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Recipe: Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Recipe: Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup full fat mayonnaise
½ cup full fat sour cream
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until well combined and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sauce will last up to one week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe: Pantry-Only Tex Mex Mac ‘n Cheese

Recipe: Pantry-Only Tex Mex Mac ‘n Cheese

Ingredients

10 oz macaroni, rotini or fusilli
salt for pasta water
16.25 can whole kernel corn
11 can Ro*tel (diced tomato & chili)
3.25 can sliced black olives
1 lb Velveeta cheese block
1 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp smoked spanish paprika
¼ tsp ground red pepper
minced dried onion for topping

Directions

Cook the pasta to package directions.
Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water.
Drain pasta.

Open the canned ingredients and drain.

Chop the Velveeta into 1 inch pieces.

Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
Add the canned ingredients. Heat for about 5 minutes.

Mix in all the dried seasonings excluding the dried minced onion.

Mix in the reserved cooking water.
Mix in the Velveeta until the sauce is creamy.

Mix in the cooked pasta.
Top with the dried minced onion and serve immediately.

Recipe: Smoky Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas

Ingredients

Directions

Recipe: Chipotle Macaroni Salad

This Chipotle Macaroni Salad comes together in 15 minutes. It’s the perfect dish for summer entertaining!

Ingredients

2 cups dry macaroni
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2/3 cup full fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced
2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook macaroni to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.

In a large bowl combine the macaroni with the peppers and onion.

In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, cheese, chipotle peppers, cilantro and lime juice.

Mix the mayo mixture into the macaroni until well combined.

Serve immediately. Top with chopped cilantro. Tastes great at room temperature or cold.

You can make this the day before you want to serve it. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe: Chicken Posole

Posole or Pozole is a traditional soup or stew from Mexico. It’s the perfect dish for the cooler months as it warms you from the inside out. This Chicken Posole recipe is the perfect family meal!

4-6 servings

6 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 tbsp dried, ground mild Chimayo pepper
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chopped, fresh oregano
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or turkey
1 can (15 oz) hominy, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste
–toppings can include
lime wedges
sliced avocado
sliced jalapeno
shredded cheese or crumbled Queso Fresco
freshly chopped cilantro
diced tomato
chopped radish
thinly sliced cabbage

In a medium sized soup pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add in the Chimayo spice, lime juice and oregano, reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add in the chicken and hominy. Continue to cook for about 5-10 more minutes or until everything is warmed though. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
Ladle into serving bowls and top with any and all ingredients on the ingredient list.

Recipe: Smoky Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas

These Smoky Watermelon Jalapeño Margaritas are all about cooling down on steamy summer days. They are fruity, refreshing, spicy and smoky (from the Mezcal) You can adjust the spiciness to taste, use as much jalapeño as you wish.

1 margarita

3 cups fresh watermelon (use 2 ounces watermelon juice per margarita)
1 Jalapeño pepper, sliced thin
2 ounces Mezcal tequila
juice from 1/2 fresh lime
3/4 ounce agave sweetener or simple syrup
–you will also need
coarse salt to rim glass
lime slices for serving
ice

Purée the watermelon in a blender. Strain the juice into a clean bowl.
Pour some salt onto a flat plate. Rim the edge of a high ball cocktail glass with lime juice. Roll the glass rim in the salt.
Muddle a few slices of the Jalapeño on the bottom of a cocktail shaker with 2 ounces of the watermelon juice.
Fill the cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
Pour in the Mezcal, lime juice and agave syrup. Add a splash of water. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake until well combined.
Strain into the prepared glass.
You can make up to 12 cocktails with the watermelon juice.

Recipe: Mexican Beef Quinoa Casserole

We love this healthy, protein packed meal for weeknight family dinners!

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cloves minced garlic
1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, well drained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
1 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese (a combo of cheddar & mozzarella is great)
–toppings
sliced green onion
fresh avocado
fresh cilantro
chopped fresh tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9X13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Cook quinoa to package directions, remove from the stove top & fluff with a fork. Combine the 2 cheeses in a bowl.
In a large sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium high until shimmering. Add the onion, bell pepper & garlic. Cook a few minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the ground beef, chili powder, cumin and salt. Continue to sauté until the ground beef is cooked through (about 5 minutes) Add the drained tomatoes and chipotle pepper. Combine well, heat for 2 minutes then remove from heat. Stir in the black beans, quinoa, sour cream and 1 cup of the cheese.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly in the pan. Top with the remaining cheese.
Bake the casserole uncovered until the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Broil for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned.
Watch so the cheese does not burn. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes, garnish with chopped cilantro, green onion, avocado and tomatoes.

Chipotle Macaroni Salad

This Chipotle Macaroni Salad comes together in 15 minutes. It’s the perfect dish for summer entertaining!

2 cups dry macaroni
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
2/3 cup full fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced
2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for topping
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
In a large bowl combine the macaroni with the peppers and onion.
In a medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, cheese, chipotle peppers, cilantro and lime juice.
Mix the mayo mixture into the macaroni until well combined.
Serve immediately. Top with chopped cilantro. Tastes great at room temperature or cold.
You can make this the day before you want to serve it. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.