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Healthy(er) Chili Cheese Sweet Potato Fries

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Absolutely Amazing! Using Beneficial Sweet Potatoes, Turkey Meat, and Air Fryer… These are BETTER than the more unhealthier versions! 

1/2 lb. Turkey Meat (Browned while seasoned with: Basil, Oregano, Pepper)
1/2, or so,  10oz. can Hormel Chili w/NO Beans (Or, to taste)
1/4-1/3  15oz. jar Salsa Con Queso Dip (Or, to taste)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Green Onions
Fresh Jalapeno, minced
Optional Topping: tTt’s Pico

Sweet Potato, cut to fry size
1.5tsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tay’s Chili Fry Seasoning (Recipe Below)

Brown and season meat with Basil, Oregano, and Pepper. Stir in Queso Cheese and Hormel Chili until desired consistency. Simmer a few minutes, stirring.
Cut Fries to size desired. In ziploc mix mix Oil and HALF the fry Seasoning (Save rest for another meal). We use Air Fryer and cook.
Lay Fries onto plate. Top with a little Shredded Cheese. Top with Meat/Cheesy Chili mixture. Top with a LITTLE more cheese. Then, Green Onions and Jalapenos. (Enjoy it with tTt’s Pico).

Tay’s Chili Cheese Fry Seasoning (We only used 1/2):
2tsp Orrington Farm’s Broth Base & Seasoning (Or 1 Beef Broth Cube, crushed)
1tsp Tony’s Creole Seasoning
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Mustard Powder
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/8tsp Sea Salt
(Another version of this was used for this recipe.)

Try the Loaded Version:
Optional Toppings (tTt’s Pico, Olives, Onions, etc.)
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Mexican BBQd Legs (Chipotle BBQ Legs) with CRISPY Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries

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Chicken Legs, Skin Removed

Sauce:
1/3c CHIPOTLE Honey BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
1.5tsp Lime Juice (100% fridge kind)
1/2T Brown Sugar
1/4-1/2tsp Chipotle Powder (I did 1/4tsp)

Optional Marinade (I Skipped):
3T Vinegar (Optional)
1T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning (Optional)

Optional Step (I SKIPPED). Marinade Chicken Legs: Add skinned Legs to Ziploc Bag. Add in Vinegar, shake around. Add in half BBQ Seasoning, shake. Add in other half, shake. Marinade ONE HOUR! That’s it.

Premix BBQ Sauce (Depending on how many legs you are cooking, you may need to double the batch, or so.) Set aside. GRILL Legs (Best on Charcoal Grill, if you know how to do it correctly! Grill Tip Below.). Near end, Brush BBQ Sauce on Legs, flip. Allow to cook a minute or two. Brushing BBQ on other side. Then, flip. Cook a minute or two, allowing to caramelize.
Optional: Add 1/8tsp Cinnamon Powder to Sauce Recipe. I skipped, AND I skipped Marinade. Still was AMAZING! 

CRISPY Sweet Potato Fries:
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Sweet Potato, cut to fry size
Cold Water

Crisco Oil/ Deep Fryer

Seasoning: 
1 Beef Broth Cube, CRUSHED
1tsp Cajun Seasoning
1tsp Chili Powder
1/2tsp Mustard Powder
1/2tsp Pepper
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/4tsp Dried Dill Weed
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder
1/8tsp Sea Salt

Cut Sweet Potato to desired Fry Size. Place in bowl of Cold Water, place in fridge for about 20minutes. Prep Seasoning in a bowl. Gently and Quickly, Pat dry. At about 350-400, deep fry for about 6 minutes, or til LIGHTLY browned. Place onto paper toweled plate. Finish up batches. THEN, go back to first batch and RE-DEEP FRY for another few minutes. Place onto paper toweled plate and season well with Seasoning, I had leftover seasoning, so, DON’T USE ALL.

Charcoal Grilling Tip: If it tastes like straight up smoke… You’re doing it wrong! We build a hill in center of grill. Light charcoal (We used Regular Charcoal). Once coals are ashy grey, they are ready. Prop Grill Open, using a Slightly crushed pop can, ON IT’S SIDE. Chicken: Lay Chicken on outer part of grill (Outside hill). Once Chicken isn’t sticking to grate, so much, it’s ready to flip. Flip once, that’s it (Unless applying Sauce and Thickening the Sauce, that’s more flipping). Cook til Thermometer reads correct temp. 

Loaded Greek Sweet Potatoes

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HEALTHY & BENEFICIAL! MANY ways to make this. Over Sweet Potato Fries, over Baked Sweet Potatoes and Vegis (Options below)… But, here’s what we did:

Oil (Hot Chili Oil, Coconut, Olive Oil (What we used)… Any, works)
Sweet Potatoes, diced (Fry option below)
1 can Artichokes, drained
Black Olives, halved
Red Onions
Sprinkle Garlic Powder,  Pepper, Sea Salt (Optional, we skip salt)

Easy Greek Marinade (Or try Tay’s Greek Marinade):
Chicken
1T McCormick’s Gourmet GREEK Seasoning
1.5tsp McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning
2T Worcestershire
1tsp Dijon

Toppings:
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Tay’s Avocado Tzatziki (Below) (Or Guacamole)
Fresh Tomatoes
Crumbled Feta Cheese

DIRECTIONS: Marinade Chicken 4-8 hours. Toss Potatoes and Artichokes with a lil Oil (We used Olive). Place into Foil. Grill both Chicken and Potatoes (Separately). Add Potato mix to bowl. Top with Chicken. Top with Toppings and Cheese Mix. OR TOP ALL ONTO Pita Breads!

Tay’s Avocado Tzatziki:
1 Ripe Avocado, mashed
1/2c Sour Cream, or to taste
1-2T Mayo
1T Grated Parmasen Cheese
1tsp Lemon Juice (100% fridge kind)
1c Cucumber, peeled, seeded, grated
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp McCormick’s Gourmet Greek Seasoning
1/4tsp Dill Weed
1/8tsp Mustard Powder
1/8tsp Sea Salt


NOTES/OPTIONS:
 -Or, Marinade Chicken, cut up. Add Chicken, Potatoes, Artichokes, Onions, and Olives to baking dish. Bake. Top with Toppings.
 -Cut Sweet Potatoes to fries, toss with Oil, season. Bake. Cook rest (Together or separately up to you). Top all onto Fries.
 -Also, you can skip tzatziki and use Marinaded Cucumbers and Onions (Skip onions with vegis). Eat on Pitas, or over Sweet Potato Vegi Mix, or Sweet Potato Fries! Here’s a Sour Cream Cucumber and Onion Recipe I found:
2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons dried dill, or to taste
1/2c Sour Cream, or to taste

Salt & Pepper Cucumber slices. I set into strainer in fridge for about 15minutes. Bring to boil, Vinegar, Water, and Sugar. Add Cukes to bowl. Pour over. Allow to marinate 1 hour.
Sour Cream Version: Drain, reserving 1-2T Marinade. Stir in 1/3c Sour Cream with reserved Marinade.

Tay’s HEALTHIER Loaded Sweet Tater Fries

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“Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, B5, B6, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin, Antioxidants, Potassium. They’re Fat-Free, relatively Low in Sodium, High in Fiber, and have Fewer Calories than White Potatoes.” 

Sweet Potatoes, cut to fry desire
1/2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fry Season (Recipe Below)
1 lb. LEAN Ground Turkey Meat
1/2 lb. Chorizo (Or more Turkey Meat)
1 Taco Season Pkt.
1 can S&W Chili Seasoned Pinto Beans, undrained
3T Water

Toppings: Shredded Cheese (Reduced Fat), tTt’s Pico de Gallo (Or Salsa), Sour Cream, Jalapeno, Lettuce, Onions (Or Toppings of Choice)

Preheat Oven. In ziploc bag, toss Sweet Potato Fries with Oil. (Reserve about 1/2tsp Fry Season for Post-Cooking Seasoning.). Sprinkle in half the Fry Season, toss. Sprinkle rest, toss. Dump onto Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Baking Dish. Bake 450 for 20-30 minutes.
In skillet, cook Turkey Meat and Chorizo. Add in Chili Beans, Taco Season, and Water. Simmer a few minutes, or til cooked down.
Top Fries with Toppings of Choice.

Fry Season:
2tsp Paprika
1tsp Chili Powder
1tsp Cumin
2tsp Onion Flakes (Or 1/2-1tsp Onion Powder)
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/8-1/4tsp Cayenne Powder (I did about 1/4tsp)
1/2tsp Sea Salt (Or to taste. Optional)

Optional: Use Refried Beans or Favorite Chili (Or Both) in place of Chili Pinto Beans (That’s a Boat Load!).
Tater Tots, Fries, etc. in place of Sweet Potatoes (They have Store Bought Sweet Potato Fries/Tots, some already seasoned!).

Mexican Marinaded Chicken … SERVED WITH Taco Tay’s TAYter Oles

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Easy! Tasty! LOW CALORIES – LOW CARBOHYDRATES, too!
Ole Season Recipe below!

Mexi Marinade (4-6 hours):
About 1.5 – 2 lb. Chicken Breast, thawed
1 Taco Season Packet
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Cumin
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 Dried Bay Leaves, halved
3T Lime Juice (Fridge 100% kind)

Marinade Chicken in ziploc bag. Best on Charcoal Grill. Last hour I remove from fridge to bring closer to room temp before cooking.
Eat as is. Shred, eat over Salads, Rice, on Tacos, Fried Taco Bowls, Mole Enchiladas, etc. MANY USES!

Served with TACO TAY’S TAYter OLES:
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*** TACO TAY’S TAYter OLES – Seasoning: ***
2tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/2tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Cumin
1/8tsp Cayenne Powder

Tater Tots, Fries, etc.

Bake or Fry Taters. Once out, season, well, immediately. Serve up.
Or, Make a Taco Dish:
In bowl, add Taters, top with Taco Meat. Then, Toppings of choice.

Tay’s Loaded Taters

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Potatoes, halved and center scooped out
Tay’s Chick Rub BEST Season/Rub!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Potato Centers
2 oz Cream Cheese
Dried Chives (To taste)
REAL Bacon Pieces (To taste)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (To taste)
A lil Milk (Very little just enough to blend) or Sour Cream.

For a Quicky: I stab my Potatoes, cover, microwave about 3-4 minutes. Halve (Or cook to your liking (Bake, etc.). Then, halve.). Scoop out desired amount of centers (Careful, hot!). I Oil both sides of Potato halves. I sprinkle both sides of Potato Halves with Tay’s Chick Rub.
In a blender, blend centers with rest of ingredients. Top onto Potatoes. Bake uncovered til done. Mine cook pretty fast, due to Microwaving Technique.

Tay’s Chick Rub – Tay’s Sweet Honey BBQ Recipe, as well. KILLER COMBO!

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Season over makes, for few uses! Try over Fries. Potato Skins. Chicken. Etc. Great for indoor cooking or Grilling!

Rub/Season:
1T Chili Powder
1tsp Brown Sugar (Optional. Depending on use.)
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/2tsp Black Pepper
1/2tsp Mustard Powder
1/2tsp Cumin
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Onion Powder
1tsp Paprika
1/8tsp Cayenne
1/2tsp Fresh Lemon Peel
1 Chicken Broth Cube, crushed to powder*
1/8tsp Celery Seed

White Vinegar (Depending on how cooking)

Flour (Depending on how cooking)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Depending on how cooking)

Use Rub any way you’d like. For this particular recipe, I BAKED Chicken Legs. So, I:
REMOVED SKIN FROM LEGS (Easier to do when Partial Frozen!).
I Marinaded in Ziploc Bag: 6 Legs + 1/2T White Vinegar + 1-2T Chicken Rub (I skipped Brown Sugar for this particular recipe). Marinade 20min.
Add 1/2T Olive Oil to bag, toss around. Sprinkle in half of 1/2T Flour in the bag, toss. Add other half, toss. Set in fridge for about 20 minutes.
Butter Flavor Cooking Spray baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at about 425-450 for 18minutes, flip, bake another 12-18minutes, or til juices run clear.
I tossed cooked Chicken with Tay’s Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce (Recipe below)!

If Grilling: Marinade 1hr. in Ziploc Bag: 6 Legs + 1/2T White Vinegar + 1-2T Chicken Rub. Grill. Eat alone, or, Optional, to toss with Sauce (BBQ, Buffalo, etc.)
Also, try the Rub Recipe for Tay’s Loaded Taters!

NOTES: Brown Sugar: If I’m doing a BBQ Chicken, or Sauce Toss, I skip Brown Sugar. Usually only use if just doing Season with Oil/Butter. Also, USE the crushed Chicken Broth Cube. Lots of famous seasons contain Meat Flavoring/etc. It’s GREAT!

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*** *** Tay’s Sweet Honey BBQ *** ***
3/4c Sweet Baby Ray’s HONEY BBQ
2T Honey
1/2T Brown Sugar
A lil shy of 1/4tsp Ginger Powder
1/8tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Chili powder
1/4-1/2tsp Lemon Juice (100% Fridge kind)(I did 1/4)

(Optional to Marinade Chicken, Either: 1-2T Vinegar + 1T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning … OR… Above Tay’s Rub Idea)
Premake Sauce. Set aside til use. Cook Chicken. Toss COOKED Chicken with Sauce. Then, serve.

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Cajun Ranch Sweet Tater Fries

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2 Sweet Potatoes, cut to desire
1.5T Chives or Green Onions (Optional)
2T Jalapeno, deseed, minced
1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Vegetable or Hot Chili Oil)

1.5-2T WISHBONE Ranch Dressing & Season Pkt.
1tsp Chili Powder
1tsp Onion Powder
1.5tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp McCormick’s Cajun
1/2tsp Sea Salt

Cut Potatoes. In a bowl add all the Seasons. Add half the Cut Potatoes to a large Ziploc Bag. Add in half Oil, toss around, then add half the Season Mix. Add other half of Potatoes, other half of Oil, MINCED JALAPENOES, GREEN ONIONS, then rest of Season Mix. Toss around. Allow to marinade some while the oven Preheats. Preheat to 450. I Butter Flavor Cooking Spray pan. Add Potatoes. Bake about 35, or so, minutes. (I usually check around 25minutes, in case)
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Porter Burger served with Creole Sweet Tater Fries (Ultimate Stuffed Burger fit for The Porter served with Creole Sweet Potato Fries)

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Named in Honor of the Most Loyal N’ Awesome Soul… The Porter. RIP
(Creole Sweet Potato Fries- Recipe Below)

Meat Mixture:
1 lb. Ground/Cubed Steak
1 lb. Ground Beef
3T Real Bacon Pieces
1T Worcestershire
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2tsp Onion Powder
1/2tsp Mustard Pwdr.
1/2tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Sea Salt
1/4tsp Liquid Hickory Smoke (Can skip if charcoal grilling)

Burger Cheese Center:
1/2c canned Queso Blanco (Blend w/Provolone)
2/3c Provolone (Blend w/ Queso)
Jalapeno Slices or minced (Optional)

Saute Vegis:
1/2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1c Mushrooms, sliced
1c Onions, sliced
1tsp Dried Oregano
1tsp Soy Sauce

Toppings: Tomato Slice, Lettuce, Cheddar Cheese Slice
Great w/ No Sauce. But, options: Ketchup/Mustard OR Our Garlic Balsamic Mayo
Bun of Choice

First, mix top 12 ingredients. Set aside to set some.
In a blender, blend Queso Blanco and Provolone Cheeses.
Form 4 oz. to 6 oz. Balls with Meat Mixture. Divide each Ball into 2 Patties. Place a spoonful of Blended Cheeses on one Patty. Top with a few Jalapeno. Top with other Patty. Press down edges to make a stuffed Burger.
Saute Vegis: Add in Oil, Onions, and Mushrooms. Add in Oregano. Once about soft, add in Soy Sauce. Cook few minutes, set aside.
In separate pan, fry burgers. Once just done, top with Chedd. Cheese Slice, to melt.
Top Toasted Bun with Sauce(s) of Choice (Or no Sauce). Add Burger, Sauteed Vegis, Tomato, and Lettuce.
(Photo of Burger Prep)
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*** Creole Sweet Potato Fries ***:
Large Sweet Potato, cut to fry desire
About 1T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1tsp Tony’s Creole Seasoning
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Dill
(Seasons can be altered to taste)

Mix in Ziploc Bag. Allow to set about 15 minutes. Bake in Oven at about 450, til desired done-ness. I like to Broil mine at end, to nicely brown (Optional).
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Sweetie Pie Fry (Beneficial Honey Mustard Sweet Potato Fries)

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3 Small/Petite Sweet Potatoes (Green Giant Kind)
3T Honey Mustard Sauce
1/2tsp Chili Powder
1/4tsp Garlic Powder
1/4tsp Paprika
1/8tsp – 1/4tsp Sea Salt

(Optional to toss all with 1/2T Extra Virgin Olive Oil, before adding above.)

Preheat Oven to 450. Premix Honey Mustard and Seasons, above. Peel Sweet Potatoes. Cut into fry sizes. (Toss with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, if using). Toss fries with mixed Sauce. Butter Flavor Cooking Spray a baking dish. Lay into pan (Try to single layer.).  Bake 450 for about 35minutes, or til softness desired.
I TOSS FRIES half way through cooking!
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