Chunky southwest salsa with Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes

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Southwest Salsa Recipe with Hunts Diced Tomatoes #HuntsFreshTwists #Ad

A favorite summer recipe of mine is southwest salsa. It’s great with chips, soft tortillas, eggs, chicken – the list goes on. Its a blend of beans, corn & tomatoes that conjure up one of the healthiest tasty treats I know. I love it because all you need is a few ingredients and you can put together a fresh-mex snack in  no time flat.

Every couple of grocery trips, I like to stock up on canned tomatoes because I use them in so many of my recipes. I noticed that Hunts Diced Tomatoes came in so many new flavor varieties that I had to give it a try. Here’s a walmart coupon for you to use – Buy 3 Hunts Diced Tomatoes and get one free.

Southwest Salsa Recipe with Hunts Diced Tomatoes #HuntsFreshTwists #Ad

I thought that the fire roasted diced tomatoes would have made the best fit for my southwest salsa recipe. I picked up 2 cans, along with 1 can of black beans and 1 can of corn nibblets.

Here’s the full list of all the ingredients:

  • 2 cans of hunts diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn nibblets
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper
  • 1 sweet orange pepper
  • 1 small onion, diced
  •  1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Southwest Salsa Recipe with Hunts Diced Tomatoes #HuntsFreshTwists #Ad

I started by chopping all my veggies and setting them aside in a large bowl. Then with a colander I drained and rinsed both the can of corn and black beans and combined it with the chopped veggies. Then finally, I opened both cans of Hunts Diced Tomatoes and added them to the mix without draining them. Season and add the cilantro and a couple of tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice and its ready to eat!

Southwest Salsa Recipe with Hunts Diced Tomatoes #HuntsFreshTwists #Ad

Southwest Salsa Recipe with Hunts Diced Tomatoes #HuntsFreshTwists #Ad

On its own, this is perfect to serve with some tortilla chips, but you can also take it a step further and dress up your food with it! I served my potato and egg fritata topped with this southwest salsa and it was amazing!

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There’s so many great recipes on Hunts website – I’d love to hear your favorite!

 

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Rock your BBQ party with southern style baked beans and Petit Jean Meats Bacon

A big thank you to Petit Jean Meats for providing the ingredients to make this fine dish!

Southern Style Baked Beans

Summer grilling season has to be about my favorite time of year because in our house, the kitchen moves outside for a few months. After being inside all winter, its refreshing to be outside working the grill while I watch JP play on his swing set! Our summer dinners are filled with grilled meats, veggies and mouthwatering sides that can be prepared for indoor cooking. Whenever we have company and grill out, I love to make my southern style baked beans to accompany our main course because its full of flavor and insanely easy to make.

I received a big goody box filled wit bacon & sausages courtesy of one of my favorite meat manufacturers – Petit Jean Meats. Known for a quality that’s a cut above the rest makes it one of my favorite meats to use in my recipes. Southern Style Baked Beans just seemed perfect to use my PJM bacon with! They generously sent me 3 packages – 2 classic thick cut slabs and one Dallas cowboy brand.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Here’s what you’ll need:

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 1h 30min Yield: 6-8 servings

  • 2 cans of pork n beans
  • 5 or 6 strips of uncooked bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses

Star by cutting up the pepper and the onions and set them aside. Cut the bacon strips into small bite-size pieces and throw them in a hot skillet to cook. Cook them until they have some color and are rubbery in texture.

Southern Style Baked Beans

I couldn’t resist cooking up some full bacon strips too because they go great beef sliders!

Once you are done cooking the bacon, don’t drain that fat just yet!! This is where I add my diced onions, bell peppers and garlic to the hot fat and cook them up (about 2 min) before I simmer them with the beans. When they are done, scoop them out and drain them.

Southern Style Baked Beans

In a bowl, combine the 2 cans of pork and beans, the sauteed veggies, brown sugar, molasses, ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Once it is well mixed up together, I smoothed it out into a baking dish and topped it off with my bits of bacon.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Bake for about 1 hour at 325F. You will not be sorry!

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

Can’t forget about the other goodies from Petit Jean Meats – we grilled some sausages, old fashioned  hot dogs and some bacon & cheese beef sliders.

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

Southern Style Baked Beans

and lastly, my favorite – grandma’s coffee cake for dessert!

Southern Style Baked Beans

What are some of your traditional family recipes?

 

Sharing an old fashioned ice cream soda with my better half

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Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

Sometimes I enjoy surprising my husband with something unexpected & out of the blue. The new ‘share a coke‘ campaign that you see everywhere inspired me to make a special treat for him – just because! I came across the “better half” 12pk of Coca Cola while shopping at Brookshires grocery store last week and it made me think of him. I love it when I have the chance to go there because the store is never crammed with people and best of all they help you out to your car and load you up! When you have 2 small kids, this is sooo helpful – it definitely keeps me a return customer when I have to tote them along with me.

Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

I love that old-timey service! I remember that’s what grocery stores were like when I was a kid.

So in keeping up with the old fashioned theme, I decided it would be fun to share an old fashioned ice cream soda with my better half!

Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

It was a snap to make one – all you need is the following:

  • 1 can of coca cola
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate syrup
  • maraschino cherries

Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

I used a tall highball glass and I started by filling my glass with the coca cola. Leave a few inches of space in the glass so you can add a big scoop of  ice cream! Next, add in a tablespoon of chocolate syrup then a large scoop of ice cream. It helps if you let the ice cream soften so you can scoop out a perfect ball. Then I swirled on some whipped cream and finished it off with a cherry on top!

Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

So when my hubby came home from work, he loves to sit in his “chair” and chill. He’s not so much a beer guy, rather he prefers a sweet drink like sweet tea or coca cola when he wants to kick back. It’s old fashioned, but when he comes home, I always try to make him comfortable from his long hard day with something to drink while he unwinds. He has a pretty stressful job, so I know part of keeping him happy is taking his mind off of it.

Sharing an old fashioned coca cola Ice Cream Soda for my better half #ShareSmiles #cbias #ad

I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather share a coke with! I love my better half for so many reasons – without him, I don’t know what i’d do! If you’re a Brookshires shopper, keep an eye on Brookshire’s Facebook page for a chances to win yourpoints, offers, fun and conversation.

Who would you share a coke with?

 

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