Chile Peppers

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    August 25, 2014

    Spice Up Labor Day with Bravado Spice Hot Sauces

    Cruising the hot sauce aisle at Whole Foods Market, I stumbled upon the three Bravado Spice sauces: Jalapeno & Green Apple, Pineapple & Habanero, and Ghost Pepper & Blueberry, increasing in heat. With varying levels of heat and sweetness, all three hot sauces are great accompaniments to chips and gr ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Torchy's Tacos Challenges You to Earn the Burn

    This month, Torchy's Tacos features four spicy tacos of the month. Each week, the fast-casual Tex-Mex spot releases a special taco, and as the weeks progress, each one gets spicier. And when we say spicier, we mean hot as hell. The first week, Torchy's unveiled The Barn Burner. It's a simple taco f ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Ruby Red Dog: A Totally Tex-Mex Vodka Drink

    The Ruby Red Dog is made entirely from Texan and Mexican ingredients.

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    January 29, 2014

    Instant New Mexico: Red Chile Sauce In A Jar

    Los Chileros puts a lot of New Mexico into a little jar.

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    October 23, 2013

    Torchy's Tacos' Suit Against Texas Taco Co. Alleges Theft of Food-Prep Bible

    Back in August, we reported on the anticipated opening of a new taco joint in Houston called Texas Taco Co. The Friendswood location was the third store set to open in Texas -- the other two are in Baytown and Magnolia -- and though it sounded like a delicious addition to the Houston-area restaurant ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Diana Kennedy, Grande Dame of Mexican Cuisine, Brings Book-Signing Tour to Hugo's

    Here in Texas, we know a lot about Mexican food. But what most of America (including Texas) thinks of as Mexican is actually Tex-Mex, a hybrid of Mexican cuisine and American ingredients. It's comforting to us native Texans, for sure, but it's not true Mexican food. Diana Kennedy knows real Mexican ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    BBQ Like A Boss: 5 Homemade Sauces for Your Labor Day Cookout

    Fire up the grills, ya'll -- it's Labor Day weekend. To celebrate the holiday and the unofficial end of summer, we're sharing 5 killer BBQ Sauce recipes ( 1 Texas-style cheat) that are easy to make and easier to eat. Slather 'em on chicken, ribs, burgers, or even your shirt (you can't wear white a ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Fire Up The Roasters, It's Hatch Chile Season at Central Market

    Hatch is the word - or for at least until August 20. Central Market is hosting its 18th annual Hatch Chile Festival and on Thursday, August 8 the specialty grocery store kicked off the celebration of all things hatch chile by firing up the roasters for the first time. Outside the entrance of the pr ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Slow-Cooker Queso

    High off the success of my husband's crock pot chili, I decided to take the slow-cooker into my own hands and make something for a friend's weekend pool party. When some people envision uses for their slow-cooker, they often dream about falling-off-the-bone pork shoulder or chicken stew. I just f ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

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    January 25, 2013

    Superbowl Recipe: Beer-Braised Pork Tostadas from Chef David Luna at Line & Lariat

    The first time I tasted chef David Luna's beer-braised pork tostada at Line & Lariat, I thought it was some of the best bar food I'd found in Houston. The pork had been braised in local brewery Karbach's Rodeo Clown and paired perfectly with the pint of Sympathy for the Lager -- also from Karbach -- ... More >>

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    January 12, 2013

    Texas Tailgating: Atomic Deer Turds

    Note: This is a rerun of a post from 2008 in which former Houston Press food critic Robb Walsh shares a favorite tailgating recipe in honor of game day. Tailgaters love to stuff jalapeños with cheese (usually cream cheese) and wrap meat around them. To make "atomic buffalo turds," you stuff a half ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Sylvia Casares of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen and the Reason People Call Her Houston's Enchilada Queen

    Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 6401 Woodway Drive Tel: 713-334-7295 This is Part 3 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we became acquainted with a woman who plunked down all her life savings into a restaurant at the ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    Hatch Chile Menu Specials at Chuy's

    While many local establishments' Hatch chile celebrations are winding down, Chuy's is just getting started. Their annual Hatch Chile Festival began August 20 and will continue through September 9, which means there's plenty of time to try their limited-time-only Hatch chile menu.

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    August 16, 2012

    Bring on the Hatch Chiles: Central Market's 17th Annual Festival

    The 17th annual Hatch Chile Festival is currently in full swing at Central Market, featuring specials throughout the store, Hatch chili classes at the Central Market Cooking school, Hatch chile prepared goods in the cold prepared-foods section and weekend lunch cookouts with live music and Hatch chi ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 74, Pheasant Dog at Sammy's Wild Game Grill

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Fast Times: Whataburger Chicken Fajita Taco

    I am starting to love Whataburger so much, I might even feel a y'all coming on... ... nope. Not yet. Regardless of whether a spontaneous y'all ever falls from my lips (or keyboard), I am certainly a confirmed Whataburger fan. The burgers are juicy, the chicken dishes are quite good, and the white- ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

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    January 24, 2012

    The Astros May Be Changing Their Name? My 5 Suggestions

    Yesterday afternoon, Astros owner Jim Crane built up more good will with the Houston community in about eight minutes than the team on the field has in the last six years when he announced that the 2012 season will feature cheaper beer ($5 beers!), cheaper tickets and permission to bring your own f ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Chiles and Chili: The Most Obvious Episode of Top Chef: Texas Yet

    Above is is how I imagine the initial planning meetings for Top Chef: Texas went. I'm also imagining future episodes where the contestants will be forced to shoot their own horses and grill them over a fire of cactus paddles. Let's go, Top Chef: Texas! DO THIS SHIT RIGHT. Until then, we'll have to ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Hot Diggity

    Sammy's Wild Game Grill — the other wild game hot dog place in town — brings on the heat.

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    September 8, 2011

    Whataburger's Green Chile Double Cheeseburger

    John Kiely​Houston has many of the best hamburgers in America, but my favorite fast-food burger comes from Blake's, a New Mexico chain whose Lotaburger with green chile and cheese is iconic. Blake's motto speaks for itself: "If you are what you eat, you are awesome." However, Blake's is a on ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Southwest on Washington

    Anyway you spell TQLA, it's fabulous.

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    March 22, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Green Hot Chile Peppers

    ​The hard part of moving to Houston from Albuquerque was getting cut off from an endless supply of Hatch green chiles, the best peppers in America, or so I thought. Like Chuy's, nearly every restaurant in New Mexico has a pepper item, and I once saw a tray of green chile brownies disappear in ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Five Intriguing Foods I'm Too Scared To Try

    Cheesecake milkshake from Katz's. ​I try to be a fearless eater. But though I'm generally not intimidated by strange sauces and mysterious meats, there are some foods and drinks that I want to try (sort of) but won't, for a variety of (wussy) reasons. Here are five: 5. Prune Juice. I really l ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Mole

    ​In honor of the recent celebration of International Hot and Spicy Foods Day, I decided to heat things up for my most recent Shiftwork Bites adventure. I settled on molé. The blessing, and the curse, of molé lies in the fact that there are so damn many versions of it. Molé is one of those ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Scientists Create Jalapeños Specifically for Jalapeño Poppers

    The NuMex Jalmundo: jalapeño peppers without the bite.​Sports bars, bowling alleys and the frozen food section at your local grocery store are ruling our lives more than you already know. How so? Because the increased demand for the cheddar- or cream cheese-stuffed jalapeños that these join ... More >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Yankee Chili

    ​This just might prove to be my last Shiftwork Bites column. Not because I'm going to stop cooking at work, but because I might be forced to stop writing about food in Texas, or living in it, for that matter. You see, I'm kind of a Yankee. Let that one sink in. Okay. Are you guys (note the ab ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Odd Pair: Frozen Burritos & Chilean Rose

    ​Frozen burritos - the prefect food to eat when you're too lazy to drive to Taco Bell. Next time you're in that same predicament, make yourself feel better by opening a bottle of Calcu's 2009 Rose from Chile. It retails for about $12 a bottle, which is about 50 times the cost of that beef/ bea ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    All That and a Bag of Chips: Top 5 Jalapeno Chips

    ​As everyone knows, we're about to enter the season of overindulgence; belts will be loosened, sugar stocks will go up, and gym attendance will go down. I'm personally not stricken with a sweet tooth; my favorite guilty pleasures are of the savory kind. Greasy fries and crispy onion rings rank ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Fill 'er Up

    Chiles rellenos at the Cadillac Bar

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    February 10, 2009

    Real Deal Q: Barbacoa de Borrego

    This is some awesome barbecued lamb. It's the result of a fairly complicated process--a hybrid of braising and smoking. But I figure this is the season for a challenging barbecue recipe, what with the Rodeo BBQ Championship coming up and all. I figure Houston barbecue enthusiasts are ready to show o ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Football Watching Food (No, Really)

    Okay, nice joke J.C., you totally had me. Although I should have known something was up since nobody makes their own corny dogs (except maybe Jay Francis). Don't look for any Super Bowl recipes from me. The spirit has gone out of our great national guacamole-eating holiday since the NFL started su ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Recession Recipes: Bread and Butter Jalapeños

    Our pickled pequin post drew a comment from Jim Sherman, a regular reader who said: "I don't bother with heat when pickling peppers. When I pickle just about anything except radish or carrot, I do soak the veggies overnight in a Kosher brine to draw out as much water as possible, and then dump them ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Chile Pequin Season

    This is the time of year when chile pequins turn up in Mexican markets and grocery stores. The tiny chile grows wild throughout southern Texas and northern Mexico. Because its seeds are spread by birds rather than cultivation, pequins are considered the oldest chiles in North America--all of the cul ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Okra Time with Texas Caruru

    Okra and chile peppers are the last things left in a Texas garden at the end of the summer. Here’s a recipe that calls for lots of both--along with some Texas shrimp and peanuts. Texas Caruru This is one of my favorite okra recipes. It is a simplified version of a traditional Brazilian okra stew ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Fresh Meat at Five Guys Burgers & Fries

    Here's a bacon cheeseburger from the new Five Guys Burger & Fries chain location at 24004 Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg. I got mine with mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and jalapeños and paid $5.59. The standard issue burger at Five Guys Burgers & Fries is a double patty sandwic ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    January 22, 2007

    Nice Asados

    All photos by Robb Walsh When I reviewed a school bus selling Monterrey-style roasted chicken on the East Side, a reader named "Jason" recommended I try the blue school buses that sell roasted chicken on Long Point. El Norteo is the name of the Long Point roasted chicken dynasty. And "pollo ... More >>

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    November 23, 2006

    Thai Hot Hubris

    Like your Thai food hot? Be careful what you wish for!

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    January 8, 2004

    Totemic Burger

    Bask in the glow of this glorious sandwich

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    June 20, 2002

    Hotter than Halal

    Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles

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    January 17, 2002

    Anatomy of a Promotion

    Chile peppers, propane burners and poor public relations add up to a smoke screen at Chuy's

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    March 8, 2001
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    November 23, 2000

    The French Connection

    Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex

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    September 21, 2000

    Booze in a Blender

    Chuy's mango margaritas

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    June 10, 1999
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    September 17, 1998
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    August 20, 1998
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