Pork Chop Santa Fe

Pork Chop Santa Fe
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pork Chop Santa Fe
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Sounds delicious, a must cook for me. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Brown chops quickly, about 2 minutes per side. Lower heat and add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 8 minutes, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Serve with sides of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Easy Mexicali Pork Chops

Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Easy Mexicali Pork Chops
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These sounds very good and a really simple rub that can be from a packet or homemade. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub pork chops on both sides with the taco seasoning mix. Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Brush skillet with the oil. When the pan is hot, add pork chops and cook for about 7-8 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature is 71 C / 160 F, followed by a 3 minute rest time.
  2. Top with salsa if desired and sides of your choice, or thinly slice and serve in flour tortillas with tomato, lettuce, and salsa.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin will cost about 125 Baht/kilo. I don't think for 4 thick slices would be a kilo, but just using that number, for 4 servings this is about 92 cents per serving. I have only seen pork chops in specialty chops and they are pricey. Going with just a loin that you cut yourself, money saver.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Salsa.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can cook yourself the day before, or you can use canned beans that are rinsed and drained before use.
  2. Combine beans, salsa, tomato sauce, and chili powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions, and corn. Do not stir. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir and serve topped with cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 60 Baht/750 grams. The cheese if used will cost about 90 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving if you prepare the beans from dry beans. If using canned beans, this is about 98 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Casserole

Chicken Casserole
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Sounds really good, takes some prep work but I think the results would be delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Chicken Casserole
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Sounds really good, takes some prep work but I think the results would be delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I am not sure what 4 cups of chicken would be in grams. Safe bet to go with 1 kilo of chicken, combination of legs, thighs, and breasts (skin on and bone in) for a good mix of meat. Boil that, then simply leave the chicken in the broth and let it cool to room temperature, this makes for juicy chicken. Remove the skin and bones, then chop or shred the chicken, save the broth for use in another recipe.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together first 8 ingredients. Set aside. Tear the tortillas into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Layer 1/3 of the tortilla pieces in a lightly greased slow cooker. Top with 1/3 of the chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat the layers twice.
  4. Cover and cook on the Low setting for 3 1/2 hours, then remove the cover and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
Recipe Notes

Figure 60 Baht/1 kilo of chicken, the cheese would cost about 180 Baht/250 gram block. I cannot price the tortillas until I buy them and I will update the serving cost when I make this. For 6 servings, minus the tortillas, this is about $1.18 per serving.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Boiled Chicken, Salsa, Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos
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For the best Fish Tacos I have ever had, that would be San Diego, California, many many years ago, at the Mexican owned and operated places. This recipe is spot on for a good tasting fish taco. I made these last night, 7 June 2017 and two thumbs up from my wife as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fish Tacos
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For the best Fish Tacos I have ever had, that would be San Diego, California, many many years ago, at the Mexican owned and operated places. This recipe is spot on for a good tasting fish taco. I made these last night, 7 June 2017 and two thumbs up from my wife as well. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet with the butter and a splash of olive oil, cook the fillets over medium heat until cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Season with garlic salt to taste, remove from the skillet and place on paper towels to drain.
  2. In a separate non stick skillet on low heat with no oil or butter, heat the tortillas on each side for a minute or so, this just to make them more pliable to fold. Once they are warmed, place a piece of fish on one side of each tortilla.
  3. Top the fish with a spoon or two of salsa, sour cream, shredded cabbage, and cheese.
  4. Fold the other side over and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The fish is low cost, the high cost would be the store bought tortillas (imported as well) (I really need to find a recipe to make these), for now I will say fair cost per serving.

Variants could be add a dash or two of hot sauce to the taco, or even a squeeze of fresh lime.

Shortcut: Fast and Simple Fresh Salsa II, Sour Cream.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Tacos

Pork Tacos
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I found this recipe as originally stated as roast in the oven with the meat stacked on a skewer and called for achiote paste, which I am not going to find nor do I think I can make that here. I am going to write this as a slow cooker recipe as well.
Servings Prep Time
6-10 servings 24 hours
Cook Time
6-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-10 servings 24 hours
Cook Time
6-10 hours
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I found this recipe as originally stated as roast in the oven with the meat stacked on a skewer and called for achiote paste, which I am not going to find nor do I think I can make that here. I am going to write this as a slow cooker recipe as well.
Servings Prep Time
6-10 servings 24 hours
Cook Time
6-10 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-10 servings 24 hours
Cook Time
6-10 hours
Ingredients
For the Marinade
To Prepare
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the cubed pork in a large bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over and mix into the meat. Refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  2. After marinating, place the pork in your slow cooker and cook for 6-10 hours on Low setting, remove and drain the meat, place a few spoons of meat on a tortilla, top with some onion, cilantro, and salsa, fold and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The pork would cost about 100 Baht/kilo, so 150 Baht for that. The tortillas, flour, import from the states (actually good quality) will run 240 Baht/pack of 10. For 10 servings, this is about $1.15 per serving, not bad for visiting friends and family.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bacon-Wrapped Steak Breakfast Burrito

Bacon-Wrapped Steak Breakfast Burrito
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This, sounds really good! I miss the breakfast burritos in San Diego, and when a good friend posted this, this is a must try. This is modified from the original recipe slightly to make smaller burritos. No serving size stated yet until I make this. For the ingredients, I will use a shortcut for the salsa, for the tortillas, I will be using 8" size, and for the scrambled eggs I will use fresh made hash browns not frozen. The ingredients as listed can make several burritos. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Bacon-Wrapped Steak Breakfast Burrito
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This, sounds really good! I miss the breakfast burritos in San Diego, and when a good friend posted this, this is a must try. This is modified from the original recipe slightly to make smaller burritos. No serving size stated yet until I make this. For the ingredients, I will use a shortcut for the salsa, for the tortillas, I will be using 8" size, and for the scrambled eggs I will use fresh made hash browns not frozen. The ingredients as listed can make several burritos. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Season the steak with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your liking, grill or pan fry the steak to about medium done, about 3-4 minutes per side, let rest for 5 minutes then slice thinly into strips. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, add the hash browns to a large skillet, cast iron would be perfect that has been heated with the butter and cook until browned. Then add the eggs and scramble them up in the hash browns, then add the cheese and mix this together. Set aside.
  3. To assemble heat up a tortilla in a large skillet, then lay the tortilla on a flat surface, add some scrambled egg mixture, then some salsa, then some steak, fold the tortilla tightly, closing the ends as well. Then take 2 pieces of bacon and wrap over each end of the burrito. Then lay down 6-8 pieces of bacon, overlapping slightly and roll the burrito up in bacon, rolling should cover the ends of bacon covering the ends of the burrito. Repeat this for as many tortillas and filling you have.
  4. Heat a medium sized skillet, non stick would be good, with a splash of olive oil and place burritos in the pan, bacon seam side down, turn the burritos as needed to get a crispy bacon on all sides. Serve. Top with guacamole, sour cream, fried egg, up to you.
Recipe Notes

No pricing until I can make these, for now I will say high cost but will revise the pricing once made.

Shortcuts: Salsa, Hash Browns.

Inspired by Michael Walsh.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili I

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili I
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Not only does this sound good, there is lots of things you can do to save money such as shortcuts and using dried beans. On my to cook list as I do like a good chicken chili! I did not list a prep time as this depends if you are using the shortcuts and or using dried beans. Using the dried beans, you need to plan well in advance. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili I
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Not only does this sound good, there is lots of things you can do to save money such as shortcuts and using dried beans. On my to cook list as I do like a good chicken chili! I did not list a prep time as this depends if you are using the shortcuts and or using dried beans. Using the dried beans, you need to plan well in advance. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the Black Beans, if using dry beans, soak 1 1/2 cups of beans overnight, rinse, then boil the beans until tender, rinse then use.
  2. For the Red Kidney Beans, if using dry beans, soak 1 1/2 cups of beans over night, rinse, then boil beans until tender, rinse, then use.
  3. For the refried beans, if using the shortcut for dry beans, follow that recipe as listed in the Recipe Notes section, you will need about 1 1/2 cups of refried beans. This makes a lot, so plan a Mexican dish for later in the week.
  4. Once you have determined, the beans you are going to use, canned or dry, put the chicken (whole breasts are fine, no need to chop or anything), bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, corn, beans (but NOT the refried beans), onion, and tomatoes that you drained and chopped, into your slow cooker. Cook this on Low setting for 6-8 hours, or on High setting for 3-4 hours. If on Low setting the chicken shreds easily at 6 hours, it is done.
  5. Once the chicken is done and shreds easily, remove the chicken to a large plate and shred with 2 forks, return to the slow cooker and stir in. Add the refried beans and stir that in and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes on Low setting to heat through. Serve with chili toppings of your choice if desired. I think some shredded Cheddar cheese on top would be great.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breast run about 60 Baht/kilo, you might be looking at 50 Baht for 3 breasts. Canned beans, kidney beans are readily available, black beans I have not seen, canned kidney beans can be 50 to 90 Baht/can, using dried beans is about 15 Baht each. For refried beans (I have never seen them canned) you need Pinto beans, to make the full recipe (recommended as they are good beans) will cost about 50 Baht. Salsa, say from Tesco will run about 50 Baht/jar of 1 cup, make from the shortcut, will cost about 25 Baht. The canned corn will cost about 30-40 Baht/can, using fresh, half of that. Everything else is minimal.

Making this using canned items where stated, for 6 servings, this is about $1.38 per serving.

Making this using dry beans and shortcuts where stated, for 6 servings, this is about 85 cents per serving.

Over all, the cost is not that bad really for using canned items where state and if you can find them.

Shortcuts: Refried Beans, Salsa.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
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Sounds really good, and only 3 ingredients. Also the use of an oven is needed to brown up the cheese. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
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Sounds really good, and only 3 ingredients. Also the use of an oven is needed to brown up the cheese. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in your slow cooker, pour salsa over the top, cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on High setting. If you over cook it the chicken will fall apart.
  2. When the chicken is almost done, preheat your oven to 220 C. Using a 9x9 or 9x13 baking dish, carefully place the chicken in the dish, spoon some of the salsa from the pot over the top of the chicken and sprinkle with the cheese. If you like cheese, use 1 1/2 or 2 cups. Bake for 15 minutes or until it is golden brown and bubbly. Serve with with a salad and a vegetable side of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will run 63 Baht/kilo, for 6 breasts I will estimate 90 Baht. For the cheese, if using just 1 cup of shredded, figure 90 Baht, if 2 cups, figure 180 Baht (180 is the cost of a block). Make the salsa yourself for savings as well. For the chicken and 1 cup of cheese, this is about 90 cents per serving for 6 servings.

Shortcut: Salsa.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs, Tex-Mex Style

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs, Tex-Mex Style
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I cannot vouch for the name but these do sound good. This recipe screams of shortcuts and that means saving on cost. When I found this recipe 5 of the 7 ingredients were either canned or packaged, this is a rewrite. This would take some time but also would provide ingredients for other recipes. Lots of information in the steps. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs, Tex-Mex Style
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I cannot vouch for the name but these do sound good. This recipe screams of shortcuts and that means saving on cost. When I found this recipe 5 of the 7 ingredients were either canned or packaged, this is a rewrite. This would take some time but also would provide ingredients for other recipes. Lots of information in the steps. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can buy individual thighs, but these are normally small. Buy quarters and cut the thighs from the legs and you have much larger thighs. Pull the skin off and use the edge of the knife to remove the excess fat.
  2. Sweet corn, fresh is preferred and this would be about 3 ears worth of corn, next choice would be frozen. If you want to use canned corn, look for a can from 12 to 15 ounces and drain the corn as well.
  3. Black beans, cook these from dry beans for cost savings. If you want to use canned beans, look for a 15 oz can, and drain this as well.
  4. Add the corn, beans, chilis, salsa, taco seasoning in the slow cooker and mix well.
  5. Salt and pepper the thighs on both sides and add to the slow cooker, stir a bit to coat the chicken.
  6. Cover and cook on Low setting for 5 to 7 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. If in doubt, use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temp of 74 C. Serve over hot rice and a salad on the side.
Recipe Notes

Chicken thighs will cost about 66 Baht/kilo, quarters cost 56 Baht/kilo. Buy a kilo of quarters and separate yourself. You will have more than 500 grams of thighs, and you get legs for use in another recipe. Use fresh sweet corn, dry beans, and use the shortcut for the taco seasoning. This meal would be well under $1 per serving.

Shortcuts: Salsa, Taco Seasoning Mix.

Adapted from an internet recipe.