Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De Mayo


It's the 5th of May!  

I'm thinking we'll have Mexican food.  Not that we need a reason, we love Mexican cuisine! 

Appetizer- the old stand by recipe for Velveeta Cheese Dip. I add a can of cream of mushroom soup to make it a little thicker and creamier.  (Add browned ground beef and you've got a meal.)

Here's an easy crockpot recipe. It's oh tan bunea!

Zesty Picante Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
16 oz jar picante sauce
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded cheese
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.  Add picante sauce.  Spread black beans over top.  Cook on low setting for 6-8 hrs or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced.  Top with cheese, cover and heat until melted.  Spoon into pre-heated soft tortilla shells and roll up.  

I do not reinvent the wheel when it comes to Spanish rice.  Both of these brands are easy to make and delicious. 
The best refried beans come from a pot of  fresh cooked pintos.  Just mash them up.  But if you don't have time, the ones in the can are just fine.
My family likes chalupas (tostados.)  Spread refried beans on a toasted hard flat tortilla shell.  Top with salsa, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and/or black olives. Delicioso!
For dessert, we need something cool and refreshing after all this spicy and rich food.  How about key lime pie?  Better yet, after all those calories, what about an almost fat free key lime pie? 
This is one of my favorite recipes.  I'm always asked to share it.

 Low Fat Key Lime Pie

6 oz reduced fat graham cracker crust
14 oz can fat free sweetened condensed milk
8 oz fat free egg substitute
1/2 cup fresh lime juice from Key limes
8 oz fat free whipped topping

Preheat oven to 325.  Combine all ingredients, except for whipped topping, and pour in crust.  Bake about 15 minutes.  Garnish with topping.

 You will not believe how wonderful this pie is!

So go ahead...

Have yourself a little fiesta today!
Posting to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum

Besos y abrazos,


Pamela said...

Tammy this is great!!! Thanks for these easy delicious recipes!! I think i will make some of this for dinner tonight. I love the slow cooker one...i love using the slow cooker!!
Thanks a bunch!!

Anonymous said...

I completely forgot it was Cinco de Mayo! Wake up :) These recipes look delish! I'm partial to the slow cooker recipe. That is how I cook 95% of the time. The pie looks amazing, too. The low fat takes a bit of the guilt out :)
Thanks for sharing these! I'll let you know how the picante chicken turns out.

Karen said...

Mmm, that food looks awesome & is making me hungry. Check back tomorrow & I am going to do a shout out to you & a big thanks! K

Angeline said...

Yum! Can't wit to have some Cinco de Mayo fun! Thanks for the inspiration!

Andrea said...

that Pie is looking divine! Thanks for the recipes!

Gabriela Delworth said...


Wow! I would love a Mexican Fiesta and in Spanish!

~ Gabriela ~

Sunny Simple Life said...

How lovely the patio is set. We had our celebration last night with the extended family. Your recipes look yum!!!

Brandi said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks for sharing your recipes! That piece of pie is calling my name!

Anonymous said...

Hey Girl,
Happy Cinco De Mayo. If you ever want the recipe for authentic 'mexican' rice, I've got the recipe for you, as I've perfected it over time. That's what happens when your half Mexican.

Have a great day.


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

How fun Tammy! Yummy on the recipes..thanks for sharing.

Donnie said...

I love those recipes and will have to make them soon. I don't know why but I'm making Pot Roast tonight. I always seem to march to a different

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you, I'm a dessert fan! I could handle a piece of that pie right now!

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo, these recipes all look delicious! Thanks for stopping by to comment on my blog today.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Believe me I have celebrated today! We had a lunch at school and then more food at a staff meeting. I need to go take a walk! This was a great post. I'm a key lime pie lover and will definitely try your recipe. Hope you have a great weekend...~Ann

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Just mmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Thant looks delish! I LOVE Mexican food! Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a new follower! I may have to copy this recipes!!!

Lori E said...

If I wasn't already stuffing my face I would be licking the screen but lucky for me I could control myself.
I love key lime pie and I make a frozen lime cheesecake that is really good and easy too. .

ButterYum said...

I'm glad I've already eaten, because your post would make me crazy if I was hungry. Happy FF.


Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Ohhh, that pie sounds wonderful. I love that it's a healthier version of the original.

I'd love for you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

CHH said...

Dear Tammy,

While I've only just recently become acquainted with you and your beautiful blog you strike me as such a kind and generous human being.

I hope we can sit down at some point in the future and have a cool drink and enjoy some
of that delicious cheese dip with nachos
and just shoot the breeze so to speak.

I look forward to featuring you on my blog

The hospitality that you have shown me has
not gone unnoticed.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend that fills
your spirit.

Cheers, Tammy.


Coastal Blue Ocean

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

All of your recipes sound delicious. I love crockpot recipes so I will definitely try the chicken and the key lime pie. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower.

classic • casual • home said...

Mouth watering. I went to a party tonight with the best fish tacos. Buenas noche.

mississippi artist said...

It is five after six in the morning, but I could go to our local mexican resturant right now if it was open. You have made me hungry! Your recipes sound so easy though, I guess I could make it myself!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, yummy! I haven't cooked with my crockpot (love that word!) for a while. This post makes me want to go downstairs and whip it out!


His Way or Her Way said...

Okay. . I'm ready to come over for the party. But I lost the directions. Great blog!! I am now a follower and hope that you will visit our blog soon!


Diann said...

What a yummy post!

Heather said...

Hi Tammy! I am a day late, but so happy I was able to read your post as these recipes look delicious. My family adores mexican food. We eat it at least once a week. There's also nothing like a great margarita too!

Cindy said...

The food looks wonderful, my friend, whenever we cross the border to your side, we have to have a feast of Mexican food. We can't get good Mexican fare up here. Nor can we buy good soft corn tortillas! I sometimes go with the hard corn and the soft flour tortillas, but the soft corn is so much tastier!
I have never seen Key lime juice up here, either, but I had key lime pie recently at my son's house. When he was in Florida with his son this Winter, he purchased a jar of it and brought it home to his wife. She made an amazing pie with it!!!
I am going to copy that chicken recipe, it sounds too good to pass up. Thanks so much for it.
Hugs, Cindy

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

I didn't get to have Mexican food for Cinco De Mayo, but I think I'm heading out to eat some tonight-can't get enough of it. Your Key Lime Pie recipe looks divine. Have a great weekend!


Sarah said...

My mom used to make that key lime pie frequently. I'd forgotten how easy and tasty it is. Thanks! ~ Sarah

Susanne said...

I didn't know there was a low fat sweetened condensed milk and key lime is my husbands favorite. I'll have to try your recipe.
Happy Mother's Day!