• taco dip
    Appetizer

    Taco Dip

    Taco Dip is the quintessential McKeown family party staple. I think this has made an appearance at almost every party regardless of the season or event. Engagement party? Yep. Thanksgiving? Yep. Christmas? Definitely. The best part is that Rob loves it too; he almost immediately took to this dip. It is dangerous at parties since its so easy to eat; people can pretty easily forget that its so filling. The best part of this dip is how simple it is. It has three ingredients: cream cheese, salsa, and taco cheese. Once you have those three you simply layer them in that order. Its best to microwave the cream cheese for…

  • steak tacos
    Dinner

    Flank Steak Tacos with Corn-Avocado Salsa

    Its almost Cinco de Mayo and that obviously means its time for a taco post. Flank or skirt steak remains one of my favorite taco meats. Its flavorful and easy to cook. For this one, I went with a pretty traditional fajita mix for the seasoning. I have gotten this spice mix down and didn’t really feel like messing with a good thing. The real highlight of these tacos is the Corn-Avocado Salsa. Roasted corn and avocado provide a really nice flavor and textural contrast that really enhances the taco experience. This was also the first time we tried queso blanco as our cheese topping instead of Cotija. I am…

  • Brisket Enchilada
    Dinner

    Brisket Enchiladas

    Brisket is easily one of my favorite cuts of beef. It is loaded with natural flavor and when cooked right is perfectly tender. The downside is the “cooked right” part of that previous statement. Brisket HAS to be cooked slowly, its a meat that takes a low and slow approach. That’s why it is definitely a good meat for some make-ahead prep. For these enchiladas, we wanted to go with a brisket for the meat. So, cooking the meat in advance became a requirement. Pot roasting it with a lot of classic Tex-Max flavors in advance provides a great starting point for the enchiladas that would follow. I used some…

  • Fish Taco
    Dinner

    Seared Blue Fish Tacos

    Well, if you are Catholic, its Lent and you know what that means: no-meat Fridays!!! (There is a hilarious joke in 30 Rock about this being because the Pope owns Long John Silvers) So that basically means cheese pizza or fish. Growing up, my mom HATED fish with a passion; so it was mostly the pizza option. Rob grew up eating fish and is helping me get used to it. I think I am really starting to work out the kinds of fish and preparations that I like. I definitely prefer a firmer fish texture and I like it with a good crust to provide a nice textural contrast. I’ve…

  • burrito lasagna
    Dinner

    Taco Tuesday: Chorizo Burrito Lasagna

    This Burrito “Lasagna” recipe was definitely a little bit of an experiment. By “little bit”, I guess I really mean a lot. Rob and I were just spit balling ideas for how could we make something like tacos or enchiladas a bit different. It is amazing what you can come up with when you have these kind of experimentation brainstorms. We started with well maybe we add some rice to enchiladas and make them more like baked burritos. Rob also suggested quesadillas as an option. Then we said chorizo. So those ideas swirled around for a bit. Through a bit more brainstorming we came up with this idea for what…

  • glazed salmon taco
    Dinner

    Taco Tuesday: Glazed Salmon Tacos

    For this addition of Taco Tuesday, I am bringing my first set of fish tacos!! While I am not a huge fan of salmon, I loved the flavor of these Glazed Salmon Tacos. The glaze is a spicy-sweet mixture that really helps to offset the fishiness of the salmon. Fish tacos can really add an interesting dimension to tacos mainly because of the texture. A flaky fish like salmon makes for a nice light taco that can be perfect in the summer months. On the other side of the spectrum are fried fish tacos. These are great as they add a really nice crunchy textural element to the taco which…

  • Instant Pot Chicken Taco
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

    Time for another “the Instant Pot makes it way easier” recipes with these Shredded Chicken Tacos.  This basic recipe is based on an old slow cooker one I would make, only now it doesn’t take all day.  I love the mix of flavors that goes into this recipe.  I basically braise the chicken in beer and citrus with a few other key ingredients for flavor.  You really can’t go too wrong. There really isn’t too much to say about this recipe, its pretty straight forward.  I do have a few pieces of advice though.  For the beer, I use either a white ale (Dogfish Head Namaste in this case) or…