Marinades and Sauces

Apple Habanero Hot Sauce

Apple Habanero Hot Sauce

Apple sweet, habanero heat… Sweet and heat are a well-known perfect pairing. And it’s not just tropical sweetness that kills in hot sauce form – more northern fruits, like apples, work just as well! This apple habanero hot sauce is one … Read more

spicy red enchilada sauce

Spicy Red Enchilada Sauce

Smoky and bold…

You can’t go wrong with a delicious smoky and spicy red enchilada sauce. Whether you want to layer it atop of your enchiladas prior to baking or simply use it as a dipper side to the plate, it provides a ton of flavor to any enchilada type. This recipe makes enough sauce for four enchiladas (1/2 cup each of sauce) if you’re going the baking route. Adjust up if you’re baking more.

Chipotle peppers provide both heat and smokiness here, with additional spiciness coming from cayenne pepper. Of course, adjust as you need based on your spicy food tolerance. The cayenne pepper can be removed completely without a change to overall flavor (beyond the spiciness).

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jalapeno arugula aioli

Jalapeño Arugula Aioli

A fresh tasting dip or spread…

When you first think arugula and jalapeño, you may not think there’s much in common. But there’s a lot more “there” there than you may think. Arugula, with its fresh peppery taste, pairs so well with the bright, grassy flavor of jalapeño peppers. It makes for one delicious aioli that’s perfect either as a dip or a spread. It’s particularly good on veggie sandwiches or go hearty and try it as a side to steak. It’s a fresh (and lightly fiery) sauce that’s pretty versatile even with its unique flavor.

Jalapeño peppers are typically hot enough for most. But, if you’re like us, you may want to increase the heat up a notch. We recommend adjusting the chili pepper used instead of increasing the amount of jalapeños used. Serrano peppers have a similar (though not exact) bright flavor, but they are a notch up on the pepper scale – often twice as hot (or even more) than a jalapeño.

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spicy blue cheese dressing

Spicy Blue Cheese Dressing

Spicy isn’t just for those buffalo wings…

Pairing fire with fire can be a ton of fun on game day or party night – fiery buffalo wings and a fiery dipping sauce. Cayenne pepper is the fiery fuel in this spicy blue cheese dressing (and you can opt for a little Sriracha sauce as well for extra heat – see the notes). This spicy dressing is also delicious on salads and hamburgers, so keep the recipe at the ready no matter the time of year.

Spicy blue cheese dressing is also a quick way to add some spice to way-to-mild chicking wing recipes. It takes just a few minutes to make, but provides plenty of punch!

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Chipotle Honey Mustard Dressing

Chipotle Honey Mustard Dressing

Don’t think salads only…

There are many delicious uses for chipotle honey mustard dressing. Yes, it’s great on salads, but don’t stop there. That smoky chipotle pepper flavor, mustard tang, and honey sweetness make a perfect trio as a sandwich spread, a burger topping, or a chicken finger dip. It’s a dressing with a relatively bold flavor, so it works with white meats as well as beef.

We use a full teaspoon of chipotle powder in this recipe. It’s not super-hot, but not exactly mild spiciness either. If you prefer to temper the spiciness (at least to start), use half a teaspoon of chipotle powder and add to taste.

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Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

Chipotle Cocktail Sauce

Smoky spice with horseradish bite…

Like a little smoky edge to your sauces? Don’t ignore what chipotle peppers can bring to the table. This chipotle cocktail sauce brings plenty of horseradish spiciness, but with the extra earthy smoky zip of chipotle in adobo sauce. It’s a bold combo that’s perfect for those that believe everything tastes better when it’s a touch smoky. Try it with shrimp cocktail or fried shrimp.

If you like the idea of earthy without as much smoke, take a look at our Cajun cocktail sauce recipe as well. It’s got a lot of Southern charm.

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cherry habanero bbq sauce

Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce

Cherry on the edge…

The rich flavor of cherries is a perfect foil for the more extreme end of the pepper scale. Here it’s the habanero pepper that drops the spice hammer in this fiery barbecue sauce recipe. It’s bold – sweet, tangy, earthy, lightly smoky (thank you chipotle powder) and of course spicy. Plenty spicy.

Of course, you can remove the habanero from the sauce before using (since it’s roughly chopped), or if you’re like us, pull out that hand blender and incorporate that delicious sweet fire that habaneros are so well known for into the sauce. This option certainly is not for everyone, but it’s not exactly a family-friendly with option one either. While it’s not ghost pepper hot, this is a bbq sauce for more extreme eaters however you cut it. It’s delicious with grilled pork and grilled chicken as a marinade or wet rub. Or try it as a fiery dipping sauce for chicken tenders.

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Spicy Romesco Sauce

Spicy Romesco Sauce

A spicy Catalonian dip… Roasted red bell peppers and almonds are the base of this spicy romesco sauce. This delicious Catalonian recipe is smooth, nutty, and earthy with a slightly smoky spiciness. Cayenne pepper and smoked paprika bring the spiciness … Read more

orange chipotle sauce

Orange Chipotle Sauce

A tangy twist to BBQ…

The tangy, citrusy bite of orange is one of our favorite flavors to pair with pork on BBQ day. Now throwing chipotle pepper (one of our chili pepper favorites) into the mix, too, makes one delicious flavor pairing for the grill. It’s all good things in this orange chipotle sauce: tangy, smoky, earthy, and bold.

Don’t limit yourself to pork here (though yes, it’s oh so good with pork ribs). It also pairs well with grilled chicken, or you can use it as a dipper for chicken fingers for something different than the norm.

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Ancho cream sauce

Ancho Cream Sauce

Perfect for Mexican night…

Want something different than the typical salsa or tomato-based chili sauce for Mexican night? Something that’s mild enough that the whole family can enjoy, yet still has plenty of flavor? Meet the ancho cream sauce. It’s super-mild (ancho peppers are typically half the heat of even the mildest jalapeños), yet anchos are packed with flavor. They’re earthy, slightly smoky, and even a little sweet – a perfect foil to rich cream flavor.

Use this sauce with tortilla-based Mexican meals – enchiladas, burritos, or quesadillas are all great options.

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