Spicy chili is one of my favorite dishes to make. It is super simple and there are always left overs. Chili leftovers are perfect for next day omelets or hashbrowns. This chili has a little bit of a twist. I usually like a more traditional borderline Italian chili. This time I changed it up and went heavy on Mexican spices. I started with lean ground beef then picked up some thinly sliced steak with light marbling. Think fajita cuts.
Layers of smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, fresh garlic, fresh cracked pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh onion all meld together with the fats from the meat and create the best base for this spicy chili. How spicy is obviously up to you. I love my chili to be nearly on fire! I know this is going to be one of my go to meals this fall/winter. I serve mine with a crusty piece of baguette, but crackers would be equally delicious.
Layers of smoky spices, lean cuts of beef, juicy tomatoes and red beans come together to make this amazing Mexican chili.
½ pound of lean ground beef
½ pound of thinly sliced steak (fajita beef)
1 small yellow onion chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic
1 can of light red kidney beans rinsed
1 can of diced tomatoes
¼ cup of tomato paste
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper
2 cups of beef or chicken broth
¼ cup of hot sauce
In a large soup pot heat a couple tbsps of olive oil.
Cook the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.
Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
Add in the spices.
Let cook for another 5 minutes or so until the meat is thoroughly coated.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock.
Add the beans.
Let cook for the next 1 hour on low.
Stir every 15 minutes or so.
Add in the hot sauce, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
Cook an additional 15 minutes.
The longer you cook this chili the better, but everything is done within the first hour. We are late eaters so I usually start this around 5 and let it cook over low for a few hours until we are ready to eat. This would also be great without the beans. I personally love the texture with the beans. I top mine with extra hot sauce, cheddar and sour cream. Patrick likes sour cream and chopped green onion. You can even trade out the sour cream for Greek yogurt! Yum!
I hope you try this recipe! Tag #kelliericecakes if you do!
Where we live there is a fantastic Asian restaurant on every corner. Korean BBQ, Hot Pot, Chinese dumplings, Pho- seriously everything you could dream of is within a 2 mile radius from our house. I wanted to try recreating a traditional Vietnamese beef noodle bowl that can be served within an hour. Honestly you can probably serve this in 30 minutes, but I wanted to have a very flavorful broth.
I started with a lean top round steak that I sliced very very thin. You can use any beef that you like, the more fat the more flavor. Since I was adding noodles to the dish I used a leaner beef to cut some calories. I marinated the sliced beef in soy sauce and garlic while my broth was simmering.
The broth starts with sauteing chopped onion and garlic. Then adding pureed ginger, sriracha sauce, and beef broth. Simmer until the broth begins to reduce then add the marinated beef. These bold flavors are so fragrant and spicy. My whole kitchen smelled so warm and cozy. Plus my favorite thing about rice noodles is the cook time. You just boil some water and pour it over the noodles. Letting them sit until soft and thickened.
Lobster fries have been blowing up my instagram feed lately. Everyone is serving up crispy salty fries covered in lobster to celebrate summer. This is a trend I can definitely get on board with! I wanted to add something a little extra because I just don’t seem to know when to stop. These fries are coated with a light dusting of seasoning salt, warm queso drizzled on top then piled with lobster and a side of steak. These surf and turf fries bring a whole new meaning to summer dinner.
Did I mention the red wine mushroom sauce drizzled over the steak? This sauce mixed with the cheese and fries is pure heaven. Lobster and steak are fairly lean proteins, but adding this cheese and buttery wine sauce turns the meal into quite the indulgence.
I remember growing up and thinking surf and turf was a dinner special for retired people. Now as a 30 year old woman I know surf and turf is just special and it is for all people. The first time I had a surf and turf special it was a seared ribeye topped with shrimp and garlic butter. I didn’t think there could be anything better. Now I know there is. This cheese. This filet. This buttery lobster. Seriously a match made in heaven.
What do you make when you have leftover steak? I know what you are thinking right now. Who the heck has leftover steak??? I made fennel and garlic rubbed ribeye last night and we had one left over. (PS. Recipe for the ribeyes coming soon!) This morning I woke up and I knew exactly what that left over ribeye was destined to be. A glorious steak, egg, and cheese bagel. Not just any bagel though. I made these thin onion bagels. I wanted something warm and fragrant without too much bread. I didn’t want anything to compete with this insane steak.
This crunchy crust is reminiscent of a baguette. Crisp outside with a soft yeasty inside. I topped them with onion flakes for a nice flavor to go with the crunch. Lathered with salted butter they don’t need any kind of sauce (except hot sauce if you are a serious heat junky like me). Creamy scrambled eggs and melted American cheese top the bagel off before the grand finale. Sliced pan fried ribeye. Go ahead and take a second to clean up that drool. Its okay my mouth is watering again too.
Ribeye thinly sliced (Mine was cooked medium rare)
1 tbsp of heavy cream
2 tbsp of butter
American cheese or any easy melting cheese
salt and pepper
For the Bagels:
2½ cups of AP flour
2 egg yolks
½ cup of very warm water
1 packet of fast active yeast
½ tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
6 cups of water for boiling
In a mixer with paddle attachment add the water, yeast and sugar.
Let sit for about 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble.
Add in the egg yolks and flour.
Begin to mix on medium low speed.
Sprinkle in the salt over the mixture.
Mix until a ball comes together about 10- 15 minutes.
Sprinkle with a little extra flour.
Let sit covered for 1 hour until double in size.
Form into 6 equal balls of dough.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Flatten each ball in your hand to about an 1 thick.
Use fingers to poke a hole through.
Boil on each side for about 30 seconds.
Sprinkle with onion flakes.
Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
Mix together the 3 eggs and cream.
Scramble over low for nice creamy eggs.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pan fry the steak until warm.
Split the bagels in half.
Butter each side and layer with cheese, egg, and steak.
I don’t know how much leftover steak there is in your house, but I bet you will think of a reason to cook a little extra now! These bagels are seriously everything in our house now. They literally bursting with flavor. The perfect combo of creamy, melty, and salty. Don’t forget to tag #kelliericecakes if you recreate! Enjoy!
A few weeks ago we went to Tybee Island for the weekend and we stopped at the most amazing restaurant on the beach. Patrick and I have always been very fond of hole in the wall type restaurants. Places where the owner is usually on site talking to the guests and all the pictures on the wall are family photos. After a day on the beach in the sun and wind we were starving. We weren’t planning on dinner for a few hours so we started searching the island for a place to have a snack. We found a really tiny beach “shack” with a large patio. We ordered a platter of shrimp and fried fish to share with a side of home made tartar sauce. I don’t know if it was the beach air, the long car ride, or if these truly were the greatest bites of fish and shrimp that I have eaten.
My goal was to try and recreate those fun beach memories with my own fish fry. My batter is not quite as light as the batter I had that weekend on the beach, but it is so delicious. The spicy crunch of the batter with the tender shrimp and fish on the inside. A squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprinkle of salt and you are set for an amazing meal.
The true star of the meal is this tartar sauce. I have never really had tartar sauce with my fish in the past, but after trying it at the beach and Patrick raving about it I knew I needed to try. I am pretty impressed with my first try. If you do not like a super tart tarter sauce skip the lemon. I think I would have liked the sauce more if I had just left the fresh lemon on my fish and not added it to the sauce too.
I remember when I was 18 and had just moved into my first apartment with my girl friends. We had no idea how to cook anything and often reheated our meals. Sitting around eating our baked frozen onion rings thinking they were the greatest snack in the world. Typically peeling the onions apart from the fried parts and tossing them to the side. These are not those onion rings. These fried onions are so crispy and spicy. I love them on top of a big juicy burger. Born is my cheddar jalapeno stuffed burger topped with fried onions.
And these burgers… oh … my … gosh! Stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos, topped with melt-y American cheese, fried onions, and a sweet bbq glaze, this is my ultimate cheese burger!
The glaze is a mixture of sweet bbq sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce, and Worcestershire. I absolutely love the deep bold flavors. A little really goes a long way.
I might have had chicken in every meal for the past 7 days straight. I can’t help myself. Chicken has been on sale at the local grocery store all month and my freezer is packed full of different cuts. Thighs with skin, boneless thighs without skin, breast, tenders, thin cutlets… the list goes on. I am proud to say that I haven’t been bored yet. Some how each dinner gets more creative than the last.
1 russet potato cut into wedges or thin even sticks
3 cups of canola oil for frying
monterey jack cheese
1 cup of ranch dressing
1 cup of hot sauce
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp of butter
1 cup of lettuce chopped
small flour tortillas
In a large bag add in the flour, panko, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika
Toss in the chicken and coat evenly
In a bowl mix the eggs and milk
Add in the chicken
Move the chicken back into the bag of flour mix
Toss again to coat evenly
Fry in the canola oil until cooked to 165 degrees
drain on a paper towel
In a sautee pan heat the hot sauce, garlic, and butter
Toss the chicken in the sauce
Cook the potatoes in the oil until golden brown
Season with salt and let rest on paper towel
To assemble start with the tortillas
Sprinkle the cheese over the tortillas
Add chicken and fries
Top with lettuce and ranch
These buffalo chicken tacos are so cheesy and spicy. Layers of monterey jack, crispy fried chicken, garlicy buffalo sauce, hand cut fries, ranch, and lettuce all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. It is definitely one of my new favorite combos. I am pretty sure I am obsessed with fries stuffed into any taco or burrito.
Obviously you can customize these fries to your liking, but I like mine fully cooked and slightly soggy. I know that sounds crazy, but it just makes it so easy for them to soak up the hot sauce.
Tacos are so versatile. You can change up almost any ingredients and just wrap up in a tortilla. Buffalo chicken just happens to be one of my personal favorite fillings!
Yesterday I defrosted some chicken with the intent of grilling some chicken and veggies for dinner. Then all day at work I kept thinking about my food processor. Yes. My food processor. Do you ever sit around running through the inventory of your refrigerator and pantry? I do. ALL THE TIME. Sometimes after a long day at work I just do not feel like going to the store. So I sit and think about what I can come up with at home. Then entered the food processor. And BOOM this garlic aioli was born. Creamy garlic mayo with cayenne pepper, honey, and lemon juice. This sauce is a perfect blend of tart sweet and spicy. I grilled some burgers and burger buns, caramelized onions and mushrooms, then topped everything with this aioli. Yesssss.
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers With Garlic Aioli
Recipe type: Main Course, Burger
Caramelized onion and mushroom burgers with garlic aioli.
2 Beef patties
Sliced American cheese
1 cup of bella mushrooms
1 small yellow onion, sliced
1 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp of brown sugar
1 sliced tomato
Spinach or lettuce
Large burger buns
¼ cup of mayo (I like dukes the best for aioli)
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp honey
Preheat the grill
In a blender or food processor mix the mayo, juice from the lemon, cayenne pepper, garlic, and honey
Set to the side
For quick and easy nights I have my local grocery's meat department form a few beef patties for me.
Grill the burgers to your preferred temperature (I like medium rare)
Add the cheese
In a sauce pan heat the butter, onions, and mushrooms
When the onions start to look translucent add the brown sugar
Lightly grill the burger buns, about 2 minutes
Add the burger to the bun and add a heaping spoonful of onions and mushrooms
Drizzle the aioli over the burger
Top with tomatoes and spinach (or lettuce)
Add the bun top and enjoy!
These burgers are super juicy and really pack a punch in the flavor department. As a side we had grilled squash, but I recommend onion rings if you aren’t calorie counting like us! These buns were some homemade buns I made a while back and froze. Potato buns would be a great alternative.
These pictures truly do not do these burgers justice, but when I was taking them the sun was almost gone and the delicious onion-y beef-y smell kept tickling my nose. You will understand when you make them 😉
Can we talk about this gorgeous bright green parsley? This is my favorite time to shop for veggies and herbs. Everything is so green and ripe. Parsley is not necessary, but I think it gives this dish a fresh pop in a world of gooey cheese.
If you have never tried a cabonara before try and imagine your favorite noodles with a light creamy sauce bites of sausage (or pancetta) then tossed with tons of grated Parmesan topped with crushed red pepper flakes. If you wanted to go the low carb route you could even swap the noodles for spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.
Cook pasta following directions, add the 2 tbsp of salt to the water before boiling
Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of cooking water
In a separate bowl whisk together 1 egg and 2 egg yolks
In a large pot (preferably the one used for cooking the pasta) cook the ground sausage until golden brown
Add in the dried herbs and garlic
Pour the drained pasta into the pot
Add in the eggs and reserved cooking water
Mix with a large spoon quickly until the pasta is evenly coated
The pasta and the reserved water should still be very warm
Add cheese, parsley and crushed red pepper
Toss to coat
Season to taste with salt and pepper
This is one of the best go to meals for a late night when you just hate the thought of standing over the stove. It comes together so quickly. If you skip the sausage the longest part would be waiting for the pasta to cook, but don’t skip the sausage – it is just too good!
I have been dying to make a chimichurri sauce ever since my mom send me a new food processor. Seriously, the most handy device in the kitchen. Most of the sauces chimichurri sauces I love are amazing straight from the processor. This sauce I brushed onto the kabobs as they grilled. The result was perfectly juicy chicken and veggies with crispy edges. This meal can be prepared in around 20 minutes! It is so fast and flavorful!
Side note- Patrick and I found this tiny restaurant tucked away on a back road Sunday. The menu was a mix of Korean flavors with a Mexican twist. Korean BBQ tacos with freshly pickled jalapenos and cabbage slaw tossed in a light vinaigrette. They served a side of double fried french fries seasoned with sesame oil and lemon pepper. Such a great find! Last Friday we took the kids to the food truck friday event down town and shared some of the most amazing treats. My favorite indulgence was a homemade biscuit topped with buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, bacon jam and fresh pimento cheese. I cannot even describe how amazing each bite was. Fluffy buttery biscuit with crunchy tomato and juicy chicken. I see many more food truck visits in my future!
20 Minute Tuesdays : Chicken Kabobs With Fresh Jalapeno Chimichurri
Recipe type: Chicken, Kabobs
Juicy chicken kabobs brushed with fresh jalapeno chimichurri.
1 pound of chicken breast
1 red bell pepper
½ of a white onion
1 bunch of fresh parsley
1 sprig of fresh oregano
2 tbsp of olive oil
½ stick of melted butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 fresh jalapeno
1 bag of mini red potatoes
I use a charcoal grill, but preheat any grill you have available.
Quick tip for cooking potatoes fast- dump potatoes in a tupperware. Poke a few holes in each. Set the lid on top, but do not seal the entire way. Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes. Set to the side to cool slightly.
Cut chicken, onion and pepper into even chunks. Slide onto a kabob skewer. I prefer metal.
On a separate skewer add all the potatoes.
In a food processor blend herbs, spices olive oil, jalapeno and butter.
Lay the skewers on the grill and brush the chimichurri onto the meat and veggies.
Cook on each side for 10 minutes.
Brushing extra chimichurri as you flip.
Cook until chicken temp reaches 165 degrees.
If you want something a little extra smash all the potatoes with a fork when you remove them from the grill. Top with garlic powder, cracked pepper and cheddar cheese.
I am pretty sure I will make this meal a few times a week. It was so amazing. Light and healthy, yet filling!