Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Jalapeño Slaw

By: Molly Abraham

Hour Detroit

(submitted photo)

Fish tacos with cabbage and jalapeño slaw will make for a great dinner.


For the Fish
1 pound halibut or cod fillets
1 lime for each piece of fish
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove skin, bones, or waste from the fillets. Place on baking sheet and season with lime juice and spices on both sides. Cook for roughly 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest. Lightly pull flakes apart when ready to fill tacos.
Seasoned Sour Cream
4 ounces sour cream (not low fat)
1 lime
1 ounce hot sauce (your preference)
Kosher salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients, adding salt last to taste.

Cabbage and Jalapeno Slaw
½ purple cabbage (small)
1 jalapeño
½ red onion (small)
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Thinly julienne cabbage and onion. Thinly slice jalapeno. Mix in other ingredients. Season as needed.
4 avocados (semi-firm)
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Slice and drizzle a small amount of oil over slices. Season lightly with salt and pepper on both sides.
1 package corn tortillas

Jalapeño Popper Hot Dog Bites

By Drum Digital


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(Want to whip up a quick? We’ve got you covered with these Jalapeño Popper Hot Dog Bites.)


15ml (1T) olive oil
6 slices Eskort Streaky Bacon, chopped into pieces

1 roll puff pastry
1 tub (230g) cream cheese, softened
5ml (1t) garlic powder
200g cheddar cheese
ground black pepper
1 packet (380g) Eskort American Hot Dogs Regular
8 jalapeños, ends and seeds removed and halved lengthwise
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and fry bacon until crispy. Remove from heat, drain on paper towel and set aside.
In a bowl combine cream cheese, garlic powder, bacon and cheddar.
Season with salt and pepper and stir until all ingredients are well combined.
Roll out the pastry on a flour-strewn surface and spread the cream cheese mixture evenly onto the puff pastry. Slice the pastry into strips.
Cut the American Hot Dogs to suit the length of the jalapeños. Pair a sausage with a jalapeño slice and roll it up in a strip of pastry until covered. Repeat until all the jalapeño slices are used.
Place the pastry rolls on a baking tray and brush with egg wash.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and serve warm.

Pork Roast With Jalapeno Gravy

By:The New York Times

Pork roast with roasted jalapeño gravy Picture by : by Melina Hammer/The New York Times.


Yield: 8 servings
Total time: 1 1/4 hours
For the roast

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 kg – 1,3 kg boneless pork loin, with a good layer of fat on it
For the gravy
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 jalapenos
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup half-and-half (this is a mixture of equal parts light cream and low fat milk)
2 cups pork stock or chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 teaspoon salt, plus more if needed

Heat oven to 475 degrees. Mix together salt, pepper, garlic and onion seasonings.
Place the pork on a rack set in a roasting pan and sprinkle the roast with the spice mixture, rubbing it lightly so it adheres to the meat.
Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. If the fat begins to get too dark, tent with foil.
While the roast is cooking, make a roux for the gravy by melting the butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat.
Add the flour all at once and whisk vigorously until smooth. When the mixture thins and starts to bubble, reduce the heat to low.
Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, whisking slowly, until the mixture smells nutty and toasty and is still light-colored. Cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally, then set aside and let cool.
When the roast is done, cover and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.
Reduce the oven to 450 degrees. Place the jalapenos in a small pan, brush with oil and roast for 6 minutes, or until soft.
Remove the stems and some or all of the seeds and membranes, depending on how hot the peppers are and how hot you want the gravy. Dice the jalapenos.
Place the half-and-half, stock, salt and jalapenos in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Quickly reduce heat to medium. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced.
Stir in 4 tablespoons of the roux and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, whisking continually, until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
Stir in a little more roux if needed to reach the desired thickness and, if desired, any accumulated juices from the roast.
Slice the roast, cover in gravy and serve


Try This Twist on Jalapeno Poppers

By:Jordan Spence

The Alpena News


It’s not very often you can indulge like this, but these Jalapeno Poppers are worth it.


I like to try new spins on classic foods and these jalapeno popper wonton phyllo cups are delicious. I love all the different components of a jalapeno popper; bacon, cheese, jalapenos and crispy coating.
Due to the fact they can be kind of a pain to assemble I only order them in restaurants. So this is an easier alternative to make at home.
I especially like that I don’t have to deep fry anything.
The filling for the cups is easy to make a head of time so then all you have to do is assemble them and cook them right before you eat them.
I made sure to add a little salt, pepper and other herbs to flavor the cream cheese mixture. Whenever I use jalapenos in food like this roast them in the oven to deepen their flavor. Other things like scallions can be added as well.


12 wonton wrappers
4 oz. cream cheese,
1/2 c. sour cream
12 oz. bacon cooked & crumbled (reserve 2 Tbsp.)
1 c. shredded cheddar
cheese (reserve 2 Tbsp.)
3-4 jalapenos seeded and
chopped (*for more spice,
do not remove all the seeds)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.
Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup; bake 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapenos. Spoon filling into wonton cups, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until wontons are golden brown and cheese is melted.

Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival adds jalapeño eating contest

Scottsdale Independent

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Runners at the jalapeno festival

The Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs and Kegs is adding two more elements to its event June 16 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road.
The event is already home to the Hottest Race on Earth, a 10.2 K and a 5K to be run in the middle of the day on the grounds of WestWorld, according to a press release.
Organizers have now announced a jalapeño eating contest for participants 18 years and older, a release states.
Each contestant will receive a portion of jalapeños to consume in four minutes or less. The person who finishes the fiery feast first is the winner. If no one is able to finish, the person who consumed the most jalapeños is the winner.
There is also a fast pitch contest for adults and kids. Winners for best “heat” will receive trophies.

The Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs and Kegs is an event that focuses on the area’s heat. It also features an arm wrestling competition, including arm wrestler Travis Bagent.
Scottsdale Beat the Heat will take place at WestWorld just days before the hottest day to ever be recorded in Phoenix. The race starts at 2:47 p.m., the time of day in 1990 when the Phoenix metropolitan area hit 122 degrees on June 26.
In 2013, Ethiopian Olympian runner Nahom Mesfin Tariku took first place. After completing the race he said “it was the hottest race of my life,” according to a release.
Runners and fans can also visit The Arizona Ales & Cocktails Festival inside the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival featuring mixologists, M Culinary and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.
Admission to the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival is $5.

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Are Jalapenos Healthy For You?

By AREEBA HUSSAIN  –   Reports Healthcare

Fresh jalapeno plant

Jalapeños are those spicy chili peppers that you often add to your favorite fast food. They belong to the hot pepper family and due to their distinctive taste; it is easier to add them to many recipes.

Naturally, they are small and green or red. They are spicier than green chilies. Mexican cuisine is the hub of jalapeños enriched food. The distinctive taste of Mexican food, flavored by jalapeños makes it famous worldwide.

Surprisingly, jalapeños are not just any spice. It has its health benefits to offer. It is loaded with nutrients that are healthy by many ways. This article will explain the hidden benefits of eating jalapeños. Also, it will discuss their possible side effects and suggest you the means to use add them.

High nutritional value

Jalapeños have minimum calories in them. They have high amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants in them. You wouldn’t believe but following is the list of ingredients in only one raw jalapeño.

  • Total calories:4
  • Fiber:4 grams
  • Vit C:10% of the RDI
  • Vit B6: 4% of the RDI
  • Vit A:2% of the RDI
  • Vit K:2% of the RDI
  • Folate:2% of the RDI
  • Manganese:2% of the RDI

Jalapeño is a spice, but like most of the fruits and vegetables, it has a certain amount of fiber in it. It means that one pepper provides the user 2% of the RDI consuming 2,000 calories per day.

Jalapeño is also high in vitamins like vitamin C and vitamin B6. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, it is an antioxidant, which fights against the free radical damage and makes your skin healthy. On the other hand, vitamin B6 plays a key role in more than140 bodily reactions.

Helpful in weight loss

Jalapeños are most likely to help you for losing weight by metabolic boost. They increase your overall fat burn and also play action to suppress your hunger pangs. Jalapeños have a vital compound called capsaicin, and similar compounds called capsaicinoids that are evident to be capable of boost metabolismby 4–5% per day. In this way, it is easy to lose weight when you eat jalapeños.

Additionally, they also help to get rid of the stubborn belly fat and reduce appetite. That is why spices, particularly, jalapeños help to lose weight.

Helpful against Cancer

Many studies show the anticancer capacity of capsaicin. It is so powerful that it can even kill over 40 different types of cancer cells. The best thing is that it has no damaging effect on healthy cells.

As per the study, it can do the following things.

  • Stops the growth of cancer cells.
  • Prevent them from dividing.
  • Prohibits the formation of blood vessels around cancer cells.
  • Prevents the cancer cells to spread in the entire body.

However, the studies proving these effects are not targeted to humans. For the effects on humans, there is a dire of more extensive studies.

Acts as a painkiller

When it comes to medicinal benefits, capsaicin is a highly effective pain reliever when used externally on the skin. It works by soothing the pain by blocking the skin receptors that sense it.

When you apply it on the skin, at first, you may feel a burning sensation. After that, you will feel your skin to be numbed, and the pain is completely gone. For this reason, capsaicin is also used in lotions and patches that are targeted to relieve pain. This pain could be related to anything such as infectious, diabetic nerve pain and chronic muscle and joint pain.

Is helpful against stomach ulcers

There are so many reasons for stomach ulcers to be formed such as;

  • H pylori bacterial infection
  • Stomach acid
  • Disturbed blood flow
  • Excessive NSAID pain relievers
  • alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Stress and fatigue

The capsaicin in all chili peppers is helpful to protect the stomach from developing ulcers. However, it is not clear if jalapeños have sufficient quantity of capsaicin for this effect or not.

Protects the body against infections

Most of the spices and herbs have a traditional use to prevent food spoilage and food poisoning. The compounds of spicy chili peppers such as jalapenos are very helpful to reduce the growth of common bacteria and yeas.

They also help from bacterial toxins to spread and reduce the risk of foodborne diseases. Not just this, capsaicin also helps to prevent other types of infections, such as strep throat, tooth decay, and chlamydia.

But the important thing is that all these studies have used chili extracts and not whole chilis. Also, these tests were conducted in the lab but not on human subjects. Further research is required to study it.

Cardiac health

The biggest contributors of heart problems are diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Research says that capsaicin may be helping reduce the impact of these risk factors and its role in keeping your heart healthy.

Capsaicin is evident to lower cholesterol and lipid levels in animals, but this has not been proven on human subjects yet. It is further explained that this property is due to the lowering in blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels, however, there is no research to prove this to be true in humans.

Possible Side Effects

It doesn’t look like that there will be any side effects of jalapeño. In fact, there are so many promising health benefits of it. But you must know about its potential side effects too.

The most common side effect to get from eating any chili is burning of the mouth. If it is very spicy, there are high chances that it will cause moderate to severe burning. If a person is not tolerant to spices, it is not advisable for him to eat chilies, regardless of their amazing taste.

Take care of the following things before you eat them.

  • Do not scar the chilies.
  • Use gloves whole cutting and handling chilies
  • Avoid using the unwashed hands on any part of the body, particularly eyes.
  • Remove the white membranes inside the jalapeño before using them.
  • In case of burning, drink milk.

People with metabolic problems such as irritable bowel syndrome may experience some unpleasant experiences while using anything spicy. For them eating chilies is not a good choice so it is better to avoid it. The common side effects to hit them are abdominal pain, burning, cramping, and diarrhea.

If you are using dried or stored chilies, there is a high risk of contamination with aflatoxin, which is a particular type of mold that grows on certain foods in exceptional conditions. In all such cases, it is recommended not to use chilies and other types of spices.