Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

I’ve made a few versions of smashed chickpea avocado sandwiches. It’s been a try this with the recipe, try that with the recipe, using whatever’s at hand. I haven’t come up with an actual “recipe” that I wanted to share, though, until I hit upon a combination of Southwestern flavors. So here’s my Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich.

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Southwestern Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

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Spicy Pinto Beans Instant Pot or Stovetop

Spicy Pinto Beans Instant Pot or Stovetop

Ok, so what kind of blogger/friend would I be if I posted my homemade Mexican Pinto Bean Spice and then didn’t follow up with a recipe for my Spicy Pinto Beans Instant Pot or Stovetop? So here it is, and you can make these the old-fashioned way by simmering on the stove or the quicker newfangled Instant Pot version. I vote for quicker, but I have an Instant Pot and an issue with delaying gratification.

Spicy Pinto Beans Instant Pot or Stovetop

Spicy Pinto Beans Instant Pot or Stovetop

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Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

My favorite way to cook pinto beans is with a ham hock or some bacon, maybe a little broth, but that’s because I just love the flavors of Mexican beans just as they are. They’re like a delicious foil for everything else that probably IS spicy on my plate. But everyone I know seems to like to spice up their beans, so I’ve come up with this fun Mexican Pinto Bean Spice.

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

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Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Now that summer is just about here…we hope…it’s time to think about those snacks we’d like to have out on the deck on a balmy evening. Chips and Salsa, I’m thinking. And one of my favorite summer recipes is a Salsa Fresca, a classic Pico de Gallo. Particularly Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa. Maybe even with a cold, slushy Margarita. But that will have to be another post.

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

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Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole & Beef Enchiladas

Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us, the day that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French near the city of Puebla on 5 May 1862. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican culture. If you know me, you gotta know that I’m down with that & I hardly need any excuse to whip up some Mexican food. I thought I’d celebrate the day with Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole napped over Shredded Barbacoa Beef Enchiladas.

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

Rick Bayless Brick Red Mole over Shredded Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas

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Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

I would say I’m having a secret love affair, except it’s no secret that I’m loving my Instant Pot. And ya’ll probably know that I love Mexcian & Southwestern food. And I’ve been known to stop by Chiptole’s Mexican Grill now & then. So it was just a matter of time, eh? for this Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef.

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

Instant Pot Chipotle Barbacoa Beef

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Classic Huevos Rancheros

Classic Huevos Rancheros

If you follow me, by now you’ve probably noticed I have a passion for Mexican food. And maybe you do, too? So when I started thinking about Cinco de Mayo coming up and Mother’s day right after, I couldn’t help but think of the classic Huevos Rancheros. Make that Huevos Rancheros! With an explanation mark!

Classic Huevos Rancheros

Classic Huevos Rancheros

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Super easy and fast, shortcut these fajitas with already cooked chicken. Great for using leftovers.

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas

Do you guys want an easy, 20-minute Shortcut Chicken Fajitas recipe? One that starts with cooked chicken so you can have it on the table fast, fast, fast? A recipe that lets you use chicken cooked ahead for meal prep or any leftovers or a rotisserie chicken you have on hand?

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas & Cilantro Lime Rice.

Shortcut Chicken Fajitas & Cilantro Lime Rice

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Mexican Pot Roast Carne Guisada

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast - Super Easy, just right and so many things to do with the leftovers!! Insanely good!

If you’re looking for a simple dinner with flavor to die for, this is the one. Mexican Style Pot Roast. Perfect for a family, easy to make and a bounty of succulent, tender meat for dinner (and if there’s any left) some of the best leftovers, ever.

Mexican Pot Roast

Mexican Pot Roast – leftover as tostadas

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Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn - grilled for 8 minutes, then slathered in a spicy, cheesy mix! A favorite.

Maybe the world doesn’t need another post on “Grilled Mexican Street Corn” or what is really our American version based off of the classic “Elotes.” I do, though – or else I’m hitting up sites when I’m making dinner, trying to find the particulars.

Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Style Street Corn

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Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Pickled Peppers

Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos - easy and no processing needed!

I love summer when the living is easy…gardening, grilling and maybe even a little light canning. I’m not about putting up quarts of tomatoes (although you should see how many plants we put in, lol!) but I do tinker with small batches of something special. Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Jalapenos fit the bill & bonus…they go right in the fridge and don’t have to be “processed.”

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

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Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

We seem to be having Cinco de Mayo week rather than just a day here at the Frugal household! Really, the three previous posts are all leading up to this very special recipe, Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso. What can I say? This is a masterpiece. I wish I could have gotten this recipe to you before the holiday, but make it anytime or pin it for later!

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso

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Best Guacamole

An absolute classic - the best guacamole, ever!

So do you guys use a recipe for Guacamole? Generally I don’t. I usually just go by taste & what I have on hand. I have another post coming up, Bob Armstrong Chile con Queso that calls for some Guacamole, so this time: a recipe.

Best Guacamole

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Our Family’s Favorite Tacos

Our family's taco - make with a home-made classic seasoning or with our smokin' chipotle taco seasoning.

Unless you grew up around Mexican food, chances are your first introduction to it was probably the ground beef taco. And maybe you make them for your family – they’re fast, easy & everyone seems to love them from kids to kids at heart. I make a few different kinds of ground beef tacos, but these are our fave.

Our Family’s Favorite Tacos

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