Chili Pepper Madness

Get your enchiladas ready with this homemade green enchilada sauce recipe made with fresh tomatillos, jalapenos, serranos and poblano peppers, from scratch in your own kitchen. You know what I love about a good green enchilada sauce? It's the combination of roasted tomatillos and roasted chili peppers. Tomatillos are staple Mexican ingredients and they're easy to cook with. While they look just like little green tomatoes, with a papery our layer that you must peel away, they have a different taste and are quite different from the tomatoes you're used to. You can eat tomatillos raw, but they are so good when roasted and blended up, especially with other staple Mexican ingredients, like the chili pepper and all those outstanding seasonings. Patty and I get a little excited about making homemade sauces from scratch because they taste so much more personal. You can customize a recipe to your personal preference…
Published in Sauces
A recipe for Cajun jambalaya in all its glory, with shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, and plenty of spices. If you like your jambalaya to be super meaty, with plenty of chunky chicken, seasoned and seared shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, PLUS with the flavor and heat of wonderful jalapeno and serrano peppers, then this recipe is going to make you happy. I have been ITCHING to make a jambalaya for a while now, but was sort of waiting for colder weather. There wasn't any need for that, as you can get a great jambalaya anytime of year in warm New Orleans, but it is such a stick-to-your-bones type of recipe, it feels more like fall or winter to me. The beauty of Cajun shrimp, chicken and andouille jambalaya is not only in the heat and awe-inspiring flavor, but also because it's a pretty easy to make one-pot meal. I made a…
Published in Soups, Salads & Stews
Giardiniera is a wonder condiment, turning any sandwich into a burst of flavor. Here is our Chicago-style recipe with plenty of chili peppers, vegetables and seasonings. Giardiniera is something we encounter on a regular basis. Patty and I are from the Chicago area, and Chicago is well-known for its selection of beef sandwiches. If you're from Chicago or anywhere near there, you can't order a beef sandwich without giardiniera. It's a travesty. If you want funny looks shot your way, go ahead and order one and tell them to hold the giardiniera. Okay, I'm half-joking, but only half. Seriously, giardiniera is a tasty condiment you can enjoy on any number of sandwiches, and not only at the ubiquitous beef joints. I personally love it piled onto a hot dog over over a crispy toasted sub sandwich. We have a chain sandwich shop nearby and we enjoy their flatbread sandwiches. They…
Published in Hot Sauces
A recipe for the red sauce you find in Mexican restaurants in squeeze bottles, perfect for smothering your burritos, for taco sauce, for any type of Mexican food. It's also great as a flavorful salsa. I've talked about guacamole recipes in Mexican restaurants, how there is a basic form of the recipe, yet every Mexican place does it their own way. The same is true, if not MORE so, for Salsa Roja, or Mexican Red Table Sauce. If you've been to a Mexican restaurant, you've seen it. It's the red stuff that typically comes in a large squeeze bottle, the bottle slightly condensed with moisture because it has just been removed from the refrigerator in the back, most likely freshly made that very morning. So very fresh. It is similar in consistency to a thin salsa, with a bit more processing to give it that sauce like quality that is…
Published in Sauces
Love jambalaya? This recipe brings all of your favorite jambalaya flavors and transforms them into a tasty pasta dish. Patty and I both go a little crazy over Cajun flavors. Such powerful food when it comes to flavor. The seasonings blends are potent and can truly liven up any type of a dish. After making the Creamy Taco Style Pasta recently, and seriously LOVING it, I thought --- How might that concept work with Cajun flavors? The answer is DANG GREAT. If you enjoy jambalaya, you'll enjoy this recipe that brings all of those flavors and tosses them up into a big bowl of pasta.  Another great thing about this recipe is that it is FAST. Yep. Quick and Easy, ideal for lunch or dinner in a hurry. Of course you can leave the sauce to cook and simmer awhile to let the ingredients mingle and develop with even MORE…
Published in Pasta
Who is grilling this weekend? With the holiday here, and summer of course, we're already grilling like crazy. Living in the Midwest means a shorter grilling season for us, so when we have it, we like to take advantage. When it comes to grilling, burgers are always at the top of the list. You already know we make a lot of turkey burgers - see our Burgers Recipes and you'll see - but how about something a little different? Turkey-Chorizo Burgers. No, not turkey made into chorizo. I mean a combination of ground turkey and spicy Mexican chorizo. You'll get a full on blast of that awesome chorizo flavor, accompanied by our favorite ground turkey and plenty of seasonings mixed in, including jalapeno peppers, of course, which I am obviously MAD for. Jalapeno Madness, baby! You can play around with the ratios of turkey to chorizo until you achieve your…
Published in Burgers
This is the easiest recipe for homemade nachos to make, yet also the most satisfying, made with corn tortilla chips, salsa con queso, shredded cheddar, chorizo, jalapeno slices, fresh avocado and tomato. Perfect for parties, tailgating and late night gatherings. My friends can't get enough of these late night nachos. This recipe has been around in the Madness household for close to 20 years. It started back in Northern Illinois University where we met in college, but it evolved and took solid root in our very first home several years later. We've always been party people. We LOVE throwing parties and having gatherings in our home. Often times those parties run a bit late, so we like to have extra "late night" food on hand when the inevitable cravings begin. People start getting hungry again and they want something to munch on. What better late night munchie food than nachos?…
Published in Appetizers
A homemade hot sauce recipe made with roasted red jalapeno peppers, garlic, tomato and red wine vinegar. This is one of the most addicting hot sauces I've ever made. I already need another batch! Happy New Year, friends! This is a very important post. It is the first of 2016, a brand new year, and there were so many possible recipes for us to post. As food bloggers, we think about food ALL THE TIME. It's just what we do, and we LOVE it. We're sure you could tell. But! What to post? We considered posting something light and healthy to kick off the new year with good eating habits. Nothing wrong with that. We like the watch our waistlines and what better time to recommit? We also considered posting a Blood Mary recipe. Patty is an UH-MAZING Bloody Mary mixologist. Believe me when I say that. She has some…
Published in Hot Sauces
Make your own crispy, crunchy, restaurant style battered and fried jalapeno bottle caps at home. Here is the recipe. I've seen these wonderful fried jalapeno slices in restaurants for years, but oddly enough I've never made them. Silly me. They're great little bites of spicy crunchiness and they're rather addictive, so beware if you make them. I probably ate half of them as we were taking the photo for this post. Make a double batch! I'm sure you'll have the same problem and will devour them before they hit the table. In restaurants, they are often served as appetizers with a cooling sauce, like ranch or a blue cheese dip, but I enjoy them most when they are included as the crunchy topping of a sandwich. Jalapeno Heaven, my friends. Yes, we're now entering Mike's jalapeno obsession territory. Again. #JalapenoObsession This is why we're making jalapeno bottle caps. For a…
Published in Appetizers
January 04, 2016

Juicy Turkey Tacos

A recipe for quick and easy ground turkey tacos that are juicy, healthy, and downright satisfying. Most of you know my love for ground turkey by now. I'm in LOVE with turkey burgers (see one of my favorite turkey burger recipes) and we cook with turkey constantly. As much as we both love beef, turkey is a lower calorie option that helps to keep the weight down. So! Bring on the Turkey Tacos. I can't say enough good things about turkey tacos. They're healthy, low-calorie, inexpensive to make, super quick and easy to prepare, and flat out delicious. Seriously, you can have this recipe done in about 20 minutes or less. The only thing holding you back is how many fixings you decide to serve up. Turkey is your blank canvas protein that absorbs all the flavors you choose to bring to the plate. Choose wisely, though to be honest, it's…
Published in Tacos
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