Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle chicken chili 1

I always wanted to make chili at home. And one day I came across the recipe for Chipotle chicken chili on Pioneer Woman’s site ; I knew that I had to try it.

The recipe calls for Mexican beer. But you can substitute it with chicken broth.


  • Olive oil – 2 tbsps
  • Onion- 1, diced
  • Garlic – 4 cloves,minced
  • Boneless skinless chicken breast – 2 lb, diced
  • Beer or chicken broth – 12 ounces
  • Diced tomatoes – 1 can (14 oz)
  • Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce – 2 or 3 peppers,minced with seeds (add little by little according to taste)
  • Canned Pinto beans – 14 oz (drained and washed)
  • Canned Black beans – 14 oz (drained and washed)
  • Canned Kidney beans – 14 oz (drained and washed)
  • Chili powder – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp or more according to taste
  • All purpose flour – 1/4 cup
  • Lime – 1
  • Sour cream – for serving
  • Grated cheddar cheese – for serving
  • Cilantro – for serving


  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pot or a dutch oven.
  • Add onions and garlic. Cook until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  • Add beer or chicken broth ( just enough to cover the chicken). Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, chipotle peppers, beans, chili powder, cumin powder and salt. Stir; cover and let it simmer for 1 hour.
  • Mix flour and water/beer/chicken broth  in a small bowl. Make a thick flowing lump free paste. Add it to the chili along with lime juice ( add according to your taste).
  • Stir and let it cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Serve the chili in a bowl topped with sour cream, grated cheese and cilantro.

chipotle chicken chili 2


Tres Leches Cake – 100th Post

Tres Leches Cake

For my hundredth post, I would like to post the cake I make for our wedding anniversary – ‘Tres Leches’ which means three milk. It is a simple sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three types of milk – heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk.

I baked the sponge cake from scratch. You can get a cake mix and soak the cake in the milk mixture. I baked the cake and let it soak in milk a day in advance and frosted it just before cutting the cake.

In our case, the cake tasted really good on the second day and the frosting remained stable. but the cake can be had after letting it soak overnight.

Ingredients for Sponge Cake:

  • Large Eggs – 5
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
  • All purpose flour -1 cup
  • Baking Powder – 1 + 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Milk – 1/3 cup, I used Skim milk

Ingredients for Milk Mixture:

  • Evaporated milk -12 oz
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk -14 oz
  • Heavy Cream -1/4 cup

Ingredients for Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • Heavy Cream – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 3  tbsps

Method for Sponge Cake and Milk Mixture :

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Coat a 9 x13 inch pan with butter.
  • Mix all purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Separate the egg whites and egg yolks.
  • Mix egg yolks and 3/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl until they turn pale yellow.
  • Stir in milk and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently until well combined.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat till peaks form.
  • Fold the egg white mixture into the flour-egg yolk mixture and mix until well combined. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  • Spread the cake batter evenly and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Rotate the pan once as it bakes for even baking.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan completely.
  • Use a fork and poke holes on the cake as close together as possible.
  • Mix evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream in a large bowl.
  • Pour the milk mixture evenly over the cake using a ladle.
  • Refrigerate the cake.

Method for icing:

  • Whip heavy cream and sugar until it turns thick and spreadable.
  • Frost the cake with the icing and top the cake with fresh fruits.


  • Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  • Best served chilled.



Salsa can be had with tortilla chips as a dip. Below is my version of spicy salsa.


  • Tomatoes – 1 cup + 1/3 cup, finely chopped
  • Onion – 1/3 cup, finely chopped
  • Green chilli/Serrano pepper/jalapeno – 1 + 1/2 tsp, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Cilantro – 3 strands, finely chopped
  • Garlic – 1/2 tsp finely chopped and crushed (optional)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste
  • Oregano – few sprinkles
  • Lemon juice – 1 + 1/2 tsp


  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Smash them with a fork or dal smasher.

Homemade Sour Cream

Homemade Sour Cream

Sour cream is a good dip for quesadilla, fajita or burritos. Sour cream can be made at home. Am not sure if  sour cream is available in India. It can be made at home using heavy cream and a little curd/yogurt with cultures.


  • Heavy cream – 1 cup (depends on how much sour cream you want)
  • Curd/yogurt with cultures – 2 tbsps


  • Mix heavy cream and yogurt together in a container and let it ferment overnight.
  • You can also place it inside an oven with the lights on.
  • Mix well and cool it before serving.
  • It thickens as it cools.



Guacamole is an avocado dip. Can be had with tortilla chips as an appetizer. It is our favourite. The recipe below is my version of guacamole.
There are few points to remember while choosing an avocado. The avocado has to be dark .Over ripe avocados will be too soft to touch. The avocados I use for guacamole are dark but firm to touch.Avacados will ripe quickly. Use them as soon as possible.


  • Avocado -1
  • Lime juice – 1 tsp (add to taste)
  • Diced tomatoes – 2 tbsps
  • Finely chopped onion – 2 tbsps
  • Serrano pepper or jalapeno – 1 tsp,chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cilantro – 2 strands, finely chopped
  • Water – 2 tbsps (optional)


    • Run the knife around the avocado, slicing it into two ( there will be a big seed inside).
    • Hold the avocado using two hands, twist and pull them apart.

How to cut avacado 1

How to cut avacado 2

    • To remove the seed, hold the half with the seed in your left hand.
    • Attach the knife to the seed as shown in the photo.

How to cut avacado 3

    • Move the knife to remove the seed from the avocado.

How to cut avacado 4

    • Make cuts on the fleshy part of the avocado.

How to cut avacado 5

    • Scoop out the fleshy part using a spoon.

How to cut avacado 6

  • Transfer the avocado to a bowl.
  • Smash it using a fork to a coarse paste.
  • Sprinkle with lime juice immediately to prevent it from changing color. Mix well.
  • Add the tomatoes, onion, Serrano pepper/jalapeno ,cilantro and salt. Mix well.
  • Add water if required to dilute it.