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[food] Simple Tex-Mex recipes

This is what Lisa Costello and I made for the porch party last weekend. These recipes have a certain obvious resemblance to one another, both are pretty darned good basic versions of their respective food types. Serve with chips or tortillas or whatever pleases you.

Guacamole

Six avocados, halved then mashed to lumpy smoothness
Four limes, halved and juiced into the avocados
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained

Fold the above together

Add ground red pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Top with crumbled cotija cheese

Chile con queso

One brick Velveeta, diced, then microwaved in slow cooker crock on half power until mostly melted

Place crock in slow cooker on “high”

Add:

About six ounces of sour cream
Half a head of garlic, minced
One can Ro-Tel tomatoes, well-drained
One can Hatch chiles, well-drained
1/2 pound loose chorizo, fried until fully cooked (assuming everyone’s a carnivore, otherwise leave it out)
About four ounces of cotija cheese

Add ground black pepper, paprika and chile powder to taste

Cook for 2-3 hours on “low”, until well melted (it will remain somewhat lumpy)

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