Tortilla Chip Day February 24, 2015 in the USA

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National Tortilla Chip Day is celebrated on February 24, 2015. A tortilla chip is a snack food made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried. Alternatively they may be discs pressed out of corn masa then fried or baked. Corn tortillas are made of corn, vegetable oil, salt and water.

Tortilla chips are the quintessential and often complimentary appetizer in Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants in the U.S. and elsewhere. Although first mass-produced in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, tortilla chips were always considered to be a Mexican food, known as tostados. Though usually made of yellow corn, they can also be made of white, blue, or red corn. Some manufacturers include many other ingredients including wheat, sugar, and MSG.

The triangle-shaped tortilla chip was popularized by Rebecca Webb Carranza as a way to make use of misshapen tortillas rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their Mexican delicatessen and tortilla factory in southwest Los Angeles. Carranza found that the discarded tortillas, cut into triangles and fried, were a popular snack. (With material from: Wikipedia and cutecalendar.com)

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Ranchera Chicken Mexican Lasagna

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Ranchera Chicken Mexican Lasagna

If you have read my blog you know I am always looking for new and different ideas for dinner each night that anyone can make.  I try to think of ways to change it up.  I also like recipes that I can double and freeze for a later date. Our lives will be getting crazy starting March 1st with 3 kids in spring sports. Truthfully it never ends. Even with the craziness I try to keep home cooked healthy food on the table each night. This recipe is a great twist on Mexican lasagna. For this recipe I use split bone in chicken breast which I cook ahead of time.  I buy these mainly because they are cheap.  To reduce fat I always remove the skin.  To make your life easier a rotisserie chicken from the grocery would work fine, just remove the skin, bones and chop the meat.  I also use refried black beans which are healthier than refried pinto beans.  Refried beans originated in Mexico where they’re called frijoles refritos, or “well-fried beans.”  Actually refried beans in general are low-fat and a good source of fiber.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and pass my link with your friends.  My family loved it.

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Mexican Black Bean Dip

This is the first in my Cinco de Mayo  series. Tonight appetizer. What else would be first?  Over the next week I will post a cocktail, main dish and dessert.

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This is an awesome simple appetizer dip that will wow your friends. I am a little embarrassed of how easy this is, but adults and kids absolutely love it. If you are on the west coast and still need an idea for tonight’s party, this is it.

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