Sunday, May 30, 2010

Add Dolores Chili to the Memorial Day barbecue line-up

The unofficial start of the summer season is this weekend, and what a better way to kick it off than with a barbecue.

So fire up the grill, make some yummy appetizers, mix a batch of lemonade and invite over family and friends this Memorial Day weekend.

Dolores Chili Brick is a perfect match for many barbecue and backyard picnic items such as chili dip, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, or a straight bowl of “red.”

For chili dip, stir softened cream cheese into a pan of Dolores Chili Brick; continue stirring over heat until cream cheese is thoroughly melted and mixed with chili. Serve with Fritos, tortilla chips or crackers.

A Dolores Chili burger is a mouth-watering favorite. Season a quarter or half-pound patty and grill it to preference. Toast the flat side of the hamburger bun and top it off with Dolores Chili, diced onions and a slice of cheese.

For a Dolores dog, grill your favorite beef or polish hot dog, lightly toast the bun and top it off with Dolores Chili, onions and shredded cheddar.

Heat some nacho cheese on the stove or crock-pot; prepare one to two Dolores Chili Bricks, depending on the amount of guests, and then serve both over tortilla chips.

For the straight bowl of “red,” personal preference wins. Prepare some chopped onions, sour cream and shredded cheddar and let guests decide how to decorate their bowl.

Dolores Chili is sold in major grocery chains such as Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Albertson’s, Start Brothers, Smart & Final, and countless independent stores. The famous chili is also a hot item at Philippe The Original, in Downtown L.A. and is sold in various fast food restaurants and hot dog and hamburger stands across Southern California.

The all-beef Chili Bricks are also sold on-line at

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chili Brick featured on Costco’s ‘Business Delivery’ page

Technology and business didn’t use to meet often in the wholesale food industry.

However, two separate worlds have collided as distributors commonly offer products on-line with fixed delivery rates, and specials and discounts.

Costco Wholesale is one. The business delivery on-line store now features five-pound trays of Dolores Chili Brick for sale.

The Chili Brick has been on shelves in Costco’s Hawthorne Business Center for nearly a year and now on-line shoppers can buy the bricks for $10.78 per tray (16-20 servings) and have them shipped anywhere from Santa Barbara to San Bernardino. The shipping rate is $20 flat, but orders over $250 are shipped free.

Distributors, operators and owners of fast-food and sit down restaurants buy various restaurant supplies and foods from Costco at wholesale prices. Now, the all-beef, ready to thaw and serve Chili Bricks are another item to add to the list.

League organizations and individuals planning snack bar fundraisers or barbecues are also common users of the Dolores Chili Brick, and frequent shoppers of wholesale supply stores.

Restaurant Depot and Smart & Final also carry the five-pound Chili Brick trays, although the product is not available for on-line purchase through these distributors.

The Chili Bricks are sold in major grocery chains such as Food 4 Less and Ralphs and in countless independent stores. The famous chili is also a hot item at Philippe the Original in Downtown L.A., and is sold in hot dog and hamburger stands across Southern California.

Dolores Canning Co., who distributes the chili, also sells the 20-ounce and five-pound bricks on-line at

For more info on Dolores Chili Brick, a list of retail locations, and to purchase directly nationwide please visit

Monday, May 3, 2010

Dolores’ Cinco De Mayo a Cooking Affair

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo is becoming more popular in the U.S. The holiday dates back to May 5, 1862, when the Mexican Militia defeated the French Army at The Battle of Puebla.

Today, many people celebrate Cinco De Mayo by enjoying Mexican food, drinks and music. Dolores Chili Brick has provided some fun recipes to spice up any family dinner or party.

Each recipe calls for a Dolores Chili Brick, which are sold in major grocery chains such as Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Smart & Final and countless independent stores. The famous chili is also a hot item at Philippe The Original, in Downtown L.A., and is sold in various fast food restaurants and hot dog and hamburger stands across Southern California.


Avocado Chili Pasta Recipe

8 oz creamette rotini, uncooked
1 large avocado, peeled; pitted; and
1 diced
1 tbsp lemon juice
15 oz – Dolores Chili
1 cup tomato, seeded; diced
½ cup green onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced

Cook rotini according to package directions; drain and keep warm.

Combine avocado and lemon juice in a small bowl; toss well, and set aside.

Combine Dolores chili and next 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; cook over medium hear until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in avocado; cook 2 minutes. Serve over rotini. Yield 4 to 6 servings.

Chili Pot Pie

·1 Dolores Chili Brick
·1 cup all-purpose flour
·1 cup cornmeal
·3 tablespoons sugar
·2 teaspoons baking powder
·3 tablespoons butter, melted
·3/4 cup milk
·1 large egg, lightly beaten
·1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack
·1 tablespoon chopped green chile peppers, mild or jalapeno

Place prepared Dolores Chili in a deep dish pie plate or casserole dish.
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. Add butter, milk and egg; stir the batter until dough it is just combined. Gently stir in the cheese and the chile peppers. Cover the top of the chili filling with the mixture. Bake in the center of preheated 400° oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° and bake for 30 minutes longer, or until nicely browned.

Dolores Chili Pizza

Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

· 1 Dolores Chili Brick
· 8 large flour tortillas (burrito-size)
· 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
· Sliced black olives and green onions (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Thaw Dolores Chili Brick in medium sauce pan following label directions. Simmer 5 minutes.

Arrange tortillas in circle on 12-inch pizza pan, overlapping edges where needed. Spoon Dolores Chili onto tortillas. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with black olives and green onions, if desired.

Black Bean Dolores Chili & Corn Salad

Yields: 4 servings

1 can, 14 ounces, black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups of thawed Dolores Chili Brick (no need to be too hot)
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, half a palm full
2 teaspoons hot sauce, just eyeball the amount (recommended: Tabasco)
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, eyeball it
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand at least 15 minutes for corn to fully defrost and flavors to combine, then toss and serve.

Mexican Cornbread Served with Dolores Chili

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can cream-style corn
1/2 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers, drained
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Dolores Chili Brick

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in cream corn, chiles, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to corn mixture; stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of the pan comes out clean.

5. Cut bread into even squares.

6. Thaw a 20-ounce Dolores Chili Brick and heat in a medium sauce pan, following label directions.

7. Cut corn bread into squares and serve with a bowl of warm Dolores Chili.

8. Dice white onions and serve over the Chili if desired.