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Pico de- allo crispy chicken thighs

Pico de Gallo Crispy Chicken Thighs

Pico de- allo crispy chicken thighs

Baked chicken thighs are a favorite weeknight meal around here…super quick, easy to prepare and so tasty! When it the day gets hectic, it’s great to know that while everyone is showering and cleaning up for the evening, I have dinner in the oven working away! Pico de Gallo Crispy Chicken Thighs put a delicious Tex-Mex spin on one of our favorite weeknight meals! Perfectly crispy and juicy, this chicken is packed with all of the flavors of pico de gallo… chilis and garlic, livened up with a little spicy kick and a hint of lime… delicioso!

Loaded Chorizo Burger on bun

Loaded Chorizo Burgers – Low Carb, Keto, GF

Loaded Chorizo Burger on bun

Tired of the same dinners week after week? Spice up things up with Loaded Chorizo Burgers!

The weather is finally cooling off a bit and we got a good amount of rain last week around here which we needed desperately! Things are finally starting to green up! For me, this is perfect burger weather! Now, burgers are one of my go to meals, especially if we are going out to eat. I know a bunless burger is typically a really safe bet when eating out…sub salad for the fries and voila! I also prep burger patties ahead of time and keep them in the fridge or freezer to eat throughout the week…I pile the toppings on depending on what mood I’m in!! But I have to admit that even I sometimes get bored with the traditional burger no matter how I top it! Enter the Loaded Chorizo Burger. A juicy pork and beef patty spiced up with Mexican flare topped with gooey cheese, creamy avocado and cilantro lime crema!

Chicken and Sausage

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


Chicken Sausage Gumbo

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
2 Celery Ribs, chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Paprika
2 Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Bay Leaves
½ teaspoon Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Cayenne Pepper
1 teaspoon Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Fajita Seasoning (or to taste)
4 cups Chicken Broth (4 cups water, 2 teaspoons Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Chicken Flavor Concentrate)
2 pounds boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs
8 ounces Andouille Sausage, halved and sliced into thin slices
Hot sauce


Bolner’s Fiesta Salsa


4-5 Arbol Chilies
3 cloves fresh garlic
2 whole fresh tomatoes or 1 can crushed tomatoes
¼ small onion, chopped
juice of ½ a lemon
juice of ¼ of an orange
2-3 cups Chicken Stock
Fajita Seasoning to taste


Rack of Ribs


1 Rack of ribs, any style
Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Rib Rub
Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Uncle Chris’ Gourmet Steak Seasoning

Orange Pepper Rub

Arrange chicken thighs in a shallow baking dish. Heavily season with Orange Pepper and let sit for about 1 hour. Bake, covered, at 350ºF until tender, about 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF. If BBQing, grill chicken over a medium charcoal fire for upto 1 hour until internal temperature reaches 165ºF. For a tangy twist, juice two limes over the chicken with about 5 minutes left.

Serve with Spanish Style Rice:
Brown 1 cup of rice with 1 Tbs olive oil. Add ½ cup onions and 1 clove of chopped garlic and sautée in 5 minutes. In a separate pot, boil 2 cups of water with 2 Tbs Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Chicken Tomato Concentrate. Slowly add boiling water to rice and cover, lower heat and let simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit but do not uncover or stir for 5 minutes. Fluff, and enjoy!

Mango Habanero Rub

Mango Habanero Chicken

Sprinkle four chicken quarters with Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Mango Habanero Rub and rub into the meat. Cover and allow to marinate up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Bake at 350º F for up to 1 hour, or until tender (Internal temp 165ºF)

For grilling, cook over a medium charcoal fire (around 350ºF) for up to 1 hour, or until tender (Internal temp 165ºF)

For an added treat, sauté one diced onion and 5 cloves of garlic in one stick of butter and 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, and brush on top the chicken with about 10 minutes left!

Jalapeno Rub

Jalapeno Rub

Sprinkle 1 rack of baby back pork ribs liberally with Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Jalapeno Rub and rub it into the meat. Wrap ribs in aluminium foil and allow to marinate up to 24 hours in the refrigerator for maximum flavor development. Place ribs in a baking pan and bake in a pre-heated oven at 325º F for 1.5 hours. Remove ribs from oven, wrap tightly in foil, and return them to the oven for another hour. For true BBQ smoked ribs, cook over a low charcoal fire (300º F) for 1 hour. Wrap tightly in foil and place back on grill or in the oven at 300º F for 30 more minutes. Then, unwrap and place ribs back on grill for 30 minutes for a perfect outer texture and fall-off the bone tenderness.

Veggie Sprinkle

Veggie Sprinkle

For grilled vegetables, slice your veggies of choice into ¼” thick slices and lay out on aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with Veggie Sprinkles! Grill on the BBQ pit or broil in the oven until desired tenderness is reached. Also try Veggie Sprinkles on salad for an added zing!

Gourmet Italian Choice

Bolner Family Spaghetti Sauce

  • 2-12 oz. cans Tomato Paste
  • 28 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
  • 5 Tbs Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Gourmet Italian Choice
  • 10 cups Water
  • 1.5 lb. cross-cut Beef Ribs or Pork Ribs
  • 1 Tbs. Oil
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 1 Medium Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 6 Sprigs Parsley (Finely Chopped)
  • 4 Celery Ribs (Finely Chopped)
  • 10 Cloves Garlic (Finely Chopped)

In a 3 gallon pot, brown the ribs in 3 Tbs. oil. Remove. Lightly sauté the finely chopped vegetables. Add meat, tomatoes, tomato paste, and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add 5 level Tbs. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Gourmet Italian Choice and ½ stick of butter. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours until the rib meat falls off the bone, stirring often to prevent sticking. Strain out the bones. Enjoy sauce over pasta or use with your favorite lasagna or pizza recipe. Makes about 5 quarts.


Vanilla Beans

Homemade Vanilla Extract

(read the full blog here)

1 jar (750mL) Vodka (40% alc/vol)
8-10 Vanilla Beans
Slice open the beans long ways and scrape the seeds out.  Place the seeds and sliced beans into the vodka.  Set aside and let the beans extract for 9-12 months, giving the jar a good shake once a week. For a quicker batch, use 2 cups Vodka with 8 beans.  Let soak for 8-12 weeks, shaking once a week.

Chicken Flavor Concentrate

Recipe for Chicken Flavor Concentrate

For delicious Chicken Broth:
Dissolve 2 teaspoons Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Chicken Flavor Concentrate in 2 cups of boiling water.

Increase the amount for soups, vegetables, gravies, pasta, and rice recipes by 1-2 teaspoons or to taste. Makes authentic Caldo de Polio or Chicken Noodle Soup.

Muy Sabroso!

Enchilada Seasoning


Serves 4-6

¼ cup Oil
½ cup Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Enchilada Seasoning
2.5 cups Water 12 Corn Tortillas
1/3 lb. Grated Yellow Cheese
1/3 lb. Monterey Jack Cheese
¼ cup Fresh minced onion or 2 Tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Instant Chopped Onion
½ cup oil for warming Tortillas

Heat ¼ cup oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the Enchilada Seasoning and cook, stirring constantly, until the color begins to darken (1-2 minutes). Add the water, bring the sauce to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until it thickens (about 5 minutes).  Heat the ½ cup oil in a small frying pan.  Using tongs, dip a tortilla in the hot oil for 15 seconds to soften it.  Drain.  Fill the tortilla with grated cheese, one tablespoon of sauce and roll it up. Garnish with more grated cheese, sauce and minced onion.  Arrange in a baking dish or as individual servings. Heat in an oven or in a microwave until the cheese is melted. Want to use Ancho Chili Pods for this recipe? Click here

Ancho Chili Pods

Bolner Family Deluxe Chili Using Fiesta Brand Ancho Chili Pods

Serves 6-8

1 Tb Oil
2 lb. chili Meat or Ground beef
4 Cloves fresh Garlic (Peel and Chop) or 1 Tb Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Garlic in Oil
1 Medium Onion (Peel and Chop) or 2 Tb Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Instant Chopped Onion
1-15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 Quart Chicken Broth
1 tsp Monosodium Glutamate (optional)
1 tsp Salt (Optional)
4 Tb Oil
6 Tb Flour
3-4  Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Ancho Pods
1 tsp Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Whole or Ground Comino
½ tsp Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Ground Black Pepper

Fancy Light Chili Powder

Bolner Family Deluxe Chili

Serves 6-8

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 lb. chili meat or ground beef
4 cloves fresh garlic (peeled and chopped) or 1 Tb Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Chopped Garlic in Oil
1 medium onion (chopped) or 2 tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Instant Chopped Onion
1-15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 quart chicken broth
½ tsp. Monosodium Glutamate (optional)
½ tsp. Salt (Optional)
5 tbsp. vegetable oil
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Fancy Light Chili Powder
½ tsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Whole or Ground Comino
½ tsp Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Ground Black Pepper

Slowly brown the meat, garlic and onions in 1 tbsp. vegetable oil.  Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, monosodium glutamate and salt.  SIMMER one hour.  Heat the 5 tbsp. vegetable oil in a sauce pan over medium low heat.  Fry the flour, pepper, comino, and chili powder for 5 minutes, then add this roux to the meat.  Be careful not to burn the flour.  SIMMER over low heat for ½ hour.  Serve in bowls with hot tortillas.  Chili is always better the next day!

Quick Chili Mix

San Antonio Style Chili

Serves 6-8

2 lb. Chili meat or ground beef
1 Tb Oil
2 cups Water
8 Tbsp. Bolner’s Fiesta Quick Chili Mix

Brown the meat in the oil.  Add the water and Chili Mix.  Bring the chili to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until the meat is tender.  Add more water to desired consistency.

Black Pepper

Pepper Steak

  • 2 6 oz. steaks (your favorite cut)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • Salt (optional)

Rub the pepper into the meat and let it stand for 15 minutes. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy frying pan over medium heat and grill the meat to taste (do not overcook). While grilling the steaks, heat the oil in another heavy pan over high heat. Add the flour and cook the roux, stirring constantly, until it starts to brown. Remove the roux from the heat, stir in the garlic and onion and set aside. When the steaks are done, remove them to a warm plate. Put 2 tablespoons of butter with the mushrooms in a skillet where the steaks were cooked. Sauté the mushrooms until they just start to shrivel. Add the wine, roux and broth and bring the sauce to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until thick. Serve the sauce over the steaks.