For a new twist on Mexican chicken recipes, crumble up a cup or so of everyone's favorite snack foods like Doritos or Fritos. Creamed soups also make a big splash in chicken recipes.
Mexican recipes do not have to be hot; spicy is a personal preference. When making any Mexican chicken dish, think ahead. If you want it to be spicy, add hot green chili peppers or chopped jalapeno peppers in the body of the casserole. But, if you just want a little spice, sprinkle crushed red pepper on top, or serve the casserole with hot or medium salsa and a little grated pepper-jack cheese.
Fiesta Chicken Dish
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 whole chicken
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 whole pickled yellow pepper (sweet Hungarian works well)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 medium bag Doritos
1 medium bag Fritos
½ cup shredded pepper-jack cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Boil the chicken. Cool and debone. Place the chicken pieces into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, and add both soups. Chop the pepper, and add it to the mix. After the soup has become smooth and heated throughout, add the garlic and onion powder, and simmer for about five minutes. Remove the chicken from the heat, and set aside.
Use non-stick vegetable spray to coat the bottom and sides of a casserole dish. Crumble about half the Doritos and half the Fritos into the bottom of the casserole dish. Mix the pepper-jack cheese in with the chicken so that it is well blended and all of the cheese has been distributed. Carefully pour the chicken mix into the pan. Sprinkle about half the cheddar cheese over the chicken, and then cover with the remaining crushed Doritos and Fritos.
Bake for 20 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the casserole from the oven, and sprinkle it with the remaining cheddar cheese. Pop it back into the oven for about five minutes or until the cheese melts. Do not burn. Serve hot with tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
Hot and Spicy Chicken Rice
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 package Spanish Rice-a-Roni
2 cups chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups salsa (homemade or store bought)
1 15-ounce can of spicy beans
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ cup sour cream
8 ounces shredded cheese
Make the rice according to the package directions. Add the chicken, salsa, beans and crushed red pepper to the rice as it cooks. When the rice is tender and all liquid has been absorbed, stir in the sour cream. Reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the cheese over the rice, and cover for about five minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve straight from the skillet.
When it comes to chili peppers for kitchen use, you don't have to stop with the jalapeno. Chili peppers come in a variety of colors and shapes and in varying degrees of spiciness. Knowing more about the different types of peppers and how to handle them can help you give your recipes a little kick.
Mexican wedding cookies are not necessarily served for weddings: They can be made and enjoyed any day of the year. This cookie has made an appearance at many special occasions, especially during the holidays.