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Taco Bake

I bought a huge pork loin a while ago. I cut into managable chunks and froze it. Well, I figured I better start using some of it. I’ve been crazy Tex Mex food lately, so I thought I’d try making something new. Admittedly, the last part of this does take a little bit of work, but it’s worth it. You can adjust the spice factor a little by using hot or mild salsa. You can also put a little sour cream or greek yogurt on top.

Ingredients
1 pound pork roast
2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can reduced sodium black beans, undrained
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayanne pepper
14 small corn tortillas
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
Put the tomatoes and black beans in the bottom of a slow cooker. Add in the spices and stir. Put the roast on top and cook on low for about seven hours. Shred the pork and put it back in the slow cooker. Let it cook for another hour. (The time can be shortened depending on your slow cooker. Just make sure that the pork it fully cooked when you shred it)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a deep baking pan, place two tortillas. Using a slotted spoon to drain the liquid, fill the tortillas and fold in half. Layer the next two tortillas, fill them and fold them in half. Continue until all of the tortillas have been used. Pour the remaining filling in the slow cooker over the tortillas. Top with the salsa and cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 398.6
Total Fat: 18.5 g
Cholesterol: 63.3 mg
Sodium: 570.6 mg
Total Carbs: 37.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 8.1 g
Protein: 23.2 g

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Cowboy Pot Pie

I happen to like pot pie or shepards pie, but The Man isn’t much of a fan.  I thought maybe I could put a Tex-Mex spin on it, he would like it.  Turns out he really liked it!  I made our version of it with extra liquid because The Man like to have extra juice to soak up with the bread. If you prefer it that way, just don’t drain the cans. He also wanted to add some cheese to it, so I had him just add it to his bowl. Then I don’t have to have the extra calories. If you aren’t a big chicken fan you could trade the chicken for steak, just make sure the steak is tender.

Ingredients
For the filling:
8-10 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
1 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup garlic, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) enchilada sauce
1 can (14.5 oz) chili beans in sauce

For the topping:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 jalapenos, diced (without seeds for less heat)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk

Directions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
In a large, oven safe skillet, cook the chicken, onions, and garlic together until the chicken starts to brown. Add the red pepper, drained tomatoes, can of sauce and chili beans, undrained. Let it heat all the way through, then set aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, jalapenos, and cheese. Cut in the butter until the dough looks like flour but will stick together if squeezed. Add the milk and mix well.
Spread the topping over the skillet. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the center of the topping is cooked all the way through.

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