Habanero Chicken Grilled Cheese & Spicy Grilled Corn

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Tell me – are you having any music adventures this summer? I certainly am! So let’s talk about how your summer needs music, and your food needs FLAVOR, and how it’s all connected! I fell in love with El Yucateco® over summer. I can never buy just one, which makes this awesome printable coupon for $1 off when you buy three bottles SO PERFECT!

The coupon is good from 5/9 through July!


It’s perfect because these bottles are the perfect size for bringing along on adventures! I will go into more detail about their flavor, use, and amazing versatility too! I’ve been dreaming about summer music festivals throughout the long winter. I’ve been dreaming about tailgating, cooking in a portable grill, and finding good ingredients to use even when traveling, camping, or road-tripping for a long period of time. What is summer without good food, good music, and good adventures?

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I’m from New Jersey, and I miss all the summer concerts and festivals I could see down the shore there, or in and near NYC. Then when I lived in San Francisco, we got such incredible festivals! I worked at a grocery store there – and customers would come in to get their big music festival supplies. I would help them put their orders together, and we would compile the best products for energy, health, hydration, and flavor-on-the-go. I’d always direct them to El Yucateco®. Why? Why, indeed!

FLAVOR! It enhances flavor, but make no mistake – this is no condiment. This is a part of summer grilling for us.

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I get my El Yucateco® hot sauces at a little market across the bridge from our city. It’s called Ecuador Andino Store. If you’re ever in town, I encourage you to go there! The customer service is fantastic, and they always have exactly what I need for flavorful cooking. I had a lot of trouble deciding which flavors to use over the weekend, so I got three!

And I intend to use them all.

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So, I need to tell you the grilled cheese story. My husband makes it really well – the kids always beg for more. I wind up eating their scraps and then I say that it’s just as good for adults – but needs something special. Flavor. Cassidy tends to do a lot of traveling for music festivals and concerts. One thing that’s been made famous in the parking lots of music festivals is grilled cheese. People tailgate with portable grills, and make amazing grilled cheese. When I think of fueling for concerts, I think of grilled cheese. When I think of adding flavor, I look no further than El Yucateco®. Grilled cheese. Good sauces. Check.

And it was during a summer concert when I realized that you can easily cook grilled corn anywhere too!

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You’ll see in my recipe, but you mix the sauce with butter and spices, and add some Parmesan. So good!

Now, let’s talk about the sauces. It’s hard to choose just one, but luckily you don’t have to do that! They can easily be thrown in a purse or bag when you’re on-the-go. Then you can flavor your food anytime and anywhere! El Yucateco® is the #1 authentic habanero hot sauce, made from habaneros hand-picked from their own fields. The sauces are handcrafted to have rich flavor and just the right amount of HEAT. For my recipe, I used Red Habanero Hot Sauce. It’s made from red habanero peppers, tomato, and select spices and seasonings. It’s an “all purpose” sauce, but packs a little more kick than the average hot sauce – but with far less vinegar. You get the true flavors of the pepper in the dishes you create.

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All of this can be yours, with this simple double recipe:

Habanero Chicken Grilled Cheese & Spicy Grilled Corn

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Habanero Chicken Grilled Cheese & Spicy Grilled Corn


    For the Grilled Cheese:
  1. 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  2. 2 cups cooked chicken
  3. 8 slices sourdough bread
  4. 4 Tbsp butter
  5. 8 slices cheese
  6. 2 Tbsp El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce
  7. For the Spicy Grilled Corn:
  8. 3 ears fresh corn
  9. 2 Tbsp El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce or Black Label Reserve
  10. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  11. 1/4 cup butter
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
  13. 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  14. 1/2 lime juiced
  15. Parmesan cheese (optional)


    For the grilled cheese
  • 1. Mix cooked chicken and sauce in a bowl, and set aside
  • 2. Meanwhile, butter one side of all slices of bread - the "outside" of the sandwich
  • 3. Place one slice of cheese on top of the unbuttered side of the bread
  • 4. Then, add a good helping of the habanero chicken
  • 5. Next, add a second slice of cheese on top of the chicken
  • 6. Last, top with another buttered slice of bread - buttered side up
  • 7. Cook the sandwich, buttered side down in a skillet for about five minutes
  • 8. Make sure the cheese is melted, and the bread is golden brown
  • 9. Flip the sandwich with a spatula and cook other side
  • 10. Repeat for all sandwiches
  • 11. Enjoy!
  • For the corn:
  • You can cook your ears of corn fully in their husks, half in their husks, or fully out of their husks
  • Preheat your outdoor/portable grill to medium high heat
  • Grill your corn until it's hot and lightly charred - for about 7-10 minutes
  • Roll the corn with butter, and spread on Habanero Hot Sauce of choice, pepper, and Parmesan cheese
  • Squeeze the juice of a lime, and enjoy!


You have the option to spread the butter, sauce, pepper, and lime on the corn before or after grilling. I didn't find a huge difference either way. Both were delicious!

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I know that’s a lot of info, but this is an easy way to get a GREAT meal during your summer music adventures and travels. And it’s so easy! It’s such a simple delight to take an old classic recipe and give it more flavor and pizazz.

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Here are my Five Favorite Tips For Staying Healthy During Music Festival Season:

1 – Prepare, prepare, prepare. Go grocery shopping and buy in bulk! (like with cheese and bread and corn) Stock up on snacks that can withstand the extreme heat. They give you nutrients too. Look for nuts, oats, dried fruit, etc.

2 – Pack. Seal everything airtight so it can last for days! Make sure you brief up on the rules and regulations at your festival grounds or campsite. You may need a doctor’s note if they don’t allow food, and you need certain foods.

3 – Pack a cooler. You’ll need it for drinks, fruit, and grilled cheese supplies!

4 – Eat a big breakfast. You’ll need it! And grilled cheese is a PERFECTLY good breakfast.

5 – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And move, move, move your body. And then you’ll need to hydrate even more!

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For more info about El Yucateco®:

Winning With El Yucateco®
El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve Foil Grilling Veggie and Sausage Packets Recipe
El Yucateco® Hot Sauce Chicken Skewers

Now tell me, which El Yucateco® flavor are you most excited to try?

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This is my love letter to you.

Scarlet went to summer camp for four weeks this summer. It was a pilot program through her preschool and there were only four weeks offered, so we gobbled up all four and nearly begged for more. There were/are no more. I was honestly ok about her last day of preschool itself because it was Des’ birthday and I had to stay cool. And it was raining, which is ridiculous anyway. And, I knew she still had another month. I knew she had summer camp at the preschool. And on the last camp day, which was on my birthday because we can’t do anything halfway in this freakin’ family and in this freakin’ world, it occurred to me that I’d never see her bounce out of that building again as a student. Hunched under the weight of her too-big backpack because my child is FIERCE and she opens her mouth to have straight fairy wisdom come out of it, but she is pretty much the size of a three-year-old.

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(First day of preschool ever – three-years-old.)

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(First day of second year of preschool – four-years-old. Des wanted to come too, I guess.)

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(Beautifully, haughtily now-ish. And that is green frosting on her face, oh yes it is.)

Yesterday I got the emails about school starting. It’s one month until kindergarten starts. It’s one month until Des’ part-time daycare starts. A day apart for them, because we can’t do anything halfway in this freakin’ family and in this freakin’ world.

I’ve been soothing/fascinating/tear-inducing myself with this new Tori Amos video.

That right there is what I need to see. It’s a love story – do you see it? It’s comfort and breakdowns and love and letting go and letting back in. It’s a love story between mother and daughter. I have my own love story. It started on July 9th, 2009 and the love wasn’t overwhelming at first. It wasn’t. How could it be? I was tired and hungry and I needed a shower and I wanted the whole world out of my hospital room, and yes, even my husband. I wanted to hear no voices telling me what to do/feel/love.

And then I was alone with her and I knew.

And then I was home with her and I knew.

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And she’s five now and I know.

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(Can’t you just see the goodness radiating off of her?)

It’s our story. It’s our love story. She comes from a long line of strong and opinionated women, and most importantly – POSITIVE women. Being positive. That opens doors, much more than good hair and good luck and good brains. And whatever else they say.


I’ve been weepy lately and pinning photos of teeny, tiny baby clothes, and articles about morning sickness. And you know what? I’m not even remotely pregnant or trying to be, for that matter, but I am experiencing a birth and rebirth. Of myself. And of her, through my own memories and photos. I was setting up her stuffed animals on her bed after washing her sheets yesterday and I was overcome with a wave of grief. That’s how it comes. In waves. I thought of everything that was lost – the preschool, the teachers, the classmates, the friends. And then I realized that nothing was really lost at all. Just gained. So very gained.

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Every year we only feel like we lose so much because we gain so much instead. Hearts and minds expand – to fit it all in. To comprehend the slow, delicate baby steps needed to transition from sobbing about kindergarten to even THINKING about college and the like. Weddings and babies and whatnot. It takes baby steps and little hands and big, big bravery and big, big support.

And we all walk this together.

I didn’t expect it to hurt this much, is all. It’s not even pain so much as lightheaded panic, masking the deep-rooted pain. Every now and then I can pull a weed out, and notice how entrenched and long the roots were in the earth. It feels great – each weed. It didn’t even hurt this much when I was the one making these transitions as a child, because I was flying ahead of endings and goodbyes and graduations. I was reveling in summer and Myrtle Beach vacations, and I wasn’t even looking back and thinking, “What must she feel? To say goodbye to another year? To say goodbye to another me? To say goodbye to another her?”

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Maybe she handled it in stride, as I don’t. Maybe she sobbed into my covers, when I wasn’t home. Maybe I’ll ask her myself.

It’s a love story and a dance. We don’t really let go.


It’s a love story and we’re all major players in it. And I promise to you, dear girl, to honor our story.


“when I am all alone

you’re not alone

when I am broken down

we all break down

when every door is closed

there is one more

will you look for me?

I will rescue you”

— Promise

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