Green Enchilada Sauce

Hatch chiles can be hard to come by here in Indiana. And when they are here, I grab a big batch of them. I love roasting them. They are great in lots of lots of dishes, and specially in green enchilada sauce. The flavor the chiles add is amazing. This is not an ordinary enchilada sauce. It’s fantastic!
Green Enchilada Sauce

If you are unable to find and roast Hatch chiles, roasted green chiles from a can are a fine substitute in this green enchilada sauce. You may want to drain the chiles first if they come in a lot of liquid.

As far as the amount of cumin in this recipe goes, I’d say use your own tastes as a guide. I rather like cumin, but Anita does not so I cut back on it quite a bit. The sauce was still fantastic.

Green Enchilada Sauce

Hatch chiles are great in lots of lots of dishes, and specially in green enchilada sauce. The flavor the chiles add is amazing. This is not an ordinary enchilada sauce. It’s fantastic!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 58kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Hatch Chiles roasted, stems, skin, membranes and seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 jalapeños stems, membranes and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 head garlic cloves peeled, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin I used 1/2 tablespoon
  • 3 cups water
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in the large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until just starting to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add the chiles, cumin and water. Stir and let simmer 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Working in batches, blend the mixture in a blender or food processor until the desired texture is achieved.
  • Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze for later use.

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Zax Sauce

It was one of those days where I just needed a bit of a kick of inspiration. It was cold out and I just wanted to eat something out of a box. I didn’t want it to be blah though, so I made a batch of this copycat Zax sauce. Sure, I just dipped chicken fingers in it at first, but after that I used the sauce on sandwich wraps and hamburgers. It’s great no matter what you slather it on. Or dip in it.
copycat-zax-sauceI was going to add some heat, some kick to this copycat Zax sauce, but I talked myself out of it. And I’m glad I did, too. It’s really quite good just as it is.

Oh did I mention you can dip French fries in this too? Why aren’y mayonnaise-based dipping sauces for fries aren’t more popular in the US? It’s such a welcome change from ketchup.

For dipping sauces, try my copycat of Chick-fil-A’s dipping sauce, firecracker dipping sauce or my chili dipping sauce. All are great for dipping my crazy-good chicken fingers.

Copycat Zax Sauce

Sure, I just dipped chicken fingers in it at first, but after that I used the sauce on sandwich wraps and hamburgers. It’s great no matter what you slather it on. Or dip in it.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 cup
Calories 840kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using as a dip for chicken fingers, fries, or slathering on a burger or chicken sandwich.

Nutrition

Calories: 840kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1271mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smoked Sausage with Sriracha Mustard Sauce

I just wrapped up a smoke session on my Weber Smokey Mountain, and since the fire was still burning hot, I decided to toss a few fresh sausages onto the smoker. While they were cooking I stirred up a very quick, but definitely spicy, mustard dipping sauce that is loaded with Sriracha goodness. Smoked sausage with Sriracha mustard sauce…. you know it was yummy.
Smoked Sausage with Sriracha Mustard SauceI used Italian sausage, bratwurst and andouille sausages when I made smoked sausage with Sriracha mustard sauce. Anita’s favorite were the Italian sausages. They had a nice spicy taste to them. My favorite? Andouille, of course. I could eat andouille all day.

The Sriracha mustard sauce definitely isn’t just for dipping sausages. It’s great on sandwiches, subs, hot dogs, and hamburgers. It is creamy smooth, with a real kick to it thanks to the Sriracha and smoked jalapenos (chipotles), which also add a bit of smoky flavor.

Also try making my delicious beef summer sausage.

Smoked Sausage with Sriracha Mustard Sauce

Smoked sausage with Sriracha mustard sauce…. you know it was yummy.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 563kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 sausages kielbasa, etc
  • Sriracha mustard sauce from below

For the Sriracha mustard sauce

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 6 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chilies in adobo sauce minced

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225-250 F.
  • Add your favorite wood (I used cherry).
  • Add the meats once the smoker is ready and cook until the internal temperatures reach 155 F. Start testing a single sausage after 1 hour (no need in poking them all and letting all of the juicy goodness drain out). Cooking time should be 1-2 hours total.
  • Remove from smoker and cover in foil until ready to use.
  • Serve with Sriracha mustard sauce, for dipping.

For the Sriracha mustard sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 1610mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Pepper Onion Beer Sauce

I had a bunch (and I do mean a bunch!) of ham leftover from cooking a big ham on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I could’ve made more sandwiches. Or I could dice up some ham for omlets. Instead, I decided to warm up some nice thick slices and top them with this wonderful pepper onion beer sauce. It looks like your pretty standard vegetable topping, but with a twist: orange marmalade. Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that!
pepper-onion-beer-sauceThis pepper onion beer sauce really goes well with ham, but I also think it’d compliment grilled chicken just as well. Don’t like orange marmalade? I bet you could substitute your favorite marmalade or preserves.

Pepper Onion Beer Sauce

I decided to warm up some nice thick slices and top them with this wonderful pepper onion beer sauce. It looks like your pretty standard vegetable topping, but with a twist: orange marmalade.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 177kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red bell bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 8 ounces beer
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Hot sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • Add the bell peppers and onion and saute for 5 minutes
  • Add the beer, orange marmalade, soy sauce and hot sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until the vegetables are softened and the sauce is reduced.
  • Serve over sliced ham or grilled chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ Sauce

Oh, what a wonderful BBQ sauce this hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce is. It has the perfect consistency. Not too runny, not too gloppy. A small bit of heat and a little tang from vinegar and mustard. Perfect for any pork BBQ dish. For me that means smoked baby back ribs.
Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ SauceYou can substitute any kind of jelly for the hot pepper jelly, really. But don’t be afraid of hot pepper jelly. Out of the jar, sure, it’s got some kick. But in this hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce that heat gets a little mellowed. You still get great pepper flavor though. It’s still a great sauce!

Want something even spicier? Try my atomic BBQ sauce on ribs.

Hot Pepper Jelly BBQ Sauce

Oh, what a wonderful BBQ sauce this hot pepper jelly BBQ sauce is. It has the perfect consistency. Not too runny, not too gloppy. A small bit of heat and a little tang from vinegar and mustard. 
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 482kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hot pepper jelly I used Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk until all ingredients are combined.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 83g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce

I was busy. Way too busy to even think about making a lunch that took more than 5 minutes of my time. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so I heated up some pre-made chicken nuggets. Don’t judge me, I had to do it. Plus, truth be told, I like them. I can’t help it. But I wasn’t just going to dip them in ketchup or mustard. No, I took an extra 30 seconds and whisked up a copycat of the Chick-fil-A dipping sauce and tossed it into the fridge so that the flavors got happy while the chicken was heating.
copycat-chick-fil-a-sauceFor a nice twist on this Chick-fil-A sauce swap out a spicy BBQ sauce for the smoky hickory BBQ sauce. Or just add a few splashes of hot sauce to the recipe below.

Love chicken fingers like I do? Try my copycat KFC Twisters.

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce

For a nice twist on this Chick-fil-A sauce swap out a spicy BBQ sauce for the smoky hickory BBQ sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1
Calories 927kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon hickory barbecue sauce I recommend Weber's Hickory BBQ

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using as a dip for chicken fingers, fries, or just slathering on burgers!

Nutrition

Calories: 927kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1006mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.