• Giant Chili Watermelon Lollipop Recipe

    December 7, 2021Van

    A giant slice of fresh watermelon covered in a chile mixture that’s tangy, sweet, has a mild spice which enhances the flavor of the watermelon. I was inspired by yummy Mexican Chile Watermelon Lollipops like Pika Slice & Vero Rebanaditas. 

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  • Trader Joe’s Iced Horchata Coffee Recipe

    August 30, 2021Van

    This is a super quick and simple recipe for Horchata Coffee (aka Dirty Horchata). Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink that’s made with rice soaked in water, then flavored with cinnamon and sugar – it usually takes about 6+ hours to make, but I’m using a shortcut with Trader Joe’s Rice Drink. You typically wouldn’t…

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  • Mexican Fruit Cups Recipe (vasos de fruta)

    July 29, 2021Van

    You can find these being sold everywhere in Mexico, in Southern California, you can buy these fruit cups from Mexican snack shops, farmer’s markets, street vendors, flea markets and sometimes in front of gas stations.  I think they’re one of the most delicious and refreshing snacks, you get lovely fresh fruit that’s drizzled in chamoy, sprinkled…

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  • Homemade Chamoy Recipe

    July 28, 2021Van

    Growing up in Santa Ana, CA chamoy was a very popular condiment. Local street vendors or Mexican snacks shops would use them on fruit cups (recipe here), chips, gummy candies, pork rinds or chamoyadas. The chamoy everyone uses is a bright vibrant red syrup that comes out of a big bottle – it has a sweet,…

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  • Ortega Style Steamed Mussels with Wine & Garlic Recipe

    March 13, 2021Van

    Ortega Style Steamed Mussels – something I dream about. My husbands favorite restaurant of all time is Walt’s Wharf in Seal Beach, CA. We had been having date nights there for as long as I can recall. We always started with their steamed clams or mussels—using their housemade sourdough bread to soak up every ounce…

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  • Trader Joe’s Stadium-Style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe

    February 7, 2021Van

    Quick and easy stadium-style Chili Cheese Nachos Recipe that you can throw together in about 5 minutes!  Grab everything you need at your local Trader Joe’s  

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  • Trader Joe’s Carne Asada Fries Recipe Hack

    February 3, 2021Van

    If you’re from California, you’ll understand the love for Carne Asada Fries!  Charred steak over fries with tons of melted cheese – this is a crowd pleasing appetizer (even though I know plenty of people who’ve eaten this as a meal😂).  You can make this at home pretty easily with a few ingredients from Trader…

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  • Trader Joe’s Crispy Baja Fish Tacos Recipe – 15 Minute Meal

    January 15, 2021Van

    A quick meal idea using a few items from Trader Joe’s, these delicious Crispy Baja Fish Tacos took under 15 minutes to put together. You can use Trader Joe’s Battered Halibut or Fish Nuggets for thes the tacos (I prefer the Battered Halibut). El Milagro are the best store bought corn tortillas, but they might…

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  • Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

    September 17, 2020Van

    This is an easy recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice that tastes like just as good as the restaurants – it’s fluffy, perfectly seasoned – a must have side dish for any Mexican meal you’re cooking. Check out my recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans here.   Knorr Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor – find it…

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  • Instant Pot Birria Tacos with Consomé Recipe

    September 14, 2020Van

    Growing up in SoCal I had access to the best authentic Mexican food, there were spots that were just as good or better than places you’d find in Mexico.  Birria Tacos had started to gain popularity in the last few years and it’s no surprise – they are AMAZING! Birria Tacos are made from a…

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