Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Taco Pastries

This is a fun, delicious, easy and not very healthy recipe :D Just what I like!

1 lb. Ground beef
3 tbsp. Taco seasoning
1/2 cup Black beans (canned)
Phyllo Dough
Salso con queso (tostitos brand found in the chip aisle)
Chunky Salsa
Chilli Sauce (asian aisle)
Shredded mexican style cheese
Sour cream
light cooking oil spray

Cook the ground beef and taco seasoning in a pan til browned through
Add rinsed and drained black beans - cook for a few more minutes

Grab a muffin tin and spray down with the cooking oil
Add the Phyllo dough in layers forming a cup shape and filling the cup
Fill each phyllo dough belly with 1 tbsp salsa con queso
Add a tbsp or so of the beef/bean mixture on top
layer on the slasa and chill sauce then the shredded cheese on top

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (or until top layer of cheese is melted)

Remove from oven, cool down for 5 minutes

Remove each pastry from the tin and add a spoon full of guacamole and a spoon full of sour cream on top.


Armadillo Eggs

This recipe is more of an appetizer, but heavy and filling enough to be a main course. I made them yesterday for the first time and they were great! This is original recipe by me, I read a few recipes online and came up with this one. 

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1/2 an Onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 egg
1 tsp. All purpose flour

4 oz. cream cheese (at room temp)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. dried cilantro (you can also use fresh, the store was out of it when i went shopping)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
Salt to taste (remember there is salt in the ground beef already)

6 medium sized peppers (I used sweet peppers)

First preheat the oven to 375

Then make the ground beef and set it aside
Wash your hands then mix the chopped onions, salt, pepper, egg and flour with the meat THOROUGHLY (yes you have to get your hands in their and get dirty) - set this aside

Take the peppers and cut them into quarters. So first cut the tails off, then slice them long ways, then across. Take all the guts out (seeds and ribs).

Make the cream cheese mixture:
All rectangular cream cheese boxes come with measurements by the ounce.
Mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, cumin and salt together in a bowl.

Now spoon the cheese mixture onto each piece of pepper. 

When finished, take about a handful of beef mixture into your hand and flatten it out. Place the peppers (cheese side down) in the middle of the beef mixture. Next, roll the beef around it into a ball. 

Get a flat oven safe dish, put some parchment paper down on top of it, and place the meat balls a couple of centimeters away from each other on top of the paper. 

Place in the oven for about 30 minutes. Or until browned. Use tongs to remove and cool before eating. I served mine with salsa on top and it was delicious.