Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Queso Bites

First things first, I LOVE VEGAS!!! I just got back from my first trip to Sin City last night and had an amazing time with my girlfriends. I will definitely be posting some pics from the trip soon.

This week is so crazy so I needed a quick snack for tonight’s Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers. The final three contestants are visiting their hometown’s tonight on American Idol so in honor of my hometown I’m going for quick, easy, and of course, Mexican Food.

You can’t go out to eat in Dallas without seeing Queso on the menu. It’s a must have snack and the epitome of comfort food in my opinion. Velveeta is perfect for making these cheese bites because they slightly congeal (yay processed cheese) after sitting for a few minutes. Make it…your taste buds will thank you!

Check out tonight’s recipe feature on Reality Rocks HERE!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 pd lean ground sirloin
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 can original rotel
  • 1 pd original velveeta cheese (small brick), cubed
  • bag of tostitos scoops
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, minced

Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large dutch oven.

Saute the onion

Red bell pepper

and jalapeno until tender.

Add the sirloin, chile powder and cumin and saute until the meat is cook through.

Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the Rotel and cheese.

Stirring frequently cook until the cheese is completely melted and smooth. Assemble the tortilla chips.

Scoop some queso into the scoops.

Sprinkle with the cilantro.

Let them sit for 2-3 minutes. The cheese will congeal slightly making them into little cheese bites. Serve on a large platter.

Bon Appétit!

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Casa Milagro [Restaurant]

Richardson is making me very very happy with the great Mexican food joints I keep discovering. First it was Holy Frijoles (the best queso in town), and now it’s Casa Milagro!!

Created from the family gene pool of the M Crowd Restaurant group…thank you Taco Diner and Mi Cocina…Casa Milagro has great chips, salsa (spicy – a must), ritas, and fajitas. All of the components that are required for me to return to a tex-mex restaurante. So check it out, it’s delicious and quaint. I only have one request…try the queso and let me know how it is. The 2011 diet has begun. 😦

Life is better with Tex-Mex

Tex-MexI can’t have a food blog and not talk about my favorite food in the world! Well, as the title says, life gets a whole lot better with a little bit of Tex-Mex. It makes me happy just typing the name. 🙂

I have to preface this blog by saying that I love ALL types of mexican food and, in my personal opinion, it doesn’t get any better than the Mexican food in Texas. Since I can remember I have always been drawn to chips, salsa, and of course…Queso! I mean what’s not to love about a big pot of melted cheese with some spicy beef, hot peppers, and roasted tomatoes thrown into the mix. My obsession started young and I have to blame my Okie/Texan family for introducing it to me early on. Half of my family is from Oklahoma and half from Texas..it makes for a fun football season let me tell ya!

My first real memory of Mexican food started with my grandfather’s salsa. Anytime I would ever go over to see my grandparents the first thing I would do is go to the fridge and pull out the salsa. He would even hide it sometimes because, once the boys found where it was hidden, it would be gone in a matter of minutes. For years I couldn’t find a salsa as good as his until I finally tasted my big brother’s recipe.

Side Note: As I mentioned in the “This is Me” section, my father is an amazing cook, but he’s not the only one. My grandfather and brother can really hold their own in the kitchen.

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