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Chicken Tacos & Jalapeno Hot Sauce

There is a new Mexican restaurant in town (no, I’m not cheesily referring to our own home) that serves the BEST, most legit Mexican food in all the land. It’s called Taqueria Los Sanches, in case you’re ever in Bainbridge. I have never been very excited about “Mexican” food, but this place is so good. They hand make all of their salsa, hot sauces, even their tortillas, I’m pretty sure. Their chicken tacos haunt me in my sleep, they’re so good. Flour (soft) tortilla, chicken, fresh onion and cilantro, and sliced avocado, with a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of their delicious homemade jalapeño hot sauce. I’ve definitely, unashamedly, instagrammed their tacos, as seen below.

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As you probably have deduced, I LOVE HOT SAUCE. I love Crystal, I love the Rooster sauce, I love it all. Heck, I’ve even come to love Tabasco, and I’m dying to visit Avery Island. Thus, I have become obsessed with the “green hot sauce” at Taqueria Los Sanches. The sweet girl who works there was kind enough to tell me how they make it, and this is the story of how I attempted to recreate it.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce | Oysters & Pearls

Jalapeño Hot Sauce (adapted from Taqueria Los Sanches in Bainbridge, Georgia)

ingredients

– as many jalapeños as you can get your hands on
– half a vidalia onion
– 2 tablespoons onion powder
– 2 tablespoons garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Boiling Jalapenos for Hot Sauce | Oysters & Pearls

Boil peppers whole (“tails removed”) for 15 minutes or so with the rest of the ingredients. Remove from heat and puree. I only had a food processor, which didn’t puree the seeds as well as theirs was, so I pressed the hot sauce through a fine mesh strainer with a ladle and a canning funnel. It made it much runnier than theirs, which will be perfect to transfer into old hot sauce bottles. It’s almost the exact same consistency as Crystal or Tabasco hot sauce. Also, since I strained the seeds out, it’s not nearly as hot as Taqueria Los Sanches’ version. Leave ’em in if you want! Side note: I really need an immersion blender. Or just any blender. Or both.

Jalapeno Hot Sauce  | Oysters & Pearls

I ended up with 3 and a quarter jars of hot sauce. Because I don’t have a ton of room in the fridge, like ever, I decided to go ahead and process these in a hot water bath simply to see if they would be shelf stable. The best practice , however, would be to keep them in the fridge, since this recipe does not contain vinegar.  Botulism is serious business!

Jalapeno Hot Sauce Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Since we had all this hot sauce around, naturally it was taco night at the Kirbo house. I tried to recreate my favorite tacos from Taqueria Los Sanches as best as I could, but we really just made it a taco bar of sorts.

Chicken Taco Toppings | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes, onions minced with cilantro, and fresh avocado slices. The limes didn’t make it into the picture above, but they are an essential part of these tacos.

Chicken Tacos | Oysters & Pearls

So much Mexican goodness!!

Chicken Tacos with Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

Might I recommend some legit Los Sanches tacos for your 4th of July celebrations? They are so colorful and festive and fresh! They’d also be tasty with shrimp or fish.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate this great nation of ours, be safe and remember, freedom isn’t free. Thank a soldier or a veteran this weekend!

‘Murica.

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Simple Summer Mojitos

Happy Friday!  Wheat and I have been on a mojito kick lately.  Coincidentally, mojitos are one of my father-in-law’s favorite cocktails, as well.  So for his birthday last weekend, we set him up an all you can drink mojito bar on Saturday night.

Simple Summer Mojitos | Oysters & Pearls

Here’s what you need for this deliciously refreshing toddy:

– fresh mint
– club soda
– white rum (the best you can buy)
– fresh limes, sliced
– simple syrup (recipe to follow)

To start off, muddle a few mint leaves and a couple slices of limes in the bottom of a glass.  Once you get it good and juicy, pour rum in the glass (as much as you want, but I like a 2:1 ratio of club soda to rum).  Put the simple syrup in, approximately 1 tablespoon, and mix that up.  Top with ice, then fill to the top with club soda.    Or ya know what?  Take these ingredients and put them together however you’d like.  I’m really not much of a booze snob and generally just stick to the vino where I feel safe, so I’m probably not the best one to be throwing out cocktail recipes.  Just make it taste good.

Mojitos | Oysters & Pearls

Simple Syrup Recipe

– 2 cups sugar
– 1 cup water
– 1 tablespoon vodka

Bring the water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan.  add the sugar and stir constantly until it is dissolved completely.  Once it’s dissolved and the mixture is clear, remove from heat and add vodka.  Keep stirring for a moment, then leave it to completely cool.  Once cool, bottle and store in the refrigerator.  Will keep for weeks.

Note: The ratio for simple syrup is 2:1 – two parts sugar to one part water.  I made a big batch for sharing and keeping, so I used two cups of sugar and one cup of water.

Another Note: You can leave out the vodka, but I read that it helps the syrup keep longer, so I added it.  You couldn’t taste it, and I’m sure the alcohol at least partially cooked off.

Homemade Simple Syrup | Oysters & Pearls

Confession: I’m a bottle (and jar) hoarder.  But they come in handy for projects such as this.  I just so happened to have a couple pretty bottles to put the simple syrup in, and I used some Scotch “Expressions” labeling tape and a sharpie to label them.  I need to jump on the washi tape bandwagon, but alas, this is all they sold at our lovely local Wal-Mart.

Well, that’s all folks.  It’s Friday, and I’m sure we can all drink to that.  Cheers!

Simple Mojitos | Oysters & Pearls

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