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Party Plan: Fiesta Dinner

Create something special with the people you love! From modern casseroles like Spicy Pineapple Lime Chicken with Pita Nachos to effortless crowd-pleasers like Quick Black Bean and Green Chili Tostadas, Easy Chicken Empanadas, or a Family Taco Salad Bar, celebrating authentic Hispanic flavors has never been so easy—or delicious!

Just pick up some PeakFection® Guacamole and PeakFection® Salsa whenever you shop, and you’ll always be ready to bring people together for a delicious meal with a fresh twist.

Quick Black Bean and Green Chili Tostadas

Quick Black Bean and Green Chili Tostadas

Created by: Barbara Schieving of the Barbara Bakes blog.

PeakFection® Guacamole and PeakFection® Red Salsa add fresh, vibrant flavor to these simple stacked tostadas.

6-7 min | Prep time: 10 min | Serves: 8 | Yields: 8 servings
 
Ingredients:
  • 8 (5-inch) white corn tortillas
  • 1 (16 oz.) can refried black beans
  • 1 (4 oz.) can mild green chilies, chopped
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • 1 (14 oz.) PeakFection® Guacamole
  • 1 (14 oz.) PeakFection® Red Salsa
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Lightly spray tortillas with cooking spray. Bake until tortillas are crisp and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine refried beans and green chilies. Heat covered for 1 to 2 minutes until the beans are warm.
  3. Spread warm refried beans on crisp tortillas and top with lettuce, cheese, guacamole and salsa. Serve immediately.

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Spicy Pineapple Lime Chicken with Pita Nachos

Spicy Pineapple Lime Chicken with Pita Nachos

Created by: Thien-Kim Lam of the I'm Not the Nanny blog.

Pair a rotisserie chicken with this sweet and spicy fresh pineapple, lime, and jalapeño puree – then add in a little PeakFection® salsa and guacamole– to make this flavorful reinterpretation of nachos even easier.

23-30 mins | Prep time: 10 min | Serves: 4-6 | Yields: 4-6 servings servings
 
Ingredients: Spicy Pineapple Lime Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced (canned works too)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. of jalapeño, diced (add more if you want)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup of lime juice (about 2 limes)
Ingredients: Baked Nachos
  • 1 bag of pita chips
  • 1/2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple, diced
  • 2 cups of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 (14 oz.) container of PeakFection® Guacamole
  • 1 (14 oz.) container of PeakFection® Red Salsa
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. jalapeño, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced
Directions:
  1. In a medium, non-reactive saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Add fresh pineapple and onions. Cook until edges start to turn brown and pineapple begins to caramelize, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes. Add jalapeño, brown sugar, pineapple juice and lime juice. Simmer over medium to low heat for 15 minutes, until all ingredients are soft. Puree until smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover the bottom of a 13x10" (or similar) baking sheet with a layer of pita chips. Toss chicken in 1/2 cup of the spicy pineapple lime sauce. Top pita chips with chicken, fresh pineapple and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  4. Remove dish from oven. Add spoonfuls of guacamole, yogurt, and salsa on the nachos. Top with the rest of the cheese.
  5. Return to oven for another 5-7 minutes, until the second layer of cheese is melted. Garnish with cilantro, scallions and jalapeños. Serve with extra guacamole, salsa, and limes on the side.

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Easy Chicken Empanadas

Easy Chicken Empanadas

Created by: Danelle McCollum of the Let's Dish blog.

For a special make-ahead meal even on the most hectic night, simply stock these homemade empanadas in your freezer and some PeakFection® Salsa and Guacamole in your fridge.

15 min | Prep time: 15 min | Serves: 6-8 | Yields: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients: Empanadas
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 cup PeakFection® Red Salsa
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
Ingredients: Salsa Ranch Dip
  • 1/2 cup PeakFection® Red Salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. ranch dressing mix
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for empanadas, except pie crusts, until well blended.
  2. Unroll one pie crust onto parchment paper, or a lightly floured surface. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut rounds from dough. Re-roll dough as needed.
  3. Place 1 generous tsp. filling in the center of the rounds. Brush edges of dough with water and fold over to cover filling. Press edges with a fork to seal.
  4. Repeat with remaining pie crust and filling. (If desired, the recipe can be made up to this point and frozen).
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. To make the Salsa Ranch Dip, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Serve with empanadas.

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Family Taco Salad Bar

Family Taco Salad Bar

Created by: Kristin Lesney of the Our Ordinary Life blog.

Bring everyone's favorite toppings and fillings to the table with a freestyle meal that's as fun as it is filling. Plus, baked tortillas are a healthier option everyone will love!

15 min | Prep time: 30 min | Serves: 4 | Yields: 8 servings
 
Ingredients:
  • Prepared ground beef
  • Prepared rice
  • Green and red peppers, sliced
  • White or red onion, sliced
  • 1 (14 oz.) container PeakFection® Red Salsa
  • 1 (14 oz.) container PeakFection® Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Flour tortillas
Directions:
  1. Prepare ground beef and rice. Spoon 1/4 cup of salsa into rice and mix to create a quick red rice. Bake tortillas in a shell mold to create tortilla bowl or toast under a broiler to serve on the side.
  2. Slice peppers and onions and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, or until softened. Season and top with cilantro.
  3. Assemble ingredients. Place peppers and onions in a divided server or individual bowls along with raw diced onion, lime wedges, and additional cilantro. Pass around the tortilla bowls and invite your family and friends to create their own taco salad.
  4. Top with guacamole, additional salsa, and sour cream.

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Three-Step Shrimp Tostados

Three-Step Shrimp Tostados

Created by: Mandy Rivers of the South Your Mouth blog.

Greet guests with a welcoming bite of these simple shrimp tostada party apps.

X min | Prep time: X min | Serves: X | Yields: X servings
 
Ingredients:
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Adobo chili sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Lime Juice
  • 1 (14 oz.) container PeakFection® Guacamole
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Directions:
  1. Prepare shrimp. Marinate the shrimp in adobo chili sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice for about 4-6 hours before sautéing them about 2-3 minutes on each side over medium heat.
  2. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. guacamole onto each tortilla chip. You'll need as many chips as you have shrimp.
  3. Top each tostada with a sprinkle of minced cilantro, diced red onion, and a dash of sea salt. Serve while you finish preparing dinner.

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Healthy Favorite: Pineapple Salsa

Healthy Favorite: Pineapple Salsa

Created by: Produce for Better Health Foundation

With rich, savory creams and sauces, most Mexican recipes might seem like a dieting splurge—but this pineapple salsa is so healthy, you can enjoy it without an ounce of guilt. It’s delicious with grilled shrimp, fish or chicken. Kroger Staff Dietitian Allison Kuhn notes that the recipe contains zero grams of fat, but is chock full of vitamins as well as plenty of fiber.

Cook time: 0 min | Prep time: 10 min | Serves: 6 | Yields: 3 ½ cups
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1 cup red and/or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, slivered
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
Directions:

Blend pineapple, bell pepper, onion, lemon juice, cilantro and jalapeño pepper in medium bowl. Refrigerate, covered for 4 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve salsa over grilled chicken or seafood or with chips.

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Healthy Favorite: Creamy Mexican Salsa Dip

Healthy Favorite: Creamy Mexican Salsa Dip

Created by: Produce for Better Health Foundation

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: you are seeing the words “healthy” and “creamy Mexican” in the same recipe title! That’s because strained low-fat plain yogurt gives this dip its decadent thickness, rather than cheese or sour cream. Kroger Staff Dietitian Allison Kuhn points out that not only is this recipe delicious and low-fat, but it’s also rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, potassium and fiber.

Cook time: 0 min | Prep time: 3 hours, 30 min | Serves: 6 | Yields: 6 servings
 
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups low-fat plain yogurt, drained in a cheesecloth-lined sieve for 3 hours
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin (ground)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • Black pepper, optional
  • Tortilla chips, optional
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish
  • 6 cups assorted snacking vegetables such as: baby carrots, cauliflower or broccoli florets, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini sticks
Directions:

Put salt and pepper aside. Combine the drained yogurt with all other remaining ingredients for dip. Allow to chill, covered, for 15 minutes or more. Before serving, salt and pepper to taste and garnish with cilantro.

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The Great Guac Swap

The Great Guac Swap

Spread the love for your favorite dip by subbing PeakFection® Guacamole for your usual mayo. It has fewer calories and it's packed with heart-healthy antioxidants!

Under the Bun
Avocados are bursting with heart-healthy fat. Get a dose of the green stuff by using guacamole as a spread for your sandwiches or as a burger condiment.

Enviable Green Eggs
Move your famous deviled eggs to greener pastures by swapping guacamole for mayo in your favorite recipe. Add a sprinkle of paprika for a little extra color.

California Chicken Salad
Replace the mayonnaise in your next chicken or egg salad with an equal amount of guacamole. You'll get all the creamy taste for about half the calories. Plus it adds extra-delicious flavor!

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Perk Up Your Leftovers

Perk Up Your Leftovers

Treat your family to a yummier Monday with delicious uses for your Sunday night leftovers.

Tackle breakfast prep the night before with these quick, resourceful, and delicious tips for making the most important meal of the day the most delicious.

  • Use leftover PeakFection® Red Salsa in scrambled eggs or as an easy omelet filling.
  • Stuff eggs, salsa and PeakFection® Guacamole in a corn or flour tortilla for a breakfast wrap that can travel to the bus stop.
  • Spread guacamole on toasted wheat, rye, or white bread to make easy Avocado Toast. Top with sea salt and thinly sliced radish or serve with a fried egg for extra protein.

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Good To Go Lunch

Good To Go Lunch

Bought a few too many ingredients? Turn the guacamole and salsa in your fridge into grab bag lunches for the whole family.

PeakFection® Guacamole uses a special cold water process to stay at-the-ready in your fridge for days (as long as you leave it unopened). But why wait? Use unopened guacamole or salsa as the starting point for a smart take-along snack on a day when your options are limited.

To build a complete grab bag meal, just shop your fridge and pantry. Veggies like carrots, celery, and peppers go great with guacamole. Sliced zucchini, pita chips, or leftover tortilla chips pair well with salsa. Add a handful of nuts and some fresh fruit and you’re ready to hit the road.

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Dietitian’s Corner: 3 Ways to “Lean Out” Latin & Mexican Cuisine

Dietitian’s Corner: 3 Ways to “Lean Out” Latin & Mexican Cuisine

Created by: Allison Kuhn, RD, LD, Corporate Dietitian for The Kroger Co.

Sour cream…fried tortillas…guacamole. If you’re watching your waistline, it’s hard not to get a little anxious when Mexican or Latin American cuisine is on the menu. But did you know that in addition to these (in)famous diet-detour temptations, Mexican and Latin menus also are known for a number of nutrient-dense, healthful offerings?

Here are 3 easy ways you can serve up a fiesta of flavor—without an extra serving of saturated fat and sodium.

1. Customize Your Salsa
One Mexican favorite that’s a dieter’s best friend is salsa. It’s fat-free and full of flavor—so you’ll want to double down on this condiment while getting your guac on a bit more sparingly. That’s why it’s crucial that you serve up a salsa that will be a treat to your taste buds. The best way to do that is DIY-style.

Salsa is a food that is widely open to interpretation. Generally speaking, it’s a mixture of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers. Dicing these ingredients by hand creates a nice chunky salsa, but can also take a lot of time. Never fear! The tools for a speedier salsa are likely already in your pantry.

Simply blend 1 can of diced tomatoes, ½ fresh onion (roughly chopped), ½ bunch fresh cilantro (leaves only), ½ de-seeded fresh jalapeno, and 1 peeled garlic clove. Then add whatever other spices your heart desires for a customized condiment.

Another bonus to this method? Canned tomatoes actually have more lycopene, a vitamin A-like compound, than fresh tomatoes.

2. Tackle High-Sodium Taco Seasonings
That classic packet of taco seasoning may be bringing an excessive amount of sodium to your table. How about making your own salt-free taco seasoning? A huge benefit of ethnic-themed foods is their reliance on herbs and spices, not salt, for fantastic flavor. So capitalize on this health opportunity and crack open that spice cabinet!

Mix together 2 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. cumin, 1 Tbsp. paprika, 1 Tbsp. onion powder, and 2 tsp. garlic powder. Make a large batch and keep on hand for making taco meat, sprinkling inside quesadillas, and for use in seasoning Mexican vegetable medleys.

3. Ditch the High-Fat Dairy
The whole enchilada is probably not on your plate if you’re trying to avoid weight gain—at the very least, you’re probably skipping the sour cream and cheese toppings. But don’t get caught in another dairy detour: cream cheese. It seems like every party has at least 2 or 3 cream-cheese based dips or dishes. While these are party favorites, cream cheese adds a significant amount of saturated fat to foods.

Try this as an alternative: drained yogurt, also known as “yogurt cheese.” This is prepared by placing yogurt in a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter and allowing it to drain in the refrigerator for several hours. The more liquid that is drained, the thicker it becomes.

Since yogurt is already a nutrient-dense, lower fat option, a drained yogurt with its cream cheese type consistency is really a nutrition trade-up! Use as a base for your creamy dips, and make sure to set out sliced veggies along with chips. Bonus: use it to top that enchilada instead of the sour cream!

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