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Copycat Cafe Rio Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice

That’s right. Today you are getting a twofer! That’s awesome because it like, never happens? But today, my friends, you are getting more bang for your buck and that’s a beautiful thing. Because these are the LAST RECIPES that you need to complete your Cafe Rio experience at home. What what?! Yeah. This is happening. At your house! Just a quick PSA: This post has way too many pictures… but Cafe Rio! Back in the day when I didn’t know what was what, I used to just pop open a ca

Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

Okay guys, I promise I’m not going to throw yet another stupid 4 ingredient Sweet Pork recipe at you. I mean, don’t get me wrong… 4 ingredient recipes are SO AWESOME, but if you want a legit copycat recipe, a recipe that actually tastes restaurant quality, I can guarantee you that Cafe Rio isn’t in the back of their store popping open a jar of Pace Picante salsa and dumping it over their pork. I know better than anyone that we all need a handful of those recipes in our back p

Spicy Fish Tacos with a Mango Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema

These fish tacos are insanely awesome. But I am officially super confused. So, almost one year ago, Mr. T finally went to the allergist to figure out the real culprits behind his food allergies. You know, before I accidentally tried to kill him again. Anyway, we found out that he was insanely allergic to shell-fish but not allergic AT ALL to regular fish. Hooray! To celebrate, he went to California on a business trip and ate some salmon sashimi like it was going out of style.

Vampire Tacos

Every time Mr. T goes to California, he comes home begging me to recreate “vampire tacos”. Apparently he thinks I’m some culinary genius or something. You know who are culinary geniuses? Those dang kids on Masterchef Jr. I’ve been binge watching the latest season and my jaw drops at least 10 times an episode. These kids are seriously only eight years old, and they could kick my trash up and down the kitchen. They are so cool under pressure, too. I would just be a giant puddle

Steak Nachos

YOU GUYS!!! Check out the new digs! Nice, right? I’m still trying to get used to it, myself. And I’m sure there will be a few wrinkles to iron out here and there but I am SO happy with how it’s turned out. I’d love to know what you guys think, as well! Feel free to email, facebook, instagram or whatever else me and let me know how you like it! So far, so good! On to the good part: the food. For my first recipe post of the big blog revamp I decided to go with these awesome Ste

Copycat Bajio Shrimp Tacos

I worked at Bajio the summer after I graduated from high school and I very quickly fell in love with their shrimp tacos. That particular restaurant has since closed, and the closest one is about 30 minutes away, so whenever I need my Bajio fix it’s WAYYY more convenient to make it at home nowadays. I’ve already pretty much mastered their Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla, and we’ve got these shrimp tacos pretty dang close, all I need to do now is discover the secret to their swe

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Unfortunately I never saw this deliciousness last time I was wandering the streets of Mexico. We did however run into a gentleman who was walking around with a device that appeared to be two metal bars connected to a car battery. As we strolled past him, he shoved the bars into my older brother’s hands, turned on the battery and continued to electrocute him so vigorously that all the muscles in his hands contracted and he couldn’t let go. THEN he proceeded to turn the electri

Grilled Fish Tacos

This is a good recipe to have before Taco Tuesday rolls around this week. It’s also an excellent one to have after I posted that pico de gallo recipe last week. I told you that you were going to want to put it on all the things. These fish tacos are no exception. I want to grill all the things. Put pico on all the things. Eat all the things. And I did just that with these babies. I’ve probably told you before of my past disdain for tacos. I’ve never been a fan of the taco sea

Pico De Gallo

If you are anything like my friends and family, you have tomatoes bursting out of your garden around this time of year. If you are anything like me you are insanely jealous. Someday I’ll have a garden. And grass. And no weeds. BUT, if you are like the first people I mentioned, then this recipe is going to use up a whole lotta those tomatoes that are such a huge problem for you nowadays! (poor baby) I got this recipe from Pioneer Woman (I LOOOOOVVEEE HER) a couple years ago an

Shrimp Enchiladas

Oh, shell fish how I love you. These enchiladas are amazing. They are packed with veggie goodness and exploding with cheese. What else can you possibly ask for in life? Oh. Cilantro. You can ask for cilantro. Well guess what, buddy. It has that, too. A whole handful up there, see it? There’s only a little bit actually inside of it, but you know. Whatever. Throw it on top like I did and go to town. To continue my story from last week… I believe I left it around the point where

Copycat Bajio Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla

My first year of college I got a couple of jobs during the summer, one of which was at a Bajio in Provo, Utah. One of the absolute best things on the menu was their Chicken Green Chile Quesadilla. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s fresh and SOOOOO delicious. It’s got lots of peppers, lots of onions, and loads of cheese. All of the good things in life, basically. If you’ve never been to Bajio before, that’s okay! Because here is one of the best things on their menu! But also, I’m s

Pork Carnitas Tacos

It is 3:15 and Baby Girl still hasn’t taken a nap. Send. Help. Seriously, though. If you don’t hear from me in the next 24-48 hours she has probably taken me down in an exhausted fit of rage. She is usually a really sweet happy baby. Until she’s hungry/tired. She gets that from her momma. Speaking of my little sous chef… she wasn’t particularly helpful in the kitchen earlier today. I was baking a cheesecake and needed an ingredient from my pantry. I grabbed it, turned back ar

Mexican Lasagna

Here is a recipe you can make for Cinco de Mayo tomorrow. Now you can celebrate the crap out of Cinco de Mayo because guess what. I’m about to blow your mind. This is totally a crock pot recipe. YEAH. So you can go do whatever people do on Cinco de Mayo, and then come home to this awesomely cheesy dinner with layers upon layers of deliciousness. Win. Win. What do you do on Cinco de Mayo? I feel like I’m missing out on something awesome. All I do is make Mexican food. Then eat

Shrimp Quesadillas

I have an inexplicable love affair with seafood. Probably my favorite thing about it is that you get so much flavor, without adding a ton of calories.Probably my least favorite thing about it is that sometimes it tries to murder my husband. He developed an allergy to seafood a couple of months after we got married, and before we narrowed down the culprit to seafood, he had eaten it a couple of times with the reactions getting progressively worse and worse. The poor guy is tot

Cilantro Lime Ranch

Sorry about yesterday guys. I feel like in a way I left you hangin’ with my three word post. I know that’s why you come to this blog. It’s not for the photography or the recipes but to laugh at the hilarity that ensues. At least the pictures were pretty? And it involved nutella, so I guess I don’t really feel that bad… Today’s recipe is awesome too though! It is so versatile, you can use it to drench everything in delicious green goodness. I had a friend in high school who wa

Fish Tacos

I have been preparing your subconscious for this recipe for a while now, and I’m a little bit excited about it. Kids… try to contain yourself from licking your screen. Okay, has someone actually ever had to do that?! Literally contain themselves from LICKING a COMPUTER screen?! I highly doubt that. BUT these are super good, so try not to drool all over the place. Here we are combining the deliciousness that is my mango salsa and spicy oven-baked tilapia and throwing them both

Spicy Oven-Baked Tilapia

Going on four years ago now, Mr. T told me that he would take me to the infamous all-you-can-eat seafood buffet in his hometown in Mesquite, Nevada. Then… tragically, about 3 months before we tied the knot he developed an allergy to seafood. He’s sad about it, I’m sad about it, and the last place we want to be is at a seafood buffet. So basically what I’m saying is that somebody else needs to come stuff face with me at this buffet. ‘Cause unless we acquire an EpiPen, Mr. T ai

Lonestar Chicken Enchiladas

I get all my best recipes from Famous Julie. You all thought the title of my blog was a cutesy little spin off of a popular phrase… But it’s actually true. My mom really did teach me how to play with my food. Mr. T thanks his lucky stars every day for that. Famous Julie dug this recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine a while back. Boy, does she know how to pick ’em. Lonestar Chicken Enchiladas 2016-01-24 17:03:49 These enchiladas are SO GOOD. They are creamy, and cheesy and s

Buttery Cornbread

Cornbread and cinnamon honey butter… These guys should get married. Like how peanut butter and jelly are married? These two should consider doing that. For like tax reasons or green cards or true love or something. They just need to be together. Buttery Cornbread 2016-01-24 17:07:32 This buttery cornbread is sweet and SO addictive when slathered with cinnamon honey butter! Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2/3 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 2/3 cups milk

Steak Fajitas

Mexican food has to be the best food in the world. It’s always so colorful and beautiful, and these fajitas are no exception. They are incredibly easy and so dang tasty! Steak Fajitas 2016-01-25 15:08:05 These fajitas are flavorful, healthy and so easy to make! They are a STAPLE at my house for busy weeks! Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 green bell peppers, sliced 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 onion, sliced 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced 2 cups diced cooked steak

 

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