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Kelley Coffeen

Kelley Coffeen
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Kelley has assisted in the development of healthy, ethnic recipes for Diabetics with the Joslen Center at Harvard Medical School, and New Mexico State University.

Kelley Coffeen
Kelley's Featured Recipe
Grilled Carne Asada Tacos

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Kelley Coffeen grew up along the southern border of the United States and developed a love for Mexican food and the unique culture of the southwest. She has a passion for tacos and Mexican flavors.


Kelley developed a love for cooking at the age of 15 when she started baking a peanut butter brownie recipe she found in Seventeen Magazine. It became a favorite with all of her neighbors, giving Kelley the great satisfaction of pleasing others with food. She has been cooking ever since. She self-published her first cookbook, Great College Cookbook of the Southwest in 1993 and landed a guest appearance on Good Morning America on ABC.


In 1995, Kelley started hosting Kelley's Kitchen, a weekly cooking segment, on KTSM/NBC in El Paso, Texas. The viewership stretched across west Texas, southern New Mexico and across the southern border, into Mexico. Her on-air popularity led to the publication of her first two books, Fiesta Mexicali, and Simply 7. In 2011, she published 300 Best Taco Recipe followed by 200 Easy Mexican Recipes in 2013.

As a 'hands on' restaurateur Kelley enjoyed working with her staff and serving the general public. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at New Mexico State University and writing another cookbook. She resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her family.

Latest Recipes

Nachos Grande

Nachos are easy appetizers that please the crowd every time. This Nachos Grande recipe combies all the things you love about nachos - the cheese, the jalapenos, the guacamole, you name it - and can be made in under an hour. Unlike other nachos recipes, this one can easily be made with store-bought ingredients if you don't have the extra time to make your own beans or guacamole (or if ripened avocados are in short supply!) If you need appetizer ideas for your next party, you can't miss with this nachos recipe!

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Fresh Baja Fish Tacos with Mexican White Sauce

Baja, the peninsula of Mexico located south of California, is famous for its fish tacos. Gaining popularity around the globe, these light...

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Grilled Carne Asada Tacos

Came Asada is an intensely flavored meat that is very popular in Mexico. It is quick to marinate and easy to grill.

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Grilled Chicken and Roasted Veggie Tacos

This Italian-style taco is lightly flavored with olive oil and lemon juice in the true spirit of Santa Margherita, a little village on th...

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Tequila Shrimp Tacos

Gold tequila has a sweet distinctive flavor that lights up this taco. Shrimp sauted in a buttery, velvety sauce and spiked with tequila ...

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Grilled Fajita Steak and Shrimp Tacos

This is my favorite surf 'n' turf taco. Tender shrimp sauted with sweet peppers and onions complement the grilled beefy taste of this ta...

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Pico de Gallo

This is a salsa I use more than any other. These flavors capture the true essence of Mexico, crisp and refreshing! I can't think of a tac...

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Fresh Tortilla Chips

Freshly made tortilla chips and a big bowl of salsa are the essence of Mexican cuisine. These crispy fried chips made with either corn or...

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Citrus Salsa

Citrus lovers will enjoy the freshness of this salsa spiked with chile. Jicama and mango add interesting textures and great flavor to chi...

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Chipotle Tenderloin Tacos

Tenderloin is an elegant yet quick-cooking cut of meat. It is tender but mild in flavor, which allows the chile flavor to come through. I...

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Pollo Piccata Tacos with Citrus Salsa

Lightly battered and sautéed, this chicken is bathed in a light, zesty sauce. The lemon and butter sauce gives this taco a well balanced ...

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Spicy Steak Tampico

This is simplicity in grilling! I love grilling a choice steak then lavishing it with fresh roasted green chile and rich melted cheese. S...

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Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Butter

Lightly marinated shrimp are simple but amazingly flavorful. Rich avocado butter adds a balance in texture and taste.

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Festive Mexican Slaw

A simple coleslaw marinated with tangy vinegar is perfect for any Mexican meal. I serve this as a side dish or as garnish for tacos, tort...

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Stove Top Refried Beans

Refried beans can be done quickly. A true authentic Mexican flavor is best achieved by refrying, these beans in lard. They are delicious.

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Green Chile and Herb Rice

Flavors of fresh green chile and cilantro team up for a rice dish that is unforgettable.

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Pico de Gallo

This is a salsa I use more than any other. This crisp, refreshing flavors capture the true essence of Mexico! I can’t think of a Mexican ...

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Classic Guacamole

This is a classic version of guacamole that is tasty and simple with onion, garlic, lime and seasonings. I serve it in tacos, on tortas a...

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