Baking Recipes, Beef, Mexican, Savory, Tacos, Uncategorized

Mexican Casserole

It’s taco night in your house, but you’re looking for something a little different to make than just plain old tacos. This taco Mexican Casserole from Recipe Diaries is not only easy and delicious, it’s a Weight Watchers entree, so if you’re following that program or take comfort in that it’s a healthy option then I highly suggest it! 

I tweaked the original recipe, just used it as a base and used up some peppers in my fridge! I browned the ground beef (you could definitely use turkey!) and drained that, meanwhile I only had frozen corn so I sautéed that in a separate pan. I chopped up red, yellow, and green peppers and onion and threw that in the beef pan with some oil just to get that cooking. 

After a few minutes I added the beef back and corn followed by the taco seasoning as instructed. Now the recipe doesn’t specify if you need to add water, like the taco seasoning says. The seasoning wasn’t really getting distributed though so I added a mere 1/4 cup of water and that helped to season everything in the pan. I added in the tomatoes, but sadly I didn’t have any jalapeños! So to improvise that heat I added cumin and sriracha along with salt and pepper.
 As I let that sizzle up a bit I prepared the casserole dish. I sprayed the dish and heated the oven to the instructed 350°. Now my casserole certainly wouldn’t accommodate the amount of tortillas the recipe says, so in total I only used four. They do overlap so still cut them in half. The rest of the recipe is perfect, cooking time was spot on and five minutes covered for the cheese was plenty time. 

I have had this as leftovers and a solid minute and a half in the microwave and it’s just as good. Some of the comments say that after freezing it they experience soggy tortillas (we don’t want soggy bottoms, right Mary Berry?), but I’m still curious to try freezing it. I’ll try to update the post after doing that, if I don’t eat it all first! Add your favorite toppings to the side and you’re golden! One thing I didn’t do was do a layer of sour cream, just because I don’t like sour cream, but I’m sure that layer in the casserole would make it delicious. Who knows, maybe that’s what causes the soggy bottoms after freezing! 

I hope you get a chance to make this recipe, it would be perfect for a potluck or picnic! Tacos condensed! Let me know how it goes for you and leave a comment, I would love to hear from my readers! Thanks for reading, happy cooking! 

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American, Breakfast, Brunch, Fort Worth, Mexican, Uncategorized

Mash’d- Fort Worth, TX

Hello readers! Sorry I’ve been missing in action, but I hope this post makes up for it because it’s a very delicious one! Yes, this is my second post on Mash’d, however, we’re entering new culinary territory at this popular restaurant. Brunch, or to quote the website, ‘badass brunch’.

Let’s start with the fact that they have two dollar mimosas. Two dollars. Granted, they are a little small, but if you’re not drinking to get drunk like me go for it! It’s probably cheaper than other places and it’s just as delicious. 

I’ve already done a post on Mash’d, but I still love the atmosphere and the West 7th area. The restaurant certainly wasn’t as roudy as it can get in the evenings, it was actually quite pleasant seeing families and groups of friends getting together. It has become a hotspot for brunch in Fort Worth, from the great outdoor patio space to the clever morning newspaper menu.

Now the food! I ordered the Mash’d Tator Eggsplosion. An eggsplosion it was, an iron skillet with “mash’d tators” (mashed potatoes essentially), with cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, chopped bacon and a sour cream drizzle. All the components of this dish not only worked harmoniously, individually they each tasted delicious. The eggs were so delicately folded and the melted cheese was simply incredible. The potatoes had a great taste to them, I could definitely just eat a hot cast iron skillet of those potatoes. The seasoning of the potatoes was very yummy, but some more salt and pepper would be my only critique, just a little bit more seasoning!

I think brunch at Mash’d could easily become a regular thing for me. The food was amazing, drinks a great price, all you have to do is add the company and your Saturday or Sunday will be off to a great start! I suggest making a reservation, which they accept via phone or Open Table online! Why not ensure getting that delicious brunch and making it a date! Highly recommend you hit up Mash’d! Happy eating! 

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Yucatan Taco Stand- Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth has pockets of trendy spots, from West 7th to Sundance Square, exploring these trendy pockets can be exciting and fulfilling. One hot spot is West Magnolia Street where you can walk the entire street, bar and restaurant hopping into the early hours of the next morning. From hipster coffee shops to retro restaurants and high end bars, there is something for everyone on Magnolia. A particularly hopping restaurant, known for their tequila list, margaritas, and gigantic nachos, is Yucatan Taco Stand.

Towards the east end of Magnolia is Yucatan, a Mexican tequila bar. One of four Mexican restaurants on Magnolia, Yucatan is known for a few major Mexican staples. Tequila, margaritas, and nachos. But let’s start with the vibe! It’s an order first kind of place, with an extensive menu of food and drinks. You get your number and find a place to sit, which on a Saturday can be pretty crazy, but doable! There is indoor and outdoor seating, if the weather isn’t sweltering hot sitting outside would be cool! There’s a bar too, if you just want to go for their happy hour. 

Speaking of happy hour a word of caution: their margaritas are strong. I certainly believe that they don’t water their margs down. However, these margaritas are quite scrumptious, certainly Margaritaville in Texas. Their classic is pretty sweet and their strawberry masks the liquor a little more, like most. Still, Yucatan has my favorite margarita. So far.

Now the food! Their menu features Mexican staples like tequila lime chicken, spicy aged chorizo, and nachos. To eat, we got the chicken nachos and man oh man are these nachos giant. It’s more of a mountain of nachos. A cascading, gooey mountain of melted cheese, queso fresco, guacamole, veggies and chicken atop and embedded in crispy corn tortillas. The photo really doesn’t do it justice. Everything was made and put together beautifully. You just have to dig in and lick your fingers at the end. Also notable, but not pictured, is their chorizo. I’ve had it both times I’ve been and if you like chorizo, Mexican pork sausage, and some spice I recommend it as the meat for any main entree.


Yucatan is just a really cool, chill place to go grab a drink with friends and enjoy the atmosphere and company. It’s fun to be able to walk around Magnolia afterwards and pin point the next place you want to check out. Or just go back for a flight of tequilas! Highly recommend making Yucatan Taco Stand both a drink and food stop the next time you venture to West Magnolia.

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Pier 6- Charlestown, MA

Over the river across the way from Boston is Charlestown, where the American Revolution began at Bunker Hill, where Paul Revere stopped at his favorite tavern, and where delicious foods can be found. One of the restaurants that is becoming a fan favorite is Pier 6.

Just a few piers down from the USS Constitution is the little waterfront restaurant Pier 6. It’s location is extremely ideal, with a fantastic view of Boston and the harbor. The atmosphere is fun and the staff is inviting. The food is equally as inviting. 

When you come to the Boston area it’s hard not to get seafood. Fish tacos is always a good choice and Pier 6 is no different. They use mahi mahi, a very mild fish, so it’s inviting for even new fish lovers. The corn salsa is very delicious, packing Mexican infused flavor and fresh vegetables. The avocado on top is always a bonus. The dish comes with fries, which isn’t amazing, but certainly a little addition that didn’t go unnoticed.

Pier 6 is becoming a popular lunch and dinner spot, especially since they are open year round. It’s a stop every foodie should try to make…be sure to enjoy the view with the food and grab a well mixed drink, too!

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Torchy’s Tacos- Fort Worth, TX

Obviously in Texas you get a lot of Tex-Mex and BBQ, but you can certainly get your fair share of tacos as well. You can get them at most Mexican restaurants, and there’s even a chain called Fuzzy’s that serves the classic idea of a taco. If you’re looking for a twist on tacos, you have to go to Torchy’s

Located right on W Rosedale off I-30 is Torchy’s, the adorable looking devil right in front of you (seriously, that’s their mascot). Luckily there is a parking garage there because it’s almost always a zoo. Word has gotten out just how good Torchy’s is. The building itself is pretty small, it’s always a challenge trying to keep an eye out for a table. It’s completely worth it. 

They have classic beef and chicken tacos, but it’s there interesting ones you have to go for. The names are hysterical too, from Trailer Park to Democrat to Republican (which I’d like to add is the cheapest taco on the menu…thanks Texas). The ingredients are all good quality and the combinations are mouth watering. From shrimp to fajitas, carnitas to brisket, fried avocado to fried portobello mushroom, there is something for everyone (including your vegetarian friends). They all come with a sauce too, each taco comes with a recommended one. They usually enhance the flavor and give it even more pizzazz. 

I usually try to venture to other menu items when I return to a restaurant, but I get the same thing at Torchy’s because they are that good, always.

The first taco is the Republican. This taco consists of grilled jalapeño sausage, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo. This sausage is ‘damn good’ (that’s the catch phrase of Torchy’s). I would eat that sausage everyday if I could. The smokiness of the sausage just comes through and the jalapeño isn’t overwhelming, it has a good kick to it though.  

 
The next taco I always get is Crossroads. Big surprise here, the main meat is brisket and it’s the best. It also had grilled onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and jack cheese with a slice of avocado on top. Everything compliments each other perfectly: the brisket and jalapeños together, the avocado balancing out all that heat, the cilantro giving it a fresh taste in your mouth. Damn good, like Torchy’s says.  

 
Honestly, you can’t get a bad taco at Torchy’s and you really can’t get a bad taco in Fort Worth. But these are ‘high end’ tacos. The ingredients are good quality, the combinations are innovative and creative, it isn’t even that expensive! Why get a plan taco for a dollar less when you can get Torchy’s? It’ll be worth that extra dollar and you’ll be back the next day. Guaranteed. 

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Uncle Julio’s- Fort Worth, TX

TexMex is obviously a staple in your diet when living in Texas. It’s hard not to enjoy the home cooked feeling along with the warm chips and salsa. With plenty of texmex places in the area, it can sometimes be hard to decide where to go. However, being the only Fort Worth location, Uncle Julio’s off Camp Bowie is always packed. Always, as Snape said. You have to wait in line to put your name on a list at least an hour before you want to eat. It’s that popular. And it’s hard to only go once and not come back.

Uncle Julio’s has such a relaxed vibe, friends can go and meet at the bar or parties can go to celebrate a momentous birthday. Either way the long wait is well worth it. Before your drink order is even taken they plop a basket of chips in front you and your own salsa dish. Dangerous, especially since they don’t give you a little plate to at least try to control how many chips you take. They are so good they are bad. And the salsa is amazing, especially if you like spicy.

I ordered the classic beef fajitas, their “original fajitas” as the menu puts it. They come out piping hot, sizzling so much they tell you not to touch the plate. You get a group of sides as well and you feel like you’re taking up the whole table with you extravagant meal. That first bite of meat mixed with red and green peppers and onions makes your mouth extremely happy. All the flavors are there in the meat and it’s completely satisfying. You can make little wraps with the condiments it comes with, including guacamole, and you have a great meal. The fajitas for one is quite large, so unless you have self control (unlike myself) and don’t eat too many chips, then it’s a good amount. If you can convince your friend to share it with you, the single serving though. Otherwise you are left to leave it or take it home. I suggest if you take it home you have it the next day, maybe use the peppers and onions in an omelette the next morning, because after waiting two days the meat was rubbery and I couldn’t make myself eat it.

Uncle Julio’s has options for everyone, they even have a separate gluten free menu. They host anyone and everyone and the service is always on point. If you are in the mood for some good texmex, Uncle Julio’s is the place to go!

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