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…
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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
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
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…
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YesYouCAN #CollectiveBias Arroz con Pollo, Spanish for “Rice with Chicken”, is a classic Latin comfort food dish. You’ll find versions of this dish all over the world with slightly different ingredients and methods, though the bases remain the same. Rice and Chicken. It’s a classic pairing, really, two very basic ingredients that are abundant, easy to find, and popular with the masses. And honestly, they’re just SO. DARNED. GOOD. When done right, that is, and with Arroz con Pollo, regardless of which country’s style you’re going for, you’re pretty much guaranteed a satisfying meal. We’re moving in the MEXICAN direction with this recipe, going with more traditional Mexican seasonings, but we’re making it easy. Easy is good, right? Better than difficult! It isn’t a difficult dish to prepare anyway, but this particular recipe…
Published in Chicken
Patty here again with your monthly Thirsty Thirteenth. I’ve noticed a trend in my cocktails lately. They all seem to be this yellowish color with citrus fruits. I guess it’s obvious I’m excited about warm weather finally being here. Well, this time I was thinking about something else hot besides the weather. Let’s make a spicy drink. There is nothing better than a spicy margarita, especially with Cinco de Mayo just around the corner. Let’s spice it up with the awesome habanero. Oh yeah. This one is pretty easy too. We’ll just blend the habanero up with some nice fresh spring mangos. This drink can go a few ways. If you want it extra spicy, let the habanero sit in the mango puree for a few days. The flavors will meld more and it will get hotter each day. I suggest overnight. I ended up having mine sit for about…
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A quick breakfast omelette recipe stuffed full with some of your favorite Mexican ingredients, including black beans, corn, jalapeno peppers, avocado, tomato, and plenty of melty cheese, then topped with crema. So, is this an omelet? Or an omelette? How the heck do you even spell this word? A quick Google search tells me BOTH spellings are correct, but I am going with "omelette" because it sounds a bit fancier. Not that these omelettes are fancy, mind you. They look phenomenal, at least they do to me! But fancy? Nah. I've made French style omelettes and they're delicious, though a bit fancier than these bad boys. These loaded Mexican omelettes are "LOADED" because the filling is literally spiling out of them. I don't think I could have wrapped them up completely if I tried. They would look like gigantic overstuffed egg burritos. Sounds sort of fun, doesn't it? Of course…
Published in Breakfasts
This is a Mexican-style feast! It doesn't have to be Cinco de Mayo to enjoy an excellent Mexican meal. Fajitas are always a favorite, especially when paired with our homemade salsa verde and chipotle crema. Don't forget extra jalapeno peppers. Jalapenos make everything better. Chicken Fajitas are an excellent choice for dinner parties. You can prepare most of the components ahead of time and then cook up the chicken when ready for dinner. We had friends over for Cinco de Mayo and put this meal together, which was a hit, but since it was so easy to prepare, we’re adding this to our list of potential party meals. Chicken Fajitas Ingredients 4 large chicken breasts 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons chili powder (We used a spicy pepper blend) Juice from 2 limes 1 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons dried cilantro Salt and pepper to taste 6 red jalapeno peppers,…
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This easy-to-make bean dip delivers HUGE flavor with Brooks® Chili Beans, tangy chipotle sauce, and plenty of cheese. A must-have party appetizer dip. This post has been sponsored Brooks® Beans. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We are full into the throes of game season, my friends, and you know what that means – parties! And you know what parties mean? FOOD! We love the food more than the games here in the Chili Pepper Madness household. When the weather takes a cooler turn and the weekends fill up with game day gatherings, we can’t help but get a little excited about the menu. I’m even more excited because I already know what I’m bringing to the next gathering – This Easy Cheesy Chipotle Bean Dip. It’s “easy” because you can whip this recipe together in about 5 minutes, then bake it for 15-20. You’re done in half an…
Published in Dips
A recipe for home cooked pulled pork carnitas made simple in the slow cooker, then lightly seared to crispy perfection and served cantina style with warmed tortillas, onion, cilantro and roasted jalapeno peppers. I am a man in love with Mexican pork carnitas. There are worse things to love. We're talking incredibly juicy pulled pork shoulder that is seasoned and seared, then slow cooked in juices until it is fork tender, shredded, and finally finished with a light sear in oil to make it crispy, all served on corn tortillas with your favorite toppings. Can I get an AMEN? Oh yes! I do not recall where I was the first time I encountered slow cooker pulled pork, but I do remember the emotion. PURE JOY. What a discovery it was to try it for the first time. You have to make pulled pork in a slow cooker to fully grasp…
Published in Tacos
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