Chili Pepper Madness

Use a pressure cooker to make quick, fall-off-the-bone tender chicken wings, then finish them up in the broiler for crispy skin. Here is the recipe. I have a THING for chicken wings. Love them. Maybe it's an addiction. There is something about them that embodies the perfect bite we're always looking for, with crispy skin, meat that pulls right away from the bone (when done right), and a flavor blast from whatever sauce you've decided to work with that day. How wonderful that chicken wings can be served with practically ANY type of sauce. Wing joints abound with mega menus dedicated specifically to chicken wings, with sometimes dozens and dozens of sauce options. Yes! For a chicken wing lover, life in this world is good. Still, making them at home is so much better than going out all the time. At home, you can give your wings some extra TLC,…
Published in Chicken Wings Recipes
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
Stuffed chili peppers are amazing. There are so many chili pepper varieties in the world, and so many of them are ideal for stuffing. They're the perfect vessels for all sorts of delicious goodness, it makes my head spin. One of the most popular peppers around is the Anaheim chili pepper. The Anaheim is a mild pepper with a thick enough flesh to be slightly meaty in texture, especially when roasted. You'll find them in most grocery stores in the fresh fruit and vegetables section, along with other more popular peppers. I believe they are popular because they are so mild and can be incorporated into any number of dishes. Stuffed chili peppers are an excellent choice for these guys. Serve up one or two of these and you have yourself a full meal. For this particular recipe, we went with some Creole seasoned chicken breast, along with onion and…
Published in Stuffed Chili Peppers
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
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 recipe for the green 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. Recently I posted a Salsa Roja Recipe (Mexican Red Table Sauce), so it is only natural that I follow up with the GREEN version of that recipe. It isn't really the same as the red, but they're synonymous because you'll typically find them side by side in your local Mexican restaurant, either in large squeeze bottles or served in small bowls so you can scoop them out with a spoon to pour over your burritos, tacos, or whatever else you're ordering. The way it works for me is to have each sauce next to me while I chow on my chicken tacos. First I squeeze a bit of salsa roja onto the taco, take a…
Published in Sauces
What do you do when you have leftover pulled pork? Leftover tacos is an obvious choice, but how about something more fun, like poppers! The other day I made another batch of roasted poblano pulled pork for quick and easy tacos, and we had quite a bit leftover. I like to make larger batches of pulled pork for this reason. There are only two of us here and pork is easy to add to any number of creative dishes. Jalapeno poppers are some of my favorites. Bite-sized deliciousness, easy to prepare, super easy to enjoy, no forks necessary. Jalapeno poppers are the uber appetizer and party food. They're also perfect for when the weather turns nice and you can sit out on your patio in the sun with a plateful of these babies. Check it out...just core out your jalapeno peppers. I usually like to serve them boat style, by…
Published in Jalapeno Poppers
A recipe for chicken wings that have been brined, rubbed with chili powder and garlic, then tossed with your own homemade Peri Peri sauce. Then we grill them to perfection and toss them again in Peri Peri sauce. Win! We literally JUST made our own Homemade Peri Peri Sauce and it was DEE-VINE. So tasty. So yum-inspired. So many beautiful chili peppers in there. But you can't let the sauce just sit there. You have to eat it! Peri Peri sauce is a traditional sauce originating from Africa. It varies from region to region and it can be served as a dip or spread, or as a sauce for all sorts of foods, particularly chicken and fish. One of my personal favorite foods is chicken wings - see our Chicken Wings Recipes and you'll see what I mean - and these grilled Peri Peri wings are an excellent addition to the…
Published in Chicken Wings Recipes
Jalapeno peppers sliced, stuffed with shredded chicken and cheese, then wrapped in bacon and broiled or grilled to crispy perfection. The ideal party appetizer. Here is the recipe. Someone once asked me when is the best time to serve jalapeno poppers. Um, hello? It's ALWAYS a good time to serve jalapeno poppers. Even if you're stuck home all alone while your wife is out with the girls having herself a good ol' time and you feel like treating yourself to something fun and tasty. Yes, that is an OUTSTANDING time to serve yourself up some crazy-delicious jalapeno peppers stuffed with seasoned chicken and cheese, all wrapped up in crispy bacon. Um. Yeah. Bacon. Poppers. So-Dang-Good. #JalapenoPoppers. #JalapenoObsession. #JalapenoLove. Or, perhaps when you're having a PARTY! Yes, that is truly the BEST time to serve up jalapeno poppers. I don't really know anyone who doesn't like jalapeno poppers, except my one…
Published in Jalapeno Poppers
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KingOfFlavor #CollectiveBias Satisfy the biggest of appetites with this recipe for seasoned beef meatballs seared then slow cooked and drenched in habanero-tomato sauce. Just the right amount of spice and HUGE on flavor. Game day is on the way! The BIG GAME is approaching, my friends. Some of you are excited as HECK for this. You know who you are! Some of us are just as excited for the food. When it comes to game day tailgating or homegating, wherever you’re throwing the party, you GOTTA have good food to make the day complete. Today we’re cooking with El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero Hot Sauce, and El Yucateco® is giving entrants the chance to win one-of-a-kind tailgating and homegating packages and MORE! We’re pumped! #KingOfFlavorSweepstakes (Super Bowl) For that big bash, we’re serving…
Published in Sandwiches
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