Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Grilled Cheese, Apricot and Jalapeno Sandwich

This grown-up grilled cheese recipe hits the spot with sweet and spicy add-ins like apricot jelly and jalapeno peppers. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

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Mummy Poppers

I wrapped these spicy jalapeno poppers in puff pastry like a mummy. You can tame the heat by adjusting the...


Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

1 review

My husband and I farm 300 acres of sweet potatoes. I promote our product at fairs, ag expos and school...


Cheesy Taco Chili

3 reviews

This recipe was created out of desperation when everyone was hungry and I only had a few items on hand....


Easy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

22 reviews

A few years ago, I saw a man in the grocery store buying a big bag of jalapeno peppers. I...

Pepper Popper Fingers

3 reviews

Our Test Kitchen had a hand in making these Halloween-inspired jalapeno poppers. They're baked instead of fried so making them...


Cilantro-Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Splashed with lime, this zippy favorite from Susan Riley in Allen, Texas makes a standout appetizer. It’s yummy spread on...

Turkey Burgers with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

3 reviews

This is a lighter version of a tasty burger that people enjoyed at a place I once worked. I substituted...


Loaded Mexican Pizza

14 reviews

My husband is a picky eater, but this healthy Mexican pizza has lots of flavor, and he actually looks forward...


Jalapenos with Olive-Cream Filling

3 reviews

“These jalapenos are great!” says Krystal Peterson of Walker, Louisiana. “I take them to all get-togethers and potlucks, and the...


Jalapeno-Swiss Turkey Burgers

1 review

These easy turkey burgers are extra juicy and loaded with flavor. I think the spicy jalapenos give it just the...

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

15 reviews

Here's a fantastic way to deliver all that blazing jalapeno popper taste without the work. Whenever I bring this jalapeno...


Armadillo Eggs

3 reviews

The crust is crispy, and the peppers give this armadillo eggs recipe a nice zesty flavor. —Peggy Campbell, Welch, Texas


Pressure-Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

5 reviews

My sister shared this chili recipe with me. The jalapeno adds just enough heat to notice but not too much...


Jalapeno Cheese Bread

1 review

Cheddar cheese and jalapenos give this savory bread a spicy Southwestern flair. It makes a great accompaniment to chilis and...


Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

9 reviews

We make these several times throughout the summer and everyone loves them. With ooey-gooey cheese and salty bacon, these jalapenos...

Smoky Cheese-Stuffed Jalapenos

—Lin Sines, Oak Point, Texas


A Kick and a Twist Artichoke Dip

1 review

Some warm cream cheese-based dips are too salty for me. This one has a nice balance. I developed the recipe...


Southwest Enchilada Bake

8 reviews

The whole family will love this comforting, cheese-topped, stick-to-your-ribs casserole. It has just the right touch of heat. —Dixie Terry,...


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Confetti Fiesta Braids

7 reviews

“This bread is based on the winning recipe in a local contest I judged. I turned it into a double...


Holiday Salsa

27 reviews

When we offer this cream-cheesy salsa of fresh cranberries, cilantro and a little jalapeno kick, everyone hovers around the serving...


Jalapeno Spinach Dip

10 reviews

Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in...


Roasted Pepper Pimiento-Style Cheese

Pimiento cheese is sometimes known as "the caviar of the South." This spread is so good, it's been requested as...


Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

4 reviews

More than an inventive way to use leftover or store-bought chili, this is the No. 1 request in the Bender...

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Roasted Peppers on Goat Cheese

I love all of these flavors and all of my friends do too! I serve this at any party, barbecue...


Texas Tabbouleh

10 reviews

I used to live in Texas and since moving away, missed those classic Tex-Mex flavors that were always such a...


South-of-the-Border Caprese Salad

5 reviews

Plump heirloom tomatoes highlight this garden-fresh showpiece, drizzled with a sweet-tart dressing and sprinkled with cheese. It's perfect for an...


Bacon Cheese Poppers

4 reviews

Guests who head straight for a tray of jalapeno poppers will devour this crowd-pleaser just as fast. The blue cheese-flavored...


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Jalapeno Popper Spread

100 reviews

I've been told by fellow party-goers that this recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper. I like that it can...


Bacon Cheddar Jalapenos

Take these cheesy, fiery appetizers straight to the grill so you can add a touch of smoke. We pass them...