The BEST Beef Enchiladas

The search is over. These are the best beef Enchiladas I have ever tasted. I’d even venture to say this is my husband’s favorite dish that I make. They are melt in your mouth, cheesy, full of flavor, worth every delicious bite, shear perfection. 

Begin with 4lbs of pot roast style beef, excess fat trimmed off. Coat all sides of the meat generously with cracked salt and pepper. Heat a couple tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear it quickly on all sides until it has a beautiful brownish black color. Now put it in your crockpot. 

Cover with 1 large chopped onion, 20oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 2tbl cumin, 2tbl garlic powder, 5oz Franks Hot Sauce, and 1/4c of water. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or until beef shreds easily with 4 forks. 

For the enchilada sauce (which is different from my normal variety) – Heat a tablespoon of EVOO in a medium saucepan and sauté 1/2c minced onions until soft. Stir in 24oz tomato sauce, 8oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 1tbl cumin, and a few dashes of hot sauce. 

Cover the bottom of a baking dish with your enchilada sauce. Prepare fresh flour tortillas and spoon in your meat (which now looks like this).

Top meat with Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up and place in baking dish. When you have finished rolling up all the meat, cover completely with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with more cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is melty and bubbly. Top with avocado, jalapeño, hot sauce, etc. Enjoy!!

Adapted From: Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Easiest “Lobstah” Rolls

I haven’t had a decent lobster roll in a million years. Not since my last trip to Maine with my family over 6 years ago where I had more than one a day at each of the local eateries (when in Rome…). It’s one of the sweetest, most decadent indulgences on the planet.

Fast forward to yesterday when my most awesome neighbors hosted a group of us for a New Year’s Day “lobstah bake”. They are northerners and wonderful, beautiful friends who included us in our first ever divergence from collards and black eyed peas on the first day of the year. Not only were we included in the festivities, we were blessed to score some leftover lobster! Without wanting it to sit for one more day (aka we had zero self control knowing it was in the fridge), I decided to attempt my own lobster rolls. It took 10 minutes, seriously…and my husband ate FOUR! (Our new year diet starts tomorrow!)

~Whisk together 2 tablespoons of GOOD mayo (navy Hellmans) and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Fold into chopped lobster meat (2-3 cups) and crack salt and pepper over the mixture. 

~Warm 2-3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Place center sliced buns (I like Sara Lee) in pan and brown on each side. Stuff mixture into buns, drizzle with additional melted butter, and top with with chives or parsley. Be still my happy heart.❤️

White Chicken Chili with just FIVE ingredients

I love soup and am especially a fan of all chili varieties. Nothing says comfort like a lit fireplace, cozy pjs, and a warm bowl of soup (and also a favorite DVR show to watch – lately This Is Us).

This is a fix it and forget it soup for the crockpot. Throw in 3 chicken breasts, 2 cans of great northern beans (drained), 2 cups of salsa verde, 2tsp cumin, and 6 cups of chicken broth (or bone broth, my latest obsession). 

That’s it! Cook on low for 5-6 hours until chicken shreds easily with a fork. Serve with your favorite toppings. We LOVE Greek yogurt, jalapeños, cilantro, avocado, and hot sauce. I also make homemade tortilla chips to accompany this. Simply cut thin tortillas into pieces with a pizza cutter, brush both sides with olive oil, lightly salt, and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350. Enjoy!!

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

This is such an awesome chili variety. The spice is complemented perfectly with the sweet potatoes and hint of molasses. I can’t wait to make it again!

Heat 3tbl EVOO in a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven. Add 1 diced sweet onion and 2 peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. Once the onions become translucent, remove both from your pot and set aside. 

Add 1lb lean ground beef and cook through. Once browned, add 1tsp salt, 2tbl chili powder, and 1tbl cumin. 

Stir in a can of diced tomatoes, 2tbl tomato paste, 2tbl molasses, and 2 cups of bone broth (or chicken broth if you prefer). Cook uncovered over medium heat for 10 minutes. 

Add in a rinsed and drained can of black beans, sweet potatoes, sautéed onion, and 1/2tsp cayenne pepper. Simmer 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft but not mushy. Top with Greek yogurt and green onions. Enjoy!🍲

Adapted from: Our State Magazine

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

I love autumn for a multitude of reasons: Football, oysters, sweaters, boots, scarves, holidays, and last but not least, crockpot season. Fix it and forget it is so awesome for crazy days of shuffling my three year old from one thing to the next, cooking for my freezer meal business, and the endless chores of being a stay at home wife and mom. 

This is the best new soup I’ve tasted in a while. And today (after making it yesterday), it tastes even better!

Toss into crockpot:

10oz can green enchilada sauce, 1 can drained and rinsed northern beans, 2 cans drained and rinsed black beans, and 3 chicken breasts. 

Now add 1 undrained can of diced tomatoes, 8oz undrained diced fire roasted green chiles, 1tsp salt, 1/4tsp pepper, 4tsp chili powder, 1tbl cumin, 3/4tsp paprika, a handful of chopped cilantro, and 2 cups of chicken broth (I prefer reduced sodium bone broth). 

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until chicken easily shreds. 

Remove chicken from crockpot and cube 8oz of cream cheese (I prefer the Greek yogurt variety. It’s much healthier and tastes better in my opinion). Turn your crockpot to HIGH, and add in the cubed cream cheese to melt for 30 minutes. 

Add your chicken back in once cheese has melted and serve. We topped ours with avocado, Greek yogurt, cilantro, and jalapeños. 

For extra goodness, try making your own tortilla chips. Use a pizza cutter to quarter yellow corn tortillas. Brush both sides with EVOO and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 350 on a baking sheet until edges begin to turn brown. Yum.😋

Adapted from: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Honey Cilantro Shrimp

We are SO very lucky to live by the water where fresh seafood is easy to come by. I could eat shrimp every day. Yes, every single day. My husband is an amazing grill master. Thank goodness, since he is no use in the kitchen. Lol!

These shrimp literally take no time to make and taste amazing. We paired them with my husband’s superb filet and a salad….it truly felt like date night!

Warm 1tbl EVOO and 1tbl butter over medium heat. Add a pound or more of fresh shrimp and a teaspoon+ of minced garlic. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes until shrimp are pink. 

While shrimp are cooking combine:

-Juice of a lime, 3tbl chopped cilantro, 1tbl soy sauce, and 3tbl honey. 

Once shrimp have cooked through, pour mixture into saucepan and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve with slotted spoon over salad, pasta, quinoa, anything really. Enjoy! 

Spicy Green Shrimp Enchiladas

This is the easiest meal in the world. Seriously. However, having a few fresh ingredients takes it from good to spectacular. 

Toss 1.5 pounds of fresh, deveined shrimp in EVOO, salt, pepper, and then roast in a 400 degree oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment or aluminum foil for 6-8 minutes. 

Prepare fresh flour tortillas and fill with 6-8 shrimp and pepper jack cheese. Line filled enchiladas in baking dish and brush both sides with green enchilada sauce (homemade recipe on blog). Bake seam side up for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Then, flip and bake for 10 minutes. Finally, top with pickled jalapeños and mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. 

Top with fresh avocado, hot sauce, salsa, Greek yogurt, or anything you like. Enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp & Quinoa Casserole

This is one of my absolute favorite comfort meals. The original recipe calls for rice, but the quinoa is just as delicious WITH added health benefits! 

Begin with 1.5-2lbs fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined.

To make the perfect quinoa every time, combine 1 part quinoa to 2 parts chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce your heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes (don’t take the lid off!). This recipe uses 1 cup dried quinoa/2 cups broth. 

Next, chop 1/2 of the following: Red pepper, yellow pepper, green pepper, and red onion. 

Melt 1/4 cup of butter (or sub EVOO) over medium high heat in a large sauce pan. Toss in your veggies and sauté for 7 minutes or until tender.

Now add in a pint of sliced mushrooms with 4 cloves minced garlic and a tablespoon of lemon juice and sauté for 5 more minutes (you can also add okra here but my husband isn’t a huge fan). I forgot about my mushrooms, so I sautéed them separately, oops!

Next you are going to add in your shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes until they turn pink. 

Finally, stir in a can of Cream of Shrimp soup, half a cup of white wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and your cooked quinoa. Transfer to a baking dish and top with shredded parmesan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. I serve this with a mixed green salad. Enjoy!

Adapted from: Southern Living

Pickled Jalapeños 

We have picked approximately 2 million jalapeños from our garden this year so I love trying different ways of preserving them. This recipe only takes about 25 minutes for a jar that can last for weeks. 

Begin with about 15 large jalapeños sliced with the stems cut off. 

Combine 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup water, 2 garlic cloves (slightly smashed), 4 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil and add in your jalapeños.

Remove promptly from heat and press all of your slices down into the mixture. You will begin to see the jalapeños turn color. 

After 15 minutes transfer the jalapeños to a jar using tongs and pour the remaining liquid over the top. Let cool completely before putting the lid on. So good!!💃🏻

Adapted from: Simply Scratch

Grilled, Cheese Stuffed Banana Peppers

With yesterday’s harvest of 15 banana peppers and 18 jalapeños, we felt compelled to try something new.


We took a small batch of 5 banana peppers and hollowed out the seeds and membranes.

Slice them lengthwise almost all the way down one side. 

Combine 4oz of cream cheese and 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. Then add: 2 cloves minced garlic,  1/4tsp basil, 1/4tsp oregano, 1/2tsp salt, pinch of pepper, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup parmesan. Fill each pepper with mixture. 

We capped the ends with foil and put them on the grill until they blackened on the bottoms and began to brown on top. 

These were really tasty, however, we love spicy food, so next time we make them we will either use spicy cheese or leave some of the seeds inside!

Adapted from: Cooking a la Mel