How to make Taco Seasoning

Easy Recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning

You only need 9 ingredients to make this taco seasoning blend.

And you probably already have them in your pantry!

Watch our short YouTube video for all of the ingredients, and you’ll see how easy this is to put together.


  • 4 Tbl + 2tsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 7 tsp Cumin
  • 5 tsp Kosher Salt *
  • 5 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • * ( ½ tsp MSG instead of 1 tsp Kosher Salt)
  • Use 2 – 3 Tbls per pound of meat
  • (Start with 2 Tbls, then taste after 20 min)

Let us know in the Comments below, if you have your own favorite taco seasoning recipe… or if you try this one. We’d love to know what you do in your house!

Black and Blue Crab Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled eggs with crab meat, blue cheese and blackening seasoning makes for some intense and savory deviled eggs!

black blue crab deviled eggs platter

Recipe for Black and Blue Crab Deviled Eggs is easy to make

Marilyn announced it was time to make some deviled eggs and it was my turn. Great! But I was tired of my usual “classic” deviled egg recipe.

We differ greatly in what we think are classic deviled eggs – mine are heavy with yellow mustard (and I add even more mustard flavor by using Coleman’s dry mustard too) along with some sweet pickle relish and garnished with either sweet or hot paprika.

Marilyn prefers more mayonnaise and vinegar and sugar in hers. Well, we grew up in different parts of the country.

So I thought of crab deviled eggs (we’ve had them quite often and love them), but I put a twist on them.

Playing on the idea from a local pub that features fantastic black and blue burgers, and the fact that I’ve made a few blackened crab cakes in my day… voilà! Just add deviled eggs! (And omit the burger.)

Old Bay Seasonings has a huge family of spices.

old bay seasonings family

Yup, that is actually a pic from our spice cabinet collection.

Being from Maryland, we’re sort of born with Old Bay in our veins. For this recipe I’m working with their own Old Bay with Blackened Seasoning for these eggs.

Recipe: How to make black and blue crab deviled eggs

Makes 12 servings (double recipe for a dozen eggs)


  • 6 hard boiled eggs, halved
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 t. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 t. dry mustard (Colemans)
  • 1/2 t. juice of fresh lemon
  • 1/2 t. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 T. blue cheese, crumbled, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 t. Old Bay Blackened Seasoning (or your favorite blackening seasoning)
  • 3 – 4 oz crab meat (fresh is best, or good quality canned will work)


1. halve the eggs, remove yolks to a large mixing bowl
2. add and combine all ingredients except crab meat in bowl (taste as you go)
3. gently combine crab meat into mixture
4. spoon mixture into egg halves
5. garnish with extra blue cheese crumbles and sprinkle with blackened seasoning
6. chill for 20 – 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop, serve cold with beer


* go easy on the liquids as they will make the filling too thin
* piping the mixture into the eggs is not an option – the chunky crab meat will not work
* use a large spoon to fill and smooth over the filling covering the entire top of the egg half
* these flavors are intense – serve along hearty foods like steaks and burgers
* you’ll have leftover filling – it’s great spread on your favorite crackers

You can View or Download a Printable PDF of this recipe here:
Black and Blue Crab Deviled Eggs Recipe PDF File

black blue crab deviled eggs with old bay

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old bay blackened seasoning in deviled eggs recipe

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Chili Dans BBQ Bloody Mary recipe

Continuing our Sunday Bloody Mary series, we are featuring a unique BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce, his custom rim topper recipe, V8 Vegetable Juice, and garnished with some spicy pickled green beans from Blaze’s. This is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe that you can craft to be your own.

BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe using Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce

Chili Dan's BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe

One of our Top Favorite Products in 2013, Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce is the basis for this unique BBQ flavored Bloody Mary recipe. Sweet and savory, we reviewed Chili Dan’s here.

Now, “Chili Dan” Miller is going to have my head on a platter for suggesting that this is a BBQ Bloody Mary Recipe. Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce is anything BUT a BBQ sauce… but we have to categorize this somehow… and so BBQ it is.

Make this your own version

chili dan's bbq bloody mary ingredients

The beauty of this recipe, like all good recipes, is that you can make it your own! While we would love for you to get your hands on a couple of bottles of Chili Dan’s Sauce… you can substitute any other favorite BBQ sauce (sweeter is best here) and any spice blend you like for the glass rim. And while Blaze’s Pickled Green Beans is celebrating 20 years up in Vancouver, Canada… again, garnishes are up to you. BTW, Blaze’s Green Beans are easily ordered for shipping to the US on their website. Pas de problème.

Overview of the Chili Dan’s Bloody Mary Recipe

You’re going to pour a little bit of Chili Dan’s (or your favorite BBQ sauce) onto a dish to wet the rim of your glass.

Chili Dan's Rim seasonings

You’re going to dredge the wet rimmed glass in Chili Dan’s Rim Topper seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).

Chili Dan's sauce in bottom of glass.

Fill that glass with ice, and add 1 or 2 or 3 tablespoons of Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce (or your favorite BBQ sauce).

Add 1 or 2 or 3 ounces of your favorite adult beverage (Vodka in this case. Tequila if it’s Saturday Night. Whiskey if you live in Kentucky or Tennessee.)

Chili Dan's Bloody Mary Finished

Add the Blaze’s Beans and/or any garnishes you like. Chili Dan calls for a “floater” of 1/2 ounce juice (brine) from the pickled beans. I passed on that step.

Final Thoughts: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Refreshing. Probably the most enjoyable and refreshing Bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time. The overall sweet taste was a nice departure from the typical hot, spicy, horseradish-laden Bloody Mary mixers. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

Bloody Mary with Chili Dans

To wrap things up, seriously consider working with this recipe, hopefully with some Chili Dan’s, and make it your own. Get creative and enjoy!


Here’s Chili Dan himself, making his cocktail on local tv

Fast forward to 4:18 for the Bloody Mary.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Do you have a favorite BBQ sauce based Bloody Mary Recipe? Tell us about it in the Comments below. We’d all like to learn from each other!

Seven wing recipes to try this year

Wrapping up our Week of Wings 5 Series, we present some awesome looking wing recipes that we want try this year. Of course we’ll share our experiences with you.

Seven wing recipes that we’d love to try this year

week of wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 7. We’re wrapping up our Week of Wings 5 with a look at some recipes that just scream “Yes! Try me!”. You know the types… sexy wings, bathed in sauce or grilled to perfection. Great pictures that tempt you to cook them up and realize your pics will never be that good. 🙂

If you’ve stuck with us for the entire week, we thank you for reading. I’m sorry we neglected to have any grilled wings this year, but the weather has just not cooperated. Nevertheless… let’s check out these recipes together, and see if any of them become a favorite. Let us know if you try any of these.

Smokestacks Chicken Wings

These crisp-charred chicken wings are bathed in a spiced butter sauce.
Featuring 10 spices that almost everyone has in their cabinet, these grilled wings are a sight to behold. Charred with spicy butter, they look delicious!

smokestacks wing recipe

Smokestacks Wings

Best chicken wings I have ever made and I have cooked thousands over the last fifty years.

Recipe link:

Margarita Chicken Wings

Tangy, a little salty, and not too sweet. Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes, plus at least 3 hours to marinate.
Just like the cocktail it’s named for, this easy marinade is a four-ingredient flavor explosion of tart, sweet, and salty all rolled up into one. Here it’s used to jazz up chicken wings, but it works wonders for flank steak, grilled pork, and chicken thighs too.

Margarita Wings Recipe

Margarita Wings Recipe

They had much so flavor, we all loved them, and they came out golden brown, like the picture.

Recipe link:

Baked Brown Sugar Wings with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

Amazingly crisp wings baked to perfection served alongside an incredibly creamy dipping sauce that everyone will love.

brown sugar wings recipe

Baked Brown Sugar Wings with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Just tried this the other night and it was fabulous! This is my absolute favorite wings recipe.

Recipe link:

Old Bay – Santa Maria Seasoning

Dougherty’s Wings – arguably the best chicken wings on the planet.
These grilled wings are seasoned with a Santa Maria seasoning and Old Bay Seasoning. They are basted with a mix of Foster’s Beer, brown sugar and Walkerswood (wet) jerk seasoning. A little complex, and a hard recipe to follow, but you Weber Kettle grillers should have no problem.

Santa Maria and Old Bay seasoned wings recipe

Santa Maria and Old Bay seasoned wings recipe

Recipe link:

Twice fried

While not just for wings, this recipe features twice fried chicken with a good looking sriracha honey sauce.

Twice fried chicken wings recipe with sriracha honey

Twice fried chicken recipe with sriracha honey

…the seasoning blend for the chicken is delicious! My husband wants it on cheeseburgers next! A huge hit. Don’t be afraid of this odd combo – it really works!

Recipe link:

Honey Bourbon Sriracha Sauced Fried Grilled Chicken Wings

Heat from the gift of the food gods, Sriracha Sauce – Sweet from Honey – An Earthy bite from the Bourbon.
This is a great step-by-step recipe for what looks to be a delicious wing!

Honey bourbon sriracha fried grilled wings recipe

Honey bourbon sriracha fried grilled wings recipe

Recipe link:

Bonus – One recipe and one Sauce review

How does Spicy Garlic Coal Black Wings grab ya? Add to that, an incredible “all purpose” sauce review that we did on wings.
The Coal Black Wings make an astounding presentation (and delicious wings), and the Chili Dan’s All Purpose Sauce tied for our top product of 2013. So for all of our new readers, we finish our Week of Wings 5 with two of our very favorite wings recipes that we have cooked many times.

Spicy Garlic Coal Black Wings with Sriracha: A particularly complex recipe that is well worth your time to make! Just take a look!

Spicy Garlic Coal Black Wings with sriracha

Spicy Garlic Coal Black Wings with sriracha

We’re especially proud of this recipe, as we put it together solely upon watching a TV show that featured it at a restaurant (details are in the original post).

Recipe link:

Chili Dan’s All Purpose Start to Finish Sauce Wings Recipe: One of our favorite products of 2013, Chili Dan’s on wings is spectacularly delicious!

Chicken Wings with Chili Dan's All Purpose sauce

Amazing wings with Chili Dan’s sauce

This is one of those all purpose sauces that we fell in love with immediately. We just might keep a case of this on hand at all times. It’s that good.

Recipe link:

We hope you enjoyed reading through our Week of Wings 5 series of posts, and hopefully you got some great ideas of your own. Please share anything you discovered with us and our other readers by leaving a Comment below.

More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rubbed Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Rays 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk Wings with Hoboken Eddies Jamaican BBQ Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

Ten Recipes for National Hot and Spicy Food Day 2013

National Hot and Spicy Food Day is an unofficial day dedicated to the eating of spicy foods, particularly of international origin. The exact origins of National Hot and Spicy Food Day are unknown; however, hot and spicy food has been a part of the human diet for over 6000 years.

sriracha garlic wings recipe

10 Hot and Spicy Recipes

I gathered this list of fiery recipes as a “must try” list of my own. I hope some of them inspire you to make a hot and spicy dish too.

1. Ranch-Style Eggs with Chorizo and Tomato-Red Chile Sauce

Bobby Flay uses spicy Mexican chorizo, fresh red chile sauce, and fried eggs – served on fried corn tortillas.

2. Simple Chile de Arbol Salsa

Chile de árbol has a mild to medium heat level (15-30,000 Scoville units). This simple salsa recipe includes garlic and oregano.

3. Chile Roasted Shrimp

Featuring red jalapenos, garlic and butter, this Cajun style recipe looks delicious.

Chile roasted shrimp

via Chow

4. Grilled Jerk Pork Skewers

Most jerk sauces and marinades are fairly complex in ingredients, and this is no exception. You can substitute a decent jar of Pickapeppa or Walkerswood jerk paste for these grilled pork skewers. Includes a honey-lime sauce.

5. Grilled Mexican Chorizo with Spicy Tomato Caper Sauce

More fiery Mexican chorizo, this time as sausages.

6. Chipotle Burgers

Only 4 ingredients needed for these smoky burgers.

7. Peruvian-Style Grilled Chicken

It’s all about the green sauce here. Spatchcock or butterfly the bird.

We’ll finish with 3 of our most popular posts for hot and spicy food!

8. Chipotle Glazed Tex Mex Meatloaf

We always have a few cans of chipotles in adobo handy.

9. Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Grilled Jalapenos

More chorizo. I love the stuff. These are fiery candy for your mouth.

10. Sriracha Garlic Chicken Wings

These hot, spicy, garlicky wings are our favorite.

Which of these hot and spicy recipes would you most like to try? Leave a Comment below and tell us.

White BBQ Sauce From Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

White BBQ Sauce from Northern Alabama

I first learned about the white bbq sauce that Big Bob Gibson made famous in Decatur, Alabama, from reading “Peace, Love and Barbecue” by Mike and Amy Mills. Mike writes:

Big Bob’s chicken is among the best I’ve ever eaten. The birds are simply seasoned with lots of salt and black pepper and smoked with hickory wood at a temperature higher than I usually suggest. Then they pull ’em off the pit and dunk ’em in a 5-gallon bucket of white sauce, leaving the crispy, smokey skin with a thin coating of the tangy sauce. The flavor is just awesome.

Now Chris Lilly’s “Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book” comes out, with yet another variation on the same recipe. As Chris points out:

There is now a large number of “authentic” versions of Big Bob’s original secret recipe and cooking method – all different from one another.

Big Bob Gibson White Sauce on Chicken

Delicious white BBQ sauce on chicken

First I tried the recipe I saw in “Peace, Love and Barbecue”. It was different from this Marylander’s love of the red, sticky BBQ sauces. But very good. Would I make it again? Maybe, maybe not. It was so unique and different, and while delicious as it was… would this be something I’d make again?

Then I got my copy of “Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book” with yet another version of the white sauce. OK, now I HAD to make it again. Especially considering the additional ingredients this recipe called for.

Here’s a comparison of the two recipes:

Mike Mills’ Version

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbl lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbls black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Chris Lilly’s Version

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tsps prepared horseradish
  • 2 tsps black pepper
  • 2 tsps fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl. Season your chicken and grill or bbq it as you like. When it’s done, take that hot, smokey chicken and dunk it in the bowl of white sauce, turning to coat. Serve immediately with your favorite sides. Delicious!

Let me point out that I’ve learned that the *best* bbq sauce recipes don’t always taste great “out of the bottle” – rather they *need* to be cooked to really bring out the flavor. I think this is going to be my mantra… if it’s just ok “out of the bowl”, it will improve with cooking!

This second cooking of the chicken with the Chris Lilly version of the recipe was even better.

Still, would we cook it up again? Yes. How soon? Well, not for a while. It’s now a “been there done that” thing. If tonight I could visit the restaurant in Decatur, AL of the famous Big Bob’s and have the “real thing”… I might come home all fired up and do it all again.

But for now, I’m sticking with the sticky… sticky, red, saucey, spicey BBQ sauces that we in the Mason-Dixon “Old Line State” of Maryland love.

Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book – Memorial Day Menu

Recipes and Secrets From A Legendary Barbecue Joint

Chris Lilly, a world champion pitmaster and executive chef of Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, Alabama just published “Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book”.  Loaded with beautiful photos and recipes, this is a must for any serious BBQ-er.

My Memorial Day weekend will include 2 recipes from this book – Memphis Dry Ribs and chicken with Big Bob’s White Sauce.

Memphis Dry Ribs

I’ve cooked dry rub ribs before, but they are always… well, dry! Then I saw Chris Lilly on the Today show, pulling his Memphis Dry Ribs off the grill, and dunking them into vinegar and water, and finishing them with more rub, and thought THAT’S what I’m going to do next.  Here’s the video of Chris on the Today show – (the ribs are near the end at the 3:00 minute mark).

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q White Sauce

Apparently, white bbq sauce is unique to Northern Alabama. I first found this recipe in Peace, Love and Barbecue by Mike Mills, but this version by Chris is probably more current. (He admits there are many versions of this recipe floating around.)

People raised in Decatur, Alabama, know that barbecue sauce is supposed to be white… For years and years the restaurant’s early-morning cooks closely guarded the white sauce recipe… hundreds of cooks have passed through the pit-rooms of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q, so I don’t think you can describe this recipe as “closely guarded” anymore… There is now a large number of “authentic” versions of Big Bob’s original secret recipe… this is one of my favorite examples. – Chris Lilly

Makes 4 cups:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp (kosher) salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and blend well. Use as a marinade, baste, or dipping sauce. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

MOINK Balls (Moo-oink)

We’re also doing a big batch of MOINK Balls. Cocktail size meatballs, wrapped in bacon, dusted with a favorite BBQ rub, grilled or smoked, then glazed with a pepper jelly at the end. Candy from the grill! More to come.

What are YOU cooking this weekend?