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Homemade Tortilla Chips

Easily Make Homemade Tortilla Chips for a Christmas Party

Whenever you order chips at a restaurant, it only takes one bite to know if they make the chips from scratch. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying tortilla chips from a store bought brand, they simply can't compete with the delicious flavor and crunch of freshly made ones. Although homemade tortilla chips will impress anyone who tries them, we want to share a little secret with you. The secret is it's much easier to make these chips from scratch than most people realize. So if you're planning to bring chips to a holiday party with friends, co-workers or family, we want to show you how easy it is to impress everyone's taste buds with homemade chips: What You Need One of the reasons that making these chips from scratch is easier than you likely expect is doing so only requires three ingredients. Those ingredients are corn tortillas, salt and oil. Corn, canola or grapeseed oil will all work great. How to Make Them Since there's a good chance you already have the ingredients you need, we're going to dive right into the process of making a batch of homemade chips. The classic approach is to fry the tortillas in a little oil. You can prep the tortillas in less than 10 minutes and then fry them all in 15. The first step to prepare the tortillas for frying is to dry them out. You can do this by leaving them out for awhile, microwaving them or putting the tortillas in the oven. Once the tortillas are dry, cut each one into six triangle shaped wedges. This will give you 72 chips if you fry a dozen tortillas. The last step to prepare for frying is to heat the oil. When you start frying, you'll want to keep every batch of chips in the oil for around 2 minutes. Then you can pull the chips out with tongs, place them on a paper towel (either on a plate or in a bowl), sprinkle a little salt and then place a paper towel on top for the next batch. In terms of when to make the chips, the closer to when the party you're going to is starting, the better! The Perfect Way to Serve Homemade Chips By following the simple instructions above, you’ll be able to quickly and easily make absolutely delicious homemade tortilla chips. Because chips made from scratch are so good, you’re going to want something equally delicious to serve them with. That’s where Mama Flasch’s salsa comes into the picture. Our Gregular™/Mild, Scottsome Heat™ /Medium and InCindyary™/Hot Salsas are all made from fresh ingredients that pack a lot of flavor. And if you aren’t sure how much heat people are going to want with their chips, our salsa combo pack is the ideal way to offer the perfect option for everyone at the party!
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How to Make An Awesome Food Lover’s Christmas Basket

Although Christmas is right around the corner, there's still time to find great gifts for anyone you have left on your list. If one or more of those people love food, you can give them a very memorable gift. The specific type of gift we're talking about is a Christmas basket. Not only can you fill this basket with goodies the recipient will absolutely love, but they'll also appreciate the thought that went into putting this gift together. Because the sheer number of options available for this type of gift can be overwhelming, we want to share a handful of useful tips for focusing in on exactly what a food lover will enjoy the most: Choose the Theme One of the best ways to narrow down your options and focus on what someone will enjoy the most is to come up with a theme for their basket. Two possible examples are for someone who loves cooking at home or is into DIY projects. The former basket can include spices and other ingredients along with a couple of kitchen gadgets, while the latter will be best with lots of snacks that can be enjoyed during projects. Provide Items with Multiple Uses Since you want the basket you put together to be a fun and delicious treat, items that can be used in different ways are great choices. Our salsa is the perfect example of this type of item. In addition to their most obvious use, marinade, salad dressing, soup base, guacamole and cocktail sauce substitute are all additional ways to use Mama Flasch’s salsa. Mix Old Favorites and New Discoveries One question that may cross your mind as you're deciding on items for a Christmas food basket is whether you should go with things you already know someone loves or experiment with new items that seem like they'll be a good fit for that person’s taste buds. The answer to that question is to do a little of both. Using a combination of treats from both categories will help create the most delicious basket possible. Use the Right Type of Basket Even though it’s easy to put all your focus on what’s going in your basket, remember that the container itself is going to make the gift’s first impression and set the tone for what someone thinks about it. While a fairly traditional basket may be the perfect choice for some themes, don’t be afraid to get creative. A quick scroll through Pinterest or Google Images is an easy way to get very inspired. By choosing a theme, providing items with multiple uses, mixing old favorites & new discoveries and using the right type of basket, you can create a Christmas basket that any food lover on your list will absolutely love!
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The Top 7 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

At Mama Flasch’s, we’re very proud of the fact that we use fresh ingredients. Tomatoes are at the core of all the salsas we make. In addition to providing great flavor, the fresh tomatoes we use in all of our salsas offer some very real health benefits. Since it’s surprising just how many different benefits tomatoes have to offer, we want to share seven of the most notable with you: Numerous Vitamins and Minerals A big part of why tomatoes are so healthy for you is because they’re packed with many elements that are very good for your body. Vitamins found in tomatoes include A, K, C, B1, B3, B5, B6 and B7. This vegetable also has a number of healthy minerals, including phosphorus, chromium, iron, zinc, folate, magnesium, and potassium. Heart Disease Reducer As they shared in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers at Tufts and Boston University found that among subjects who got the highest amount of lycopene (which tomatoes happen to be rich in) on a regular basis, their risk of having cardiovascular disease was cut by a full thirty percent. Improved Digestion When your digestive system is working at its best, your whole body feels better. That’s why it’s great to know that tomatoes support healthy digestion. If you want to really maximize this benefit, you should get in the habit of eating spinach salads and topping them with salsa. Gallbladder and Kidney Stone Prevention This is tied to the previous benefit of supporting healthy digestion. By doing that, tomatoes are also able to play a central role in preventing the development of both gallbladder and kidney stones. Healthy Skin and Hair Vitamin A plays a key part in the maintenance and repair of vital skin tissue. And Vitamin K is really beneficial. Thanks to the fact that tomatoes are rich in both of these vitamins, they can help you look your best. And between looking great and all the other ways tomatoes help your body, you’ll also feel your best! Strong Immune System Because we’ve covered the fact that tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and a number of other important nutrients, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that consuming this vegetable on a regular basis will help you maintain a strong immune system. Supports Eye Health Last but certainly not least is the benefits that tomatoes provide in terms of vision. Although carrots are often the first vegetable that people think of in relation to eye health, several of the vitamins and minerals that tomatoes are rich with,  directly support healthy eyes. If you want to reap all the benefits that tomatoes have to offer in the most delicious way possible, be sure to give our tasty mild, medium or hot salsa a try!
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5 Delicious and Healthy Ways to Use Salsa

Salsa is something we spend a lot of time thinking about. One of the things we think about is different ways people can enjoy our delicious salsas. Since our salsas are made from farm fresh ingredients, they have some health benefits you simply won’t find in other dips or condiments. Specifically, our salsas are low calorie, fat-free and don’t have any sugar added. They’re also naturally packed with Vitamins A and C, along with being low in sodium. And as you may have guessed, they’re vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Because we’re very proud of the fact that we’re able to offer something that’s both healthy and delicious, we want to highlight five different ways to make the most of those traits of our salsas: Marinade When people think of marinade, meat is often the first thing that comes to mind. And while our salsa is a great way to add flavor to any meat you may enjoy, marinade also works great for both grilled fish and veggies. Given that many of the marinades you’ll find on store shelves are packed with sugar and/or fat, any of our three salsas will be much healthier. Salad Dressing Of all the options we’re covering, this may be the simplest but most effective healthy use of salsa. The next time you make a salad, skip reaching for a bottle of dressing and instead spoon some salsa on top. Your taste buds and the rest of your body will thank you for doing so! Soup Base While tomato soup is delicious any time of the year, it’s especially tasty when the weather outside is cold. Unfortunately, many of the canned options on store shelves are packed with sodium and other preservatives. If you want to make this type of soup from scratch but are worried that the process is going to take too long, using salsa to kickstart the base of your soup is a great way to reduce the prep time required while simultaneously adding some serious flavor! Guacamole Want to whip up some guacamole that tastes just as good as anything you’d find at a restaurant? All you need is one of our salsas, a couple of avocados, and a little lime juice. Mix them together, add pepper to taste and serve with your favorite brand of tortilla chips. Marinara or Cocktail Sauce Substitute If you want to add some heat to your pizza or pasta, using our InCindyary salsa in place of marinara will do the trick. And if you like shrimp cocktail but aren’t always crazy about the flavor of horseradish, substitute salsa in its place for a different flavor that still packs a punch. We hope you’re inspired to try one of these delicious ideas in your home! And if you have a healthy way that you enjoy salsa, be sure to share it with us by using the form at the top of our Salsa Stories page.
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The Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Tailgate Party

We’re officially in the midst of football season, which means lots of opportunities for having fun while watching games. If you want to really make the most of a Buckeyes or other game, it’s hard to beat the awesomeness of a great tailgate! Since there are a lot of ways to approach a tailgating party, I’ve put together a list of the top five tips I think are essential for hosting the perfect event: Make a List Even though the experience that people have at your tailgate party should be one of laid-back fun, there’s actually a lot that goes into pulling off this type of event. That’s why you can save yourself quite a bit of stress and scrambling around at the last minute by making a list. When you first start planning, you should get everything out of your head and onto your list. Then if your list ends up too cluttered or disorganized, you can take a second pass and get it all in a useful order. Choose the Right Types of Food When it comes to tailgating, food is really the star of this event. You want everyone who spends time with you to be able to enjoy some delicious options. Since the tricky part can be narrowing down to exactly which items you want to make and serve, one criterion you can use to guide your choices is size. Foods that are easy to pick up and snack on are ideal for this type of environment. And in terms of finding the right balance between guilty pleasure foods and healthier options, Mama Flasch’s salsas make that a breeze. Our InCindyary hot salsa packs a ton of flavor with just 15 calories per serving. Don’t Forget About Drinks While food is going to be the main attraction of your event, drinks are definitely important. In addition to bringing a variety that all of your guests will be able to enjoy, be sure you have a reliable way to keep them nice and cold throughout the day. The Right Seating is a Big Plus Chances are that people will be wandering around plenty during your tailgate. But there will also be times when you all want to hang out together. That’s where having the right seating becomes essential. By bringing plenty of seating that’s foldable and comfortable, you’ll have a great space where everyone wants to hang out for as long as possible. Bring It All Together Visually Decorations are the last piece to bringing together all the other elements we covered. This is also an area where you can have a lot of fun. Whether you go with a theme that’s based on team colors, the season, or a combination of things, let your creativity run wild. Although there’s definitely a lot to be said for being as close to the stadium where a game is taking place as possible, it’s worth mentioning that you can use these tips to host a tailgate party in a variety of other locations. So whether you’re right by the action or bring all this fun somewhere different, following the tips I covered above will make your event a big success! Use one of our fun and easy salsa recipes to bring your tailgate party to life!  You can purchase Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa online today.
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6 Elements of a Successful School Fundraiser

According to PTO Today, school groups raise more than $1.5 billion every year selling various products. Although that huge amount may seem like a typo, it’s definitely billion with a b. While the opportunity presented by school fundraising is a very attractive one, it doesn’t mean raising a meaningful amount of money for very worthwhile initiatives like equipment or enriching field trips is easy. Since certain decisions and actions can mean the difference between mediocre results or a very successful fundraising campaign, I’ve used my extensive research and recent participation in this space to compile a list of the six essential elements of successful fundraising for a school: 1.   More Isn’t Always Better Research by PTO Today found that there are more than 2,000 fundraising companies in the US and Canada. All of these options can make it tempting to offer tons of products during a fundraiser. However, that approach can actually overwhelm prospects, which is why many of the best fundraising results come from much more focused campaigns. It’s also why our selection of three delicious salsas are perfect for a school fundraising campaign. 2.  Your Partner Can Make or Break Fundraising Efforts The right company and products can help your fundraiser exceed your expectations. On the other hand, the wrong partner can create a burden that’s nearly impossible to overcome despite your best efforts. So before you get persuaded by a slick pitch and big promises, take some time to do your research and think through all aspects of what’s being offered to you. 3.  Start Planning Now Given the number of pieces that have to be in place for a successful school fundraiser, it’s never too early to start gathering information and thinking through all the basics of your campaign. 4.  Know What You Want to Accomplish One of the most important things to pinpoint during the planning stage is exactly what needs to be accomplished with a fundraiser. By setting a clear goal that’s meaningful but still attainable, you’ll be able to set the stage for giving everyone something to rally around together. 5.  Get Everyone Involved Speaking of rallying around, the more you can get the entire school and community involved, the better. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure there’s alignment between what the fundraising is trying to accomplish and a core value of the school. 6.  Ending Doesn’t Mean It’s Over A common mistake that’s made in regards to school fundraisers is letting the momentum go away once a campaign ends. By making a point to engage in different follow-up activities like saying thanks to everyone who made the campaign a success, you can help carry the positive energy into future efforts. By taking each of the six elements above into careful consideration, you will have all the pieces in place needed to run a very successful fundraiser for your school. And if you’re interested in working with Mama Flasch’s Salsa on a fundraiser, don’t hesitate to get in touch with US TODAY.

Quick 4-Layered Dip

In a 8x8 square pan:  1 8 oz can of refried beans, 1 8 oz container of sour cream, 1/2  jar of Mama’s salsa and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.  Serve chilled or just warmed up.  Both taste great.

Guacamole

1 ripe avocado, 1/2 lime, 1/2 cup of salsa.  Combine mashed avocado and juice of 1/2 lime, then add in 1/4 Mama Flasch salsa and eat immediately or chill for 30 minutes.  Enjoy.

Quick Queso

8 oz of velveeta cut in 1/2 in cubes along with 1/2 of Mama Flasch’s salsa.  Heat in microwave for 35-45 seconds (cover), stir and heat (cover) for another 35-45 seconds.  Ready to eat.

Chicken Taco Chili

Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 10 oz package frozen corn kernels 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chilies 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, chopped 1 jar of Mama Flasch's  Gourmet Salsa 1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning or homemade (see below) 1 tbsp chili powder 24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts Directions: Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,  mama flasch salsa, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well. Nestle the chicken in to completely cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with your favorite toppings! - Lisa M.