Taco Experiment No Gadgets YouTube Challenge [Video]

Our Usual Tacos + Chipotles = Experiment!

So I was going to film our taco night just for fun. And to be honest, to be able to edit a simple video in my new Final Cut Pro X software.

Then along comes YouTube guy Keith Bettag on YouTube issuing a challenge to all to cook with no gadgets and create a taco experiment!

Ok, so I think we met the criteria. 1) No gadgets except for a bamboo spatula and our All Clad sauté pan. 2) I’ve been wanting to experiment by adding Chipotles in Adobo for the longest time. 3) That didn’t happen. 🙁

What DID happen is we had fun and the results are in our latest video below! Hope you enjoy it.

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Thanks for reading! ~brian

Other Links of Interest:

Mega’s Taco Seasoning Recipe and Cocktails:

https://hotsaucedaily.com/cinco-de-mayo-homemade-taco-seasoning-with-cocktails/

Easy Fish Tacos!

https://hotsaucedaily.com/easy-fish-taco-recipe/

Cooking Mexican Pork Chorizo!

https://hotsaucedaily.com/cooking-mexican-pork-chorizo/

Retirement – the real kind – not the Internet thing

Brian with Giant Cholula

Hello Internet… I’ve missed you.

Hello readers… I’ve missed you too!

Retirement is fun!

After over 11 years of writing HotSauceDaily this may be the most personal post I’ve ever written. Bear with me.

Real life got real busy the past few weeks er, months. Hell, for 2 years I was stuck in a supervisory position at my job – and boy, did THAT suck!

Hence the title, Retirement. Yup, after 33 years and 3 months with the US Postal Service, this mailman hung up his bag (no jokes please) and retired!

Retirement IRL

I often get asked “Do you miss your customers now?” Um, sadly, I’ve missed my customers for over 2 years since I was unable to physically jump in and out of my truck over 250 times a day. So, the last 2 years were at a desk. Did I mention that really sucked?

So I’m out. Done. Finished. As a matter of fact, as I like to tell my wife Marilyn, I’m off tomorrow. 🙂

I now get up in the morning because I want to. My front porch is a perfect perch to watch the world go by on. A block off the beach here means a lot of bikinis stroll to and from the beach, and gosh darn it, I will see to it that they find their way.

But What About the Hot Sauces?

Oh yea, the hot sauces. They’re piling up. They need some love. And us. You and me. After all, that’s why I write and you read, right?

Now that I have more time, I plan to get active again reviewing sauces and rubs and all the spicy goodies we all love.

My good friend Rich from Rich’s River Smokers of West Virginia (Rich’s River Smokers on YouTube) has encouraged me to do some quick video reviews too.

Wait, videos?

Oh yea. I’ve been slowly building up my YouTube channel HotSauceDaily on YouTube with mostly grilling and smoking videos. And recipes. And cocktails. Outdoor cooking and grilling is my second love after hot sauce.

But Rich has inspired me to do some quick and dirty videos of hot sauce reviews. But if you’ve followed me at all, you know they won’t be of the “burn-your-face-off” crazy variety.

Instagram

My Instagram account is where I’ve been cheating on you all for the past few months. HotSauceDaily on Instagram.

I’m sorry. She’s just so damn hot. That Instagram girl.

I just buy her a few cocktails and she’s all In. Sta. Gram. (I’m sorry I wrote that.)

What’s Next?

I. Don’t. Know.

More hot sauces. More grilling. More videos. More jokes. “A hot sauce, a bbq sauce, and a rub walk into a bar…”.

Definitely more Instagram stuff.

I want to do more YouTube videos too.

I’m at a crossroads in my life and I’m loving being an at home hubby. My daily “honey do” list is short and sweet (for now) and I’m happy to help.

So thanks for reading so far, and for you long time readers for sticking with me.

Bonus

Bonus points for reading this far!

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

I’ve got a really nice surprise giveaway up my sleeve that I’m sure you will enjoy. Stay tuned and thanks for coming by to read!

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Thank you! ~brian

PS – drop a comment below please. I’d like to know if you’re still out there!

How to make a Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma Cocktail

Ask anyone who knows (in other words not you or me) what the most popular cocktail in Mexico is and you will probably get “Margarita” as the answer.

Wrong!

It’s the Paloma. The Paloma Cocktail is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Source: The Internet

Made simply of tequila, lime juice, salt, and grapefruit soda… it’s a sipping drink that I personally have trouble with… well, sipping. Both refreshing and delicious, it’s hard for me to just sip it.

Here’s a short video of me making the Paloma cocktail:

See? Easy peasy to make. Easy peasy to drink.

No wonder it’s so popular! LOL.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve made one, like it or just whatever you think.

Enjoy! ~brian

Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes are a go to recipe for many households. Ground beef, spices and ketchup create a simple and savory sandwich filling.

Marilyn grew up with it called “Barbecue Beef” – I grew up with it called “Sloppy Joes”.

Either way, it’s a simple recipe and a staple in many kitchens.

Here’s a little six minute video of how we make our Sloppy Joes using just the bare minimum ingredients:

If you’d like to see our original post from way back in 2010, including the delicious homemade onion dip, go here:

https://hotsaucedaily.com/recipe-makeover-homemade-sloppy-joes-better-than-manwich/

Do you have a favorite sloppy joes recipe that you just love? Please tell us about it or point us to it in the comments below! We’d love to learn about your favorites!

And thank you so much for reading. Please subscribe to our updates both here AND on YouTube.com !

~brian and marilyn

Michelada Cocktail recipe

Cinco de Mayo Michelada Cocktail Recipe

This Michelada Cocktail recipe features Dos Equis Cerveza and Clamato Juice (the Preparado version).

A michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America. Wikipedia

Here’s my version:

You will need:

– 4 ounces Clamato Juice (Preparado version preferred)
– 4 ounces Cerveza (Dos Equis )
– Big splash of Lime Juice
– 4 drops Maggi Seasoning
– 2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
– 2 or 3 dashes of Cholula or other Mexican hot sauce
– kosher salt and chili powder for rimming glass

Directions:

1. Dip glass in lime juice and rim with salt and chili powder mixture
2. Add ice to glass, splash in liquid ingredients
3. Pour in 4 ounces Clamato Juice
4. Season with more chili powder
5. Pour in 4 ounces of Cerveza / beer
6. Stir and enjoy!

I hope you try one of these for yourself, you will love it!

Thanks for reading and watching! ~brian

PermaLeaf topiary review

Spring is Here!

I love sitting out on my patio, typing from a soda pdf software and sharing reviews with you.

And beautiful topiary and plants just make everything better.

Luscious palms and other greenery can make your patio, porch and outdoor spaces so much more comfy. I want to share with you a source of awesome potted plants and greenery that require no maintenance.

I was recently sent a sample of a palm tree plant that just looks awesome on my patio.

It’s from PermaLeaf.com http://www.permaleaf.com/

PermaLeaf Topiary

Yes, I love my hot sauces. I love my BBQ. I love my tech gadgets.

But I also love my home and environment. So let me tell you about a great place to find beautiful artificial plants that are reasonably priced and maintenance free.

The Palm Plant

The palm plant that I’m showing you is a beautiful example of the product that this company produces.

It has graced my outdoor patio for a few weeks now and passersby have commented on it more than a few times.

From afar they find it hard to believe it’s artificial.

This particular palm is so well made. The base is heavy and sturdy and ready to be set into any pot or ground that you have available.

You can purchase this palm and so many others at:

PermaLeaf: http://www.permaleaf.com/

*** UPDATE *** Use coupon code BLOGGER10 to save 10% off your order!

I’m so happy with my palm – it really makes my patio nicer.

Here is the box you get. Nicely packed.

Inside is the beautiful plant ready for you to enjoy and display.

You’ll need to open it up and shape it for the best appearance.

Their plants make a great background for product shots too:

I’m very happy with the quality and appearance of the PermaLeaf Palm Plant.

You can find PermaLeaf on Social Media at:

https://www.facebook.com/PermaLeaf

https://twitter.com/Permaleafplants

Cooking Mexican Pork Chorizo

Mexican Pork Chorizo is a raw product that must be cooked.

Unlike it’s Spanish counterpart that is a cured sausage similar to a salami that can be sliced and eaten right away, Mexican Chorizo must be cooked. It usually comes packed in a plastic sleeve that you would discard.

mexican chorizo raw

Preheat a skillet on medium-high, turn out the chorizo onto it and cook away.

Our video shows the progress of cooking chorizo.

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Have you cooked chorizo? Let us know in the comments below.
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Thanks for reading and watching!

~brian

Easy Fish Taco Recipe

Fish Taco Recipe – Easy and Quick

fish tacos finished

Fish Tacos L = yellow corn with creamy sauce R = white corn with salsa rojo

There was a time when I never had a fish taco, nor did I even want to try one. After all, aren’t tacos supposed to be beef?

But at some point last year, my boss showed up with a few fish tacos from a local carry-out… and man was I hooked! (No pun intended).

Crispy fish, creamy sauce, crunchy cabbage, and some spice all in a handy tortilla! Wow, what an eye-opener!

At this point I feel I should say that here in Maryland, near the beach, we are just a bit far away from the California beach towns that are the home base for fish tacos, fish taco trucks, and other fish taco establishments.

So I hope you’ll forgive me for being late to the party.

Fish Taco Recipe 101

So here now is a super easy recipe for fish tacos. It’s drop-dead simple.

trident brand alaskan cod fillets

Trident Brand Alaskan Cod Fillets

Start with your favorite frozen fish filet product. (We recently discovered Trident Brand Alaskan Cod Fillets from Food Lion) Rated 5 out of 5 Stars Go buy some now. Delicious! Or if you’re feeling adventurous and you have the time,you can always reel prized catch in yourself. Check out these Snake River fishing guides for some tips.

Fish Fillets baking

Fish Fillets baking

Bake the fish. Cut the fillet in half length-wise to fit the tortilla.

Fish Fillets done baking

Fish Fillets done baking

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas White and Yellow

Corn Tortillas Yellow and White

Heat up some soft tortillas… we used corn, but flour tortillas are awesome too.

queso seco crumbling cheese

queso seco crumbling cheese

Add some crumbled cheese – queso seco or any favorite cheese (pepper jack, mild cheddar, queso blanco).

Finely shred some cabbage if you want to be authentic (or any lettuce greens).

Top with any spicy concoction of your choice – salsa, pico de gallo, creamy spicy mayonnaise.

Finish with fresh lime juice and/or avocado slices.

Fish Tacos Dinner

Fish Tacos Dinner

I hope you enjoy your new-found taco fix! If you were like me, and never had one, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know who else is “late to the fish taco party”!

Enjoy! ~brian