Pick Up the Pace®

It’s Time to Salsify!

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May 2020 Issue
by Lindsay Gifford
Recipes, Information and Photography Provided by Pace® Foods.


Ready to kick your family’s dinner flavor up a notch? Take the time to try something new for Cinco de Mayo and bring your home cooked meals to a new level with Pace® Foods’ products. Your family will celebrate you and the delicious dinners you can craft with the pleasing picante and salsa flavors perfected by Pace®.

Cooking is the perfect way to bring the family together for a delicious meal that will spice up the day. Pace’s® family favorites like slow-cooked chicken tacos and slow cooker chicken tortilla soup are simple meals to prepare and great to get the children involved, too.

Pace® Foods has been crafting the perfect savory salsa for more than 70 years, originating in 1947 with lovable craftsman and entrepreneur, David Pace®. Over the better part of a decade, one mixture rose to the top of his recipes: freshly hand-picked jalapeño, crisp onion and ripe, smoothly blended tomato, creating the world’s first “Picante Sauce.” David Pace created an alliance with local farmers to ensure fresh ingredients year round. Pioneering the Pace® Pepper Trail, which is still used today, Pace purveyed hand-picked heirloom jalapeños for the freshest flavor, achieving quality and goodness year-round by harvesting jalapeños with consistent texture and flavor, despite changes in seasons. And, don’t let the heat of the jalapeños scare you; Pace® caters to everyone who loves Tex-Mex flavor, even if you don’t love the heat. Today, Pace® continues to bring the heat with more than 20 delicious salsas, picante sauces and cheesy quesos, (plus organic and gluten-free options) all developed from their original high quality flavor profiles.

Pick up the Pace® and take flavor to the next level with these bold salsifying recipes, perfect for Cinco de Mayo and your next fabulous feast all year long! For more recipe inspiration, visit Pace’s® Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/PaceSalsa, or log on to www.PaceFoods.com. It’s time to pick up the original, and pick up the PACE®! 

Baja Shrimp Tacos
This southern California classic couldn’t be any easier to make because the salsa verde adds all the flavor to this dish.
Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 29 mins  |  Serves: 4
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1 lb. uncooked Shrimp (21-25 count per lb.), peeled, deveined and tails removed 

1 cup Pace® Salsa Verde 

1 Tbsp Olive oil 

1 cup Guacamole 

1/2 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
8 Flour tortilla or corn tortillas (6-inch), warmed
1 cup Green cabbage, shredded
½ cup Carrot, peeled and shredded
½ cup Fresh cilantro, chopped

Place the shrimp into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup salsa verde and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. (Discard any salsa left in the bowl before cooking the shrimp). Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 4 minutes or until cooked through.

Spread about 2 Tbsps guacamole on each tortilla. Layer with the cabbage, carrot, cilantro, shrimp and remaining 3/4 cup salsa verde. Serve with additional salsa verde, if desired.



Layered Chili Cheese Dip
Grab a chip and dig into this simple dip that’s really delicious.
Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 30 mins | Serves: 20
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1 pkg (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened 

1/2 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa 

1 can (19 oz) Campbell’s® Chunky™ Roadhouse - Beef & Bean Chili 

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese (about 4 oz) 

2 Green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup) 

1/4 cup Tomatoes, diced 

1/4 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped 


Heat the oven to 350°F. While the oven is heating, spread the cream cheese in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate. Spread the salsa over the cream cheese.  Top with the chili. Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot. Top with the green onions, tomatoes and cilantro and serve with your favorite dippers.



Quick Quesadillas
Perfect for busy weeknights, these quick quesadillas are easy and kid-friendly!
Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 25 mins | Serves: 6
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6 Flour tortilla (8-inch), warmed 

1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 6 oz) 

2 medium Green onions, sliced (about 1/4 cup) 

3/4 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa or Pace® Picante Sauce

2 Tbsps Canola oil 


Top half of each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese, 2 tsps green onions and 1 Tbsp salsa. Brush the edges of the tortillas with water. Fold the tortillas over the filling and press to seal. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the quesadillas and cook in batches until lightly browned on both sides and the cheese is melted.  Serve with the remaining salsa.

Recipe Tip: For heartier quesadillas, you can add chopped cooked chicken, cooked black beans or refried beans.



Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde
The salsa verde in this recipe brings the bright flavor of tomatillos to make these cheesy enchiladas stand out from the rest!
Prep Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 35 mins | Serves: 4
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1 jar (16 oz) Pace® Salsa Verde
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked Chicken
1/2 cup Sour cream

11/2 cups shredded Cheddar Jack cheese (about 6 oz)
8 Corn or flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed 


Set the oven to 375°F.  Spread 1/2 cup salsa in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish. Stir 1/4 cup salsa, chicken, sour cream and 1/2 cup cheese in a medium bowl. Spoon about 3 Tbsps chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas around the filling and place seam-side down in the baking dish. Top with the remaining salsa. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Time Saving Tip: You can substitute 2 cans (12.5 oz each) Swanson® Premium White Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained, for the 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken.


Pace0520 slowcoookerchickenSlow Cooked Chicken Tacos
Place chicken breasts and just 3 ingredients in your slow cooker—then set it and forget it!
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins | Serves: 6

1 1/2 lbs Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 

2 tsps Ground cumin 

1 tsp Chili powder 

1 jar (16 oz) Pace® Chunky Salsa or Pace® Picante Sauce 

12 Flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed 


Season the chicken with the cumin and chili powder. Place the chicken into a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour the salsa over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the chicken is fork-tender. Remove the chicken to a work surface. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken. Serve the chicken in the tortillas.

Recipe Tip: Top with your favorite taco toppings like shredded lettuce, sour cream and additional salsa. Try a squeeze of fresh lime juice, too!


Taco Dip
A hearty dip with maximum flavor...it’s a quick and tasty appetizer to serve with tortilla chips.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 20 mins | Serves: 18
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1/2 lb. Ground beef 

11/2 tsps Chili powder 

1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce 

4 oz (1/2 of 8oz pkg) Cream cheese, cut into pieces 

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 oz) 

18 oz (1 bag) Tortilla chips 


Cook the beef and chili powder in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Stir the picante sauce, cream cheese and cheddar cheese in the skillet. Cook and stir until the cheese is melted. Spoon the beef mixture into a medium bowl. Sprinkle with your favorite taco toppings. Serve with tortilla chips.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This easy soup combines simple, on-hand ingredients and some fresh toppings to create a comforting, hearty soup.
Prep Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 4hrs 30 mins | Serves: 6
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2 cans (10.5 oz) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or Campbell’s® Condensed 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup 

11/4 lbs. Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

2 cups frozen Whole kernel corn 

1 can (about 15 oz) Black beans, rinsed and drained 

11/3 cups Water 

1 tsp Ground cumin 

4 Corn tortilla (6-inch), cut into strips 

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 oz) 

1/3 cup Cilantro, chopped

Stir the picante sauce, soup, chicken, corn, beans, water and cumin in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir the tortillas, cheese and cilantro into the cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
Time-Saving Tip: You can also cook this recipe on high for 2 to 21/2 hours.

Ingredient Tip: You can omit the tortillas and top the finished soup with crispy tortilla strips instead.

 



Sunset Dip
A tasty combination of four on-hand ingredients gives you a delicious, kicked-up appetizer that’s ready in just a few minutes.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 7 mins
Serves: 12
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1 pkg (8 oz) Cream cheese, softened 

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 oz) 

1 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa 

1 pkg (about 12 oz) Tortilla chips 


Spread the cream cheese in a 9-inch microwaveable pie plate. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the cheddar cheese is melted. Top with the salsa. Serve with the tortilla chips.

Oven Preparation: Bake this dip at 350°F for 10 minutes or until the cheddar cheese is melted instead of heating in the microwave.


Pace0520 BurritoBowlsOne Pan Burrito Bowls
This fresh take on burritos transforms a Mexican favorite and cooks in one pan in under 30 minutes, so cleanup is a breeze.
Prep Time: 5 mins | Total Time: 25 mins | Serves: 4

1 lb. Ground beef 

2 tsps Cumin 

2 cups Water 

11/2 cups uncooked instant White rice 

1 jar (16 oz) Pace® Picante Sauce 

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 


Cook the beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Stir in the cumin. Stir in the picante sauce, water and rice and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the rice is tender. Sprinkle the cheese over the beef mixture and top with your favorite burrito toppings.


Breakfast Burritos
Quick-cooking, and oh so tasty, these breakfast sandwiches are a great way to start your day!
Prep Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 30 mins | Serves: 4
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1/2 lb. bulk Pork sausage 

3/4 cup Pace® Chunky Salsa 

2 Tbsps Vegetable oil 

8 oz frozen shredded Hash brown potatoes (about 2 cups) 

4 Eggs, beaten 

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 

4 Flour tortillas (10-inch), warmed 


Cook the sausage in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Stir in 1/4 cup salsa. Remove the sausage mixture from the skillet, cover and keep warm.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the hash browns and cook until well browned, stirring often. Remove the hash browns from the skillet, cover and keep warm. Reduce the heat to medium.  Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp oil in the skillet. Add the eggs and cook until set, stirring occasionally.

Divide the eggs, sausage mixture, hash browns, cheese and add remaining 1/2 cup salsa among the tortillas. Fold the tortillas around the filling.


Beef Taco Bake
With just 6-ingredients, this cheesy taco creation is perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 40 mins | Serves: 4
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1 lb. Ground beef 

1 can (10.75 oz) Campbell’s® Condensed
      Tomato Soup 

1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce 

1/2 cup Milk 

6 Flour tortilla (8-inch) or 8 corn tortillas (6-inch), cut into 1-inch pieces 

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 oz) 


Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat. Stir the soup, picante sauce, milk, tortillas and half the cheese in the skillet.  Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Cover the baking dish. Bake at 400°F. for 30 minutes or until the beef mixture is hot and bubbling.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
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