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Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

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Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

Raise your hand if Mexican food is one of your favorite ethnic dishes!  How about Italian food?!  I was torn last week on what to make for dinner, so I combined our family's two favorites (Italian and Mexican) and created these mouth-watering, Mexican-inspired stuffed shells.  

As you know, traditional stuffed shells are filled with Italian cheeses and meat, and are lovingly bathed in a savory marinara sauce.  For this zestier version, we stuffed taco meat (seasoned with Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend), black beans, Cherchies® Pretty Hot Peppers,  and cheese into jumbo pasta shells, and steeped them in salsa for a meal bursting with Mexican flavors.

Add a twist to Taco Tuesday by creating this easy, Mexican dish full of zippy flavor, and serve a meal your family is going to love!  

You may want to make a second batch to freeze for later!

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  • 1 yellow (sweet) onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 pound (lb) ground turkey or beef
  • 3 generous Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend
  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Minor's Beef Base, dissolved in 1/4 cup of water (could substitute 1 beef bouillion cube dissolved in 1/4 cup water or 1/4 cup prepared beef broth)
  • 2 cups of your favorite salsa or pico de gayo, divided in half (Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa or Cherchies®Vidalia Onion Peach Salsa are our favorites)
  • 1 jar Cherchies®Pretty Hot Peppers
  • 1 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican Cheese blend, plus another cup for topping
  • Jumbo Pasta Shells (enough to fit in 8x 11 baking dish), cooked according to package directions, 5 minutes under cooking time.
  • 1/4 cup Taco sauce (found in Mexican isle of grocery store)
  • small can sliced black olives, drained
  • 4 green onions, sliced (optional for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet, sauté onion in olive oil on medium-low heat until translucent.  After onion has cooked, add ground meat, Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend, and beef base or bouillon mixed in water.

Turn heat to low and simmer meat until no longer pink.  While meat is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions minus 6 minutes, and drain and set aside.  (Shells are easier to fill when they are al dente, plus they won't get mushy when cooked in the oven).

As meat finishes cooking, add Cherchies® Pretty Hot Peppers, 1 cup of salsa/pico de gayo, and the can of black beans to the mixture, stir, and cook for a few more minutes.  Next, add 1/2 cup shredded cheese to the meat mixture and stir until melted.  Turn off heat and allow the meat to cool for ten minutes.  (This will make filling the shells easier).  

To a 9x13 baking dish, add the other cup of salsa/pica de gayo, and spread evenly in the pan.  After meat and shells have cooled slightly, hold individual shells in hand and fill shells with meat mixture and carefully place in baking dish.

Drizzle Taco sauce over shells, then sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over shells.  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Garnish with chopped green onions and olives (optional) and serve!


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Tex-Mex Avocado Toast Recipe

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Tex-Mex Avocado Toast Recipe

Tex-Mex Avocado Toast Recipe

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty:  Easy

One serving.

Trending lately on social media is a fascination with Avocado Toast.  There is a reason why I have not posted a version of this mysterious concoction, mainly because it honestly sounded awful.   I love avocados, but never thought to combine them with bread, eggs, salsa, or any of the other crazy combinations out there in cyber world... At least that was until recently.

As I was tooling around for salsa recipe ideas, I ran across yet another reminder of this trend.  Despite my reluctance to try avocado toast, my curiosity finally got the best of me.   Determined to make this layered, green obsession with our products, I put my big girl pants on and started creating.  I adorned a humble piece of toast with creamy avocado seasoned with Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro, fluffy scrambled eggs, and a dollop of Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa. Within minutes, this masterpiece was finished.  

Wow! Talk about a flavor party in my mouth!  I cannot believe I procrastinated all this time to make avocado toast!!!  Seriously friends, if you have reservations about avocado toast, let me debunk any concerns because it is delicious and addicting!  (In fact, I may eat it for breakfast or as a snack forever:).  So the next time you want to switch things up from your usual routine, grab some bread, avocados, eggs, and salsa, and create this healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack. It only takes minutes, and you will not be disappointed!

Do you have a favorite avocado toast recipe?  Share it with us and we will post it on our blog! 



Cut an avocado in half and score one half of the avocado with a knife.  Scoop out the avocado with a spoon into a small bowl.  Add lime juice, Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning, mix and set aside.  Tightly cover the other avocado half with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.

Toast the bread in a toaster.  While the bread is toasting, in a small bowl, beat two eggs.  Turn the skillet on low, and cook the eggs, stirring occasionally until the eggs are cooked through.

On a small plate, begin layering the toast with the avocado, scrambled eggs, salsa, and garnish with the chopped cilantro (optional).  

And voila!  Your healthy, tasty, treat awaits you!  Dig in!

Tex- Mex Avocado Toast Recipe

Tex- Mex Avocado Toast Recipe


Tex-Mex French Bread Pizza Recipe

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Tex-Mex French Bread Pizza Recipe

Tex-Mex French Bread Pizza Recipe

Cook Time:  10-15 minutes

Difficulty:  Extremely Easy!

I know there are some leftover haters out there. It's okay...I confess, I used to be one of them! Growing up, I did not understand the concept of eating a meal twice in a row, so as you can imagine, our dog was well-fed...sorry Mom if you're reading you know;) Also, when it came to leftovers and wasting food, another thing I did not understand, my mom would often refer to a money tree growing in the backyard...except I never saw one!  Crazy parents! :)

As a mom of three, I totally get the concept of leftovers, saving money, wasting less, and of course, the money tree. (I have been known to tease our teenage children occasionally...they look at me like I am crazy...crazy kids).  

I see leftovers as a creative challenge to create new masterpieces, to save money, and to waste less. Amen!  For this round of leftovers, I made Tex-Mex French Bread Pizzas, using leftover chicken, sweet and robust Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa, savory Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning Blend, and of course French Bread and gooey cheese!  Sounds dreamy, right? These pizzas hit all the flavor notes and were devoured in minutes!

If you have not added French Bread Pizzas to your recipe cache, you need to do so, and this Tex-Mex version will quickly become a family favorite!  Your pizzas will disappear and so will your leftovers! The money tree?  Not so much!

What is your favorite French Bread Pizza Recipe?  We would love to hear from you!  Thank you for stopping by:)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice a baguette or Italian bread in half vertically.  Place bread halves on a baking sheet.  Spread each slice with a generous amount of spaghetti or pizza sauce (maybe 1 cup?  It all depends on the size of the bread).  Sprinkle the diced chicken or turkey over the bread halves.

Next, add the Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa over the chicken.  Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning (or to taste).  Of course, what pizza wouldn't be complete without the cheese?  Add the cheese to you heart's delight...add some decide, it's ok!

If you're wondering about the brown stuff in the first picture, it's taco meat.  I also had leftover taco meat I added to one half of the pizza (a previous pizza night:)  Plop the pizzas into the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until pizza is golden brown and the cheese is melty.  Slice into individual portions and enjoy!

Tex-Mex French Bread Pizza Recipe


Tex-Mex Burger Recipe

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Tex-Mex Burger Recipe

Burger lovers, be prepared to be blown away! This Tex-Mex burger recipe is a force to be reckoned with, as it hits all the flavor notes, sweet, spicy, and smoky, all wrapped up in one lip-smacking package!

Inspired by a leftover jar of our sweet and robust Black Bean & Corn Salsa, my mission was set, to incorporate the leftover salsa and create a burger recipe that would send our taste buds into overload.  Mission accomplished!  This burger was a huge hit with our family!  Are you salivating yet?  Hang in there!

Aside from the tasty toppings, one key to this delicious burger is no-doubt, the freshly ground meat. A few years back, our friends introduced us to the idea of homemade ground meat, and it has truly taken our burgers to the next level.  Ask your grocery store butcher to grind the meat for you, or grind it at home.  We purchased a food grinder attachment for our mixer, but there are plenty of other meat grinding options if you don't have a mixer.   

Seriously consider adding this palate-tantalizing recipe to your favorites.  You will not be disappointed and your family will thank you! These would also make rockin' sliders for your next Game Day menu, everything the same, except smaller.  

Serve these burgers with our Cilantro Lime Corn on the Cob or our Herbed Sweet Potato Fries and our Best Darn Colesalw for a complete meal.  



If grinding your own meat, cut the meat into 1-inch strips or pieces.  Grind the meat with a meat grinder into a large bowl (you can certainly use store-bought ground meat).  Add the egg, Cherchies® Grilling Rub & Seasoning Blend, and Worcestershire sauce to the meat.  Mix until just incorporated (meat tends to toughen up the more it is handled).  Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (more if you would like smaller burgers).    

Lightly oil the grill with cooking spray or oil.  Turn the grill onto high, then low after a few minutes. Make an indent in the center of the burgers.  This allows the burger to cook evenly.

Grill burgers for about 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on your "pink preference".  Add the cheese to the burgers the last couple of minutes of cooking.  Lightly toast the rolls either for a few minutes on the grill or broil for a few minutes in the oven.  

Now the fun part, building this beautiful tasty burger!  Arrange the rolls on a tray or plate.  Spread about 1 Tablespoon of the Terrapin Ridge Farms Chipotle Aioli onto one roll half.  

Next add the Chardonnay Guacamole to the other half to the other half, followed by a slice of onion.

Add the lettuce to the aioli half and the burger to the guacamole half, and dollop the burger with about 1 Tablespoon of Cherchies Black Bean & Corn Salsa.  Place the lettuce half over the burger, pierce the burger with a large pick, and wait for it...

A juicy, mind-blowing, flavorful, Tex-Mex burger!   Grab some napkins and enjoy!