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Tex-Mex Pie

One of the party foods that we got to snack on christmas eve was this tex-mex pie. This picture is missing a few things (olives and cheese), so just follow the recipe. I’m a fan of a standard 7-layer dip and this is really along the same lines, it’s just called tex-mex pie. But it’s really easy and tasty.

1 ripe avocado
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 can refried beans
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 pack taco seasoning
4 chopped scallions
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice

Spread refried beans over the bottom of a glass pie plate. Mash the avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and spread in a circle over the beans, leaving an edge showing. Mix mayo, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Make a smaller circle of this mixture on top of the avocado. Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the top and serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

Tacos In Norristown – La Michoacana

When in the burbs, one of the few places to get decent mexican food is at La Michoacana in Norristown. Some of you might be afraid, but really, it’s not that scary in Norristown. Especially in the middle of the day, one should not be scared.Requisite chips and salsas… the red one was a bit spicy, the green one was meh, and the pico de gallo was nice and fresh.
The milanesa torta… it’s weird getting french fries with mexican food, isn’t it? The menu says mexican french fries but these are just regular french fries to me. This is a breaded flattened steak served with lettuce, mayo, and jalapenos. It’s a perfectly good sandwich, but nothing particularly mexican or exciting. Also, if your doctor tells you to not eat red meat, then don’t order this sandwich.
The three taco platter with rice and beans. I ordered the al pastor but there wasn’t any pineapple on it, which was sadly disappointing. But there were a bunch of onions. Did they run out? Did they think I wouldn’t notice the difference between pineapple and onion? Did I order something else? They weren’t altogether all that exciting, but I did like them ok and I love their rice and beans. Service was fine and their festive and colorful decor is always cheery. We didn’t have the best food that day but it’s still better than most mexican-ish food that you’ll find in the burbs.

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Tres Jalapenos

I infiltrated a dinner of south philly residents to check out Tres Jalapenos, a fairly new byob mexican joint on Christian. Yes, they’re a byob, with cheesy and kitschy mexican decorations. They host margarita mondays and taco tuesdays. Also, unrelated to food, one of the partners hosts a conversational spanish class there on wednesdays. So don’t say that blogs are not educational. The chips are good but the salsa is kind of weird, like it couldn’t quite make up its mind about how it wanted to taste.
The steak sopes. These are quite attractive, to me.
Chicken fajitas!
I got the tacos al pastor. They weren’t the greatest in the world, but they were quite respectable, and the pineapple was surprisingly sweet. They were on two corn tortillas and topped with onions and cilantro, so at least they were trying to be authentic. I got a side of rice too and that was pretty boring.
Fried ice cream… does this bring back memories of chi-chi’s for everyone?
The sopapillas… the sprinkles really knock this up a notch! I think I prefer the tacquerias not so far from this place for authentic mexican, but this is a pretty fun place. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and all the staff were very nice, even to a giant table like ours. It’s pretty big too and can accommodate large parties. And you can booze it up on your own.
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