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This Cajun Empanada Recipe Proves Homemade Is Better

Since the beginning of time, Spanish empanadas have been synonymous with Latin cuisine. These small, stuffed meat pastries are perfect for snacking, and best of all, this timeless cajun empanada recipe can be modified to fit your culinary preferences.

Continuing with more recipes from the Tabasutra cooking seriesthe Tabañero Hot Sauce X FOODBEAST cookbook – we instituted the help of well-known foodie Instagrammer and blogger, Kylie Mazon.

With more than 57K followers on her Cooking With Cocktail Rings Instagram page, Kylie brought a Cajun flare to her empanada recipe, and it looks and tastes amazing.  

empanada recipe

These buttery, crumbly little meat pies are filled with Cajun-seasoned crawfish, diced pancetta, green bell peppers, and, of course, Tabañero Hot Sauce. Still, it wouldn’t be Tabasutra without an exotic bottle grip, and Kylie’s grip may be the most majestic of all.  

The Reverse Unicorn requires precision, class, and finesse, and should really only appear in mythology. However, Kylie showed us that unicorns definitely still exist.

While the Reverse Unicorn Tabasutra bottle grip may be difficult to master, Kylie’s Cajun empanada recipe is super simple and will come in handy during your next soiree. Here’s the recipe, enjoy!    

Ingredients:

For the filling

½ lb diced pancetta

1 c diced yellow onion

½ c diced green bell pepper

½ cup diced celery

½ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp dried oregano

¼ tsp dried thyme

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

¾ lb frozen cooked crawfish bodies, thawed and chopped

1 tbsp Tabañero hot sauce

2 tbsp heavy cream

For the dough

3 c all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1½ tsp kosher salt

½ c unsalted butter, cut into ½” pieces

For assembly

1 egg, beaten

Hot sauce, as needed, for dipping

Step 1

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the pancetta and cook until the fat has rendered and the pancetta turns golden brown. Remove the pancetta to a bowl, leaving as much fat in the pan as possible and return to heat. Add the onion, pepper and celery and sauté, stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the paprika, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and flour, cooking for an additional 30 seconds.

Step 2

Add the crawfish and cooked pancetta, stirring to combine. Let cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally then stir in hot sauce and cream.

Step 3

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using your hands so the mixture is crumbly. Add just enough cold water until the dough comes together – about 1 cup.

Step 4

Divide dough into 2-inch balls and roll out each piece into a 4 ½-inch circle. Lay on a lightly-floured baking sheet.

Step 5

Heat oven to 375º. Working one at a time, moisten the outer edge of round dough with water, then put about 2 tablespoons of filling in the middle. Wrap the dough around the filling to form an empanada, pressing the edges together. Fold the edges back and finish by pinching little pleats.

Step 6

Place empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with egg. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

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This Falafel Burger Is So Filling You Won’t Miss The Meat

Let’s face it – at first thought, burgers are boring, and if you’ve done one burger, you’ve done them all. To flip the script, FOODBEAST and Tabañero Hot Sauce decided to create this legendary falafel burger, because if you’re making a cookbook, there’s always room for a burger recipe.

Falafel is a well-known Middle Eastern dish made of spiced, mashed chickpeas, which is traditionally rolled into a round ball and deep-fried. 

However, For this Tabañero X FOODBEAST recipe, you’ll add the chickpeas to a food processor to create a falafel burger patty, rather than forming them into round balls.

falafel burger

To bring out even more of a Mediterranean flare, this burger is topped with sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, and a dill yogurt spread served on a bun of your choice.

It also doesn’t hurt we have our most intimate Tabasutra position yet – The Love Tab. The sultry notes of Tabañero hot sauce and meaty chickpeas are guaranteed to change the way you look at this dish forever.

Ingredients:

For the patty

3 cups dry chickpeas soaked overnight (canned will not work!)

2 shallots

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

6-8 cloves of garlic, roasted

All-purpose flour, as needed

1 tbsp cumin

3oz Tabañero hot sauce

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 tsp cardamom

For the toppings

Your choice of bun

½ cup Greek yogurt

1 tbsp chopped dill

1 Persian cucumber, sliced (soaked in 1/2 cup rice wine and 1 T sugar + 1/2 c warm water)

1 package fresh Alfalfa sprouts

2 cups grapeseed oil

Step 1

Soak dry chickpeas overnight in bowl covered by 3-4 inches of water. Drain the next day until completely dry – the volume should have expanded.

Step 2

Combine all ingredients for patty into a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until chilled. Form patty to size from chilled paste.

Step 3

In a sauté pan, heat grapeseed oil to 350 degrees. Dust patties with more flour as needed and shallow fry until golden brown and fully cooked in the middle.

Step 4

Drain on paper towel and season with salt immediately. Toast Burger buns, spread Dill yogurt on buns, place falafel patty on bun, and build the burger with sliced cucumbers and alfalfa sprouts.

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Bloody Mary Steak Is The Ultimate Brunch Fusion Recipe

When it comes to hot sauce, it’s hard to beat the smoky, well-rounded flavors of Tabañero. However, it turns out when you mix their hot sauce with Bloody Mary mix, things get even more magical. If you’re a fan of steak, or an avid Bloody Mary drinker, this Bloody Mary steak is the Tabasutra recipe for you.

Created by the minds of two FOODBEAST chefs, the Tabasutra dry-rubbed Bloody Mary steak might be the first of it’s kind. With this in mind, it was easy to assign a simple, yet effective Tabasutra position for this recipe. Behold, The Safe Word.

This Tabasutra recipe starts off with a boneless ribeye steak marinated in a cup of Tabañero Bloody Mary mix, and splashed with Tabañero Hot Sauce, giving it the perfect texture for a smoky, spicy, and flavorful trip to red meat heaven.

What’s also deliciously impressive about this Tabasutra recipe is the sides of homemade horseradish mashed potatoes, and a cool, crispy cherry tomato celery salad made from scratch.  

bloody mary steak

For all you Bloody Mary-lovers out there, now is finally your chance to have your cake and eat it too. Nice job, FOODBEAST fam.

Check out the recipe below to get down on some Bloody Mary steak at home!

Ingredients:

For the steak

1 c Tabañero Bloody Mary mix

2 boneless ribeye steaks, about 1.5 inches thick

For the horseradish mashed potatoes

5 Yukon gold potatoes

1/2 c atomic horseradish

1 lb unsalted butter

1/4 c sour cream

5 garlic cloves

For the cherry tomato celery salad

1 lb cherry tomatoes

6 celery stalks

1/4 c chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

1 c celery leaves

For the Worcestershire dressing

1/4 c Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c apple cider vinegar

2 c olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1

Place steak in large mixing bowl and add 1 cup Tabañero Bloody Mary mix. Thoroughly rub mix all over. Cover steaks and allow to marinade for 30 minutes to one hour.

Step 2

While the steaks are marinating, start horseradish mashed potatoes. Peel and quarter Yukon gold potatoes. Rinse potatoes with cold water until water is clear. Fully cover potatoes with cold water and bring to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. Strain off water and add 1 lb of cubed, unsalted butter.

Step 3

Place lid on top of potatoes until butter is melted. Uncover and proceed to mash. Add Atomic horseradish and salt and pepper to taste. Reserve sour cream for plating.

Step 4

To start preparing the cherry tomato celery salad, cut tomatoes in half and cut celery into six inch-long pieces. Next, with a potato peeler, peel the celery stalks into ribbons. Pick celery leaves from center of stalk and leave whole. For parsley, pick leaves and rough chop. To assemble, place all items in mixing bowl and toss with dressing.

Step 5

To make the Worcestershire dressing, pour Worcestershire sauce and apple cider into blender. Start blending, and slowly add olive oil and lemon, and season to taste.

Step 6

Coat a heated pan with olive oil and cook steaks, flipping frequently for about 10 minutes, or until they reach your desired temperature. When done, place steaks and a mound of mashed potatoes on a plate. Top potatoes with sour cream, and then place tossed salad on top of steak.

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This Breakfast Ramen Will Become Your Most Important Meal Of The Day


For the ramen-obsessed, breakfast can be tricky. Do you break social norms and eat your precious noods for breakfast? Or follow along the straight-and-narrow and opt for bacon and eggs? 

To help eliminate the quandary of what to eat for the most important meal of the day, we enlisted the Canadian King of Breakfast, Josh Elkin, to create a recipe for Tabañero Breakfast Ramen that’s sure to make anyone happy.

Yep, you read that correctly. Breakfast. Ramen. Elkin’s latest creation is one of the many original recipes found in the Tabañero Hot Sauce x FOODBEAST recipe cookbook, Tabasutra. This series plays with the concept of Kama Sutra to enhance the cooking process by creating exotic bottle gripping positions – and Josh Elkin’s here to show you his Dutch Hammer.

With chopped bacon, soft boiled eggs, breakfast sausage meatballs, and a cheesy chicken stock broth with Tabañero Original Hot Sauce, Elkin’s recipe takes on the form of a classic American breakfast, all while transcending cultural boundaries into a soothing, yet spicy symphony of flavors.

There’s no doubt this is one of the craziest ramen recipes ever created, but it would only be fitting for the former Epic Meal Time host to help bring this inventive dish to life.

With more than 82K followers on Instagram, Elkin has dropped hot bars about his love for all things breakfast in YouTube rap videos , so it’s easy to see why his recipe for Tabañero x FOODBEAST Breakfast Ramen was chosen to turn up the heat.

Here’s the recipe. Don’t forget the Dutch Hammer!

Ingredients

2 eggs

6 strips cooked bacon, chopped

2 breakfast sausage links

2 packs ramen noodles, without the seasoning

2 green onions, chopped

2 tbsp salted butter

2 tbsp flour

2 shallots, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tbsp Tabañero hot sauce

1 ½ c chicken stock

1 ½ c milk

2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Broth

Step 1

Melt butter in a medium high saucepan or pot. Cook diced shallots until they are soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute.

Step 2

Add flour and stir until slightly browned. Add chicken stock, milk and stir until there are no more flour clumps. Simmer for about 15 minutes.

Step 3

Add cheese in sections while stirring. Add hot sauce when all cheese has been incorporated and melted into broth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5 minute egg

Step 4

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add eggs and boil for exactly 5 minutes. Take them out and de-shell. Set aside.

Step 5

Cook noodles, making sure not to overcook. Set aside.

Step 6

Using the breakfast sausage, make 4 small meatballs. Fry on a pan until they are browned on all sides. Set aside.

Step 7

Assemble the bowl. Add noodles to the center. Pour in broth. Add green onions, half of the chopped bacon, half of the sausage meatballs, and 1 egg. Enjoy.

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