Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

Tex-Mex Chopped Salad

A Tex-mex inspired salad full of fresh vegetables, beans, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and spicy pumpkin seeds with a bright and zesty honey lime dressing.

Everything is chopped to bits so you can get a little taste of every ingredient in each bite. I love that.

There’s fresh tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers (or zucchini), corn, red onions, sharp cheddar cheese and iceberg or romaine lettuce. I know some people have a vendetta against iceberg but I happen to like it, especially in the summer when I crave the cool, crispness of it. … 

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Chili

Crockpot chicken chili is the perfect meal for these long, hot summer days!

It’s a great feeling having everything tucked away into the crock pot early so it can work its magic while you go about your day. Dinner is taken care of, no worries, without slaving over a hot stove.

This version uses boneless chicken breasts, onion, red pepper, garlic, pinto beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles and chicken broth with chili powder, cumin, oregano and smoked paprika for seasonings. It isn’t one of those super thick versions but it isn’t like soup either, it’s somewhere in between the two. If you like it thick leave out the broth and double the tomatoes…. 

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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Bang bang shrimp is a crazy delicious appetizer from the Bonefish Grill Restaurant made by smothering deep-fried shrimp in a spicy hot sauce.

The first thing you notice is how super crunchy the shrimp are. I think they might be double fried. The second thing you notice is the lip-numbing spiciness.

They also stuff these heavenly hot shrimp into tacos. They have my name written on them. I kid you not.

Every single time I eat there I order them, I’ve never tried anything else and to say I’m a little obsessed would be an out and out lie.

I’m a lot obsessed.… 

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Tortilla Crusted Chicken with Nacho Cheese Sauce

Crunchy Tortilla Chicken with Nacho Cheese Sauce

Just when I thought I had run out of ideas for chicken, clear out of the wild blue this smacked me in the face.

One second my mind was completely blank and the next it was picturing chicken with all the charm of hot, cheesy nachos.

Making them is sooooo easy! There’s no dipping and dunking and dredging and dirtying up fifty million bowls. You set the chicken right in the pan, coat it with mayonnaise, the glue, then pat on crushed-up white corn tortilla chips. Rather than grinding them up into fine crumbs I crush them by hand into chunky, little pieces and mix them with a little bit of panko crumbs.

While the chicken is busy baking it’s way to crunchy and golden brown, you get to work on the sauce…. 

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Jalapeño Popper & Corn Swirls

Jalapeno Popper & Corn Swirls
There’s something about the combination of spicy-hot jalapeño peppers, cheddar cheese and cream cheese that I can’t get enough of. I don’t even care if jalapeño poppers are old news because according to me, they’re still the rage.

Of course I had to make a puff pastry version! “You love that stuff don’t you?” Mom asked when I tucked away yet another pack into the freezer. If I don’t have at least one handy then I get a little freaky…. 

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Mexican Crazy Corn Salad

Crazy Corn Salad

This crazy corn salad is inspired by the Mexican corn salad called esquites. Esquites is a play on Mexican street corn called elote. Elote is made by boiling or grilling corn on the cob, sometimes with the herb epazote, slathering it with butter and mayonnaise then rolling it in cheese like Cotija or Parmesan and sprinkling it with chile powder and a squeeze of lime. Crazy.

All my life I’ve only known one way to eat corn. . .smeared with butter, salt and pepper.

This is my version… 

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Mexican Pizzas

Chicken & Corn Mexican Pizza

Double-decker Taco Bell-inspired Mexican pizzas! Sitting pretty in between two crispy flour tortillas is your choice of a beef & bean or a chicken & corn filling with salsa acting as the sauce. On the top is more salsa, cheese and any toppings you like – the very same ones you would put on a taco – black olives, fresh tomato, red onion, avocado and sour cream.

I like to think these are more method than precise recipe. You can mix and match any fillings and toppings you like with success. … 

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Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Southwestern Mash

Just five ingredients come together to make these zesty and delicious southwestern mashed potatoes! I started with Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes and mixed in cheddar cheese, corn, avocado and jalapeno peppers. You can create your own five ingredient fix using Simply Potatoes and enter them in the five ingredient recipe contest for a chance to win a grand prize of $3,000.

Simply potatoes are fresh, refrigerated potatoes that have never been frozen. They’re easy to prepare and made with only real ingredients like whole milk, butter and salt.

These are the creamiest mashed potatoes on Earth! The cheese melts right into them along with the mashed avocado making them rich and even more buttery than they are to begin with.

The avocado turns them a pretty shade of green and the corn gives them little pops of texture. The jalapenos aren’t overpowering but more on the subtle side. Everything comes together to make a flavorful side dish to spice up you meals. A new favorite in my house.

I hope I inspired you to enter your own five ingredient fix in the recipe contest! Simply potatoes makes it so easy and convenient for you, there’s no excuse not to. I can’t wait to see your creations!

Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Southwestern Mashed Potatoes

Just five ingredients come together to make these zesty and delicious southwestern mashed potatoes! Simply Potatoes traditional mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, corn, avocado and jalapeno peppers.


1 pound 8 ounce package of Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cooked corn
1 avocado, mashed
1/4 cup jarred or canned jalapenos, diced, with a little of the juice they're packed in


  1. Cook the Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Scoop it into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl and stir in the cheddar and corn. Microwave 30 seconds. Stir well.
  3. Mix in the mashed avocado and jalapenos including a tablespoon or two of the juice. Serve immediately.


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