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Also called, Texas Caviar, this stuff is oh so good.

I honestly have sat down and just devoured this relish with some chips and called it a day.

However, if you have more willpower than I do, you can actually use it as a relish. But, who has willpower like that?


Corn and Black Bean Relish

1 can of rinsed black beans
1 can of sweet corn, drained
Juice of one lime
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tbsp minced red onion
salt to taste

Combine, let marinate for 30 minutes, and either go to town with some chips or top other delicious meals! Like fish tacos! Yum!


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Jalapeno Coleslaw

I never liked coleslaw. It was made with mayo, it had cabbage, and it just looked weird.

However, one day, I realized that I actually enjoyed mayonnaise, to an extent. It was the base for delicious aioli and we could flavor it up to make some awesome spreads for sandwiches. Add some garlic, basil, or cilantro and we’re in business!

So, who knew that adding something as simple as sweet and hot jalapenos and some red onion and…. viola!… coleslaw is AMAZING!

My sweet mother came up with this recipe and I now serve it with my barbeque, fish tacos, sandwiches…. I may be a little obsessed with this stuff.

I hope that this inspires an addiction for you as well. And the best part is that it’s ridiculously simple!

Jalapeno Coleslaw

3 cups of shredded cabbage
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of Sweet and Hot Jalapenos (this is important… you can’t use any other jalapenos!)
1 inch chunk of red onion
2 tbsp of jalapeno juice

In a large bowl, add your shredded cabbage.
In a small food processor, combine the jalapenos and red onion until pulverized
Pour jalapeno mixture and mayo onto the cabbage, add jalapeno juice, and mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste.


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For this week’s Dish It Your Way challenge, I am tackling potato salad! I, for one, hate mayonnaise and eggs… *ducks head*! So, I don’t really care for many potato salad dishes. My mother-in-law does make a  potato salad that is virtually famous. So, when they came to visit last week, for the 4th of July, I could have simply asked her to make it. However, I like being in the kitchen and I love to dish out new dishes to wow my guests. So, I told my in-laws to sit back and relax as I create a feast for them. This was actually the very first time that I have actually cooked for my in-laws, being only married for two years. So, the pressure was on! Being from Texas, I have to put a spicy twist to pretty much everything. So, why not potato salad? This one is a keeper for sure! I added the zing of red onions, nixed the eggs, and added a component that I actually used when creating my Fried Chicken recipe. Yes, that amazing Buttermilk Chipotle Ranch dressing makes a return to make a delicious potato salad that wowed my in-laws. This potato salad is a lot more figure friendly as well, since the fattening mayo and eggs aren’t in this dish! I hope that you take this recipe and use it to win over yours. Who knows, if your not currently on good terms with your in-laws, this might turn the tide! I wouldn’t know, I have amazing in-laws. I’m one lucky gal!


  • 8 red potatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/3 cup Chipotle Ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Spicy Coarse Mustard
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1. First, you need to boil the potatoes. See America’s Test Kitchen’s tips for the best boiled potatoes!

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the dressing, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard.

3. Toss the potatoes with the dressing mixture, add salt and pepper to taste, and the red onion.

4. Either chill or serve warm! My favorite way to eat it is warm!

The Super Sauce!

Red Potatoes and Red Onion!

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Spicy Sloppy Joes

Spicy Sloppy Joes

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of water

– Brown the beef with the onions in a large skillet
– Add all other ingredients
– Allow to simmer for about 10-20 minutes
– Serve on toasted buns!

Had these with my hubby the other night and they were so yummy!

I served them with homemade potato chips!

Oven Baked Potato Chips

  • 4 medium potatoes of any variety
  • salt and pepper
  • Cajun seasoning

– Preheat oven to 450*
– Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes thinly
– Sprinkle potatoes with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning to taste
– Bake approx 15-20 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Time really varies by thickness of potato.


Note: Makes 4 servings

Ground Beef= $1.79
Onion- $0.30
Garlic= $.10
Seasonings= $.75
Potatoes= $0.80
Buns: $0.99

Total: $4.73 / 4 servings = $1.18 per serving

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