Just say no to those boxed helper mixes. They can be convenient, but try reading the ingredients list. It’s just as easy to make your own Skillet Chili Mac at home. This version will stretch that pound of hamburger even farther, and it’s much better for your body.
Texas Caviar will bring Olé raves at your next party or sporting event. This Tex-Mex style of salsa includes beans and white corn, along with the other traditional salsa ingredients of tomatoes, onions, chiles, and cilantro. Here, the chosen beans are canned black-eyed peas, so you can easily put this together. Make it a couple of days in advance so the flavors can meld. Serve with tortilla chips, and you have a crowd-pleasing party appetizer with little effort.
Southwestern Taco Soup will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Imagine all of your favorite Mexican flavors in a hearty bowl of soup. It is filling enough to make a meal of on its own.
Chicken Meatball Chili Soup comes to the rescue for families with picky eaters. Herbs and spices transform boring ground chicken to bites of delight, bursting with flavor. Kids love the little meatballs. It tastes even better the next day so feel free to make it ahead.
How hot are your chile peppers? As you have probably figured out, the heat level depends up the variety of the chile. Scotch bonnet chiles (pictured above) rate a 9 on the Scoville scale, which is pretty hot for most folks. The Scotch bonnet is a must in most Caribbean dishes. With the wide variety of chile peppers available in most markets these days, it is essential to know how hot each one is in order to select the right chile for your recipe.
Chili purists will argue that adding beans is a definite no-no, and I actually prefer mine sans beans. However, adding beans not only helps stretch the meat, it also adds vegetable protein and fiber to the dish. Although I’ve used kidney and pinto beans here, feel free to use your favorite cooked beans, such as… Continue reading Easy Cowboy Chili Recipe
Take a walk on the gourmet side with this tantalizingly different rice pilaf. It’s slightly spicy, crunchy from pecans, and gets a touch of sweetness from dried cherries. It’s a savory and sweet match made in heaven. Wild rice is used, but feel free to substitute your favorite rice. It will still wake up your… Continue reading Southern Rice Pilaf Recipe