Field Notes

Chili Herb Shortbread

We love a make-ahead recipe that saves us time while still impressing our guests. Savory shortbread does both; it’s an elegant stand in for cheese and crackers but can be made ahead and frozen until your guests arrive.

This version combines the sweet flavor of sun-dried tomatoes with a bit of guajillo heat and richness by way of Parmigiano cheese.

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5 Last Minute Tips to Get You Through The Holidays

We’re entering into the fourth quarter of holiday planning, with Christmas and New Year’s Eve right around the corner. Here at Chili Lab, we’re looking forward to some time spent relaxing with our friends and loved ones, but before we get to that, there’s still plenty of cooking and wrapping to be done. So we’ve put together our crib sheet of resources to get you through the home stretch!

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Ginger Chile Pancakes

This time of year, that family of ingredients known as “baking spices” gets extra attention. Practically every holiday recipe is imbued with the rich notes of cinnamon, the deep sweetness of cloves, or the tangy zing of allspice. We’ve always felt like chilies should be part of this motley crew, adding an acidic note and subtle smokiness to our favorite cakes and cookies. These gingerbread pancakes make a great case for our cause. We used sweet paprika in ours, but a mild smoky chili, such as urfa biber, would work well here also.

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Hosting a Tamalada

In some households, tamales are totems of the holiday season. The corn-based steamed cakes studded with filling and wrapped in corn husks are labor intensive, so they’re best undertaken with a bit of help. Our suggestion: throw a tamale party. Enlist friends and family to come over for a drink or two and put them to work, assembly-line style.

We’re fans of preparing a few different fillings for variety’s sake. We’ve made tamales with everything from red chili-soaked carnitas to green chili chicken. For vegetarians, try a traditional rajas tamale made with cheese and poblanos.

And no tamale party is complete without an army of hot sauces and condiments to doctor the finished product. Grab a copy of our Hot Sauce Field Guide for recipe inspiration to adorn your tamale bar.

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Holiday Detox Drink

Welcome back, friends!

We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with great food and, most importantly, great company. If you’re anything like us, your eyes might have betrayed your stomach yesterday to the point of feeling downright stuffed. Cheer up: we have just the thing to cure what ails. This detox drink is designed to help settle your insides while helping to remove any toxin build-ups--it also happens to be delicious!

And we have one more piece of good news for you: we’re gearing up for a major sale as part of Cyber Monday. This coming Monday, November 30th, for one day only, all products on the Chili Lab store will be 20% off with the discount code TKTK. So bookmark the page and set an alert on your calendar: this is a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for the chili lovers in your life. Grab a Hot Sauce Kit for the DIY fanatic, and pick a gift box of our original Chili Salts for your cook friend who has everything. This holiday season, go beyond heat.

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