Cooking with La Güera // Life in Puerto Vallarta Vlog

This blog post accompanies our Youtube video by the same title. These vlogs document our daily life here in Puerto Vallarta. For more information on great food around town (and outside Hillary’s kitchen), check out this post!


Today, I made two different infamous recipes, neither of which are my own, I must admit. First up, Momma’s frito pie. My Momma has made this ever since I can remember. It is usually a winter favorite with its warm, rich, and spicy flavors perfect for a chilly day. If you know one thing about Puerto Vallarta, know this: it is not cold here. Ever. But, I still wanted frito pie, and after finding ground chicken at the local meat market, there was no doubt about it-frito pie it was! Here’s the recipe as my Momma makes it-

1 can rotel (tomatoes and green chiles)

1 can kidney beans

1 can ranch style beans

1/2 onion

1 pound ground meat (we have used beef, turkey, and chicken and all are equally delicious)

1 bag Fritos

Instructions: dice the onion and brown with the meat. dump all the canned goodies in with the meat and let simmer for a while. Serve over Fritos. We like ours with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on top. Look, I realize this is not on par with other recipes these days, but this is tried and true in our house and here’s my measure of success: if it feeds Greg and he gets full, its a win 🙂IMG_4113

The second creation I made today was oatmeal balls. I stumbled across these surfing the web looking for healthy snacks. Super easy, no cooking involved, and only one big mixing bowl to dirty-I’m in! Here are the details:

1 cup dry oatmeal

2/3 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions: Mix everything in a bowl. Roll into one inch balls. BOOM, DONE. This recipe is highly, highly adaptable. I made mine today without coconut  flakes and flax seeds (what are those, anyways?!) If they are a little two dry, add more pb or honey. If they are too sticky/wet, add a little oatmeal. Bonus hack: the humidity in Puerto Vallarta is out of control. I put a handful of oatmeal in the blender to make powdery oatmeal (gross) and then coated each little oatmeal ball in that powder so they wouldn’t stick to one another. This recipe is also a family favorite. Today, I multiplied the recipe by SIXTEEN for the Rowathon at CrossFit Zapata and wow, it was a lot of oatmeal balls to feed hungry exercisers 🙂


Hoping you enjoy making a few of our faves!!





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