My Top 10 Mexican Recipes (to share with friends)

My 10 favorite fresh Mexican recipes! These meatless dishes are perfect for game days, potlucks and weeknights.

(I’ll get to the recipes in a minute.) Cookie got hurt this weekend. My worst fear about moving to this house came true when she raced out of my new front door toward the nearest busy street. When Cookie escapes, she doesn’t stop to smell the roses. My wild little dog shoots off like an arrow at 25 miles per hour. The following few and terrifying minutes ended with me abandoning my car in the middle of the road and racing to my injured baby like a crazed mama bear.

I think she’s going to be ok. The car hit one of her back legs, which is, miraculously, not broken. I took her back in yesterday to get her wounds stitched up and they discovered that the damage to her ankle is worse than we realized. Today, my bouncy circus dog’s back leg is bound in a polka-dotted purple cast and can’t jump onto the couch. She’s snoozing next to me now. Rest up, my sweet pup, because we have a million more miles to walk together.

Cookie dog

I’ve spent the past few days watching Cookie’s chest rise and fall and feeling overwhelmingly thankful that she’s still here with me. Cookie is not “just a dog”. She’s my best friend. My sidekick. My chief crumb catcher and ornery assistant. My snuggle buddy and walking partner. Maybe you know what it’s like to love a dog so much.

I think that the only real positive outcome of this accident would be to prevent another accident. I have the name and number of one of the best animal behavior specialists around, so we’ll be working together on this. If you have experience with dogs that are flight risks, I’d love to hear your suggestions. Spare no expense.

In lieu of a new recipe today, I thought I’d create a little roundup of my favorite, seasonally appropriate Mexican recipes. Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner, and something about the Super Bowl makes us Americans crave spicy south-of-the-border snacks. (Maybe it’s all of the Tostito’s commercials?)

As usual, I don’t even know who’s playing, but I hope to share the day with friends and fill my belly with a homemade meal. I’m about to polish off the last of a delivery pizza, so I surely need some home-cooked goodness.

P.s. I’m always publishing more Mexican recipes, so check out my latest here.

Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado - recipe at

No. 1: Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado

Before we get any further, I should clarify that these meals are loosely inspired by my favorite Mexican meals. I have no idea if vegetarian chili is served anywhere in Mexico, but I do know that this chili has been a hit for those who have tried it. I’m also noting which recipes are vegan and gluten free (they’re all vegetarian) since diets become more important when you’re serving a crowd. (this one is vegan and gluten free)

Beer bean stuffed poblano peppers with feta - recipe at

No. 2: Beer Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Roasted pepper stuffed with boozy beans and spices. I’m not entirely convinced that the beer evaporates during cooking so you might not want to serve this to kids. (gluten free if you use gluten-free beer)

Vegetarian blue corn nachos - recipe at

No. 3: Blue Corn Nachos with Homemade Guacamole

Nachos are a necessity. These are covered in vegetables for less damage. You’ll also find a recipe for guacamole with chopped radishes, so good. (gluten free and far from vegan)

Black bean salsa - recipe at

No. 4: Black Bean Salsa

This was my first recipe post ever. I got such nice feedback on it that I posted more recipes, and here we are. This recipe yields a ton of salsa, so it would be a great addition to a potluck table. Bring chips, too. (vegan and gluten free)

Sweet potato burrito smothered with avocado salsa verde - recipe at

No. 5: Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde

People freak out over this avocado sauce. You gotta try it. (vegan if you skip the cheese)

Crispy mushroom, spinach and avocado quesadillas - recipe at

No. 6: Crispy Mushroom, Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas

Crispy grilled cheese on the outside. Mushrooms, sautéed spinach and avocado on the inside. These still taste good after they’ve cooled, by the way. (vegetarian like the rest)

Vegetarian tortilla soup - recipe at

No. 7: Tortilla Soup

This is a recent favorite, a vegetarian tortilla soup flavored with a dried chili pepper. (gluten free, vegan if you skip the cheese)

Quinoa black bean tacos with avocado crema! Quick, easy and delicious.

No. 8: Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

I’m not sure if you can find quinoa tacos in Mexico, but these are sure delicious. They take cues from traditional beef tacos, so there’s that! (vegan and easily made gluten free)

Spicy vegan black bean soup - recipe at

No. 9: Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

A creamy (yet cream-less), spicy, hearty soup. This would be a great main course for a crowd. (vegan and gluten free)

Skinny lime and blood orange margaritas - recipes at

No. 10: Skinny Lime Margaritas and Skinny Blood Orange Margaritas

Margaritas, of course! Basic lime on the left and a pretty pink variation on the right. Neither of these require orange liqueur, which means you can spend your money on a quality, 100 percent agave tequila instead. Your body will thank you the next day.

Find 10 vegetarian Mexican recipes at

More resources you might appreciate: 13 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes, 16 recipes that pack well for lunch and 14 simple weeknight dinners. You might also like my monthly seasonal produce guides and healthy kitchen essentials. View all roundups and resource posts here.


  1. Sara says

    Get well quickly Cookie!! I can SO relate to having so much love for a pooch. Mine is my best friend too and when she’s not well, I’m not well. As for your food — all looks delish. I’ve made a number of these and will have to revist. Yum!

    • says

      Thank you, Sara. I’m glad you can relate. I’m also glad that you’re enjoying the recipes! That’s always so nice to hear. All my best to you and your pup.

  2. says

    My rambunctious little pup is a constant companion too, so I totally understand the love that springs from bringing a dog into your life. Their affection is so generous and sincere. Was hurting for you when I saw the picture of Cookie in her cast on Instagram–she has the sweetest little face. Glad that she’s still here and that you have some help in terms of behavior. It’s so hard. Sending big hugs to you both. xoxo

    • says

      Thank you, friend. Cookie says hi. I wish you and Maggie (it’s Maggie, right? I think you told me on Instagram once) weren’t so far away so we could have a play date once Cookie is better. I bet the two of them in one room would be a total circus. Hugs!

  3. says

    I have three dogs that I love very very much, so I know how terrible it is to see them in pain and worry about them. I hope Cookie gets better soon and that there won’t be permanent damage.

    • says

      Thank you, Natasha. This is the first time in four years that Cookie has ever been hurt or sick, and it hurts me to see her hurting. I hope that she heals well and quickly. Give your dogs a pat for me today, please!

  4. Amy says

    Oh man, my dog running into the road is my biggest fear too. Her nose leads her into trouble and she completely ignores me outside. Anyway, that must have been terrifying to see, so I’m sorry for you both. Get well soon, Cookie!

    • says

      Thank you, Amy. It’s strange, because when I walk Cookie, she wants to stop and smell everything. When she sneaks out of a house, though, she runs tremendously fast just for the sake of running, as far as I can tell. I’ll try to share what I learn from the trainer in another blog post, if that’s helpful to you!

  5. says

    I’m so glad Cookie is going to be okay! I cannot imagine how scary that was. We just started with a dog behavior trainer yesterday! We’ve done other types of training in the past but started to read up on behavior training and it just makes so much more sense. All of the other training would work kind of temporarily but we never got to the root of their problems. We talked to the trainer for nearly 2hrs at our house and practiced a few things with our dogs and the clicker, which they started responding to quickly. They have some similar but mostly opposite issues and we are beyond ready to get to the bottom of them. We get frustrated and so do they, but we are feeling very hopeful. If you ever want to chat let me know!! xoxo

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear that your trainer has been helpful already, Ashley! Cookie’s habit of running out the door absolutely must stop. She minds me well, but I worry about extenuating circumstances like this weekend. My vet says the guy I’m going to work with is one of the best in the Midwest, so here’s to hoping he can help us. I hope you can straighten out your dog issues, too! Thanks again.

    • says

      Thank you, Andrea. I’m totally willing to put a shock collar on her and install an electric fence… I’ll do anything to keep her safe. Thank you for the link.

  6. says

    This post gave me chills, thank god she’s ok!! I have the same panic about open doors – my little one is SO terrifyingly fast. I almost lost her twice and I’ve never run so fast in my life trying to get her back (which isn’t actually what you’re supposed to do, but I was panicking).

    One thing we’ve practiced (while we play in the yard) is running away from her, so it’s a game for her to come to us… although I’m not confident that would work for us if she ever gets out and is freaking out. I can’t wait to hear what you find out from the specialist…

    • says

      Thanks, Jeanine. I will definitely post what I learn from the trainer on the blog. Sounds like Cookie isn’t the only one who runs. Seriously, though, I’ve learned from past experience that catching up to her on foot is impossible. One time she got out in a neighborhood and my friend was driving along the road (going 25 miles an hour) while she raced down the sidewalk. I’m so glad she’s ok. Keep that cute little fox of yours safe. :)

  7. says

    Oh I am so sorry to read about Cookies accident. But I think you are right: if this was you fear that it is best that it happend now and Cookie has been given the chance to learn and get away with “only” some bruises.
    Nonetheless: welcome to your new home!!! Well, looks like you are setteling in fast :-)

  8. Cindy says

    I have trained both my dogs (and one is a runner!) to NEVER leave the house, car, etc., unless it is on command – which is FREE. It’s a hard one to teach, but both my dogs will sit with the car door open (or house) and I can stand outside and say all sorts of things – and try to lure them (called proofing) but they will not leave the car or house unless it is on command. This happened when my runner jumped out the truck window because she saw a squirrel. Luckily she was not hurt. It can be done – lots of patients and lots of high value treats. I hope she is on the mend soon! I know just how you are feeling – keep us posted!

    • says

      Cindy, it is a relief to hear that you managed to train your dogs so well. I admit that I can be inconsistent myself, so I think that an appointment with a trainer will be helpful in that regard. Thank you again.

  9. Stephanie says

    Oh no! Poor Cookie! I’m so glad she’s okay. Yes, I know what it’s like to love a dog that much and also what it’s like to see that dog get hurt and then put in the time and money for the rehabilitation. It’s so good that she didn’t break anything! Hopefully her rehab time will be short and inexpensive. If you ever find that your other friends don’t understand what you’re going through, I’m your gal, give me a call!

    • says

      Thank you, Steph. I’m so glad she didn’t break anything, too. I just hope her ankle heals well so we can go on our five mile walks again soon. Seeing her hurting makes me so sad. :( Let’s talk soon.

  10. says

    So sorry to hear about Cookie, but glad to hear everyone is OK! I can’t even imagine how scary that was for you. I can totally relate to how important dogs are. I lost mine about four years ago and still miss her! Also… all these recipes all look fabulous. I’ve made a mental note to come back to this post for some cinco de mayo inspiration, too :)

  11. Tracy says

    so sorry Cookie got hurt but grateful she is OK. My dogs are my best pals too.
    Keep your fun emails and fabulous recipes coming.

    • says

      Thank you, Claire. I get crazy thirsty when I’m nervous so I was guzzling water at the emergency vet on Saturday. Leroy is a dapper little fellow! I love it when dogs have human names. :)

  12. says

    Praising God that your sweet cookie is okay. Poor little guy has some healing to do. Any plans for a favorite puppy-approved mexican recipe for cookie? Seriously, I recently found your site and absolutely LOVE it. I have a sweet little puppy too that makes my time in the kitchen more fun. His name is Frankie and you’re welcome to take a little peek at him in this recipe – maybe Cookie will like this recipe too? Blessings and best wishes for a speedy recovery, Kelly and Frankie

  13. says

    My heart dropped into my stomach reading about Cookie! You must have been so worried. My little furry pet is my best friend, too. Especially now that my husband is working nights and I almost feel single again…. what would I do without my pup? I wish a very speedy recovery to your crumb-catcher friend and applaud you for already hiring a behavioral specialist. I can’t wait to hear about progress — as I have no advice to offer. Our dog is leashed, ALWAYS, because he simpleywill not not listen if there is a squirrel (or person, or other dog, or or…)! Poor sweet Cookie. Get well soon!

    (I also love this recipe collection! I want to make it all! For the first year ever we are not invited to a Superbowl party [where I would stuff my face and not watch the game].. my waistline is thankful!)

    • says

      Hey Sophie, thank you. I sure hope the specialist can help us work through this issue. I can’t bear to see Cookie hurting. I will try to include some tips that I learn from the trainer in an upcoming post for you! If any of these recipes strike your fancy, you should totally make them for yourself… they are friendlier to the waistline than most Super Bowl fare!

      • says

        Oh, they are indeed! And we LOVED those sweet potato burritos with avocado sauce! I just found avocados on sale, thanks for reminding me what to make with them :) I would love to hear about what you learn from your trainer. Cookie knows you love her and that is what matters most :)

  14. Chris says

    I know exactly what it’s like to love a dog so much. I would be lost without my little one. All we can do is give them the best life possible and it sounds like you’re doing an excellent job. So glad your baby girl is ok!

    • says

      Thank you, Chris. I’m glad you can relate. I’m tending to my little patient as best I can. I hope she feels better soon. Please give your dog a pat for me.

  15. says

    Wishing Cookie a swift recovery! I can’t imagine how that must feel :( Nice Roundup! Reminded me that I’ve been meaning to try that burrito slathered in avocado sauce!

  16. says

    Ohhhh, poor Cookie! And poor you! I never thought I was that much of a dog person, until we bought a little puppy (Maggie) 8 months ago who I now completely dote on. She ate something and was choking a little in the first week we got her – I called the vets office about 4 times in the space of two hours and was just about to race her in there when she coughed up a tiny piece of twine. (I hate to think what I’ll be like when I have human babies!) Maggie also walks fine on her leash and stops to sniff everything and stays by my side, but as soon as she has the opportunity she races off and wont come back when she’s called. I havent been able to find a behavioural trainer in my area, so I’d be interested in hearing what you learn if you’re willing to share. Best wishes to Cookie for a speedy recovery! x

  17. says

    All lovely recipes. Thank you so much. Have a Great Evening! I’m sorry about Cookie. It just takes time to heal and she’ll be fine again.

  18. says

    Hey Kate, when I saw the photo of Cookie on Instagram I felt so sad! I’m glad to read she’s doing OK and that you are too. I hope for a very speedy recovery — I wasn’t allowed to have dogs growing up and right now my place is too small for a big dog (which is what I would want, eventually), so I can only imagine your pain. We’re with you in spirit, and hopefully Cookie will soon be back to her peppy self — without the whole bolting out of the door reflex.

    P.S. I love this recipe round up, thank you! I may try one of these for the game, but I’m definitely saving this for future social gatherings too =)

    Warm wishes!,

  19. ddemos says

    Poor Cookie…that little expression in the cone photo…priceless.

    I am so thrilled that you are getting serious training tips from a good trainer. The most important commands are “no street” and “stop/come”. I’m sure you know that consistency is the only thing that works…you have to be vigilant all the time. I kind of thought once they were trained as puppies, that was sort of it. My mistake. I can’t even imagine if this happened to my dog. Sending you all the best, Kate. Cookie is lucky to have you too…

  20. Maria says

    Hi Kate, my name is Maria, and I hail from Uruguay. I arrived at your blog via Pinterest; I follow the blog Two Peas in a Pod and they pinned your Top 10 Vegetarian Mexican pin.

    Your blog looks lovely and your recipes delish and I will follow you on Pinterest :-)

    Now on to the real reason of my comment (I am usually just a lurker!). My husband and I live on a small farm and we have somehow ended up fostering, permanently, a motly crue of rescues. We currently have 5 and our maximum at one time has been 6 dogs. We have been doing this for years and we have had many dogs. You can imagine what a challenge it is to keep our dogs within the boundaries of our farm, given the exciting wildlife on the other side of the fence (bunnies, foxes, possums, lizards, pheasants, and many more etc.). After a horrible experience where on of our dogs escaped during a storm and was killed, we decided to install electric fences all around our property. It was much easier than it sounds, and relatively inexpensive. It is true my husband did a lot of the work, but it should be a breeze in a smaller enclosure.

    After getting the fence up and “hot” we had several sessions walking each of the dogs around the perimeter. Eventually, even as we incorporate new dogs into our pack, everyone minds the boundaries. We have had only one escape, and she clearly did not intend to go across, because she then sat on the other side of the fence and cried until we got her back across!

    The entrance to our property has a “hot” wire running across, about two inches off the ground. We wanted something that would not require us to connect and disconnect when we came and went. It is very funny to watch the dogs walk or run right to the wire and stop. They could easily step over it, but they do not. Yes, they have occasionally touched parts of the electric fence and yelped, but so have I! It is a very uncomfortable feeling, that they try to avoid, but it is not excruciating.

    Please forgive this very long comment. Our dogs our part of our family; when one is in pain, we all suffer. So I can totally understand what you are going through. Behavior therapy is great, and electric fences are WONDERFUL. Together, they should keep Cookie safe. Speedy recovery to both of you :-)


  21. Kathi says

    Oh poor cute Cookie- what an adorable dog! What breed is she? I hope she heals quickly.. Thank you for taking the time to post the recipe round-up!

  22. says

    Oooh I teared up a little hearing about poor Cookie. If something scary like that happened to my Olive I would just loose it… so glad she is ok though.

    And as for these recipes… I really dislike football but these are everyday worthy to me. Super in love with the boozy beer bean idea!

  23. Kim says

    Hi Kate,

    I am SO relieved to hear that sweet Cookie seems to be on the mend! It’s such a terrible feeling when a beloved dog is hurting – sending lots of thoughts for a speedy recovery. Thank you for this round-up – some of my favorite recipes all in one place :)

  24. says

    Oh no, Cookie! Get well soon!

    As the owner of a stubborn and VERY FAST dog of my own, I almost know the terror you’re talking about. So sorry this happened :(

  25. jacquie says

    oh I am so glad to hear that she will be alright. I too have been privileged to have had a couple of dogs as best friends – life buoys if I’m going to be honest about it – so I can empathize with how scary that was. And continues to be in terms of a possible recurrence. Unfortunately I do think there is only so much training that can be done since sometimes instinct just takes over. and it certainly doesn’t help to put that in place and anything else including an abundance of caution that you can as the more barriers in place the safer she will be. I hope Cookie’s angels continue to watch over here and protect her.

  26. says

    Oh noooo!!! My mom’s dog is also of the “flight risk” variety and the few times she has escaped have been very scary. I’m so glad to hear that Cookie is mostly okay though!! Thinking about you!!

  27. Elaine Miller says

    I can completely relate to going “Mamma Bear” with pets. I may not have much of a maternal drive for children but when it comes to animals, watch out. I’ve watched in horror and rescued mine more than a few times. Glad your wee girl will be ok and yes, many more walkies to come for you both. Love your sweet potato chili, it’s my go-to recipe now. Thanks.

  28. Lynne says

    Poor Cookie. She sounds a bit like my Darcy who is a bit quick to run and a bit slow to learn not to. She is the first dog I have ever had that has been so hard to train. She got out the front door one day and just ran down the road – right along the centre line!! Since then I have put one of those metal play pens – you know the kind? They are just 5 or so wire panels joined together and you can make them into a pen by drawing the two end together? Well I put one in a semi circle around the front door. It is easy just to swing one end panel aside to go in and out, but it means Darcy cannot get to the front door while it is open – especially useful when someone comes to the door and you can’t avoid having to have the door open while you talk to them. It’s working great for me and I’d rather have the pen there than run the risk of her slipping around my legs and out the door again.

    • says

      Lynne, thank you so much for your comment. Sounds like Darcy and Cookie have a bad habit in common. I love your idea of putting a metal play pen at the front door. I learned a lot from the trainer, and she’s going to start wearing a collar to keep her back from the front door, but I would love to have a physical barrier at the door, too. I’m going to look up the play pens now.

  29. says

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about Cookie’s accident. I can only imagine how difficult that entire experience was for you all. Sending lots of healthy, happy thoughts to both of you – feel better soon, Cookie!

  30. says

    My poochers are exactly the same way and once they leave the front gate it’s a chase in the car to get them home again, because I certainly can’t run that fast anymore to catch up. Ugh! I hate it when they don’t feel their best, they’re all our loves. Give Cookie an extra cookie adn lots of rubs. I bet she’s going to be just fine. Good luck with the behaviorist and then you can come to my house and train my dogs.

  31. says

    Kathryne, I am so sorry to hear about Cookie’s accident. Glad to know that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Best of luck to you on unpacking and have fun decorating your new place.
    All these recipes look so good. We used to live in Eastern Washington and there were a ton of authentic Mexican restaurants. The downtown areas of some small cities even look like it was transplanted straight from Mexico. After moving to the East Coast, we haven’t found any Mexican places that have any decent Mexican food. Thank you for doing this round-up! This will definitely fix our problem.

  32. Sandra says

    Ohhhh, I’m so sorry to hear about Cookie. Poor thing. And poor you! It’s very upsetting when a pet is injured. I hope she recovers quickly.

    Now, on to the Mexican recipes…I thought you would include your vegetarian chili with sweet potato. It’s the only chili I make now. That and many more of your recipes, including your banana bread. At first I was stumped by the adding of the water and soda at the end of mixing. I’m not sure why it works but it works! Since your recipe calls for coconut oil, I add shredded coconut to mine. Yummy!

    • says

      Sandra, thank you. Cookie is doing better now. I left out the sweet potato chili in favor of the butternut, but I’m so glad you enjoy it so much! Glad you love the banana bread, too. I bet it’s terrific with shredded coconut.

  33. kelly says

    OMG, so traumatic for both of you. I can totally relate and am happy for you and Cookie that she is ok! She will bounce back faster than you think. My fur baby Stan had acl surgery 3 months ago and it was really hard at first but now he’s almost back to normal which is a relief. I love your recipes and can’t wait to try these!

    • says

      Kelly, thank you. Cookie is bouncing back already. I’ve heard about lots of dogs having ACL surgery lately, sounds rough. I’m glad to hear that Stan is doing well!

  34. Mary Ann says

    Hi Kate, Mary Ann and 7 collies here, so, so sorry to hear about Cookie’s accident but very happy to hear she is on the mend. Best thing I can tell you is to teach her to wait at any entrance/exit with a ‘sit’ command and then the release of ‘ok’. We teach that to all of our dogs, stay consistent and breathe. That way, she will be looking to you for the release and be more likely to stay attentive. And practice that recall! Now, I’m off to bring in Josie, who is trying to herd the horses from the front yard!

    • says

      Mary Ann, thank you. Cookie and I are going to work on entering/exiting/recall as soon as her leg is better and the snow has melted! We’ve met with a trainer and I’ve bought a dog training book, so I’m hopeful that I can train her to be better. It will be an exercise for the both of us.

  35. says

    Oh my goodness, I hope Cookie heals up fast! So sorry to hear about her accident. I’m sure you have much more dog experience than I, but one thing that works really well with our poodle is his “emergency recall” — it involves a bit of training, but it also involves cheesy sausages for him, so he learned fast. Luckily we’ve only had to use it once, but it worked perfectly.
    On another note, all of those recipes look muy delicioso! Hope you have a relaxing stress free weekend with your pup:)

  36. Kim says

    I am so, so, sorry. Sending all my best wishes your way. At my house we have 3 sweet little girls, so we just keep a baby gate on the front door. It’s a little tricky coming home from Costco (or anywhere really) but so so worth the piece of mind that the welcoming committee stays safe :)

    • says

      Hi Kim, thank you. I’m glad you have found a way to keep your girls safe! Cookie is both a runner and a jumper, so she would be able to hop over a baby gate, but I did learn some great tips from our trainer. I hope they work.

  37. Aimee says

    I am so thankful she is okay! My fellow four-legged was a flight risk for a few years. I always kept her on leash and luckily never had her escape. She eventually got over it (well, unless squirrels are involved – all bets are off at that point). Seeing a trainer is a great solution! I’m sending healing thoughts your way.

  38. says

    I am so sorry to hear about Cookie’s accident Kate! Argh. It’s so anxiety provoking when your dog escapes. My dog, Jack, used to dart off like a lightning bolt when he escaped from our old house. I never got around to working out how to prevent it though… he’d always come back a few hours later when he was hungry. I hope that you have some luck with the behaviour specialists!! On the brighter side… these Mexican recipes have made me feel happy, sunshiney and nourished, just by looking at them. I hope that Cookie heals fast and that both of you recover from this incident very soon. Hugs xxx

    • says

      Laura, thank you. I learned some techniques to keep her from running out the door and I’m hoping the training works. I’m glad Jack has always come home safely!

  39. says

    I’m sorry about Cookie, but I’m glad her injuries are treatable. My dog, Seamus, has always been a runner and I also live near a busy main road. The times he’s taken off, the road was right where he headed. He always made it across, but it stopped my heart every time. When he was younger, his leash was clipped on him before the door opened and he still has to sit EVERY TIME before going out the door. He doesn’t sit without the command (despite seven years of constant training), but the realization that he’s supposed to do something before going out the door seems to slow him down. Of course, coming into the house is the harder part. I imagine a trainer will really help with that.

    Best of luck getting it under control. It’s scary to have a dog that just takes off like that. And feel better, Cookie!

    • says

      Jennifer, thank you. I’m so glad Seamus has not gotten hurt during his escapes. The trainer told me to never walk out the front door with Cookie (we’ll always use the garage door, and I’ll always make her sit and stay before we exit). I’m going to try my best to train her not to run out the door when people come over. Oh, I’m so hopeful this never happens again.

  40. Michelle says

    I am so glad Cookie is okay! That must have been so traumatic! I foster dogs here and there and my last one was a “darter”, straight out the door and very sneaky about it. She got past me once but I live on a cul de sac and was able to get her back. My vet recommended one of those zoned collars that could be set for the front door perimeter and I was going to get one, but the dog got adopted very quickly. A perfect dog other than that one dangerous habit. But training is a great idea too and I hope it works. With some dogs, running is just ingrained into them. I think you live in KC in an apartment? I am in OP, have a big backyard and three friendly dogs. You are welcome to bring Cookie over anytime for some freedom in safe surroundings. Love your blog, please keep us posted on Cookie’s recovery!

    • says

      Hi Michelle, thank you so much for your sweet comment. Cookie is doing better now, but we’re going to the vet for hydrotherapy three times a week. She usually minds me when I tell her to stay before I open the door, but it’s the extenuating circumstances that I worry about. The behavioral specialist told me about a collar that sprays citronella every time she gets too close to front door, so I’m going to try that. If that doesn’t work, I’ll resort to the zoned shock collar. I just moved from an apartment with double doors on the Plaza to a little house in Prairie Village. Thank you for the invite! I might take you up on that.

  41. says

    I’m so happy to hear your sweet Cookie is OK. I can only imagine how scary this has all been for you. We’ve been through some things with our dog too and I totally relate to watching them breathe restfully and being thankful. Wishing her the speediest of recoveries!

    On a much lighter note…can we talk about this roundup? I clicked over as soon as I saw it in my newsfeed! I’m a Mexican food junkie…and all vegetarian? OMG…super plus! Thanks so much. Pinning now!

  42. says

    Oh phew, I am glad she is ok!!!! I definitely teared up when I read this. I get it. My dog isn’t just a dog either. I about had a heart attack when I found two lumps in his armpit over the summer. Keeping little Cookie in my thoughts. Good luck with the trainer.

  43. says

    i hope Cookie is doing okay. Hugs from my Shih tzu, Bailey to Cookie.. I will be looking at these recipes as they are my favorite all year long.

  44. Anela says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. The first day in our new house (literally minutes after getting the key), my pup ran out the door straight into the street and after almost getting hit by a car myself, we caught her. My immediate response was a tear filled, “build me a fence” to my husband. Needless to say, the picket fence looks great. I fear this happening again to her and know how much you much love Cookie. I hope she gets better soon!

    • says

      Anela, I’m sorry to hear that you had a similarly terrifying experience with your dog. I’m glad she’s ok! I would love to build a fence around the yard, but it’s a rental house, so I’m doing everything I can to prevent her from running out the door in the first place.

  45. Carla says

    A fence is an excellent idea. Using an electric fence allows other dogs and humans to walk on your property and take your dog.

    In the meantime, use a gate or a screen door.

  46. Christy says

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry for you and your poor pup! How terrifying!! I am so thankful Cookie is ok. I hope she recovers quickly!

  47. says

    Congratulations on the move, and I hope you’re settling in, in spite of the scare with Cookie! Hope she makes a speedy recovery. Would something like a baby gate work for your front door, to stop her getting out on her own?

    • says

      Hey Kate! Good idea, thank you, but Cookie is a little circus dog who could jump over a gate in a split second. I just learned about a humane collar that sprays her with citronella every time she gets too close to the door… I’m going to get one and hope it helps.

  48. says

    Your post reminded me of all the times my dog disappeared, I used to have a Border Collie and they are the worst for keeping in and could easily be called escapologists. It did see him spend a few nights and rescue centres or locked in parks but he was usually ok. I wish I had some ideas for keeping dogs in but nothing seemed to work with Sam. I really hope Cookie is alright.

    • says

      Hey Mercedes, sounds like border collies and Australian shepherds share some similar traits. Cookie has gotten out many times before, but this is the first (and the last, I hope) time that she has gotten hurt. I learned some useful tips and training techniques from a behavioral specialist, so now it’s just a matter of implementing it all. I am so hopeful that I can prevent this from ever happening again.

  49. says

    I am so glad Cookie is ok! My heart sank when I saw the photos on Instagram, but I was happy to hear she is doing well. Dogs are so much more than pets. Love to you and miss Cookie!

  50. says

    Oh no! I’m glad Cookie is doing okay, but hope she has a speedy recovery! So glad you did this round-up – lots of recipes here that need to be pinned or made STAT.

  51. says

    Sorry to hear about Cookie! Hope she is recovering well.

    On another note, I actually can’t believe how freakin’ good these recipes look, especially that Vegetarian chilli. I literally don’t know which one to devote my attention to! Maybe I should have snuck into your super bowl gathering for the leftovers ;)

    Thanks Kate!

  52. KD says

    Australian Shepherds are SUCH smart dogs that I’m sure Cookie will learn very quickly from your trainer. So sorry to hear, and so glad Cookie’s doing ok!

  53. says

    When I was moving a few years ago, my kitty cat got lose and we couldn’t find her. She’s been an indoor cat her whole life so this was a really big deal. We eventually found her cowering under a neighbors wagon but it was like my whole world stopped. So I get this. Having pets (and kids) is so scary sometimes. But so worth it! Man, now I sound like such a cat lady because I just posted about my cat today…

  54. Denise says

    I don’t have a dog, but I do have two cats that are our kits (we don’t have kids) so I can relate to the love and attachment. I hope all goes well and recovery is quick.

  55. pamela says

    Hello I know this entry is from a few months…. but I have a comment… in mexico we don’t really eat chilli of any kind… the other recipes are more mexican-like. We have lots of vegetarian friendly recipes that are more authentic mexican… also delicious and full of flavor… I can help you with some if you like.. :)

  56. dwayla says

    Balance a two-part plastic contact alarm on an object near doorways. She knocks it off, gets scared. Avoids alarm in future. $12/2 @ most big box home improvement stores.

  57. Kate says

    My little “Meximutt” loves deer and pheasant and shes off! So she never goes out without a buzz collar and me with the remote. They have no sense at all when the primal brain kicks in. Mostly I only use the “beep” or the vibration for training her to stay in her boundries, but have used the shock twice (level 10 out of 100). Some say it’s cruel but it protects her to play another day!

    • says

      Meximutt, love it! Since this post, I’ve invested in an in-ground electric fence and it has kept her safe so far. I think your method sounds fair. Gotta keep them safe!

  58. Kathy Silberman says

    Hi Kate,
    I’m new to your blog and sure enjoying your yummy recipes. But that’s not what drew me to make a comment here. Along with all the others who have written, I understand the fur baby love and the terror in the moment when they bolt or do anything else that might put them in peril. I’m so glad that Cookie is recovering well. Rest assured that you are not at all alone in sharing that special love for our four legged best friends and family members. May Cookie heal speedily and completely..

    • says

      Thank you so much, Kathy. Cookie is all better now, but I still worry about her getting out. I’m doing everything I can to keep her safe! Thank you for saying hello.

  59. says

    I´m sure your recipes are tasty, but not Mexican at all. Thats what americans belive we eat in Mexico, but is not. We don´t even mix some of those ingredients, we don´t even have some of your ingredients.

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