Monday, September 27, 2010

Welcome To My Kitchen- My First Recipe Video!

Look what I won! A couple weeks ago I opted in to receive a sample of Pace Picante Sauce from The Tastemaker Program on Foodbuzz. Along with that, was the opportunity to win a Flip Video Camera. In order to enter the giveaway, I had to submit a recipe in which I would use the Pace Picante Sauce and the first thing I thought of was our family recipe for Santa Fe Stacked Enchiladas. Well, wouldn't you know that they chose me?! A few days later, I received two packages on my doorstep.

I was thinking that this Flip Camera was indeed a camera, but it's not. It's an HD video camera and I had to record a video of my recipe featuring Pace to share with you. The Flip was so easy to use, you just turn it on, push the red button to start filming and again to stop. The clarity is really great too. The hardest part was actually uploading it to the Internet so that I could post it on here. The video only took me two attempts and I think it turned out pretty well. Mr. H was a perfect camera man and I think I'll use him again in the future. tee hee!

I was a nervous wreck for days just thinking about having to be on camera! I tend to giggle a lot (just ask Ingrid) and I still have a minor cough so I was worried that I'd start choking or laughing my butt off, but I didn't :-) When I cook or bake, I'm usually in jammies and my hair is in a messy ponytail. So today you're in for a treat- I have clothes on, I'm wearing make-up and my hair is brushed. Lucky you! I do sincerely hope that you enjoy my first video. Please be kind and don't judge too harshly.

Thank you Foodbuzz for the opportunity!

For the step by step process in pictures, and for the original recipe, please see Mr. H in the Kitchen.

I also want to say thank you to Ingrid for letting me know about the opt-in on Foodbuzz. Without her, I wouldn't have entered and won. Thanks dear!

Santa Fe Stacked Enchiladas adapted from Monica H

serves 8

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup Pace Picante sauce, optional
  • corn tortillas (2-3 per person)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 small cans (10 oz.) enchilada sauce
  • 3 small cans (15 oz.) Ranch Style Beans, drain 2 of the cans
  • 2-3 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • Green leaf lettuce, cut into wide shreds
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced

Over medium high heat, cook onion til soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and whirl around the pan til fragrant. Then add the ground beef and cook til no longer pink; breaking up any large bits as you go. Season with kosher salt and stir it in. If you're using a fattier mix of ground beef, drain off any excess fat. Stir in Pace Picante sauce if using. Set aside.

In a medium pan, generously coat the bottom of the pan and heat til shimmery. Fry the tortillas, one at a time, on each side for about 20 seconds. You don't want them to be crispy, you just want them to be a little more pliable so they don't break apart. But you really can't skip this step because the tortillas will become soggy when you bake them. Repeat til done. Place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.

Heat sauce til warm in a small sauce pan. Heat beans in a pot til warm. You want them warm not hot.

Dip one tortilla in the warmed sauce and place on a sheet pan. Top with a bit of ground beef, then beans, then cheese. Repeat for a 2 stacker. If you're really hungry make 3 layers. Repeat as necessary until you have the amount of enchilada stacks as needed.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cheese is melted. Allow the enchiladas to cool for a few minutes before transferring each stack to a plate. Place lettuce and tomatoes around each stack to resemble a wreath. Dig in!

54 comments:

Laura said...

Oh I loved your stacked enchiladas! And hell yeah for a free camera!

From the Kitchen said...

Well hello Monica! What fun to actually see you live (and dressed). Kudos to the cameraman!!

Oh, and the stacked enchiladas look delicious. Love the wreath salad for Christmas Eve.

Make more videos please.

Best,
Bonnie

jelena said...

Great job at your first video recipe. I wish I had the courage to do it! It brings a whole new dimesion to a recipe. Love the stacked enchilada. No rolling, and it looks so rich!

Haden News said...

What a great job!! Love the recipe and idea for Christmas! I think you might be ready for the Food Network :)

Michel-lee said...

How wonderful to see you on video. You did such a great job. I can't wait to see more videos in the future ;0)

Joycee said...

You sooo deserved to win that camera, but it's US who will win...we now can have videos of your fabulous dessert making abilities! Congratulations and I will be making these very soon...

oneordinaryday said...

I love it! Feels like I was in your kitchen with you, Monica. You did a great job. :)

Avril said...

Congrats Sweet Monica on the camera win! You lucky duck you! :-) So fun to see you in action in your kitchen....you are just adorable! And YUM to the Santa Fe Stacked Enchiladas....just made 2 batches last night of enchiladas myself - chicken and black bean. LOVE the enchiladas!

Maria said...

Nice job on the video! How fun! Great recipe too!

steph said...

now I want enchiladas for lunch!

Peggy Clyde. said...

That was a great video and the enchiladas look wonderful. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on winning the camera! The recipe looks yummy, we are mexican food lovin' freaks here! Your video was great! I giggled about your hyper-critical view of yourself! I think your normal cooking attire is STANDARD for most of us 'real' housewives. Thanks for sharing!!!

Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} said...

I agree. It was fun to see you in person. I am terrified of the camera so I don't know if that will be happening anytime soon.

Katie said...

Wow that was great - you're a natural! I loved hearing your voice - you sound just like I imagined :)

I loved your big kitchen and your 'here's one I made earlier' bit with the baked one in the oven. They look delicious! You can't get Mexican food like that here - its all dry torillas and packet stuff. Ohh make another video soon!

csr513 said...

Thanks for sharing the video with us. It was like you were a professional cook on the Food Network (maybe they'll be calling you next!!!).

The recipe looked soooo yummy, and the wreath idea is awesome! What a nice family tradition!

You were so cool, calm and collected for your first video. I agree with the above poster who said its "us" who are the real winners, can't wait to see more!

LDH said...

You did great, Monica! Pretty girl with a delicious looking, fun to make recipe that I think my family would enjoy too.

Kelgirl105 said...

You are so cute Monica! Those stacked enchiladas look delicious-- I want them for dinner!!

The Captain's Daughter said...

Love it!!

Congratulations to you! You SOOO deserve this prize!

You are so cute!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

God Bless You ~Ron

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think you did a great job. I would be stumbling over my words. I also love this recipe, easy and yummy! I'll be making this one at home.

Kristen said...

Yummy! Video is an added plus :-)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

What a treat for me! I get to match your phone voice, plus photos to you in action. I loved it! I'm way too chicken to upload video of me, so good for you! Keep on tapin', Monica. You have a lot of talent, and I'd eat two of those-- with beer!

Abby said...

So cool! I've been thinking about buying one of those cameras; I'll take this as a recommendation!

tamilyn said...

I love it-you're dressed :) If you weren't, I think the video would need to be uploaded to a different site......

And, ya'll don't have a southern drawl-or isn't that a Texan thing?

Felice said...

How cool! Congratulations on winning the Flip camera and great job on the video.

Healthy and Homemade said...

You did awesome!! That's so cool you won. These seriously look delicious! I love the idea of the "wreath" around the enchilada, and stacking them looks more appetizing then when they're rolled. Can't wait to try these =)

Jennifer Pemberton said...

You are just as sweet "in person" as I thought you'd be! Thanks for sharing this. My husband would LOVE this recipe.

And by the way...I'm a new member of Cake Slice Bakers. I'm looking foward to baking with you!

Julie said...

I'm so happy that you won the camera...and you certainly put it to good use! You're a natural :)

faith said...

great video!!! congrats on winning the camera! my favorite part was when you pulled out the one from the oven all melty and delicious!!!!

Debbie said...

What a great video Monica!!! You were terrific!!!! I loved it.

SouffleBombay said...

Loved coming to your site and seeing your video, what a great surprise! Great job!!

Allie said...

Congratulations on winning the camera! That is awesome! You did a great job on the video too! I can't wait to try the stacked enchiladas with my family :)

Jean said...

You did great! Yummy recipe too.

Andrew's Mom said...

Great job! I won a Flip video camera two years ago from Pepsi - you know those annoying codes you have to enter - they paid off!

Tiger Fan said...

Loved it! You are a natural in front of the camera!! Recipe looks delicious--will try this weekend!

Holly said...

Congrats on winning! I'm a huge fan of your blog and wanted to invite you over to come see mine. You were one of the few blogs that really inspired me to start! I LOVE to cook and bake! www.life-as-a-lofthouse.blogspot.com

Jeanette said...

First, congratulations on being the winner. This recipe sounds so GOOD!

Anonymous said...

Great Job! We will be using that recipe here for sure. You are cute as a button!

bella (roz) said...

gosh, Monica, your video is so cool! I loved being able to see you almost in person and hearing you! You're a natural! Great recipe and I love how you make a wreath around it for the holidays! I've got to make this now! Congrats on winning the fab video cam too! wow!

kim said...

great job!!!!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Congrats on your win! That was super fun and hope to see more :)

Kate H. said...

You did an awesome job on this video. You didn't seem nervous at all :) Ps. I love how the stacked enchiladas and lettuce look like a wreath!!

Ingrid said...

Hope this isn't your last video! Hint-hint!
~ingrid

cookies and cups said...

I love the video! I want some stacked enchiladas now!!

Smitten Sugar said...

Great job! The enchiladas look delicious and you are adorbale! Props to the camera man as well. I can imagine I would be so nervous being taped. Like you I am usually looking like a mess in the kitchen! Cant wait for more videos to come!

Maranda said...

I love it!!!!! You looked like a natural in front of the camera. No nervousness evident at all! I'll be in your neck of the woods during the holidays so I am SO coming to your house for Christmas Eve! LOL! Those look amazing. I forgot how good they look. Yum!

Debbe said...

I stumbled onto your blog from Janet's- I think, and you are now in my 'favorites'. First let me say - you are so cute!! Loved the video! I am so not a camera (in front of the camera) person so I get what you mean about that. You did a great job!
Yum-yum for the stacked enchiladas! I will be trying your recipe for sure and so easy too! Love the wreath idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Melissa said...

Great job! :)

Red30 said...

I loved the video, you did great!! I might try this minus the beans! I love mexican food even though it can fatting, but I've learned to make it a little more healther and still have the taste I love. I am working on losing weight and just being more fit so I had to do something so that I can enjoy my one of my favorite foods!! ;-)

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a treat!! Your video is excellent, I hope you do LOTS of them, you are adorable!!! I saw several recipes on your side bar that I want to try.

girlichef said...

Great Job!! You're so brave...I dread being on camera. Looks fabulous...and so did you, you're a natural ;) (oh, and I totally want one of those little cameras!)

Kerstin said...

Congrats Monica - what a fun prize!! And yummy recipe :)

lou-anne said...

love the video! hope to see more of your cooking videos soon.

Cat said...

love your video!! more please...
your kitchen is so perfect, and you a great food presenter. The stacked burritos look very yummy.

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