I am in love with Mexican food. TRUE Mexican food. Not Tex Mex. Mexican food that is authentic and delicious, and prepared with love. So know that I don’t take lightly the art of preparing Mexican food. This Mexican Cauliflower Rice may seem like blasphemy, but stay with me. I make my Instant Pot Mexican Rice at least twice a month, sometimes more often. My boys love it and it is so, so good and EASY.View Post
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15 Minute Instant Pot Mexican Rice – contains affiliate links
I feel that I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon a little late, but the craze is still intensifying, so even if you JUST bought an Instant Pot, you are certainly not too late. I finally bought one when they were on deep discount right before Christmas a few years ago. My first experience with the Instant Pot was not good. I was just so happy to be able to cook a frozen chicken breast quickly. Well…the thing they do not tell you is that the cooking time is really actually the time not counting pre-heating. It took an insane amount of time and I was pretty frustrated and put it up for awhile. Oh and always make sure you’re adding enough liquid. I’m sure you can all imagine my sad, sad chicken breast that I waited far too long to enjoy.
Then, I decided to try to make Mexican rice, and I am happy to say that it turned out so well! How long does rice take in the instant pot, you ask? This recipe is only 15 minutes from start to finish. It is the fluffiest, most delicious rice that I have ever cooked and it has been the same result every single time I make this recipe. I still make this recipe, two years later. I also went on to perfect the chicken in the Instant Pot and made Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice and also 30 Minute Steak Rice Bowls. Can you tell that we love eating rice?
I am the worst at being consistent with my recipes, just ask my husband. When I have fixed Mexican rice NOT in the Instant Pot, sometimes it was crunchy in the middle and sometimes it was mushy.
I will never make Mexican rice in anything but the Instant Pot, ever again. Call it Mexican Rice, call it Spanish Rice .. whatever you may call it, it needs to be a side dish to all of your Mexican food dishes!
Like any true blooded Texan, our family loves steak. Toss that in with the fact that we love Mexican food, this carne asada with black beans and vegetables is a winning meal in our house!
You can use any cut of beef that you have, but carne asada is typically made with flank steak or skirt steak. Marinating it makes it more tender and easier to chew, as well, so leave time to get that done so your beef will be melt in your mouth delicious!
If you prefer some starch to your meal, serve this meal with my Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice!
This meal is delicious, fairly simple to make, and a great source of protein. I hope you enjoy this recipe for carne asada made at home!!
If you are looking for the perfect Mexican food dish to serve to your family, try these Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas!
My family loves enchiladas, but there is not always enough time to make my homemade, authentic cheese enchiladas. Sometimes you have to make quick, easy meals like these Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas, made with rotisserie chicken, tortillas (flour or corn), enchilada sauce, cheese, and onions. This meal comes together quickly and is ready to serve in no time. If you don’t have time to stop by the store for a rotisserie chicken, any cooked chicken will work!
I love the way that these enchiladas cook in the air fryer. There is a slight crunch on the edges, and they are so delicious! Serve them with some homemade or store bought salsa, guacamole, and sour cream for an incredible flavor.
Serve these Air Fryer Chicken Enchiladas with Instant Pot Mexican Rice!
If you are not a fan of red enchilada sauce, try green enchilada sauce, paired with my Simple 15 Minute Instant Pot Green Enchilada Rice and it’s a perfect meal!
Let me know if you make these air fryer chicken enchiladas!
Cheesy Tuna Air Fryer Flautas has been sponsored. All opinions are mine.
How To Cook For Guests On Different Diets – Prep and Pared Meal Kits was brought to you by Kroger. All opinions are mine.
Our extended family is about average, but the various number of diets, food allergies, and food preferences are really varied. We have those with certain allergies, those that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and those that are real “meat and potatoes” type of people. Sometimes it is hard to plan meals around those specifications, and it seems daunting at times. The solution is just to go out to a restaurant, but we all know how challenging it can be for 20 people to decide on one restaurant!
I was so excited to learn about the Prep + Pared meal kits from Kroger. What a world of possibility this opens up for us! I enlisted the help of my 9 year old to choose a few meals and it took us a few minutes, honestly, because they just have SO many delicious options. We were intrigued by Salmon with Dill Butter + Potato Smashcakes, Truffled Steak + Sweet Potato Fries with Caramelized Onions, and more.
15 Minute Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice contains affiliate links
We have Mexican food at least once a week. While I do love making Instant Pot Mexican Rice, I like to change it up a bit sometimes and make a different side dish. Same rice, some of the same ingredients, but SUCH a different flavor! This Cilantro Lime Rice is a great addition to any meal. It goes great alongside tacos, burritos, fajitas, flautas, and more.View Post
Queso Con Carne Texas Pasta is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® pasta.
All opinions are mine.
The state of Texas is known for quite a few things. We love our Mexican food, sweet tea, and big, Texas-sized meals with family and friends. Texans are full of pride for their state and
they are also some of the friendliest folks you will ever meet.
How to Create A Texas Sized Meal
Whether you are inviting friends to your house, having a church potluck, or having a family reunion, the meal is usually the most important part. I used to be hesitant about having
people over because we did not (and still do not) have a perfect set of anything. Most of our glasses and some plates have broken over the years, so we just have a mix of everything.
But, as long as you have something to eat off of, that will do! You can use disposable plates, bowls, and silverware, or you can use whatever dishes you have and use them. Most people will not care what kind of dish they are eating off of.
Like mismatched dishes, Texans don’t have a problem drinking out of mismatched glasses, and drinking out of mason jars is actually a pretty common, trendy thing to do! Just grab
the jars out of your cupboard and serve with some delicious iced tea!
Most big meals in Texas come with an array of condiments, depending on the cuisine. You will probably find ranch dressing (different kinds of dressing if you are lucky,) ketchup,
salsa, pickles, cheese, jalapeños, and cilantro, especially if you are having Mexican or Tex Mex cuisine.
Pasta dishes are easy to serve for large groups of people. I like a dense pasta that will hold the sauce well, and the kids seem to prefer it, as well. A good pasta that my family likes
is Skinner® Texas Shape pasta. What a fun way to celebrate the state we love and have a great meal, too!
A delicious dish that I like to make for a large gathering is Queso Con Carne Pasta, made with Skinner Texas Shape pasta. It’s creamy, a little spicy, depending on preferences, and
very hearty. I just combine homemade Queso con Carne with Skinner Texas Shape pasta, and it’s a hit!
Add some fresh, delicious fruit and a salad to round out your meal and to add bursts of color
to your table.
The PERFECT Texas meal:
Skinner pasta is something else that Texans love. It is easy to cook, great tasting, and has
earned Non-GMO Project Verification on its most popular pasta products. It is also budget friendly, so it is perfect for dishes and casseroles for large meals between friends and family!
What are your tips for serving a big meal to family and friends?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® pasta.
Have you ever wondered how to make authentic cheese enchiladas?
There is a restaurant near where I grew up that serves real, authentic Mexican food. Their cheese enchiladas are THE best, and people will drive long distances to enjoy them. When I met my husband, I took him to this restaurant, and he loved it because the cheese enchiladas tasted similar to his grandma’s. We have since made it our mission to find authentic cheese enchiladas in a restaurant near where we live, but unfortunately, most restaurants serve them with some sort of odd cheese sauce, and they are nowhere near as good as these…and the key, I have found out, is something called “gravy” and quality cheese!