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When you think of fall what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the brisk evenings under the falling leaves? Maybe the unveiling of new pumpkin spice creations. If you’re like me then fall signifies something even better – the start of football season!
By the end of August we are all riled up here, with pre-season games and anticipating the first kickoff of the season. Our tailgating and homegating adventures are memorable… and loud… to say the least. Everyone cheers for different teams and team spirit carries in the air! There is a lot of competition on and off the field.
While we may each have different teams to root for there is one thing we all agree on: food makes everything fun! Even those outsiders who don’t care for sports (gasp!) join us for the festivities and food. Since my teams first kickoff of the season is next week I wanted to create a special tailgating treat. I went to Walmart to get the ingredients for some spicy Grilled Stuffed Peppers. El Yucateco is my go to hot sauce so I picked up a couple of bottles that were just right for my recipe.
Everyone who we tailgate and/or homegate with is big on flavor. Heat is a must when it comes to food so I decided to use two different hot sauces in this recipe. I use green Habanero hot sauce for the added kick and red Habanero hot sauce because, well, it goes with everything! El Yucateco Hot Sauce has much less vinegar than other hot sauces so I know whatever I use it in is going to come out great.
To start, I cut the tops off of my peppers and cleaned the inside of veins and seeds.
I gathered my herbs, spices and other ingredients.
Then I mixed them all together. I added a tablespoon of each hot sauce. I didn’t want to go overboard since they would be available for added kick as needed (per preference). The little bottles make great table companions!
I stuffed the mixture into the hollowed out peppers and put them on my prepared (charcoal) grill. It’s important to note I used indirect heat by putting them on the veggie rack over the main rack.
My personal preference (when using ground beef) is to lay the peppers on their sides so any grease can easily escape.
Cook the peppers for 35 minutes (covered) and let them stand for about 5 minutes before serving. Easy, delicious, and perfect for any tailgating or homegating adventure!
How are you planning to celebrate the season’s first kick off? What is your favorite recipe using El Yucateco Hot Sauce?