Spice up the Holidays with this Easy Tamales Recipe

Nothing brings together family and friends more than food right? In my family, tamales are a definite must when it comes to feeding a large family like ours, especially during the holidays. Today I'm sharing a twist on one of my grandma's classic tamales recipes. Don't tell her, but it's kind of a short cut. She always disapproves when I tweak her recipes and will never admit how much she likes it, even if she has seconds. Don't you just love abuelas? Okay, back to these delicious tamales. #VivaLaMorena

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Perfect for Game Day, Hot and Spicy Clam Dip

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As we slowly get over the holidays and the novelty of the New Year, we can finally start getting on with our year and ready for the big game days coming up. I LOVE planning my game day menus and collaborating with my family about what food to make. 

Today I'm sharing my recipe for a Hot and Spicy clam dip.  This is an old family recipe that my grandma shared with my mom years ago. This spicy dip was always a favorite at family parties and today, I'm glad to share with you.

In our house during football season,  we are always cheering for opposing teams just to make things more interesting. For me though, I chime in and watch here and there, but mostly I am in the kitchen cooking up some delicious food.  

When I do my weekend shopping, chips and dips are always top on my list. So when I'm shopping at our neighborhood Food 4 Less, I make sure to pick up La Morena Jalapeño's to have on hand. La Morena has been around for as long as I remember. It's kinda just a natural gesture to add it to the shopping cart.
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Hot and Spicy Clam Dip Recipe

  • La Morena Sliced Green Jalapeño's (diced)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 2 cans of Clams
  • Large Can of Diced Tomatoes and Juice
  • 2 cups of shredded Cheese
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To make this delicious, hot and spicy dip all you need to start is a pan and a little bit of oil. 

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add onions. Stir and cook until the onions become tender and clear. 
  2. Add La Morena Jalapeño's and cook until heated through a bit (about 3 mins on Medium heat).
  3. Next add clams and diced tomatoes to the already heated onions and jalapenos.
  4. Stir and heat through on Medium-High heat for 20 minutes. 
  5. Last, add cheese and stir until melted. 

That's it! Serve with your choice of tortilla chips. I like the dipping cups for a hearty dip like this and it helps when you are watching a game, to not have to look at your chip the whole time it travels from bowl to mouth. Oh and you have to top with more cheese, because... cheese. 

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So tell me in the comments below, What is your favorite Game Day Food? 

Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce #VivaLaMorena

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When I was 11 years old I took a trip to mi abuelas hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico to visit mi gran abuelito before he passed away. That trip was life changing and I went through a major culture shock especially when my car broke down outside of a slaughter house and after seeing animals being sold in a marketplace, I left Mexico a changed young lady. Most practicing Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, but I gave it up completely and didn't eat a single piece of meat for 6 years. I will always remember mi abuleas recipes that were specific for Lent, especially her tacos del horno and fried potato cakes. Now, I have my own traditional non-meat recipes and today I am sharing my favorite fried fish tacos with a creamy chipotle sauce with the help of La Morena

I am a new fan of La Morena, I love it's authentic ingredients, it is a Mexican food brand that lets you incorporate a true taste of Mexico into your own home cooking. Opening a can of La Morena chiles takes me and my kitchen back to mi abuealas home cooked meals that I miss so much. 

Do you like fish? I know a lot of people shy away from cooking fish at home, but not me, I love fish and especially fish tacos. Although I make them pretty often during the summer, I think I mostly love the versatility of them. Today I am sharing my recipe for the easy, but delicious Creamy La Morena Chipotle Sauce to top my fish tacos.

I went to my neighborhood Food 4 Less store to purchase all of my ingredients for my fish tacos.

Ingredients:

  •  La Morena
  • 7oz Chipotle Peppers
  • 2 lbs Swai Fish fillets
  • 1 package Fish Fry 
  • (You can use any batter you desire but I use Louisiana style Fish Fry, It's spicy.)
  • 1 cabbage sliced (or cole slaw)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • Corn Tortillas
  • 16 oz. Crema con sal (Sour cream)
  • Queso Fresco (crumbly cheese)
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat skillet with oil and prepare to fry. Once fish is covered in batter, place in oil for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from oil when lightly browned and set aside. 
  2. Open can of La Morena Chipotle in adobo sauce and empty into a food processor along with garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and pepper and a cup of crema (sour cream). Blend until creamy.
  3. Warm tortillas on a comal or in a microwave to soften. 
  4. Build your taco: a piece of fried fish, topped with shredded cabbage, creamy Chipotle sauce, and crumbles of queso fresco. 
  5. Enjoy! 

I also used La Morena sliced Jalapeños to create a creamy jalapeño sauce as another option, by using the same directions as the chipotle cream sauce. 

I've shared my favorite recipes and traditions so tell me, what is your favorite non-meat or Lent inspired recipe? I could always use fresh ideas. I hope you enjoy your fish tacos with creamy chipotle or jalapeño sauce. 

La Morena is hosting a great giveaway and I know my readers love giveaways, so go enter! 

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