Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

This is what I made for dinner tonight… I cooked up 3 frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot using my new favorite recipe, Cafe Rio Chicken.

Here is the recipe I found for the Taquitos and I’ve made notes on what I did different. I did double the recipe.

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Recipe by OurBestBites.com

1/3 cup (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup green salsa
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice – I didn’t have a lime but I did put in a packet of TrueLemon (crystallized lemon)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro I didn’t have any so i left it out
2 Tablespoons sliced green onions I didn’t have any so I left it out.
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup grated pepperjack cheese
about 12 small corn or flour tortillas (we liked flour better) I used flour
kosher salt
cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder and mix well. Add cilantro, green onions, chicken and pepperjack cheese and combine well.

You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

The corn tortillas are harder to roll without cracking. For the corn tortillas: work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 3 Tablespoons of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Then roll it up as tight as you can.

Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other.

Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.   Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Makes around 12 taquitos.

I served this with sour cream and salsa and a side of rice and beans.  It was very good!

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The easiest potato soup ever (and the best)

I made the best dinner tonight.  No, really.  Both boys told me it was amazing and I outdid myself.  I think I actually blushed.  But it’s embarrassing because it was so easy.  Here’s what I did:

Before I left for work this morning, I threw the following ingredients into my crockpot.

  • 1 30-oz bag frozen, shredded hash browns
  • 3 14-oz cans chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (I used frozen because I had an open bag of them)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

I put it on Low and left for work.  This was about 7:30am and I got home about 5:30.  I gave it a good stir and added an 8-oz brick of cream cheese that I had cut into 8 pieces.  Then I went for a walk.  :)  When I got back, about 30-40min later, I stirred the soup really well until the soup came together and was really creamy looking.  It was looking a little separated and funky at first but it did finally come together after a minute or 2 of stirring.  Then I tasted it and salted/peppered to taste.  AND added a healthy dose of smoked paprika.  I think this was my secret ingredient (not mentioned in the original recipe I found online).  It made the soup taste like it had bacon in it and it also gave it a color that made it look cheesy (as in cheddar).

This seriously was the best soup.  The boys would not stop raving about the soup.  We served it with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar.   Delish!!!  Below is a link to the original online recipe.  It’s a perfect fall/winter soup.

via Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour: Outback Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Me!!.

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Joey vs angry bird Part II

Joey got attacked again today.  Poor kitty.

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Joey vs Angry Bird

We have a really nice front porch and we like to sit out there a lot.  When we’re out there, Joey likes to go out and eat grass and just chill out.  He’s really good about staying in the yard.  We were out there the other day and this bird was not happy that Joey was out there. He was making this loud squawk/chirp at Joey and then he started dive bombing him!  CJ started taking videos of it and put together a short video of the highlights.  All I can say is that bird is lucky that Joey is so clueless about hunting and catching birds.

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What’s for dinner tonight: Sticky Finger Wraps

This is what I made for dinner tonight.  I served them with french fries.  Super easy and really delicious!  I just discovered Life as a Lofthouse food blog.  Her food looks really good and so easy to make.  Right up my alley.

Life as a Lofthouse (Food Blog): Sticky Finger Wraps.

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Tonight’s walk

CJ and I took a walk at dusk tonight.  Here are some pictures and a couple videos.  The videos are the best I could do at capturing the fireflies.  To view the pictures, click the arrows on the slideshow.

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Baby Robin

Here is a baby robin we discovered in one our trees in the front yard. We were sitting on the front porch and we noticed a Robin who was acting pretty upset. Later, it flew into one of our trees and we heard a bit of a commotion. I stood under the tree and tried to see a nest. I didn’t see anything but CJ discovered the bird on a low branch. I figure he just left the nest and may not be able to fly very well yet. He allowed me to get pretty close and never tried to fly away.

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