New Mexico Style Hormel Chili Cheese Baked Potato Cup

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Living in the Southwest is a fantastic region for food diversity. In New Mexico, we love our green chile and pair it with pretty much every single thing we eat. When we have Hormel Chili for dinner, that doesn’t change. Whether we enjoy some chili dogs or some Frito pie, topping it with some diced green chile is a must. My family wanted something fun and different and so we took a simple idea and added a is delicious. Baked potatoes are hearty and versatile. And who doesn’t love cheese? So, the Hormel Chili Cheese Baked Potato Cup was born.

It was really a basic concept of a delicious baked potato that we often have with grilled steaks. Our baked potatoes often have several different toppings. Cheese, sour cream, onions, bacon, green chile, and of course Hormel Chili. It is fun to build the baked potato how the kids want it, but sometimes a whole potato is way too much food for their little tummy, and our own. So, we decided to downsize and came up with this easy to make recipe that are individual size portions that still pack all the awesome flavors of the toppings. Grab your coupon and save $1 on Hormel Chili and follow these simple steps with just these few ingredients and your troops will be screaming for more!

New Mexico Style Hormel Chili Cheese Baked Potato CupNew Mexico Style Hormel Chili Cheese Baked Potato Cup

The ingredients for this recipe ae very few and can even be made fewer depending upon your tastes. Start with these few items to begin:

  • 1 can Hormel Chili (with or w/out beans)
  • 2 ½ cups hashbrowns (frozen thawed or fresh)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup bacon bits
  • 1 can diced green chile (optional)


  • Now that you have all your ingredients, get ready by greasing up a muffin tin with canola oil or coconut oil. Preheat your oven to 350 and gather your ingredients. (*Hint: toss your muffin pan in the oven about 5 minutes before you start building your cups.)
  • In a small saucepan, empty Hormel Chili into pan and heat on low-medium heat until slightly bubbling and turn off. Leave the Hormel Chili covered on the burner to keep warm.
  • In your muffin pan, fill each cup about half way full with the hashbrowns. Drop a hearty spoonful of the Hormel Chili on the hashbrowns in each cup. Top the Hormel Chili with about ½ Tbsp of diced green chile and ½ Tbsp of bacon  in each cup.
  • Bake in your 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove your pan and sprinkle with the sharp cheddar shredded cheese. Then, return your cups to the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and melted.
  • Remove the cheesy chili cups and set aside to cool for about 5-7 minutes or until able to handle with utensils when removing.
  • Serve alone on a plate or with your entrée and let the troops add the sour cream and onions as they desire.
  • Grab a fork, dig in, and wait for the compliments to flood your ears!

This easy New Mexican twist on a traditional idea is definitely a fun way to mix things up this summer. If you wanted, using aluminum as a buffer, we could easily throw this on the grill next to those juicy steaks we spoke about at the start. Hormel chili gives the Potatoes that perfect and signature spice that only Hormel can give. Adding the green chile makes it our own here in New Mexico. So, give this recipe a try, leave us some comments, and if you have any other ideas, feel free to share! Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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Inbru sent me Blueberry Muffin and Raspberry Truffle 4oz. jars of coffee flavorings to try and review. I like flavored coffees especially in the afternoons when I am wanting to relax, so I was excited to try Inbru flavorings.

InBru has created a new way to flavor your coffee without using any unhealthy or unnatural ingredients. Inbru is a new coffee flavoring product made with California Rice Hulls that has been infused with aromatics and essential oils. I know what you are thinking – Rice Hulls?   Yup Really ! Rice hulls are excellent flavor carriers and are used by home beer brewers as a filter.   I know it sounds weird but it works and the coffee you brew comes out tasting just like what you want.

To brew your favorite cup of coffee, you simply add a scoop of Inbru to the grounds and brew the coffee as usual. The hot water and gentle agitation of the brewing process releases the flavors into the coffee and does not dissolve. I use a French press to make my coffee because I just want one cup at a time and don’t want it to sit on a heated stand and get old. Using the French Press is exactly the same as using Inbru in a coffeemaker and you get the exact same taste.



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Using Inbru in your coffee allows you to use any kind of coffee you like such as regular roast, Espresso, and even decaffeinated and if you want more flavor you add more scoops of your favorite Inbru flavor and vise versa if you wish less flavor.

Now that I have found Inbru, I can’t ever imagine going back to using that liquid flavoring in my coffee ever again. I don’t want all that added sugar and unnatural ingredients the manufactures put in that creamer.

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Spooky Chocolate Milk To Warm Up After Trick-or-Treating #TruMooTreats

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's almost Halloween and every year after we are done trick or treating we come home for a nice cup of hot cocoa.  Only this year instead of buying little hot chocolate packages we’re going to use TruMoo Chocolate Milk.  It’s not only easier to make it using TruMoo Chocolate Milk, it’s super yummy, and the kids love it because TruMoo is their favorite Chocolate Milk. Oh, and if you haven’t already seen TruMoo is rocking the AWESOME Halloween Chocolate Milk, along with the yummy Halloween Orange Scream! 

TruMoo Spooky Hot Chocolate 

Seriously, there is nothing better than a cup of TruMoo hot chocolate after a long cool night of trick-or-treating!  When it comes to my family, they deserve only the best – TruMoo Halloween Chocolate Milk!


  • TruMoo Halloween Chocolate Milk
  • Mug
  • Vanilla
  • Nutmeg
  • Marshmallows
  • Candy drawing pen
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)


  • Pour your cup of chocolate milk
  • Place in the microwave on until or about 1 min (or until nice and warm)
  • Add a small drop of vanilla
  • Add a sprinkle of nutmeg

  • I used a black candy pen draw the eyes on the marshmallows. 

  • Then you will need to cut the marshmallows so they stay floating the way you want them too.  If you leave, the large bottom on they’ll float the other direction.
  • Add Marshmallows

You’re finished, it looks super cute, and you can add a cinnamon stick if you like.  One of my children loves to stirt their hot chocolate with it, but the others three don’t.  It’s totally optional, and either way you have spooky chocolate milk that looks pretty darn cute, and is perfect to warm the body after a long night of being in the cold weather trick-or-treating.

If you have not been by to see all the other FUN, SPOOKY Halloween recipes be sure to swing by the TruMoo Pinterest page, and join all of us TruMoo fans by liking TruMoo on Facebook.  

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You're definably going to want to check out their Halloween Orange Scream flavored milk, and their Halloween Chocolate Milk for your upcoming Halloween event.  To learn more visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes.

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Texas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese & Bacon #TexasPete

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One thing I love about living in New Mexico is the hot green chili, it’s good!  When I was little I couldn’t eat anything hot, but as I grew older I started to enjoy hot green chili.  Naturally, I’ve had to experiment with other great hot flavors, like Texas Pete® sauces!  Texas Pete® offer fabulous Hot Sauce, but they also have wing sauces, Hotter hot sauce, a garlic hot sauce, CHA! By Texas Pete Sriracha sauce with a green pepper sauce.  Texas Pete® offers a nice variety of products that help improve the taste of every meal, but everyone should have a bottle of Texas Pete Hot Sauce with their condiments, because it’s great for adding to fries, hot dogs, soups, sandwiches, and even pizza.

Texas Pete is Donating $1 for Every Social Share, to Feeding America, BUT We Need Your Help!

Before we get too far into the post I wanted to tell you about something awesome Texas Pete® is doing, and how you can help!

We need you to share this post on your social networks, because they will be donating $1 for every social share BUT you need to be sure it includes the hashtag #TexasPete!  If you share, Texas Pete will donate $1 for every social share to Feeding America!

Neat right what a fun way to help Feeding America!  Be sure to share it all over the page with the hashtag #TexasPete!

Did you know it can also be used to make amazing dishes like red velvet cake icing?  I know I almost fell out of my chair too, but Texas Pete® Hot Sauce is more of an ingredient with a side of condiment, and really can be used with pretty much everything.

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How does Texas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese and Bacon sound?  Pretty awesome, right?  I know just the name is making me hungry!

TexasPete_HushPuppiesTexas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese & Bacon

YIELD: 3 dozen 2″ hush puppies

PORTION: 5 hush puppies

Everything you’re going to need:

  • For frying Peanut, grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups White cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Texas Pete® Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup Texas Pete® Medium Salsa, drained, pulsed in food processor
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, thick shred
  • 1/2 cup Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • To taste Kosher salt for finishing

Let’s do this:

  1. Preheat fryer to 350 degrees or pour 4 inches of oil into a deep, heavy pot. Clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pot and bring to 350 degrees over medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, garlic, Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and Texas Pete® Medium Salsa. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  4. Add cheese and bacon. Mix until just combined.
  5. Using 2 tablespoons or a #30 scoop, carefully drop balls of batter into fryer. Fry for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Transfer to paper towel lined sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately.

So what do you think?  Looks and sounds amazing right?

Since you’re probably going to want to start keeping your house stocked with Texas Pete® Hot Sauce, you probably are going to want to know where you can purchase it?  Lucky for us they have a place on their website to find Texas Pete Hot Sauce.

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Don’t forget to share, and use the hashtag #TexasPete If you like the sound of the Texas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese and Bacon you’re for sure want to swing by and check out more of Texas Pete Hot Sauce recipes.

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