foodie fridays: enchilada mexican meatball stacks
Let’s get real for just a second.
Sometimes, I feel I do nothing but…..go, go, go, go, (still going), go, go, and never slow down to smell the sugary beignets. There are days whenI feel I can’t even squeeze in a fart; because my mind is racing with thoughts about what to cook next, how am I going to tie said dish into a creative story, and @#%$ Food Gawker didn’t except my picture because of poor lighting.
My race towards food blog perfection has no finish line in sight.
But somewhere between this crazy, perfection goal and a sunny Friday afternoon, I finally asked myself during a shoot, “Why do you blog, Lauren?”
A simple question asked, yet, not so simply answered. If I was sitting on the couch across from Oprah and asked this question, I would go with my gut, and say, “I am passionate about food. I don’t view food as just an ingredient or entree, but rather how it can be transformed into something greater. Food can create long lasting memories, new relationships, and grins from ear to ear. Yummy food is the one thing the whole universe can agree on.”
There are two essential parts to my answer. First, food is my passion, and second, so much of my blog is about forming relationships. That’s where you come in! I love knowing that each day I get to connect with other food bloggers, friends, and readers. We all have a story to tell. In this vast Internet world, it’s nice be able to have a spot where I can say, “HI! I like you. Let’s hangout and sip some bubbly.”
Today, I want to say thank you for coming to my little haven in the food blogging world. I heart you big time!
Okay, before I put on my DIY Derby Hat and pour myself a margarita, I need to tell you about these Enchilada Mexican Meatball Stacks. Phew Say that 10 ten times fast. I might have been off my rocker a little when coming up with this recipe, but it works. I believe meatballs can be brought to any Mexican fiesta, especially if the fiesta includes a pinata and lots of tequila.
What better dish to serve on Cinco de Mayo: cilantro infused meatballs, creamy refried beans, crispy corn tortillas, and spicy enchilada sauce. Ole!
Make sure and check some of my other Cinco de Mayo inspired dishes:
– Mexican Mac and Cheese Skillets
– Turkey Taco Burgers with Avocado Crema
– Sweet Potato Tacos with Chipotle Cream
Enchilada Mexican Meatball Stacks
for the meatballs:
1 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup panko
1/4 cup yellow onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper
for the refried beans:
1 15 oz can refried beans
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
2 tablespoons milk
6 corn tortillas, crisped in the oven
1 15 oz can red enchilada sauce, heated
Sour cream, garnish
Pepper Jack cheese, shredded, garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
for the meatballs:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Shape into 1 inch size balls (should be able to make about 12 meatballs). Place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside when done.
for the refried beans:
Preheat a small saucepan to medium-low heat. Add refried beans. Slowly add the cheese and milk. Stir to combine until the beans have softened and are smooth. Turn heat off and keep warm.
To serve: take tortilla and place about 2 tablespoons refried beans on top. Next, add a tablespoon of the warm red enchilada sauce on top of the beans. Top the sauce with three chicken meatballs. Cover with another tortilla. Repeat for another layer. Top with last tortilla. Garnish with more red sauce, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and cheese! Serve immediately
I feel you Lauren!! You just explained my day to day thoughts. LOL! But I blog because I am so passionate about. I love every bit of it and I love growing!!
These Stacks look killer!!! Perfect for cinco de mayo!
Have fun this weekend and really lets pray for NO MORE SNOW!
Agreed! No more snow! I hope you have a fabulous weekend too!
Have Mercy!!! These look ah-maz-ing.. and Food Gawker.. Blah.. they make me wanna go Nutella Ninja sometimes. 🙂
Hahaha! Omg! I am going to have use your Nutella Ninja line sometime! Hysterical. Have a great weekend!!
Thank YOU for blogging! It’s been such a treat discovering your writing and recipes over the past few weeks. Rock on girl. And pass the enchilada meatballs 🙂
Thanks, Erin! You are such a doll. And I am equally as happy that I found you and your blog! You’re the best!! 🙂
We go go go people all need to get together and do absolutely…..nothing. together. !! Seriously…we could munch on your insssaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanely delicious looking mexican meatball stacks and chit chat and do everything but go go go. We need it. We deserve it. SO jealous you’re going to the derby! Sigh…one of these days…. now… go! 😉
Julia – I think you are spot on! I think we could all provide each other with a little zen. And next year, you need to come to Denver for the Derby party. It’s off the chainizzle:)
I feel you on food gawker. Some are good and some that I think are Great don’t get accepted. I’m like what??
These and all of your photos are gorgeous.
Thanks, Meagan! Let’s cheers to us food bloggers because we know we work hard and make some pretty tasty stuff! Have a good weekend. I hope your little one feels better.
LOVE this post. I agree with Julia… let’s all get together and drink mint juleps and eat these meatball stacks and tackle hug each other. 🙂 Enjoy your fun weekend, lady!
It’s done! Tackle hugging conference 2014 will be actioned. Have a great weekend too, my dear!
I love this so much. I have to re-answer that question SO often. I love your answer. And these stacks…so smart!
Thanks, Cassie! I think it’s a good thing to do a temperature check from time to time. Keeps us young and focused:) Have a great weekend!
I love the idea of the stacks! So neat!
Thanks, girl! Have a smashing weekend!
Sounds like a great fiesta to me. And your photos make me feel right at home!
Thanks, Abbe! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
first, “squeeze in a fart” – ha.
second, meatballs on a tostada. genius.
– kinda like a haiku. I’m genius.
These look incredible! I really love your photos too!
Wow do these look incredible. Just. Absolutely. INCREDIBLE. Pass me three, please.