Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Did you know that salsa is America’s #1 condiment? Maybe that has to do with having SO MANY different variations available. You can make an interesting spin on your next bowl of salsa by making this sweet and spicy Cranberry Sala Recipe. You can choose how spicy you want it to be by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeño you use.

This Cranberry Salsa Recipe is great served with chips or add a bunch of extra flavor to your enchiladas or a chicken quesadilla.

Cranberry Salsa Ingredients

Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Yields: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

1 bag cranberries
1 granny smith apple
1/8 medium red onion
½ large red pepper
¼ large green pepper
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup apple juice

Cranberry Salsa Process

1. Chop the apple, red onion, bell peppers and jalapeño into large pieces and place in food processor.
2. Add the bag of cranberries to the food processor.
3. Use the food processor to chop and combine the ingredients.
4. Move the chopped ingredients to a bowl and add sugar, lemon juice, apple juice and cilantro. Stir together.
5. Best if chilled in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
6. Serve with chips.

Homemade Tortilla Chips in the Microwave – Easy, Healthy Recipe

I already LOVE homemade potato chips made in the microwave, so I figured I should be able to do the same thing with tortilla chips. Yep, it works! Very good and much healthier than store-bought fried chips.


3 corn tortillas
cooking spray or oil mister
coarse-ground salt

Cut each tortilla in 6 pieces using a pizza cutter or knife. Lightly spray on both sides with cooking spray. (I like to use my olive oil mister to spray.) Sprinkle with the salt. Spread out on a microwave-safe dinner plate so pieces are not touching. Microwave for 1 minute to 90 seconds (lower wattage microwaves will need the 90 seconds). Flip chips over and microwave on other side 1 minute to 90 seconds. If not yet crispy, flip again and cook another 30 seconds, continuing until crispy. Serve warm.

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Recipe

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This really has to be one of the easiest recipes EVER! It only uses a few ingredients and it sits cooking in your crockpot all day! It tastes delicious served on buns or just on a plate with a side of potatoes and veggies.


Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Recipe


3 pound beef chuck roast
1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce
6 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
salt and pepper

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Recipe


Place the beef in the slow cooker. Cut 12 deep slits spread out over the surface of all sides of the roast. Press 1/2 clove of garlic into each slit. Sprinkle both sides of roast with salt and pepper. Add BBQ sauce and turn roast to coat all sides. Cook on low 7 to 8 hours or until meat shreds easily by pulling it apart with two forks.

To serve, place on sturdy buns like kaiser rolls, or just serve on a plate alongside mashed potatoes (which is how my husband likes it).


Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When making chocolate chip cookies from the classic tollhouse recipe on the Nestlé Chocolate Chip bag, I have long decreased the sugar and used half the chocolate chips.  Well, today I accidentally halved the butter and the egg in the recipe and guess what…..they still tasted good!  They taste different than “regular” cookies of course and the shape/texture is different, but they are still good and much less guilt inducing!

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add egg and beat well.  Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 10-11 minutes or until starting to brown.  Cool on baking sheets several minutes and then transfer to wire racks to continue to cool.

Half the Fat and Less Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies


Lawry’s Copycat Recipe – Make Your Own Seasoning Salt

Lawry's Copycat Recipe

Seasoning salt is an easy way to perk up a recipe. It is also great “straight up” as a seasoning for potatoes, chicken, popcorn and more. If you want to save a bit of money over prepackaged seasoning salt, or if you just prefer to know exactly what ingredients go into your seasoning, here is an easy Lawry’s Copycat Recipe to make your own seasoning salt.

Lawry’s Copycat Recipe

2 Tbsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch

Mix all of the above in a small bowl until well blended.  Store seasoning salt in an empty spice bottle or other airtight container.

Kick Up Your Recipes with Texas Pete CHA!

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The BEST Way to Cook Corn on the Cob on the Grill – NO HUSKS!

I think I have tried just about every method there is of cooking corn on the cob on an outdoor grill.  Everything from wrapping it in foil to soaking the husks in water and grilling in the husk, etc.  I have now decided that the easiest way is also the BEST way and I’m done experimenting.

Corn on the Cob on Grill


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Husk the corn and remove as much silk as you can.  Heat your grill on high.  The next step is to lightly coat the corn with olive oil.  I find the best way to do this is with an oil mister, but if you don’t have one you can just rub on a light layer with your hands.   Season with salt and pepper.  Reduce the grill heat to medium/medium-high and place the corn directly on the grates.  Cook for 3-4 minutes or until corn barely starts to blacken and rotate 1/4 turn.  Repeat until all sides of the corn are cooked.  I think this corn turns out so well that it doesn’t even need any butter.  YUM!

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Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread!! I have made so many different types of banana bread over the years, but this Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe is my favorite!! It turns out nice and moist and has a delicious flavor. The chocolate chips are optional of course, but I think almost every baked good tastes better with chocolate chips in it!

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread Recipe

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large overripe bananas
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
6 Tbsp melted butter, cooled
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and lightly flour a 9″x5″ loaf pan.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas.  Add in the sour cream, eggs (lightly beaten),  butter and vanilla.  Mix well.

Gently fold the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients and mix just until it’s all combined.  Batter will be very lumpy.  Scoop into the prepared pan.

Bake 50-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

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Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

This Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe with a cornbread top is a favorite in our house.  In this meatless version, we substitute bulgur wheat for the traditional ground beef with bulgur wheat.  Believe it or not my husband likes this version much better than when I used to make it with beef! It’s a perfect all-in-one meal for the “reluctant vegetarian”.

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

Vegetarian Tamale Pie Recipe

1 cup bulgur wheat
2 1/4 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 packets taco seasoning (or use our Make Your Own Taco Seasoning recipe)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz can black beans, drained
1 15-oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 8 oz. pkg. cornbread mix (or make your own)

In a saucepan, pour about the boiling water over over the bulgur, cover the pan, and allow it to stand for about 30 minutes.  Drain excess water from bulgur.

Heat olive oil a large skillet.  Add in onion and green pepper and sautée until softened.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Add in taco seasoning, tomatoes, corn and beans. Cook 2-3 minutes.  Stir in prepared bulgur wheat.  Prepare cornbread according to package directions.

Transfer wheat & veggie mixture to a 1 1/2 quart casserole or a 9×9 square pan.  Spread cornbread mix on top and spread as evenly as you can.  Cook according to directions on cornbread box, or until golden brown.