Combine fresh peaches and ripe plum tomatoes to create the ultimate peach salsa recipe. 
Peach Salsa
Peach season is nearing the end and what better way to commemorate the season than to make a delicious fresh and homemade peach salsa. I’ve made mango salsa a few times, sadly never documented it here on Katie’s Cucina. While dreaming up ideas for dinner last week, I decided I would make a big batch of peach salsa verse my traditional salsa recipe that I make on a weekly basis. If dinner isn’t close to being ready by the time my husband gets home from work we typically have what we call an appetizer and indulge in some chips and dip. If my husband had his way he would eat greasy potato chips with fattening french onion dip. But me, being the good and health conscious wife I am always try to have healthy options on hand. Hence why I pretty much always have fresh salsa in the fridge!  It’s light enough to not ruin dinner yet filling enough to keep us content.
Peach Salsa
Back to my dinner planning. My husband went deep sea fishing for the first time in a year last month. He caught the biggest red snapper of the day on the east coast of Florida! That meant fish fillets for our freezer. Which I welcome with open arms since it’s been a year since our freezer has been stocked with fish! I have perfectly portioned bags of fish for two in the freezer. I take them out of the freezer the night before and place them into the refrigerator to thaw and by the next day they are typically thawed and ready to go by dinner time. Last week, I decided I would make blackened red snapper and top it with peach salsa. The dinner turned out divine and we found ourselves eating large spoonfuls of peach salsa with each and every bite of the white flakey fish (recipe to come)!
Peach Salsa
This peach salsa would also compliment a grilled pork tenderloin or chicken breast. Oh and what about a fresh summer spinach salad and using a few spoonful of peach salsa instead of dressing? Or of course you can scoop up the peach salsa with crispy tortilla chips! Peach salsa is perfect for munching on poolside, too!
Katie Original Recipe
Peach Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Peach Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Peaches, peeled and halved
  • 2 plum tomatoes, quartered

Directions

  1. In a food processor combine, fresh cilantro, lime juice, red bell pepper and red onion. Pulse for 5 seconds. Then add in the garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, peeled and halved peaches, and quartered plum tomatoes. Pulse for 5-10 seconds until diced up. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
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Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! One of my favorite eating holidays of the year, because I love Mexican food! I know its the one day of year I can eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and no one will judge me. Although this year, I haven’t partaken on the breakfast and lunch Mexican feast. I’m telling you that as I feverishly type and eat my leftover penne and meatballs from last nights dinner during the hour naptime i have to myself. This is the first week where I don’t have anyone guest blogging for me, and as much as I was trying to be prepared and have the first few weeks of May scheduled out–well it snuck up on me. So I’m pretty sure from now until who knows when, I’ll be writing my blog post on the fly!

Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas

So, let’s talk about these Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas. I made these the other week in an effort to use up some leftovers. I typically make quesadillas at least once a month for lunch or dinner since its a quick weeknight meal. I almost always bake them as well, unless I decided to get all crazy and then I turn on the grill. Baking quesadillas makes me feel like its a little healthier. Since being on maternity leave and being held hostage in my own house not being able to drive just yet my trips to the grocery store have become crazy limited. Typically I’ll text my husband during the day and tell him we are in need of x,y, and z (typically fresh produce and yogurt) and then hope he can make time to go pick up said grocery items we are in need of. I will tell you that are grocery bill has gone way down over the past month. I’m pretty sure it will continue to stay down for the next few months until I feel comfortable driving and taking the baby out on my own.

Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas

So I’ve been super resourceful using up every single thing we have in the fridge (or at least as close to being able to use it up as possible) plus utilizing my over-packed pantry. During my recent cleaning out of the pantry I found two tortillas that were still good. Tortillas are something I almost always have on hand–they are great for breakfast burritos, lunch wraps, or in my case today, quesadillas! Very versatile and relatively inexpensive. This recipe for Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas came about because I had one leftover grilled chicken breast in the refrigerator. I also received a package of Cabot cheese last month for National Grilled Cheese month (which I totally missed because well I was a bit occupied taking care of a 2-legged human being), and in that package was a block of chipotle cheddar cheese. It was calling my name and I knew I wanted to use it either as  grilled cheese or a quesadilla. And well I added bacon, because lets face it everything is better with bacon. Of course, the night I made these the baby was sleeping so I opted to use the bacon bits on hand rather than fry or even (dare I say) microwave the fresh bacon I had on hand. That was going to require too much time and the clock was ticking to get dinner on the table before the baby woke up. It’s a luxury these days to eat dinner with my husband at the same time. Something we have done together for over the past 7 years living together. So I layered all the ingredients and baked the quesadillas for 5 minutes until golden brown and voila, easy-as-that dinner was served! Of course I served it with homemade salsa and sour cream and a delicious avocado, corn, and tomato salad (recipe to come).

So whether you are partying hard today for Cinco de Mayo or staying in with family like me–you have no excuse to not have a Mexican dinner tonight!

Katie Original Recipe

Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2

Chipotle Chicken with Bacon Baked Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 2 Flour Tortillas (burrito size)
  • 1 cup Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sliced cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp bacon bits
  • Salsa and Sour Cream for serving if desired

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While oven is preheating place one tortilla on a baking sheet layer with half of the shredded Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese, followed by the sliced chicken breast, sprinkle with bacon bits, and then layer the remaining cheddar cheese on top. Place the other tortilla on top and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Remove from the oven and cut into 6 pieces. Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.
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slow cooker shredded chicken tacos

You guys know my obsession with Mexican food. I mean I can’t get enough of it and I especially could not get enough of it when I was pregnant with Ryder. During week 10 of my pregnancy I finally started to want to eat meat, and all I wanted to eat was shredded chicken tacos. It could not be chopped chicken or ground beef. It had to be shredded chicken! I have no clue why, its just what I was craving. I think I ordered take out at our local Mexican restaurant multiple times a week for a good month. It was getting very expensive and to be honest I was kind of embarrassed to keep going in there day after day picking up my shredded chicken tacos.

slow cooker shredded chicken tacos

That’s when I decided I would try to come up with my own restaurant quality shredded chicken taco recipe. I knew I wanted to use my slow cooker, because that’s how I was going to achieve the shredded chicken part. It took me a good month of experimenting, but I finally achieved shredded chicken that I felt was restaurant worthy. And even better… you can make a lot of it at one time and then freeze whatever leftovers you have! Every time I would make it I would freeze a batch or two and then defrost after a busy days work to have a quick Mexican dinner.

This shredded chicken is perfect for tacos, burritos, chimichungas, enchiladas, taco salads… the options are endless. So whether you make this for Cinco de Mayo on Monday or for a quick and easy dinner any day of the week I know your going to love this easy slow cooker shredded chicken taco recipe.

I created this recipe for Food Fanatic. This is a Katie Original Recipe.

Disclaimer: I’m a paid contributor over at Food Fanatic. I’m not required to share these recipes on Katie’s Cucina, but choose too because I want my readers to not miss a single thing I’m cooking up in the kitchen!


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Restaurant review on Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food restaurant at Universal Orlando's CityWalk! A must to visit if you are vacationing in Orlando, Florida!

Last night, I had the chance to attend a media event for the brand new Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food restaurant at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. Since all I crave right now is Mexican food this event was right up my alley. Plus, I haven’t been to CityWalk in a while and I wanted to see for myself all the updates they’ve been working on.

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is located in the heart of Universal CityWalk, right next to the groove nightclub.  Visitors to the vibrant, two-story restaurant can enjoy two unique dining experiences, both featuring a delicious menu that combines authentic, traditional Mexican fare with all-new flavors – all made from scratch using the freshest ingredients.Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food Restaurant

I took full advantage of having one of my last girls nights out for a while. I met up with my friend, Kristen from Yellow Bliss Road (who just so happened to be visiting from California on vacation with her family), and Christine from Cook the Story. When we got to the restaurant we started off with delicious house-made chips and salsa on the spacious outdoor patio. The mariachi band was playing popular music that you’d here on the radio–not your traditional mariachi music!  I sipped on an agua fresca while the girls tried one of the signature margaritas. Restaurant review on Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food restaurant at Universal Orlando's CityWalk! A must to visit if you are vacationing in Orlando, Florida!

When we got inside I immediately noticed the eclectic decor; a mix of traditional Mexican folk art with new-aged style decorating. Lots of bright and vibrant colors. Antojitos takes diners on a journey through the cantinas, street carts and markets of Mexico City for craveable Mexican fare that is unlike any other.  The restaurant has two floors and each floor has a different menu.

Guests can choose to dine downstairs and enjoy a more casual dining experience that includes items like carnitas al pastor tacos (made with beer and chile braised pork, grilled pineapple and guajillo salsa) and oaxaca enchiladas (chicken tinga and house made mole sauce, queso fresco and lime crema). Click on the link to find all the offerings for the the Antojitos Menu.


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Southwestern  Chicken and Rice Soup

Looking for a spicy soup to warm your soul? I took some of my leftover Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers and turned it into soup. I didn’t think anything of it. To be honest, I didn’t think I would share the recipe. After a few bites, I knew I had too. And then when my husband, Jon, proclaimed that this was the best soup I’ve ever made I knew I had to share it. He liked the soup better than the actual stuffed peppers its self.

Southwestern  Chicken and Rice Soup using leftover stuffed peppers!

Talk about the best way to repurpose one meal and make it into something totally different! If you arent’ a fan of stuffed peppers you don’t need to make the stuffed peppers. You can still make the soup. Just head on over to get the recipe for Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers. Place all of that into the stock pot first (chop up the peppers  of course) and then add in the broth and julianne zucchini and squash. You will also of course want to add a little olive oil to the pan before you begin to saute the bell pepper. And maybe cook your soup a little longer than just 15 minutes with the leftover variety. Either way… I think you’ll LOVE this recipe. This Southwestern Chicken And Rice Soup is hearty and flavorful and will keep you warm this winter. Oh and in case you actually have any leftover and don’t feel like eating it again, pour the cooled off soup into a freezer bag and freeze it for another day!

Katie Original Recipe

Southwestern Chicken And Rice Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Southwestern Chicken And Rice Soup

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut the leftover Southwestern Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers into bite size pieces. Add them to a large stock pot with 32 ounces of chicken broth and julianne zucchini. Mix well and bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Serve and top with fresh cilantro.
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Southwestern Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers
What do you do when you have leftover rotisserie chicken? Why, make Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers! We love stuffed peppers in our home. From the traditional stuffed peppers with ground beef and rice to my favorite slow cooker chicken enchilada stuffed peppers. Any way you make them–we love stuffed peppers, and thanks to our winter garden I’ve grown a few green bell peppers. Growing up that was the only way we had stuffed peppers, but I learned once I was older that I really enjoyed all other bell peppers other than the green variety.

So when I make stuffed peppers I make them with a mix of colored peppers, that way everyone can enjoy what they like! So let’s talk about these Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers. I combined black beans and chunky diced rotel and corn with my leftover chicken and rice. Mixed it all together with a little cheese and a few other ingredients and sliced my bell peppers in half. I stuffed them and backed them for an hour. I did not pre-boil the bell peppers like I’ve done in the past. By cooking them for so long and simply covering the baking dish with tin foil it creates enough steam and the peppers are cooked perfectly. So if your a lover of stuffed peppers definitely give my recipe a try for Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers.

Katie Original

Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Yield: 5

Southwestern Chicken And Rice Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups leftover white rice
  • 2 cups leftover shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1 15oz can of black beans, drained
  • 1 10oz can of chunky diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (plus more for topping)
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 5 bell peppers, multi-color
  • Sour cream and cilantro for garnish

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together white rice, chicken, black beans, chunky diced tomatoes and green chiles, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, corn, salt, and chili powder. Mix well and set to the side.
  3. Slice bell peppers in half, remove the seeds. Place in a baking dish and begin to stuff with chicken and rice filling. Add the remaining rice mixture around the peppers (it helps them to stay in place). Cover with tin foil and bake for 55 minutes. Remove tin foil and sprinkle the remaining Mexican shredded cheese on top and bake for a remaining 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Serve with sour cream and cilantro if desired.
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This is a sponsored post brought to you by Pacific Foods. 
Mexican Vegetarian Rice Bake from KatiesCucina.com

Last month, Pacific Foods contacted me to create a recipe using their Pacific’s Organic Spicy Black Bean and Kale Soup. The first thing that came to mind was a rice bake and then of course something Mexican flavored since that’s my going theme around here lately! They are easy to make and I almost always have leftover rice (whether in the fridge or freezer)! This soup is awesome on its own, but use it as base to transform a recipe and give a whole new layer of flavors. This Vegetarian Mexican Rice Bake is one to not miss.

Mexican Vegetarian Rice Bake from KatiesCucina.com

What I love about Pacific Foods is that all of their products come in a box form which means no preservatives or BPA (aka your soup won’t have hints of aluminum in it). They are also certified organic and Non GMO which is very important to me. Their philosophy “We have one simple goal- to make tasty, healthy foods with integrity.” They are trying to make good on this planet, one package at a time, and I love that about them. Whether your looking for soups or a hearty side–Pacific is the company to turn too!

Mexican Vegetarian Rice Bake from KatiesCucina.com

Oh and if your looking for a quick and easy vegetarian meal to serve to your family (or maybe a side dish to pair with roasted chicken breast head on over to the Pacific Foods Blog to get my recipe for Mexican Vegetarian Rice Bake

Disclaimer: I was compensated to create the recipe. I love Pacific Foods and as always all opinions are my own.


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 This is a sponsored post on behalf of OXO. 

Vegetarian Black Bean Fajitas from KatiesCucina.com using @OXO kitchen tools #VeryVegetarian

I finally spilled the beans yesterday, and announced that I’m expecting a baby in March. One thing I’ve had the hankering for over the past 2 months is Mexican food. I can not eat enough Mexican food (you might recall that before I was pregnant I also loved Mexican food so some things maybe haven’t really changed). But let’s get this straight. I can not do spicy foods like I use too. So all my Mexican meals are sans the spice for right now. Which is probably a good thing since I have a crazy amount of heartburn this early on. I love tomatoes and peppers but they kill me… for someone who has never experienced heartburn in her life… its intense!


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Grilled Corn & Poblano Guacamole from KatiesCucina.com

Y’all. I love guacamole. By far I think this is the best guacamole recipe I’ve ever created. Minus my classic guacamole that I make rather often. I was partly inspired to make this recipe after making grilled corn chowder. I had a leftover ear of corn on the cob and a poblano pepper, both already grilled and sitting in my refrigerator waiting for me to make something of them.

Grilled Corn & Poblano Guacamole from KatiesCucina.com

By combining both grilled items made for the most flavorful and smokey guacamole I could have ever dreamed of! Bite after bite I felt like I was in a gourmet Mexican restaurant–not at home! That is one of the luxuries of cooking at home. You can create food that would cost double if not triple the amount that a restaurant would charge.


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Mexican Corn & Grape Tomato Skillet with Grouper from KatiesCucina.com

Looking for a fresh fish dish? This is the summer fish dish for you, and best of all it’s one skillet cooking! My brother in-law has been spear fishing weekly over the past month. Each time he goes fishing he needs help cleaning the fish once he gets back, so my husband helps out and in return his payment is fish! Not a bad trade off for a one hour job! I’m happy to report that our freezer is pretty stocked with fish. This girl is definitely not complaining. I’m actually trying to persuade my husband to take a day off of work next week for mini lobster season! Hopefully, I won’t have to twist his arm too much longer for him to realize he needs to bring us home lobster (and lots of it). But, back to this dish. After getting our weekly fill of fish I started dreaming up a one skillet fish dish–everything all in one! Of course, I’m obsessed with Mexican food, so that was a given it was going to have to have Mexican flavors in it. That’s when I created this Mexican Corn & Grape Tomato Skillet with Grouper. I used fresh corn that  is in season along with a pint of grape tomatoes, sauteed them with spices, removed them from the skillets and cooked the beautiful fillets of grouper!

Mexican Corn & Grape Tomato Skillet with Grouper from KatiesCucina.com

How could you go wrong with a dish like this? Light for summer and full of flavor. I did have leftover rice in the refrigerator and I served the corn/tomato mixture over rice and then place a fillet of grouper on the dish. I had very little rice and it was just as good. I had never sauteed fresh corn before, so it was a nice treat and experiment all at once! Don’t be alarmed by the long ingredient list, it’s mainly spices. This Mexican Corn & Grape Tomato Skillet with Grouper utilizes local and in season produce as well as fish–making it the perfect summer dinner!


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