Texas Chipotle Burgers

Sure, the patties on these Texas chipotle burgers were packed with flavor, and would be great by themselves. But, it’s the fire-roasted tomato sauce that really, really makes them fantastic. The sauce is what I would call sooped-up ketchup. It compliments the smoky jalapeno kick you get from the chipotle in the burgers just perfectly.
Texas Chipotle BurgersFor a little smokier and a bit spicier topping, add a chipotle or two and some of the adobo sauce into the tomatoes as they cook. You can double the tomato sauce recipe and keep it in the fridge. It’s great for topping not only Texas chipotle burgers, but also hot dogs!

I used some of my homemade chipotles in adobo. They’re actually quite easy to make and are soooo deliciously smoky!

Texas Chipotle Burgers

Sure, the patties on these Texas chipotle burgers were packed with flavor, and would be great by themselves. But, it’s the fire-roasted tomato sauce that really, really makes them fantastic. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 616kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion peeled, halved
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotles in adobo plus 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese

For the fire-roasted tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 15 ounce crushed fire roasted tomatoes undrained
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the meat in a large bowl.
  • Grate half of the onion into the meat. Chop the remaining half and reserve for topping the burgers.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, chipotles and adobo, and steak seasoning.
  • Add a splash of oil. Mix well then divide into 4 patties.
  • Fire up your grill.
  • Cook the burgers and toast the buns, as desired.
  • Serve the burgers topped with cheese, the tomato sauce, and chopped onion.

For the fire-roasted tomato sauce

  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and vinegar. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and let simmer 5-6 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Yes! Oh yes! How I do love my chicken with a little kick. I made some fiery chicken breasts on my Char-Broil Big Easy and they had that great spicy hit. Not too much, and not too little. Perfect. The meat was moist, tender and had the perfect flavor. All thanks to a quick marinade in Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade!
Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big EasyI’ve cooked literally hundreds of chicken breasts on my Big Easy and I can say it’s pretty much impossible to goof it up. I mean you’d have to work really hard at it. This recipe is a great example. Marinate the chicken, drop it in to the Big Easy (ok, put it in the basket first!) and cook until done. Boom. That’s it.

Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade has a great southwestern flavor with just a little spicy smokiness. If you’re afraid of heat don’t worry because it won’t overwhelm you at all. It’s just right. If you can’t find it in your local store or don’t want to order it online, try my Kick’N Chicken Legs instead.

Also try my green chile rubbed chicken on the Big Easy.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Yes! Oh yes! How I do love my chicken with a little kick. I made some fiery chicken breasts on my Char-Broil Big Easy and they had that great spicy hit. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 258kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 836mg | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Tartar Sauce

I’m a big fan of po boy sandwiches. Sometimes fancy, sometimes not so fancy. Last weekend I made two ‘cheater’ fried clam and fried shrimp po boys. I call them ‘cheater’ because I used frozen already-fried seafood. But just because I’m cheating doesn’t mean I’m not going to step up my game a bit by adding a fantastic chipotle tartar sauce. A bit spicy and a bit tangy, this is the perfect tartar sauce to kick up any seafood.
Chipotle Tartar SauceYou want to use a mayonnaise that isn’t too thin or your chipotle tartar sauce will, of course, be thin. Not that that’s a bad thing, but most people like a nice, thick tartar sauce. You could call it a remoulade or comeback sauce if yours turns out a bit on the thin side!

Chipotle Tartar Sauce

A bit spicy and a bit tangy, this is the perfect tartar sauce to kick up any seafood.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Calories 1716kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chiles from a can, with some of the adobo sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 1716kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 169g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1946mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 892IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

Until 15 minutes ago, our gotta-have-it-garlic bread was our favorite garlic bread. This chipotle garlic cheese bread is similar in that, boy, is it ever packed with flavor, but oh does it ever bring the cheese. It reminds me of the garlic cheese bread Pizza Hut used to have on the menu but with ten times the flavor and cheese (which reminds me… be sure to check out my copycat of Pizza Hut’s pan pizza). It’s seriously over the top, but really, when you make garlic cheese bread are you thinking ‘healthy’? It’s an indulgence. And then some.
Chipotle Garlic Cheese BreadYou can make this chipotle garlic cheese bread ahead of time. Just wrap it in foil (loosely, so that the cheese doesn’t stick to the foil) and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat it just toss it in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes until hot. Let it cool slightly before slicing or the ooey gooey cheese will run all over the place.

Also try my buttery garlic herb knots and my super-easy garlic-cheese crescent rolls.

Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

This chipotle garlic cheese bread is packed with flavor, and oh does it ever bring the cheese.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 314kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or more
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large French bread halved horizontally

Instructions

  • Combine the butter and chipotle chili powder in a large bowl. Add more seasoning if you want it spicier.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the bread (and parsley garnish). Gently fold to combine.
  • Place bread halves onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Spread the cheese mixture onto the bread. Don't be shy. If you have leftover mixture consider yourself lucky (not all loaves are the same size, so it happens!).
  • Place bread under the broiler until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before garnishing with parsley and slicing for serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Pulled Pork Grilled Potato Skins

I am kind of addicted to these grilled potato skins. I’ve always loved potato skins, but I admit, I don’t think about them enough to really make them that often. Until now, when I decided to start making them on the grill. They’re one of the easiest appetizers (or side dishes) you can make, and they’re super tasty. These chipotle pulled pork grilled potato skins are seriously loaded with chipotle smokiness and heat along with one of my favorite things of all time, pulled pork.
chipotle-pulled-pork-grilled-potato-skinsThere’s no such thing as a bad bite when you dig into these potato skins. You can also substitute pulled BBQ chicken or chopped smoked brisket, but make sure you keep that chipotle theme going by using a chipotle-infused BBQ sauce.

Also try my more traditional potato skins.

Chipotle Pulled Pork Grilled Potato Skins

These chipotle pulled pork grilled potato skins are seriously loaded with chipotle smokiness and heat along with one of my favorite things of all time, pulled pork.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 422kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup pulled pork BBQ warmed
  • 1/4 cup chipotle BBQ sauce don't have any? Add chipotles in adobi, to taste, to your favorite BBQ sauce and mix, or make my strawberry chipotle BBQ sauce, leaving out the strawberries (or leave them in, they're actually quite good!)
  • 3 strips bacon cooked, crumbled
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Don't make the wedges too thick. If you are using very large potatoes you might have a center portion leftover for other uses.
  • Using a spoon or melon baller, scrape out the potato insides, leaving 1/4" or so left.
  • Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 6-10 minutes or until tender.
  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Combine the butter and chipotle powder and brush on all sides of the potatoes.
  • Grill the potatoes, cut side down, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until they start to char.
  • Turn potatoes over and top with cheese. Grill another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Combine the pulled pork and BBQ sauce.
  • Serve topped with the warmed pulled pork, bacon, green onions, and sour cream as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 908mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 596IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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Smoky Chipotle Wings

I’m been seriously addicted to making dry wings, like these smoky chipotle wings. Anita and I recently spent a few days in lovely Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while attending a conference. I made sure I had my ‘to-eat’ list down before leaving, because one thing you can be sure of finding in Pittsburgh: good food. At the top of my list was dry chicken wings. No, not dry like ‘ewww, this meat is dry’. Dry as in the wings aren’t tossed in sauce after being cooked. Instead they are dusted with seasoning. The end result is almost like roasted chicken, but with much more pronounced flavors.

Smoky Chipotle WingsWhen you first taste the rub for these smoky chipotle wings you might think they’ll come out super spicy. Maybe too spicy for grandma. Well, no actually. The heat mellows a bit while the wings cook. You’re left with a slightly smoky, slightly sweet, and a bit-of-heat flavor that is absolutely crazy good. Good enough for grandma, though you might want to run the idea by her first.

Smoky chipotle wings would be absolutely perfect served any time, but they’d really make a great appetizer for the big game. They’re easy to make and packed with flavor.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Check out my new website, just for chcken wings! Visit For the Wing.

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Wings

When you first taste the rub for these smoky chipotle wings you might think they’ll come out super spicy. Maybe too spicy for grandma. Well, no actually. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 312kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Smokey Chipotle Rub #1 or more, divided

Instructions

For the wings

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.