work while I enjoy the party!

My Superbowl party is the perfect example of this. Each year, I prep 4-5 Crock-­Pot® Slow Cookers the night before with different meats, slow cook them overnight, then set up a taco bar for the party, which means people can eat whenever they would like and I get to watch the game!

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Indian Curry Chicken Tacos

Indian Curry Chicken Tacos

Today, I’m changing the game when it comes to tacos y’all!

I eat a lot of tacos, I mean, have you seen my Instagram page?

Taco Tuesday, Taco Thursday, Taco any-day-that-ends-in-Y 😉 I love tacos!

I eat breakfast tacos, dessert tacos, slow cooked tacos, grilled tacos, ok, yeah, you get it, I’m #TacoObsessed!

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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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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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8 Crock Pot Recipes To Satisfy Your Taco Cravings

Taco Crock Pot Recipes

If your most-used emoji is the taco, your favorite day of the week is Taco Tuesday and you’ve ever used the phrase “tacos are bae”, this post is for you!

These 8 tasty crock pot recipes will feed your taco cravings while also making it possible to live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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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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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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Sriracha Honey Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Sriracha Honey Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

On a scale of 1-10 of how much I love tacos, I’d have to save that I’m at about a 12!

When I was 18 years old, I moved to Southern California from Oklahoma and quickly realized that Mexican food in Oklahoma was very different than Mexican food in California!

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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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Slow Cooked Blackberry Jalapeño Pulled Pork Tacos

Blackberry Jalapeno Pulled Pork Tacos

A couple of years ago I combined blackberries and jalapeños for the first time in a margarita recipe, and it was a match made in heaven!

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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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Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Today’s post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. Thanks for supporting all of the awesome WhitneyBond.com partners like Cost Plus World Market!

Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Tomorrow kicks off Memorial Day weekend and if you want to find me, I’ll be the girl hanging out on my newly redecorate balcony with a glass of Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria in one hand and one of these tasty tacos in the other hand!

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Jicama Crab Tacos

Palm Breeze Vacay EverydayJicama Crab Tacos Recipe

When I think about going on vacation, I think about sitting outside somewhere warm, preferably near sand and water, with a cold, refreshing beverage in my hand and light, delicious food to eat!

When I think about a staycation, I think about that cold, refreshing beverage and light, delicious food – but enjoying them while sitting on my balcony on a random Friday night or Sunday afternoon!

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Greek Tacos

Greek Taco Recipe

When it comes to tacos, I’ve yet to meet one that I don’t like!

Whether it’s Tacos Al Pastor, Beef Barbacoa Tacos, Korean BBQ Chicken Tacos or Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos, they all make my mouth water, stomach growl and heart pitter patter from the happiness that tacos bring into my life!

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Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Chicken Tacos

Chicken breasts are slow cooked in a delicious Korean BBQ sauce, shredded and added to tortillas in this scrumptious taco recipe topped with Asian slaw!

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Chicken Tacos

This sauce y’alll!!!! Seriously, that’s all I have to say.

Ok, maybe I have a few more things to say 😉

I was recently on a flight with no WiFi (I know, the blasphemy!) so I busted out my handy little notepad and actually WROTE new recipe ideas out with pen and paper… it was like a flashback to 1999!

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Slow Cooked Tacos Al Pastor

Slow Cooked Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

Tacos, one of my three favorite food groups, the others being cheese and pizza, of course 😉

Tacos Al Pastor, one of my brothers favorite kind of tacos, and a recipe that he’s been requesting on LLB for a while now!

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Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa

Slow cooked beef barbacoa is an easy, gluten free meal to make at home and perfect for adding to tacos, tostadas, nachos or eggs!

Slow Cooked Beef Barbacoa Recipe

About 10 weeks ago I released a recipe for Slow Cooked Beef Ragu. It was a recipe inspired by one of my favorite dishes at Davanti, an Italian restaurant in my neighborhood.

About 8 weeks later, that dish was named one of The Best Recipes That Came From Food Bloggers in 2014 on Huffington Post.

Say whaaaaat?!? I couldn’t believe my eyes! I mean, I loved the recipe, yes. I’ve had many friends and fans of the blog make the recipe at home and love it, but for it to make that list was truly an honor and one of my proudest moments to date as a food blogger!

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Chili Lime Chicken Taco Lettuce Cups

Chili Lime Chicken Taco Lettuce Cups

It’s been 6 weeks since I started going to the gym on a daily basis (sometimes even two-a-days) so I’m just wondering why I don’t have JLo’s abs yet? Um, what’s up? Maybe it has something to do with my obsession with tacos, cheese and delicious craft beers during football games 🙂

Let’s be honest, I work out, so that I can continue to enjoy these delicious treats of life and keep a somewhat JLo-esque figure!

While I’m not willing to give up my favorite foods, such as tacos, I am willing to make them a little healthier, and that’s where I came up with this idea for chicken tacos in lettuce wraps.

All of the delicious taco filling without the extra carbs from the tortilla!

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Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

Hello Taco Tuesday!  What a fabulous weekend I had! One of my best friends came to visit spur-of-the-moment from Arizona and we spent the entire weekend watching football and eating. I mean, does it get any better than that?

Oh yes it does, it gets much better when both of your teams win over their biggest rivals! My Sooners defeated Texas on Saturday… and we celebrated!  My Chargers defeated the Raiders on Sunday… and we celebrated some more!

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Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip Tacos

Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip Tacos

For my annual Superbowl Party this year, I decided to make a taco bar with three different slow cooked meats & one slow cooker full of fajita veggies (for my vegetarian friends!) so that people could make their own tacos anytime during the big game.

For the meats, I knew I wanted a pork, chicken and beef, so I made my famous Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tenderloin, Buffalo Chicken & this Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip.

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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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Sriracha Steak Tacos

Sriracha Steak Tacos

There’s not much I love more than a good sauce and spicy foods. Hence my love of buffalo sauce and sriracha!

This particular recipe featuring sriracha actually came about as a fail from another recipe. When preparing my Sriracha Steak Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Skewers, (yes, those are real & amazing!) I originally tried to use cube steak to wrap around the jalapeños.

Needless to say, it didn’t quite work out and I ended up using skirt steak, but the beauty of the original fail was that these amazingly scrumptious tacos came out as the result!

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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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Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

Crispy Avocado Vegetarian Tacos

What a fantastic Thursday, two delicious new recipes on the blog, a new partnership announcement, OKC Thunder playoff basketball and it’s almost Cinco De Mayo weekend!

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Butternut Squash Tacos

Vegetarian Butternut Squash Tacos

To kick off the New Year, I hosted my first “Sunday Family Dinner” of 2014 this weekend. At the dinner I premiered three new recipes including Chipotle Pulled Pork Dip, Mexican Chicken Cheesy Penne and these delicious Butternut Squash Tacos I prepared for my favorite vegetarian, Miss Courtney!

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Crispy Cactus Tacos

Crispy Cactus Taco Recipe

One of my best ideas ever. Crispy Cactus Tacos.

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Apricot Dessert Tacos

Caramelized Apricot Dessert Tacos

On my web series “Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl” Tuesdays are all about “Taco Tuesday” so when filming the first month of my series I had to come up with a couple new and delicious taco recipes to add some flavor to Tuesdays segments!

This week, I prepared these delicious dessert tacos and I have to say, they were un-believeably scrumptious!

Read the full recipe here!

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/2013/08/20/mini-tacos-with-avocado-cream-sauce/

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa

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!

Chipotle Honey Salmon Taco Recipe

Chipotle and Sriracha topped the list of summer spice favorites with no surprise to me!  Since winning Yahoo! Shine’s Supper Club in June our Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers have been the most popular post on Little Leopard Book to date!

The chipotle honey glaze on this salmon recipe is slightly sweet, slightly spicy and oh-so-scrumptious!

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Mango Salsa
  • ½ cup red cabbage
  • ½ cup green cabbage

Preheat grill to medium-high or oven to 400°.

In a small bowl, whisk the honey, lime juice, chipotle, cumin, paprika and cilantro together.

Chipotle Honey Glaze Recipe

Place the salmon in a foil “basket” and cover with the glaze.

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon

Place the salmon on the grill or into the oven for 30 minutes.

Grilled Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon

Shred the salmon with a fork and place into a warm corn tortilla. Top with a drizzle of the glaze, mango salsa and cabbage.

Chipotle Grilled Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa

Now that’s one awesome “Taco Tuesday” if you ask me!

Salmon Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa

The glazed salmon was so flavorful, I kept eating it right out of the foil as I was shredding it for the tacos!  To be honest, I’m just lucky any of the salmon actually made it into a tortilla 😉

Chipotle Grilled Salmon Tacos

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

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 tacos

Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon Tacos

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Mango Salsa
  • ½ cup red cabbage
  • ½ cup green cabbage

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high or oven to 400°.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the honey, lime juice, chipotle, cumin, paprika and cilantro together.
  3. Place the salmon in a foil “basket” and cover with the glaze.
  4. Place the salmon on the grill or into the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Shred the salmon with a fork and place into a warm corn tortilla.
  6. Top with a drizzle of the glaze, mango salsa and cabbage.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/08/07/chipotle-honey-glazed-salmon-tacos/

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Since I’ve put Buffalo Chicken in virtually everything else, I figured it was about time I put it in a taco 😉

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Tacos

I also just received these adorable and amazingly practical Longaberger Taco Holders in the mail, I mean seriously, how cute are these? And they keep all that yummy buffalo chicken right in your taco instead of falling out on a plate!

Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Instead of using blue cheese traditionally served with buffalo chicken, I kicked these babies up a notch with some pepper jack cheese, then added a cool cilantro lime dip on top!

The result was one seriously delicious taco!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (app 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas (corn for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip (click link for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime (sliced into 8 small wedges)

Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the 2 chicken breasts.  Once cooked through, shred the chicken with a knife and fork.

Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.

Cooked Jalapeno and Onion

Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

The balance of spiciness from the buffalo chicken and creaminess from the cilantro lime dip is perfection!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute “veggie crumbles” or tofu for the shredded chicken to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free when corn tortillas are used.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (app 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas (corn for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip (click link for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime (sliced into 8 small wedges)

Instructions

  1. Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the 2 chicken breasts.
  2. Once cooked through, shred the chicken with a knife and fork.
  3. Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.
  5. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Next, add the buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/28/buffalo-chicken-tacos/

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Green Chili Avocado Salsa

Shrimp Tacos with Green Chili Avocado Salsa

These tacos came about as I decided to combine a couple of different  LLB recipes that I love all in to one dish!

Simple Shrimp Taco Recipe

Chili Lime Garlic Shrimp, bomb! Green Chili Avocado “Awesome Sauce” Salsa… lets just say it has awesome in the name, bomb! Throw in a little Red Pepper Lime Slaw and some cotija cheese, winning combination of deliciousness!

Ingredients

Prepare the “awesome sauce” and grilled shrimp via the recipes on the links provided!

Combine the bell pepper, cabbage and juice of 2 limes in a mixing bowl.

Next, spread the salsa onto the tortillas, then top with the shrimp. Next, top with the Red Pepper Lime Slaw and Cotija cheese.  Serve with a lime wedge on the side of each taco!

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

So simple, can be made in 30 minutes or less and so, so ridiculously good!

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos

Woo hoo for Shrimp Tacos on Taco Tuesday (or any other day of the week that calls for a delicious dinner!)

Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Dig in to this recipe tonight!

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Red Pepper Lime Slaw

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free (when corn tortillas are used).

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Green Chili Avocado Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 tacos

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Green Chili Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Green Chili Avocado Salsa and Chili Lime Garlic Shrimp.
  2. Combine the bell pepper, cabbage and juice of 2 limes in a mixing bowl.
  3. Spread the salsa onto the tortillas, then top with the shrimp. Next, top with the Red Pepper Lime Slaw and Cotija cheese.
  4. Serve with a lime wedge on the side of each taco.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/02/08/grilled-shrimp-tacos-with-green-chili-avocado-salsa/

Chopped Challenge Thursday: Cranberries, Spam, Serrano Chilies and Dark Chocolate

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When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  When Dusty Duprel hands you spam, you make fancy spam tacos!

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This weeks mystery basket included Cranberries from Olivia Reyes, Serrano Chilies from Kate Ouzounian, the aforementioned Spam and Dark Chocolate from Angela Cho.

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I decided to combine the cranberries, dark chocolate and Serrano chilies into a mole sauce to top the spam which I marinated in a chili lime mixture (in my opinion you have to put some work in to make spam delicious!)

The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Twelve:  Chili Lime Marinated Spam Tacos with Cranberry Mole Sauce!

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Ingredients

  • Cranberry Mole (makes 4 cups)
  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 3 large pasilla chilies (chopped)
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6 small Serrano chilies (de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 very ripe plantain (sliced)
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • Chili Lime Spam (makes 1 ½ cups)
  • 12 oz can Spam
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Tacos (makes 6 tacos)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 lime (cut into 6 wedges)
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp queso fresco

We’re going to start by marinating that spam to infuse it with the chili lime flavors and take away the canned taste.

Simply whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, chili powder lime juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil.  Then open up that can of spam and dice it up.

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Add the spam to the marinade and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

While the spam is marinating, prepare the mole sauce.

Begin by roasting the tomatillos.  Because my HOA busted me for having a grill on my balcony, I will now roast my tomatillos in the oven!

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Allow to roast for 15-20 minutes of until slightly charred on the outside. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

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

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

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

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.

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Still using the same skillet add the olive oil, onions, garlic and serrano chilies.

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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 dark chocolate and plantains to the blender.

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Then add the cooked onions and chilies, pasilla peppers, cranberries and a small amount of the soaking liquid.  Start with about 1/2 cup, then add more if the sauce is too thick.

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Blend until creamy, then pour back into the skillet over low heat.

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Simmer for 5-10 minutes while cooking the spam.

Pour the spam and marinade into a skillet over medium-high heat.

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Cook for 7-10 minutes or until no liquid exists and the spam is slightly caramelized.

To make the tacos, place the spam into warmed tortillas.

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Then top with the cranberry mole sauce.

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Finish the tacos off with cilantro, cojita cheese and avocado.

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These tacos have a great balance of sweetness, acidity and spice!

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The chocolate, chili pepper, cranberry combination in the mole sauce is divine! I’m thinking about making this for Thanksgiving to put on the turkey, Yum!

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These tacos would be delicious with a side of Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole or Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn!

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If Spam is not your thing, you could easily substitute shrimp, chicken or beef in this dish!

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Or if you’re vegetarian, Tofu Tacos!

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Now it’s time to dig in!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute spam with tofu.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free, just make sure the brand of soy sauce you purchase is gluten-free! (Fresh & Easy is not.)

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.

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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.
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