Who doesn’t love crunchy, caramelized pieces of cheese? The combination of that crunch and taste has become so coveted that today, entire dishes and snacks become famous for being made with these cheesy blankets of deliciousness.
You can now buy snack bars that take full advantage of this crunchy cheese, because a Wisconsin cheese maker is crafting, shredding, and baking their own cheeses into these Just The Cheese® bars.
These Crunchy Cheese Bars are big on both flavor and crunch. You get that intense aroma that baked cheese provides, plus an earth-shattering, crunchy texture that’s like instant ASMR.
While these are designed for portable, on-the-go snacking, there’s a whole variety of usages for them as well. They make great substitutes for cheese and potato chips in a sandwich, can be used to for guac and other party dips, or even as the “crackers” on a custom charcuterie board.
These crunchy cheese bars are great as a low-carb substitute across the board, whether you’re looking to replace crackers or chips, or just a cheese lover looking for a new way to enjoy them that hits all the right sensory notes.
You can find Just The Cheese bars for sale online, including on Amazon.
Every Californian is familiar with the California Burrito. Still, that’s not going to stop Tabañero Hot Sauce and Miami-based influencer, Fatgirl Hedonist from trying to make a better version. And they just might have, thanks to The Tabasutra Series.
The standard assets of a California Burrito are still evident here, with a bed of warm, salty french fries tucked into the delicious combination of meat, sour cream, guacamole, rice and beans. But, still where’s the spice, where’s the creativity?
That’s where bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers come in. By incorporating freshly grilled chicken breast, a roasted black bean salsa, corn, tomatoes, fries, sliced avocado, and shredded cheddar cheese, this is a true California burrito — Tabasutra Style.
In order to remain true to the Tabasutra concept and match this burrito’s spicy aesthetic, The Rattlesnake was the Tabasutra position used to match the fiery bite of this California-style jalapeño popper-stuffed burrito.
Think you can handle the fuego? Try the recipe for yourself.
2 extra large flour tortillas
1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 c your favorite frozen French fries, cooked
1/2 avocado, sliced
For the grilled chicken
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
For the corn & black bean salsa
1/4 c frozen roasted corn, cooked
1/4 c canned black beans, well drained
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
Pinch of salt
Juice from half a lime
1 tbsp of minced cilantro
1 tsp of Tabañero hot sauce (or 2 tsp if you want it extra spicy)
For the bacon-wrapped jalapeños
4 slices thick cut bacon
4 large jalapeños halved lengthwise, with seeds removed
1/3 c cream cheese, thawed to room temperature
1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp of Tabañero hot sauce
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle the chili powder, garlic salt and black pepper over both sides of the chicken breast. In a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, put the chicken breast in the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side until it has cooked all the way through.
While your chicken is cooking, make your corn and black bean salsa. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix gently until everything is well blended. Once done, set it aside.
Once your chicken breast is fully cooked, pull it out of the pan and let it breathe before slicing. While your chicken is “breathing,” start working on those jalapeño poppers. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, mozzarella, garlic powder and hot sauce. Using a spoon, scoop the cheese mixture into each jalapeño half and then put the jalapeño back together. Wrap each jalapeño in a slice of bacon.
Once you’ve filled and wrapped all four jalapeños, place them in a medium-sized non-stick pan at medium heat. Turn the jalapeños gently to make sure they don’t fall apart. Once the bacon has been fully cooked all around the jalapeños, take them out of the pan.
Now it’s time to assemble the burrito! Place one tortilla over one piece of aluminum foil. Place half of sliced chicken breast down and then place 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese. On top of the cheese, place 1/2 cup of cooked French fries and then half of your sliced avocado. On top of the avocado slices, pile on your corn and black bean salsa. Last (but not least) place two bacon wrapped jalapeños.
Think this burrito doesn’t have enough heat? Throw in some extra Tabañero hot sauce over the top before wrapping it up.
Repeat the same exact process for the second burrito. Carefully roll up your burritos and then wrap them in the aluminum foil; place the burrito in the oven for 8 minutes to make sure the cheese melts.
We’re huge fans of jalapeño poppers. Any incarnation of those cheesy, deep-fried wedges of heat we can get our hands on, we’re more than happy to pop into our mouths. Big Tym, also known as the infamous Tym Bussanich, created a miniature version of the iconic appetizer.
Taking fresh jalapeños, he slices them up and neatly smears cream cheese into the now hollow pepper. The pieces are then breaded and submerged into white-hot oil. As it resurfaces, it’s reborn as a delicious bite-sized snack with a 1 to 1 cheese to heat ratio.
This was a perfect combination when it comes to jalapeño poppers. Check out his video above, for the incredibly straightforward recipe.
We’ve seen nuts before. We’ve seen cashews before. But when’s the last time you had your hands on a sweet pack of cashews with a flavor other than “Original” or “Lightly Salted?”
I’ll stop you right there—NEVER, that’s when! Maybe you’ll find the occasional “Honey Roasted,” but other than that, our options for tasty cashew snackin’ are disgustingly limited in the mainstream. What kind of treatment is that for the fanciest of nuts*?!
That’s where Emerald® Nuts comes in, picking up the slack that other packaged nut brands are leaving behind. They’ve got not one, not two, but FOUR different flav’s of cashews alone. Thank the LAWD.
Check it: Dill Pickle. Jalapeño. Sriracha. Salt & Pepper. No GMO’s, either. Just good ol’ cashews, dusted in a blanket of salty, zesty, spicy FLAVOR. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. The new flavors are currently available at select retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.99.
*Botanically speaking, cashews are considered seeds—delicious, delicious seeds. Though, they are culturally accepted as part of the nut family.
Last year, Wendy’s introduced their customers to two popular ghost pepper-based items. These were the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the Ghost Pepper Fries. Now, the fast food chain is bringing those items back.
The Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich is made with a white meat chicken breast that’s cooked with Wendy’s spicy blend. It’s topped with diced jalapeños and a ghost pepper sauce served between two red(ish) jalapeño buns. The Ghost Pepper Fries are drenched in a cheese sauce and topped with jalapeño chunks, shredded cheddar cheese and a ghost pepper sauce.
Might want to get a milkshake to offset all that spice.
You can get the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken for $4.99 and the Ghost Pepper Fries for $1.99. Prices may vary depending on location.
When it comes to fast food, it’s safe to say that American kicks every other country’s ass in terms of quantity, sizes, variety and price. Quality is a tough category for any fast food company to pin down. With Canada’s recent additions to their Taco Bell menu, they might very well be gunning for that throne.
In a move that upsets every American that has wanted this, Taco Bell in Canada has come out with their new Cheetos Crunchwrap Sliders. This is upsetting to American Taco Bell enthusiasts for one reason: the chips.
When Taco Bell first introduced the Sliders, they came in three flavors: spicy chicken, BLT and beefy cheddar. All three flavors were good and each boasted their own unique qualities. The only issue was that they put Frito’s corn chips in them, and lets be honest, nobody gives a damn about Frito’s chips anymore.
What they SHOULD have done was used Doritos, or Cheetos, or any other brand of potato chips that ends in -to’s other than Frito’s. Canada seems to have figured that out formula out.
The company’s Canadian locations will be serving Crunchwrap Sliders of the same flavors, although they will be swapping out the American-influenced BLT Crunchwrap Slider for the Supreme Crunchwrap Slider. On top of that, they will be using delicious Cheetos Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeno chips rather than the Frito’s, which don’t make nearly as much sense in hindsight.
Unfortunately for Americans, the Crunchwrap Sliders are no longer available here, so someone pick me up on their way up to Winnipeg. I’ve got beer and Cheetos.
Last week, Jack in the Box released its new Cheddar Onion Buttery Jack. Now, GrubGrade reports that the fast food chain is already testing out an even newerCrispy Jalapeño Buttery Jack. Guess they’re really putting their faith in the Buttery Jack concept.
Though it’s kinda working for them.
Jack in the Box’s new sandwich features the staple garlic herb butter sauce, beef patty and gourmet bun. To make it stand out from previous Buttery Jacks, the new Jalapeño variant also features a chipotle sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheddar slice and a heap of crispy jalapeños.
Though the sandwich only appears to be available in Northern California, it could very well hit national markets if it’s received well enough. We wouldn’t mind trying this baby at all.
Popcorn is the best snack to have at the movies. It just embodies all that you’re about with a day or night at the theater: slight escapism. You’re not looking to get crazy, but you clearly want to treat yourself. How you do it, though, is up to you, whether it’s well mannered or really going for it. Here’s a few routes to take.
You’re not a wild man or woman, but you make solid decisions. People respect that about you. Maybe you bought popcorn for the group and don’t want to try anything fancy because it may snub a member’s tastes. It’s possible you fear losing your reputation as a reliable person, or it comes down to the fact that you just like things the way they are. A dip or two of butter and a pinch of salt is as far as you’ll go, but even that’s calling it close.
We’re not talking a civil sprinkling here. This isn’t a polite kiss of salt that’s going to delight any and all. No, this is the addition of salt that makes you wonder if heart disease runs in your family. It’s the kind where you spend the movie realizing you might die in your seat, frenzied up with questions about yourself, like why you have this affinity for salty things and how it may be a problem. But you don’t stop because you don’t want to stop. It’s just too good. Salt is life! You’re practically high on the stuff!
3. Flavored Toppings (Butter, Caramel, etc.)
I know this seems like one of the safest moves, but it’s absolutely not. This is such a reckless all-or-nothing deal. It’s like trying to diffuse a flavor bomb. If you nail the ratio, you’re pretty much destined to become a fabled hero. If you add too much, which is all too easy, that voluptuous bag of popcorn is ruined. You then have to buy another one or boldly ask for an empty bag to try and salvage it.
4. Chocolate Candy
Here’s an umbrella move that could mean anything from Junior Mints to a broken-up Butterfinger. It’s all delicious, that sultry yet classic bite of sweet and salty, and yet it doesn’t ring as store-bought. You feel some ownership, like you successfully cooked up a dish without reading the recipe at the snack bar. Personally, I’m a Reese’s Pieces kind of guy, but it’s all pretty killer.
5. Gummy Candy
This is an acquired taste, maybe even simply niche. It’s got a specific taste and texture that you might not be ready for (or even be that kind of the person). It’s probably for people with really strong jawlines. I mean, there is some serious chewing involved here. People are probably going to think you’re trying to kick cigarettes. Don’t be fooled though, because if you are the type of person who enjoys this, you really enjoy it.
This is an underutilized move. It’s got boldness; it’s got sass. Butter and spice and everything nice are at play, and you feel like a king or queen scarfing it down. Of course this combination works, you pridefully think with each handful every time you make this magic happen at the movies. They’ll make a statue out of me someday, you consider, already delusional with pride before the full lights go down. Do work, me, you likely whisper before licking your salty pickled lips.
7. Nacho Cheese
Did you come here to ball or what? This is a game-changer move, or it at least feels like you’re pulling a sly run out of the naughty playbook. “You’re just replacing chips with popcorn,” some yokel might say with a dismissive shrug. Your reply should be obvious: “Oh, I’m just replacing chips with popcorn?” What, like this is an everyday occurrence? Hell no, make them take it back. You did the unthinkable. Where’s your biopic?
8. Tapatio & Lemon Pepper
This is if you’re straight up just down to bring your own gear from home. It’s an insanely delicious combo, but this is you playing God. If you get carried away with hot sauce power, be sure to bring a spoon, because you’re going to have to eat it like cereal. If you’re capable of restraint, bring a bottle of Tapatio, not some measly packets. Go big or go home, you know? Oh, you do? Okay, good. Yeah, you look like a confident person.