Homemade Organic Copycat Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 cup organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 2 Tbsp. organic distilled white vinegar; OR 2 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno brine (for more heat, optional)
  • 1 tsp. homemade hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp. organic arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. organic chipotle pepper
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. organic granulated onion

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a small sauce pot and stir until well combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Ground Pork Taco Meat

I have greatly adapted the recipe from John D Lee.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen pork mix and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces, add the onion and minced garlic, then cover again to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and jalapeno brine to the skillet and stir to mix well.
  3. Pour in the seasonings and mix until well combined.
  4. Over medium heat, uncovered, simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated and the meat mixture thickens.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hot Dog Chili Sauce

I have slightly adapted the recipe from Hilah Cooking.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Tbsp.organic pasture butter; OR grass-fed beef tallow
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 organic garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 whole Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapenos, finely chopped  [1/3 cup]
  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 12 oz. organic porter beer; OR 1-1/2 cups Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2 tsp. organic red chili pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 tsp. dry organic yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. organic Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s is great)
  • 2 Tbsp. organic jarred tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar; OR Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno brine (optional)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until warm and bubbly.
  2. Add onion and saute for about 1 minute; Stir in the jalapeno and garlic and saute for 30 seconds more.
  3. Lay the unwrapped chunk of ground beef on top of the onion mixture.
  4. Pour in the beer or stock, then add salt, red chili pepper powder, cumin, pepper, dry yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste.
  5. Break up the ground beef into chunks.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if necessary, and add vinegar if the sauce needs a little zip.
  8. This makes approximately 1 quart of sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Red Enchilada Sauce with Long Hot Peppers

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cups Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock(preferred)
  • 2 cups organic crushed tomatoes, or diced organic tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups organic yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 organic long hot pepper
  • 4 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt, or to taste
  • organic freshly ground peppercorn blend, to taste

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Put water in a kettle and boil it.
  2. Heat up a medium frying pan to really high heat.
  3. Add the cut long hot pepper (seeds and all if you like it hotter!) to the pan.
  4. Press down on the pepper pieces and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer the charred chilies to a bowl and reserve the soaking liquid.
  6. Add boiling hot water to the bowl and cover with another bowl or plate to prevent them from floating.
  7. Set a timer and allow the chilies to soak for 30 minutes; While the chilies are soaking, proceed to the next step in the recipe.
  8. Place some schmaltz (if using chicken stock) or tallow (if using beef stock) into a frying pan.
  9. Once the oil is warm enough, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the onions brown slightly.
  11. You may still have to wait for the chilies to finish soaking.
  12. Next, I transfer the chilies, garlic and onions to a half-gallon mason jar.
  13. Add the tomato puree and stock to the jar.
  14. I get out my immersion blender and I blend everything into a thick liquid.
  15. You can strain the liquid into the frying pan, or just dump it all in if you want a hotter sauce.
  16. Add the cumin and oregano to the sauce, mix well and bring to a boil.
  17. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  18. If the sauce isn’t warm enough for you, you can add the soaking liquid to the sauce.
  19. I generally can the extra sauce as freezing it will make it hotter.
  20. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Chi-Chi’s Garden Fresh Salsa

I loved Chi Chi’s salsa.  Now I can make it anytime that I want, and you can, too.  I modified this recipe to make my own organic version of this salsa.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 15 fresh organic Roma/Plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch organic cilantro including stems, chopped fine with food processor
  • 1 large organic yellow onion diced
  • 2 fresh organic serrano peppers (If you substitute the pepper it won’t make the same salsa; I use 2 whole Homemade Organic Pickled Serranos and brine to taste, when I can’t find fresh organic serrano peppers)
  • 3 organic cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch organic green onions chopped (green and white parts)
  • 2 organic limes or about 1/4 cup organic lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Real Salt
  • 3 Tbsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. organic garlic powder or organic granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. organic pepper
  • 1 tsp. organic cane sugar

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Put about 1/3 of the diced tomatoes in a blender with the serrano peppers, garlic, lime juice and all of the spices.
  2. Blend them until it is a pinkish orangish looking thick liquid.
  3. Mix it back into the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate to marry the flavors.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Enchilada Sauce with Chipotle

Just like my Awesome Homemade Organic Red Enchilada Sauce, this is a doubled recipe.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 2 cups organic strained tomatoes or organic tomato puree
  • 4 minced organic garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chopped organic yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp. home rendered schmaltz, tallow or lard
  • 2 Tbsp. organic powdered chipotle pepper or 3 – 4 organic chipotles in ancho sauce
  • 2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 4 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. organic sour cream

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the fat (schmaltz, tallow or lard) into the pan and heat until warm and bubbly.
  3. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute until the onions and garlic are light brown around the edges.
  5. Place the onions, garlic and stock into a 1/2 gallon Mason jar.
  6. Puree the mixture using an immersion blender.
  7. Pour the mixture back into the frying pan.
  8. Add oregano, chipotle, garlic, onion, salt and tomato puree.
  9. Mix until well blended.
  10. Simmer uncovered for 40 minutes or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally.
  11. Stir the sour cream into the sauce before serving; omit if canning this recipe.
  12. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Beef and Pork Meatloaf

I have adapted this recipe from Alton Brown.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend
  • 1 tsp. organic granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Organic Chili Powder`
  • 1 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 organic yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 organic carrot, peeled and broken
  • 3 whole cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 organic red bell pepper
  • 1 lb. organic grass-fed ground chuck
  • 1 lb. organic pasture ground pork
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 organic pasture egg

For the Glaze:

Mix all glaze ingredients into a bowl until thoroughly blended.

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a food processor bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Real Salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme; Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture and place this mixture into a large bowl.
  3. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed.
  4. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground beef, and ground pork with the bread crumb mixture.
  5. Season the meat mixture with salt.
  6. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.
  7. Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf.
  8. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Spread the glaze all over the top of the meatloaf.
  11. Bake for 1-1/2 hours.
  12. Allow the meatloaf to rest for 5 minutes.
  13. Slice and enjoy!