Category Archives: Recipes

Tomatillo Salad with Ancho Chiles

Tomatillos are covered in a paper-like husk.  Simply peel off the husk and rinse off the sticky stuff.”

photo courtesy of peace and love in the kitchen


– 1 cup chopped & peeled cucumber
– 3-4 large tomatillos, chopped
– 1 1/2 ounces chihuahua cheese, coarsely cut
– 2 medium Ancho pepper, seeded and sliced into long thin strips
– 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
– 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
– 1 fresh lime,
– salt

Combine all the ingredients in a large wooden bowl. Lightly salt to taste. Let stand for 5-10 minutes in order for flavors to meld. Serve immediately if possible or cover and refrigerate for no more than 2 hours.

Serves 3-4

Spicy Sweetcorn Recipe…thanks to a friend

We found this one on [the chili up north blog] on Aug.09, 2011

We’ve been roasting corn on the cobs for the last few years at Pepperfest, and you can expect to find lots of spicy corn this year as well. here is another great method for cooking corn.

From Chili up north blog…”How long you cook the sweetcorn for will depend on the size of your sweetcorn and how hot your pan is. There is a very similar recipe in the Mexican Food Made Simple book too.

spicy corn on the cob recipespicy corn on the cob


  • 1 Corn on the cob per person.
  • Small knob of butter, per person.
  • Pinch of paprika per person
  • Pinch of chilli powder or chilli flakes per person.
  • Pinch of lime zest per person
  • Teaspoon of lime juice per person.
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat your griddle pan up so it’s smoking hot, place corn on and cook until it goes golden and shiny or starts to pop, keep turning  so that it’s cooked all round.
  2. Melt the butter in another pan and add the chilli, paprika, lime zest and lime juice and a little salt and pepper, stir well.
  3. Once the corn is cooked drizzle the butter over the corn and enjoy.”
– Buen Provecho

Recipe: Prime Rib of Bison Fajitas, with Three-Chile Rub

Darn Hot Bison Fajitas

We recommend North American Bison, check out Bison Bluff Farms right here in Cobden Illinois. Run by Clifton and Kim Howell, Bison Bluff Farms has over 350 Bison roaming on more than 1000 acres.


– 1 8lb Bison Prime Rib.
– 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
– 2 cups beef stock
– 1 cup red table wine)
– 2-3 fresh organic tomatoes
– 1 fresh head of romaine lettuce
– fresh flour tortillas

Three Chile Rub:
– 3 tablespoons Darn Hot Peppers ground poblano chile
– 2 teaspoons Darn Hot Peppers ground chile de arbol
– 2 teaspoons Darn Hot Peppers ground mirasol chile
– 2 teaspoons dried oregano, Mexican preferred
– 1 teaspoons sea salt
– 1 teaspoon Darn Hot Peppers Herb Shaker

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw for 1 hour before roasting. Using a knife, poke small holes in the meat and insert the garlic into them. Coat roast with three chile rub to taste. Place in a large roasting pan, bone side down. Roast for 15 minutes. Decrease heat to 350 and roast for 1 hour for medium-rare. Remove and place on a cutting board to rest. Place roasting pan on top of stove over medium-high heat. Add the wine and beef broth cook 10 minutes, stirring and scraping up any brown bits and reduce by half. Salt to taste. Slice meat and pour on some of the reduction.

Slice prime rib in thin strips and garnish w/ tomatoes, lettuce and tortillas and serve as the perfect plate of Southern Illinois Fajitas

Serves 4-5

Sweet Chilli Mango Ice Cream Recipe

Got this from: will have to try this soon!


Mango pulp / fresh flesh
Double cream – 150ml
Your favourite sweet chilli sauce (will probably use our apricot jam)


1. Pour the Mango Pulp & cream into a large bowl.
2. Fold the liquid slowly until thoroughly mixed.
3. Place in an ice-cream maker for around 10-15mins, or until starting to thicken.
4. Drizzle in sweet chilli sauce to your taste and run the ice-cream maker for another 5-10mins until set.
5. Place in a freezer-safe dish or tupperware container and place in the freezer for 2 hrs – serve immediately, or within the week.

– Buen Provecho