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Easy Holiday Foods

The holidays are a wonderful time of year! It is great to celebrate with friends and family. This time of the year is also great for trying out new recipes. We have compiled a list of dishes that can be used for Christmas, New Year's, and other holiday adventures. 

It is often during this time you have holiday parties to attend, holiday dinners to cook, and much celebrating to enjoy. It is always wonderful to use traditional recipes, as well as try something new for the holidays. These delicious recipes will have your guests making plans to come back next year! 


Appetizers provide a great chance to snack before your holiday meals and wow your guests at holiday parties. Here are a few of our easy appetizer recipes that are bound to make your holiday parties a hit! 

Little Smokies in Red Pepper Jelly Sauce 


This smokies recipe features little cocktail sausages in a sweet and savory red bell pepper jelly sauce spiced with our chili seasoning. They are easy to make, with only 4 ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes. You can add them to a slow cooker or serve them on the stove. These are perfect little treats for your New Year's Eve Party.

Red Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese and Crackers  

This super easy appetizer features the sweet and savory combination of our red pepper jelly and cream cheese. Our red pepper jelly is made with sweet red bell peppers, creating a delicious treat for your taste buds. Combine this with cream cheese and crackers and you will have the ultimate snack. Set this appetizer out before your holiday meals, at holiday parties, or on the table for New Year's Eve.


These snack recipes are great for the holidays!  Use them for personal snacking or create a food gift basket. They will delight your friends and family!

Smoky and Spicy Snack Mix 


Snack mixes are an easy way to make snacks in bulk quantities. They are ideal for holiday snacking or gift baskets. This easy snack mix recipe is the perfect combination of smoky and spicy that uses our steak rub seasoning. Easy to make, this treat is a snacking game changer!

Chili Bacon Candy 

Candies are always fun to make during the holiday season. This bacon candy recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Simple and easy, this candy recipe will have you coming back for more. P.S. It is a fun treat to put on the holiday table or sneak into gift baskets!

Main Meals 

Here are some main dish recipes that are great for the holidays. They are easy to make and will have you coming back for more. 

Glazed Ham with Red Pepper Jelly Glaze 

This easy glazed ham recipe will be a center piece for your holiday meal table. Featuring our red pepper jelly mixed with brown sugar to create a sweet glaze, this is a wonderful, mouth watering treat!

Oven Baked Salmon 


Planning a New Year’s Eve Dinner?  Do you want to add something new to your holiday dinner?  This easy oven baked salmon is delicious, featuring a seasoned bread crumb topping. With only 8 ingredients, this recipe takes 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake.  Voila!

Signature Chugwater Chili  

Our original Chugwater Chili recipe provides a hearty meal to keep you warm this holiday season. Whether for a quick and easy meal around busy holiday schedules, sharing with friends or coworkers for a holiday party, or making a chili bar for your New Year’s Eve party, our chili recipe is guaranteed to be a success!

Side Dishes 

These easy side dish recipes are great additions to any holiday table or potluck. 

Glazed Carrots in Red Pepper Jelly Sauce

This glazed carrot recipe is an easy side dish for any meal this holiday season. Featuring a sweet red pepper jelly sauce, this carrot recipe is delicious! Plus, it only uses 4 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Seasoned Roasted Potatoes 

This roasted potato recipe is a perfect recipe for the holidays. Using our southwestern dip & dressing seasoning, this recipe is simple with only 3 ingredients, you will have your friends and family coming back for more!

Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Southwestern Sauce 

This roasted asparagus is quick, easy, and a perfect side dish to accompany any meal this holiday season.  With this recipe, we share our tips for the best roasted asparagus, plus a mouth watering southwestern cream sauce to serve alongside it. This will go great with your holiday ham, turkey, or even prime rib meal!

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season

These are just a few recipe ideas.  The spectrum is endless for what you can create with our tangy seasonings and other products.  Have fun and cherish the holidays with your friends and family!  

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