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Let's Cook. Eat.Together
Slow Cooked "Pulled" Chicken Tacos
Simple Strawberry Smoothie
Baja Chicken Pizza
Mexican Styled Totchos
  "Spice Up School Days"          ​​

* Get creative with proteins. Chicken and beef are common options, but heart-healthy fish and shrimp are also great candidates for a Mexican-style meal. Pork is another good choice for many Mexican dishes, and beans provide an excellent source of added protein, along with some flavor variety. Heat oven to 325 F.

* Mex-up your taco night. Try an alternative to the traditional corn shell with an option like Ortega Good Grains Taco Shells, crafted with artisanal blends of real corn, unique grains and ingredients baked into each shell. They're made with whole kernel corn, giving them an authentic taste and a distinctive flavor, aroma and texture.

* Keep things kid-friendly and fun by focusing on finger foods. A large taco can be difficult for little hands to handle, but a street taco portion, a chimichanga or even nachos are more hands-on.

* Look for fun toppings that add an extra crunch. For example, new Ortega Crispy Taco Toppers, lightly breaded slices of real jalapeno or onion, provide a bold kick and are the perfect finishing touch for tacos, salads and even Mexican-style burgers.

* Don't forget dessert. No meal is complete without a sweet treat, such as a churro, flan, empanada or sopapilla. Many of these favorites can be prepared ahead of time so you can simply cook and serve for a perfect ending to your family fiesta.

Find more mealtime inspiration like these recipes, perfect for the busy back-to-school season, at , or find Ortega on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Slow Cooked "Pulled" Chicken Tacos
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 5

    1 1/2     pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    1     bottle (8 ounces) Ortega Chipotle Taco Sauce
    1/2     cup chicken stock
    1/2     teaspoon salt
    1/2     teaspoon pepper
    1     package (10 shells) Ortega Good Grains White
           Corn with Chia Taco Shells, warmed

           taco toppings

In medium pan, combine chicken, taco sauce, chicken stock, salt and pepper, and cook on low, covered, approximately 2 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 F. Remove chicken from pan and shred using two forks.
Turn heat to medium-high and reduce cooking liquid into thick sauce, cooking 3-5 minutes and stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and combine sauce with shredded chicken.

Serve in taco shells with desired taco toppings.

Source: Ortega

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Strawberry in the Park Smoothie
Recipe Courtesy of Grand Manner Magazine
featured in the Fall 2017 Issue
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serving: 2
            1 cup of strawberries
            2 cups of diced bananas to give
              your smoothie a pinky color
            1 1/2 cup of milk
            1/2 cup of crushed ice
            1/4 cup of ginger ale
            1 plain yogurt

Place your fruit in a plastic bag and place in the freezer, once fruit is frozen, remove and then place in the blender add your other ingredients - bananas, milk, crushed ice, ginger ale and yogurt. 

Blend at medium speed for a minute or two.  Don’t blend too much, you want the smoothie nice and thick.

Pour into mason jar, drop a strawberry in the smoothie, add a decorative straw and serve.
Of course, you can add to your smoothie whatever you like, top it with whip cream, nuts, chocolate chips or sprinkles.  Be cool and smooth...
Source: Grand Manner Magazine
                 Fall Issue 2017
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Recipe of the Day

Baja Chicken Pizza
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 5

    4     boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about
           1 pound
    1     bottle (8 ounces) Ortega Green Taco Sauce
    1     can Ortega Vegetarian Refried Beans
    3/4     cup Ortega Homestyle Salsa (any variety)
    1     Mama Mary's prepared pizza crust
    1     red bell pepper, diced
    1     can (4 ounces) Ortega Diced Green Chiles
    1     bag (8 ounces) Mexican-style shredded

    1     bottle (8 ounces) Ortega Original Taco
            Sauce (any variety)
    1     bag Ortega Crispy Onion Taco Toppers

In large bowl or re-sealable plastic bag, combine chicken breasts with green taco sauce. Stir or shake to coat. Marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350 F.

Bake chicken 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.   Let chicken cool
10 minutes then cut into small cubes. In medium bowl, combine refried beans and salsa.

Transfer prepared pizza crust to baking sheet.

Spread bean mixture over dough, leaving 1/4 inch at edges for crust.

Top with peppers, green chiles, chicken and cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Top with taco sauce and crispy onion toppers then serve.


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Mexican Style "Totchos"
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5

    1     package (32 ounces) tater tots
    1 1/2     pounds ground beef
    1     packet Ortega Taco Seasoning
    1    cup water
    16     ounces shredded cheddar cheese
    2     medium tomatoes, diced
    1     container (16 ounces) sour cream
    1     bag Ortega Crispy Jalapeno
        Taco Toppers

Prepare tater tots according to package directions.

Heat medium skillet over medium heat. Cook ground beef 4-5 minutes until browned, using wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Add taco seasoning and water. Cook until water evaporates and sauce is thickened.

Top hot tater tots with cooked ground beef and cheese, and broil in oven 5 minutes.

Top with tomatoes, sour cream and crispy jalapeno toppers, and serve immediately.


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