This recipe is one of the most important ones here at Betty’s Cook Nook:
- The original recipe scan (below) receives high marks for “most interesting recipe shape.” I have no idea why the graphic artist placed a human finger in the middle of the recipe when in fact he/she should have included a caricature of a smiling Texas armadillo driving a tractor pulling a wagonful of these delicious armadillo eggs! ;)
- This recipe further proves that armadillos do lay eggs; they just need a little help in the kitchen.
- This is the 1st family recipe calling for Shake ‘n Bake. #score!
- My Cousin Julie shared this recipe with me from her Mom Delores’ cookbook (my Mom Betty’s sister). I’m confident my Mom would have loved these spicy armadillo eggs because she loved jalapeños as much as Diet Coke, tea with freshly sliced lemon and crabbing at the Texas Coast (not necessarily in that order).
Let’s make eggs!
Foodie Tips ~
♥ Canned jalapeños. I’m a big fan of anything fresh so if you choose to go fresh for this recipe, change the pepper-wrapping technique below; simply cut-off the end of the jalapeño, seed it, then drop your block of cheese into the pepper and wrap.
♥ When there’s a 3-alarm fire in your mouth nothing simmers the heat better than ranch dressing. Try dipping your armadillo eggs in a bit of ranch dip and you’ll see what I mean!
♥ These are best enjoyed fresh but they can be refrigerated for a day or two.
♥ Love sausage? You might also try Mom’s spicy sausage ball recipe. Eating these will make your day brighter, I’m sure of it!
½ pound | monterey jack cheese, grated
½ pound | hot bulk texas sausage
1 ½ cups | buttermilk biscuit mix
15 medium | canned jalapeños
½ pound | monterey jack cheese, cubed
1 box | kraft shake ‘n bake for pork
2 | cage free eggs, beaten
ii. what to do
1. MAKE DOUGH: Mix the grated cheese and sausage. Add the biscuit mix ½ cup at a time until thoroughly mixed. The sausage mixture will become a very stiff dough and should be kneaded several minutes. Set aside.
2. FORM EGG: Pinch off a bit of cheese-sausage mixture and pat it into a flat pancake about ¼ inch thick. Slit and seed a jalapeño. Stuff the jalapeño with a cube of cheese and pinch the pepper closed around the cheese. Place the cheese-stuffed jalapeño in the middle of the pancake and wrap it completely with dough, making sure that all edges and ends are sealed completely. Roll the dough-covered jalapeño back and forth in your hands and form an egg shape.
3. COAT & DIP EGG: Roll each egg in Shake ‘n Bake until coated. Dip the armadillo egg into the beaten egg mixture then roll them once again in Shake ‘n Bake then place your readied egg on a foil-lined baking tray. Continue steps 1-3 until you’re all done prepping your eggs.
4. BAKE YOUR EGGS: Preheat your oven to 300°F. Place your armadillo eggs into the oven and bake 20-25 minutes. If the cheese begins to bubble out of the eggs, remove them from the oven – they should be done! The eggs will seem soft to the touch but after cooling a bit they will crust nicely. Serve them slightly warm.
Makes 15 Armadillo Eggs
Here’s a scan of the original recipe!
Picadillo Is My Pillow
In March 2014 my awesome Cousin Julie gifted me the recipe for this ole time family favorite.
What a great gift! I remember Mom talking about “picadillo” but the recipe wasn’t in her cookbook. Luckily, it was in her sister Delores’ cookbook that Julie has in her care!
Totally flexible, this Cuban-inspired dish made its way to San Antonio kitchens before the days of the internet … and into my heart 4ever. A foodie’s BFF.
♥ The original recipe scan below makes mountains of this delicious stuff. My Cousin Julie said the portions were large because her Mom, “Delores,” would often serve this dish at parties. I divided the recipe down, down, dowwwwwn into 6ths below. And yet after Joe and I ate it all, we wanted more.
♥ Cousin Julie was very specific – unless you don’t mind soggy almonds, sprinkle the almonds on top just before serving; or set them aside in a serving bowl with a spoon.
♥ Cousin Julie also said this picadillo freezes well. Sweet! If you freeze or refrigerate it overnight, add more dry sherry when reheating. It’s the honest thing to do.
♥ You can serve picadillo many ways – on top of scrambled eggs, breakfast tacos, nacho chips or inside tacos. This stuff is so good I even ate some with a shovel-spoon or two… :)
1 pound | ground round
⅓ cup | dry sherry
1 teaspoon | salt
⅓ teaspoon | pepper
3 | japaleños, chopped
1 clove | garlic, chopped
splash | oil
4.8 ounces | canned tomatoes
⅔ cup | tomato sauce
2 tablespoons | pimiento
to taste | raisins
⅓ teaspoon | oregano
½ cup | water chestnuts, sliced
⅔ cup | canned mushrooms, sliced
flour or corn tortillas
tostitos brand scoops
⅓ cup | salted almonds, diced
ii. what to do
1. In a medium-sized pan over medium heat, bring the first 5 ingredients (see “marinate”) to a happy sauté.
2. Add “the mixture” ingredients (the 9 ingredients) above and simmer, covered, about 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
3. Uncover and stir until “mushy.”
4. Serve with your preferred foodie accents and style (above). And smile. :)
My AWARD–WINNING chili recipe will set your guests ablaze with compliments to you, the chef.
This chili will probably also set your tummy on fire, because if there’s a way to add spice to a dish, I’ll sneak more in when nobody’s looking.
Don’t listen to what “the others” say: THE BEST CHILI ON THE PLANET HAS BEANS. BEANS, I SAY! I was born and raised in San Antonio, which has been credited as the birthplace of chili. So when I say “Beans,” you say “Chili!”
You: “Huh?” :~)
In 2005, the company I was working for had a chili cook-off. My pot won the gold. Then two more awards again in 2014. Spoons and bowls above the rest. Try one bowl and you’ll see.
PS ~ Did you catch this is an award-winning recipe?
Foodie Tips ~
♥ Mmmmm… Beer! Mom always preferred Pearl Light beer. She’d salt a lemon ~ sometimes a lime ~ and drop it on in. I usually use Miller Lite when I’m cooking at home. Read more about beer and how to make beer bread here!
♥ This is a great dish that’s served well with saltines, fritos or my jalapeño and cheese cornbread.
♥ Chili Lover? Check out this second chili recipe here at Betty’s Cook Nook. It’s a sweeter bowl of red that calls for no beans. Gasp!
2 tablespoons | falfurrias brand butter
2 medium | white onions, chopped
2 cloves | garlic, finely chopped
2 pounds | chili ground beef (not ground beef)
2 tablespoons | ground cumin
1 tablespoon | oregano leaves
1 tablespoon | salt
2+ tablespoons | medium or coarse fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon | sugar
1 can | stewed tomatoes
1 can | rotel
2 cans | “chili fixins” by rotel
1 can | tomato soup
1 can | beer
2 cans | ranch-style (or pinto) beans
to taste | fresh jalapeños
ii. what to do
1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
2. Add ground beef and cook until well done. Add the next 5 ingredients and cook 4 minutes.
3. Add the next 5 ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add in the beans and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until thick.
4. Side ingredients can include: crackers, corn chips, white tortilla chips, cheese (sharp cheddar/pepper jack works good), fresh jalapeños and sour cream.
5. Eat it up.
I literally made this recipe up “from the belly” and evolved it over time. It’s another “Top 10” Patrick favorite that I would have happily contributed to mom’s cookbook.
Let’s make a spicy-sweet treat!
1 | cage free egg
8.5 ounce package | “Jiffy” brand cornbread mix
2/3 cup | cold milk
1 large | chopped jalapeño *with the seeds*
11 ounce can | yellow corn and peppers (a.k.a. “Mexicorn”)
1 cup | sharp cheddar cheese
to taste | freshly ground black pepper
ii. what to do
0. Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat slightly beat the egg with a fork and add-in the remaining ingredients and mix well until well-coated.
2. Pour mixture into a greased 8- or 9-inch pan and bake until golden brown (about 35 minutes). At the 30-minute mark, toss a handful of more cheese on top to create an extra cheesy topping.
Foodie Tips ~
♥ I prefer the cornbread moist (not overcooked). You can smear on some Falfurrias brand butter, too, if you think you can handle it.
On this Memorial Day weekend, I welcome the rising temperatures of summer cascading through my kitchen windows. I decide today is a great day to make breakfast so I have a look through mom’s index card holder. Located up front is “the one” ~ a recipe for jalapeño pie. Looks simple enough, but I’m out of jalapeños!
The Labs have had their breakfast before me (a priority in my household), so I saddle-up and head to the neighborhood market and return a few minutes later with two handfuls of the spicy peppers. “Modern farming.”
Like the outside temperatures of May, which are on the rise, my taste buds waken from their siesta, ready for take-off. Better buckle up, buds.
3 | eggs
8-10 oz. | shredded new york sharp cheddar
to taste | freshly sliced jalapeños (I prefer ¾ cup)
ii. what to do
1. In a small bowl, crack open and beat the eggs. Fold-in the cheese and jalapeños until well-blended.
2. Spray the bottom of a medium-sized pan with cooking spray.
3. Pour the egg mixture in the pan and cook at 350°F for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool a few minutes, then slice to serve. Shake your maracas and spank the piñata ~ you’ve just landed south of the border!
♥ This recipe can be easily doubled for larger fiestas.
♥ You can get creative with this recipe by adding your own favorite ingredients to the egg mixture like green chilies, cooked chorizo or bacon. Mom would approve. Just remember the more ingredients you add, you may need to increase the number of eggs to ensure a proper coating.
¡Disfrute de la vida!
A tilded n? This ain’t “jalapeeno” country, folks!
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