Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chalupa Grande

This dish easily serves 10 people.

Chalupa Grande

1 lb. dry pinto beans (washed)
1 pork roast (3 lbs) trimmed of fat
8 cups of water
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves minced
3 tsp. ground cumin
2 T. chili powder
1 T salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 cans (4 oz. ) green chilies
fresh cilantro for garnish

Place first 10 ingredients in a large dutch oven. ( beans do not need to be soaked first). Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer covered for 3 hours or until beans and roast are tender. Remove roast; cool slightly and shred with a fork. Return meat to the beans. Cook uncovered until thick, approximately 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro.Serve over corn chips and top with suggested item below.


Corn chips

shredded cheese

fresh pico de gallo or store bought salsa works also

fresh guacamole if you have it

chopped green onions are a nice addition

Feel free to use 1/2 the required amounts of everything if you aren't feeding a huge group.

Any dinner that is prepared at home has to be healthier than something that comes from a box or snarfed during the typical drive -thru experience. Growing our own food has encouraged my family to eat vegetables and learn new ways of preparing them.
 Kids are more likely to try a vegetable when they have planted the seed in their own backyard and watched the plant mature into something edible. If your family does not have the space for a garden then please consider allowing your children to go to the market and pick out a few interesting vegetables. Involve everyone in the cooking process.
 I often (purely for hobby sake) make items that could be purchased cheaper in the local grocery store such as: pickles and salsa. It's fun to sit down at dinner and know that every aspect of that meal has truly been my creation.
I know too many kids who order from the fast food menu ten times more often than they ever spend washing a vegetable for dinner. Recently my youngest child had a friend over and I allowed the friend to actually unearth a carrot from the garden. This is the same friend who tells me she orders her tacos with no lettuce and no tomatoes from our old pal the Taco Bell drive-thru. That evening at our house she ate a fresh carrot. Mission accomplished!

1 comment:

  1. Janice,
    That looks simply delicious! I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks.