Monday, February 4, 2013

Camporo Beans

Camporo beans are a hearty dish that is not quick to make, but neither is it difficult. A long, slow process that is worth the wait.  I often make these in a cast iron dutch oven, but these were done in a crock pot.


1 lb chorizo sausage
1 lb bacon (diced)
1 lb pinto beans
5 jalapeños (diced)
6 Roma tomatoes (diced)
1/2 bunch chopped Cilantro

Soak the beans in cool water overnight if possible.  Remove any beans that float.  Place the beans into the crock pot and cover with water.  Cook the beans on high for about 4 hours or until soft.  When soft, drain liquid from the beans.

While the beans are cooking, remove the chorizo from its casing casing and place into a skillet over medium high heat.  Brown and drain the sausage.  Raise the heat in the skillet and brown the chopped bacon.  Remove and drain the cooked bacon.

Combine the drained beans, sausage, bacon, diced peppers, diced tomatoes and cilantro. Onions are optional here.  Continue to cook the mixture until the tomatoes break down. Scoop beans into a bowl and garnish with a lime wedge.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Dad's Roadhouse: Tap House Grill Chili Recipe

Dad's Roadhouse: Tap House Grill Chili Recipe

Tap House Grill Chili Recipe

Still looking for an idea to serve at your tailgate party?  Here is the recipe for chili as posted in the January/February 2013 Brew News from the Tap House Grill, a local eatery with a wide selection of craft beers.

Keep in mind the recipe is in restaurant quantities so you may need to adjust the portions, or get out a big pot from the start.

Tap House Grill Chili Recipe:

2 lbs ground beef
2 lbs skirt steak
5 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup diced yellow onions
2 Tbl diced garlic
2  diced jalapeno peppers
2  diced green peppers
8 cups black beans
2 cups Goose Island beer
2 Tbl cumin
2 Tbl paprika
3 1/2 Tbl pureed chipotle chili
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cup tomato paste
7 cups water

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dad's Roadhouse Cupcakes

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next gathering?  Give these a try.


1 lb lean ground beef
1/3 cup Five Amigos Fire Roasted Salsa
1 large egg
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)

Combine ground beef, salsa and egg.  When mixed, portion the mixture into a greased muffin tin.  I used one for 12 muffin s.  Place into a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes and check for doneness.  These actually baked for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and take cakes from the tin while hot.  There should be grease in the tins, so pat the cakes dry to remove as much as possible.

Place the rinsed and drained black beans into a bowl and blend with a hand blender until you reach the consistency of frosting. Spread the frosting on each cake and garnish with pickled carrots, candied jalapenos, or grape tomatoes.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Chicken Kabobs

Planning to fire up the grill this weekend?  Consider some shish kabobs.  These were simple and easy.  Soak the veggies and chicken in your favorite marinade, skewer the pieces being careful to alternate them.  Do not pack the skewers as they will not cook properly and may indeed be under cooked.  Place them on a medium high heat grill and enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Giardiniera Stuffed BBQ Chicken Breasts

Who ever has enough chicken recipes?  Here's a simple, zesty and tasty recipe the next time you have some chicken breasts to make.

Boneless skinless chicken breasts
BBQ seasoning
Hot Giardiniera 
BBQ Sauce

Butterfly the chicken breasts.  Spoon some of the giardiniera along with the oil it is in into the opened chicken breasts.  Close the breasts and coat liberally with your favorite BBQ seasoning.  Place the chicken onto a medium high heat grill and cook until done.  Coat with BBQ sauce and enjoy!