Getting ready to watch the big game with the guys, or having family and friends over for a special gathering? You're going to need snacks! Don't offer those old, tired cheese dips you've been serving to everyone for years. Put out a dip with some kick to it—creamy, spicy, fresh, and unforgettable.

Okay, I know you're skeptical. But if your taste buds love heat, we've got the perfect cheese dip recipe for you. We're not going to use any thin, processed cheese to make this dip. Blah! We're going to use a specialty cheddar cheese. Because as they say, "Cheddar is always better."

You won't need many ingredients, and you should already have in your home all of the utensils that you'll require. Preparation is fast and easy, and the results will have everyone clamoring for more!

Ingredients

You'll need one large mixing bowl; make sure it fits into your microwave. Find any cheese slicer that you have around. You'll also need a colander. Grab a large spoon. Just something to stir with. You'll need some sort of cling wrap or plastic lid, and some pot rags or oven mitts, so you don't burn your hands.

How to Prepare

First, slice the cheese. Super thin slices aren't necessary. It will still melt just fine. Once done, toss those pieces into the bowl. Empty the can of chili right on top. Take the jar of jalapeños and dump the contents into your colander to drain off the juice. Make sure you put the colander in the sink first or you'll have a mess.

If you don't want as much heat, remove the seeds from the jalapeños. Once the juice has drained, drop the jalapeños into the bowl. Mix everything together the best that you can (we'll do more mixing later, so don't sweat it too much).

Now, place the cling wrap or lid on top of the bowl, so it doesn't explode all over the inside of your microwave. Leave a small area on one side of the bowl uncovered, just enough to let it breathe.

Cooking Instructions

Place the bowl in the microwave and set it for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, take it out using oven mitts (this bowl will get hot), and peel back the cling wrap. Watch out for any hot steam that escapes, then stir. Re-cover and place the bowl back into the microwave for another 4 minutes. Remove and again stir.

Then, back in it goes for another 4 minutes. Stir and check the consistency. If you want your dip chunky, it's probably about perfect now. If you prefer a thinner dip, then it might need a few more minutes of in and out. Don't forget to stir each time.

Finalizing

After the cheese dip is the consistency that you want, give it a taste. Ah, delicious! If it's not spicy enough, add 4-5 shakes of the Chicago Hit Sauce. Stir it in and taste again. If it's still not hot enough, you were probably a fire-breathing dragon in a former life! But go for it and add some more, until it's perfect.

This recipe will make approximately 8 servings. Once you've divided it up, set out the serving bowls along with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

You might also want to keep a gallon of ice cream on hand for any guests who can't handle the burn but wanted to give it a try anyway. For your family and friends who do love the burn, they'll beg you for this recipe!

For more recipes and specialty products, contact us today. We love great food. Try us once and you're sure to become part of our ever-growing family of happy, loyal Deli Direct customers.

With a brand new season of the hit TV series “The Walking Dead” upon us, nothing beats a Sunday night watch party with friends. And what better way to keep the theme of the night than with some spooky and spicy snacks to share. If you're brain-dead on what to bring to your next showing, try one or more of these creative hot sauce recipes.

Each of these recipes is made with our “Colon Blow Hot Sauce,” which is a Habanero sauce that easily lives up to its name. But for a milder snack, try any one of our delicious hot sauces. With these zombie-themed treats, your snacks will be the life of the party.

Beefy Brains

Don't worry, you're not cooking real cow brains here, but your guests won’t know by looking. This recipe will create a hot nacho dip that goes well with mini-burritos, tacos, or tortilla chips.

Start by cooking ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Break it apart as you cook and remove from the heat after about 10 minutes, or once the meat is crumbly and brown.

Drain the grease from the skillet into an appropriate container, run the meat briefly under cold water and place it in a large saucepan. Cover your beef with our hot sauce and add any peppers you like to boost the heat index. We find that green and red peppers go best with this particular recipe.

For more taste, add some yellow mustard seeds and tomato juice. Heat the mixture on the stove until it begins to boil, and then simmer for an hour, stirring every few minutes to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Serve it in a bowl or spoon it over nacho chips with our Gringo Guacamole for the best presentation.

Hot Dog Intestines

If there's one thing that zombies love more than brains, it's intestines. Create your own delicious version with this tasty hot dog recipe.

First of all, buy linked hot dogs from a butcher and keep them connected during the preparation process. Why? So that you can better simulate the look of intestines. Boil them in hot water until they are brown and firm and then pour your sauce into a large frying pan. Use this sauce as an oil as you fry your hot dogs. This will help the sauce soak really deep into the skin of the hot dogs.

Severed Chicken Fingers

Last, but not least, is this severed chicken fingers recipe. This will give you over a pound of delicious (and hot) chicken strips that can be dipped in just about anything—from our Western Ranch to our Danish Bleu Cheese.

Start by cutting boneless chicken breast meat into three-inch-long and half-inch-wide stripes. These are the “severed fingers.” Place them in a bowl of our hot sauce and let them marinate overnight. Take them out of the fridge the next day, and mix flour, black pepper, and paprika together in a large bowl.

Mix this together with an egg and a dash of milk and then dip each chicken finger in the mix. Completely coat the chicken fingers and fry them all in hot oil. Let them cool down for a few minutes before serving. Drizzle with hot sauce for an even bloodier effect.

Any one of these recipes will make you the life of the party, but integrate all three to become the true king of “The Walking Dead.” Your friends will not only find your food delicious but will love how true each is to the show.

For more fun recipes like this, visit our blog or contact us today. We’ve gotten plenty of recipes that your friends will be dying to eat.

 

 

Jack Frost is renowned for giving Americans more than just the cold shoulder, especially when January rolls around. It seems at that time, he’s also got a passion for nibbling on ears, finger tips, little noses and more. But there is one thing that Jack and his frosty friends can’t resist. It’s hot sauce. And using the right one may just keep him from nipping off more than he should this blustery season.

So which hot sauce will distract Jack long enough for everyone to bundle up tight? We’re thinking a nice bottle of Spicy Chipotle Sauce ought to keep his taste buds busy. Chipotles traditionally have a multidimensional flavor profile because they are treated differently than raw jalapeno chilies. Picked at the perfect time, they’re dried in smoke-filled chambers that help concentrate the peppers’ inherent spiciness.

Afterward, they’re combined with other premium ingredients to make a sauce that’s guaranteed to melt a man or woman’s frosty heart. At least it will please those who love chilies with Scoville ratings in the 5,000 to 10,000 range. And all of that heat will undoubtedly do more than just raise a person’s core body temperature. It will perk up traditional, winter comfort foods too.

Let’s take steaming crockpots full of white bean chili as examples. They’re normally made with ground turkey or chicken, chili spices and white beans. As good as that sounds, it’s even better with a few teaspoons of Spicy Chipotle Hot Sauce stirred into the mix. And don’t forget to toss some shredded, Chipotle Pepper Wisconsin cheese on top, if you dare. They make incredible white chili accompaniments too.

To grab a bottle of Spicy Chipotle Hot Sauce and give old Jack Frost a run for his icicles that he’ll never forget, please contact Deli Direct today.

What can be naughty or nice and starts out in a pumpkin patch? Not sure? Okay, here’s another tip. It can be served cold or hot and also contains a heaping dose of autumn apples. Give up? Why it’s pumpkin hot sauce and after the first try, you won’t want to eat a fall, holiday meal without some. “What’s pumpkin hot sauce?’, you say. Well, lean in my pumpkin loving friends and we’ll tell you:

It’s actually a mixture of pumpkin butter, hot sauce, curry and a handful of other ingredients. You can make it any consistency desired and use it in a number of pump-alicious ways. For instance, some folks like to use it in place of chicken broth when making their homemade stuffing. Others love to pour it over their roasted turkey, rib-eye steaks or mashed potatoes instead of traditional gravy.We’ve even seen pumpkin hot sauce drizzled over pan-roasted vegetables and used as a basis for soups. And by the way, the soups may be hot or cold. Speaking of cold, the hot sauce infused mixture could be used to make homemade pumpkin ice cream too. Here’s the basic hot sauce recipe to get the pumpkin party started:

Place all of the ingredients into a sauce pan and hit it with an immersion blender to break up the chunks of vegetables or apples. Next, turn the heat on and let the pumpkin mixture simmer until you’re pleased with the consistency.  Continue by removing the pumpkin hot sauce from the pan and using it as desired. As long as it’s stored in an air-tight container and stirred every so often, it should keep in the fridge for at least four to seven days without separating. To learn more about jazzing up pumpkins with hot sauce, please contact Deli Direct today.

Adding Alfredo sauce into the mix is a fabulous way to dress up a pasta salad, potatoes, vegetable gratin, grilled pizzas and grilling meats. But what about people who love to bring the heat to their summertime tables? Will their taste buds light up over America’s beloved cream sauce? We’ve found that they will if you choose to add hot sauce to the creamy blend. We’re calling our versions hot Alfredo sauces:

Everyday Hot Alfredo

To make enough hot Alfred sauce for two to four people, you’ll need ¾ cups of your favorite Alfredo sauce and ¼ cup of hot sauce. Just mix the two together and you’ll end up with your garden variety hottie. If you want to add more ingredients to round out the sauce, feel free. Any number of Italian-American staples would make great, hot Alfred add-ons. For example, you might want to put those garden fresh peas and flavored bacon crumbles to good use. They’d pair perfectly with the salads, pizzas, grilling meats and the other dishes we mentioned at the top of the post.

Seasonal Hot Alfredo

Oh, and don’t just stop with the Italian-American staples. Try changing things up with a more seasonal version of our hot Alfred sauce. Instead of using store-bought, Parmesan cheese sauce, go wild with summer flavors. Start with a basic Alfredo sauce recipe but don’t use the Parmesan. Go with Perl Creek Harvest Vegetable Cheese Blocks instead. It is an American cheese that has been flavored with spinach, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, onions and celery. So, it will surely make any lunch or dinner dish taste like summer.

Simply shred the harvest vegetable cheese blocks first. Otherwise, they may not melt fast enough or evenly. Then continue making the meal as you normally would. To learn more about heating up your Alfredo dishes with our hot sauces and Wisconsin cheeses, please contact Deli Direct today.

Hurra! It’s almost time to break out the best grilling meats, kick up our kierpces and celebrate National Polka Weekend. Are you ready to eat, drink and polka for 72 hours straight? If not, let us help you prepare for the big weekend, which this year happens to fall on May 22nd. Because it’s also Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll certainly need one of our large, EZ Disposable Grills and several packages of Polish Kielbasa. They’re hickory-smoked and ready for the grill. Each package will be enough to make a dozen Polish Boys, Chicago-style

Of course no Chi-Town, Polish Boy sandwich would complete without a bun and three other items; vinegar based coleslaw, Chicago Hit Sauce and hand-cut French fries. And if you want to replace the hit sauce with Big Bad Bubbas BBQ Sauce, we don’t think too many Polish Boy fans will complain. If they do, you can always point them in the direction of the appetizer table. Just make sure that you fill it with Polish kielbasa chips and a wide variety of hot sauces. The chips are easy enough to make.

Simply grill up some extra Polish kielbasa and let it cool. Then slice each link into bite-size rounds and put them into a decorative bowl. Squirt some of hot sauces or honey glaze into a second bowl and provide an assortment of toothpicks. Afterward, encourage the Polish Boy purists to spear the kielbasa chips with the picks and then dip them into one of the sauces before taking a bite. That should satisfy their hunger without stepping on to their Chi-Town pride. If not, provide heaping bowls full of sauerkraut, Polish coleslaw, garlic stuffed olives and pickles. In Chicago, they’re National Polka Weekend staples too. To learn more about the best grilling meats for Polish celebrations, please contact us at Deli Direct.

This Cinco de Mayo, give our hot sauces and Tango Taco Dip their independence by helping them stand out sombreros over the rest. And it won’t be hard to do either. There are probably more ways to use our hot sauces and taco seasonings than there are tequila bottles and agave plants in Jalisco. For instance, you could use the hot sauces and our collection of bloody Mary mixes to make an incredible array of classic bar drinks. Among them are bloody Marys, shooters, Michelantros, flatliners and sangritas.

If you’re not much of a bartender, we’d suggest going with the Michelantros. They’re nothing more than a mixture of beer, lime juice, hot sauce and cilantro vodka served in salt-rimmed glasses. Oh, and you’ll need a lime wedge garnish. The beer traditionally takes up most of the glass, followed by a jigger of cilantro vodka and a smidgen of lime juice. As for the hot sauce, add as many dashes as you dare. We’ve got five different ones for you and your guests to choose from, including one that’s got a 234,000 Scoville units rating. Now that’s a real tongue-number!

As far as the Tango Taco Dip goes, you could serve it the traditional way or consequir salvaje y loco. And for all of you non-Spanglish speakers out there, that means getting wild and crazy. For example, you might want to use the dip to make taco sliders, five alarm chili or Mexican spice-rubbed steaks. If you decide to go with the steaks, consider serving them with Guy Fieri’s Rajun’ Cajun Onion Rings. Yea, we know. Cajun country is nowhere near Mexico but who can resist a great, spicy fried onion? To find out more about adding our hot sauces and spicy dips to your Cinco de Mayo menu, please contact our Deli Direct team today.

Cheese dips are an ever-popular party food! Whether they're served as an appetizer or alongside the main course you can't go wrong with the gooey, flavorful burst of cheese paired with crunchy vegetables, crispy crackers or savory meats.

If you're on the hunt for a new twist on your classic cheese dip recipe then try out one of these new, instant classics for your entertaining!

1) Summer Sausage Con Queso Dip

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange cheese cubes and sausage in an oven-safe pan and pour your favorite salsa over the top. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy with toasted pita chips!

2) Jalapeño Popper Spread

Ingredients:

  • Two 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can chopped green chillies
  • 2 oz chopped jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup grated Deli Direct Onion & Garlic Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl, stir in chillies and jalapeños. Spread mixture in an oven-safe dish and cover the top with grated onion and garlic cheese. Bake for 30 minutes until surface is golden-brown.

3) Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Deli Direct Bad Day at Baghdad Hot Sauce
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbs corn starch

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Brown chicken with olive oil in a cast iron skillet. In a blender combine the sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan, 3/4 cup mozzarella, hot sauce, your favorite beer, garlic powder and cornstarch. Blend for at least five minutes (until well mixed). Pour the mixture over the chicken in the cast iron skillet and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is warm and bubbly. Enjoy!

Contact us to see our complete inventory of cheese dips.

Hot sauce is a staple ingredient on the menu of both holiday events and sports viewing parties. If you're planning your Super Bowl event make sure you include at least one (or all!) of these mouth-watering, eye-tingling, award-winning hot sauce recipes. We can't make any promises about the outcome of the game but we can guarantee the menu won't leave you or your guests disappointed.

1) Baked Chicken Wings with Spicy Buffalo Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings, washed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup Chicago Hit Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2.  Arrange chicken wings on a foil-covered baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Whisk softened butter, garlic, hot sauce, onion power, chili power, cayenne pepper and sugar together and drizzle over the chicken wings (if you want them extra spicy dip each wing into the sauce and place back on the pan!). 
  4. Bake wings for 30-40 minutes until skin is crispy and the center is no longer pink. Enjoy!

2) Hot & Spicy Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. 
  2. Cream together blue cheese dressing and cream cheese in a small pan over low heat. 
  3. Mix together chicken and hot sauce and spread on the bottom of the pan, cover with cheese mixture and sprinkle with two cups of cheddar cheese. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve with toasted chips!

3) Hot & Meaty Baked Beans

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. 
  2. Drain fat and pour meat into a large crockpot. 
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly until combined. 
  4. Cook on low for 4-5 hours for optimal flavor!

Contact us to see our complete inventory of hot sauces and other speciality meat, cheese and condiment items available. We look forward to helping make your party a smoking hot success!

Hot sauce. The condiment of condiments. The flavor-additive that tops all others. The cherished companion of meats, cheeses and wing night!

For all the heat that it packs hot sauce is really a simple combination of three key ingredients; your preferred type of hot peppers, vinegar and the secret assortment of spices that each brand adds to give their sauce its own unique kick.

Chili peppers have been used for flavor for thousands of years (specifically in Mexico and countries throughout South and Central America). When the chili plant immigrated to the United States in the 1600's it was an instant hit! Over the next two-hundred years hot sauce recipes slowly evolved in the US until Tabasco started bottling and selling their recipe in the mid eighteen-hundreds.

These days you can purchase a wide variety of hot sauces - all different levels of spice and intensity of flavors, some are sweetened with fruit or sugar to add a unique twist while others blend several kinds of peppers to offer a dizzying combination of flavor.

With literally dozens of different hot peppers available to flavor your hot sauce you're guaranteed to find one you like (just go slowly with the experimenting!). Try a little hot sauce in your standard hollandaise or cocktail sauces to spice up the flavor, add it to scrambled eggs for a dose of morning heat, drizzle it on your popcorn for an extra-special treat or add it your hamburger meat for an unforgettable meal!

See our complete inventory of specialty sauces, party dips, cheese spreads and gift baskets. We look forward to helping you find the perfect gift for yourself or someone else!

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