South of the Border Burgers

It’s been awhile since we have made a burger. So we went south of the border! South of the Border Burgers …….

South of the Border Burgers

If you haven’t bought the little “street” tortillas that are available now, go immediately to your nearest grocery store and get some! Really……. I mean right now!!!! Continue reading “South of the Border Burgers”

Spicy Fresh Corn Relish

With summer coming to a close, so is sweet corn season. This years crop from my friends at Selmi’s  was sooooo good!  I had a few ears left over and Spicy Fresh Corn Relish was the perfect way to preserve (pun intended) those golden kernels.

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Even as a kid my favorite veggie was corn, it still is today. Fresh corn ob the cob is summer at it’s best. If you ever had the chance stop by Selmi’s and pick up a dozen…..better get two…..of their fabulous bi-colored corn do it, you will not be disappointed . My nephews girlfriend told me it the best sweet corn she has ever had……I couldn’t agree more.

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The end of summer is also canning time for those who garden and lay up a larder of their goods. While this is not a traditional canning recipe……it’s more like “quick can”, it produces a fine relish. It will last about a month in the frig.

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Sweet corn, fresh off the cob, no need to cook it, red onion, red chiles, and jalapeños, with a touch of lime and cilantro for freshness. Cover with an apple cider brine and you have a sweet little relish.

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Spicy Fresh Corn relish is a perfect way to spicy up a grilled burger or bratwurst, maybe a hot dog.

If you have a few ears of corn to use up try Spicy Fresh Corn Relish to end the summer with spice!

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Spicy Fresh Corn Relish

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Approximately 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 dried red chiles, I used small ones
  • 1 seeded jalapeño,thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium red onion,thinly sliced
  • 2 ears fresh corn, kernels cut off the cob, do not cook use raw
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pack into a 1-quart jar. Bring 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, kosher salt, and 3/4 cup water to a boil; pour over corn. Seal jar. Let cool; chill. Keeps up to 1 month unopened.

Keywords: chiles, jalapeño, red onion, corn, cilantro, lime, condiment, easy


Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

I have a new toy……I have a new toy …..and you-u don’t……….but you should, if you don’t this thing is AWESOME!!! I am happy dancing………why dancing you may ask……..my new toy helped me make my Carne Asada Nachos!

What is my new toy you ask??? It a Pressure Cooker, thats also a crock pot, and a rice cooker. Pressure CookerIf it just went to the grocery store, it would be the perfect appliance! LOL …….Oh wait…..it keeps the food warm after the programed cooking time…….it IS the perfect appliance!

Since returning from Vegas and having the carne asada tacos at Hecho En Vegas, I have been dying to try and recreate the carne asada. My new little toy made this a breeze. The flavor is not exactly like Hecho’s but it’s close. My meat was a little more done……first time with the pressure cooker ……..I wasn’t sure how long to cook it,so mine was falling apart, while Hecho’s was chunkier.

Now, what to do with this luscious, juicy,spicy meat……….Carne Asada Nachos……..of course! Nachos need cheese sauce. Neither Tim nor I really like the nacho cheese sauce,so how about queso blanco……hmmmmm. The recipe for the queso sauce couldn’t be easier, one bowl, it cooks in the microwave………one of the best inventions…..ever!! And in five minutes or less……. creamy and cheesy, easy queso blanco sauce.

Carne Asada Plate

I would like to be all homemadey but I bought some good restaurant style chips at the store instead of making my own. Hey……it was Sunday afternoon and there were football games that needed to watched……by Tim not me.

Now ,I had a plan…….heat the chips in a cast iron skillet in a 400* oven for about 5-7 minutes, until until they were warm and extra crispy. top with the carne asada, drizzle….ok, ladle the queso sauce on, then top with tomatoes, avocado, green onion, cilantro, jalapeño slices, and a crumble of queso blanco cheese……the amount of toppings you put on these is up to you. OMG….these were fabulous!!!!! Crispy chips, juicy spicy meat, cool toppings……the perfect Carne Asada Nachos.

Carne Asada Chip
Since Tim and I have been married, I have a long drive to work, 40 minutes each way…….thank goodness for audio books……..but getting home late does not = time for making dinner and eating before 7 or 8 at night…….not good! But, with my new toy, the process can be sped up greatly. So, if time is of the essence for you too, look for one of these nifty toys for yourself. Looking to make a recipe now………. so I can play with my new toy.

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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne Asada Nachos

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex


  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup beer


  1. In a skillet over medium high heat sear the flank steak in the coconut oil. Just a quick sear for color.
  2. Place flank steak and remaining ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on high for 30-35 minutes following instructions on your pressure cooker. If you do not have a pressure cooker you can use a crockpot. Adjust cooking time to your crockpot.
  3. Remove meat from cooker and use for tacos,burritos, or nachos.

Keywords: flank steak, Instant Pot, nachos,

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Carne Asada Nachos

Queso Blanco Sauce

  • Author: Marty Boyd


  • 1/2 pound White American Cheese, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno slices, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the pickled jalapenos
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and stir.Continue microwaving at minute intervals until smooth. Allow to cool slightly and serve as a dip or over your favorite Mexican foods.


Be sure to use white American cheese not white cheddar cheese. The white cheddar will not melt they way that is needed for this sauce.