Celebrate With @ChefMerito This Hispanic Heritage Month! #ChefMerito #Giveaway #Ad

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    Cooking is the way to many people’s hearts and this is especially true in Hispanic culture.  Huddling up around the kitchen for family holidays is a common sight in Latino families.  In our family, we like to all contribute a dish when we get together.  I’ve always loved this because it has allowed me to focus on spending time with my loved ones instead of slaving in the kitchen the whole time.  Plus, since everyone in our family has a signature dish that they are really good at preparing, we all have the opportunity to sample a little bit of everything.

    As we approach Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s important to celebrate the Hispanic foods and products that are staples in our homes and that have accompanied these family traditions for years.  Chef Merito is a family-owned business that feature a full line of special seasonings, spices and herbs. The products combine only the freshest and highest quality spices and are dedicated to enhance authentic Latin American, Mexican, and Spanish cuisine. The products are easy-to-use and encourage everyone to make each dish their own!


    Since we love chicken dishes in our family, I am dying to try the Chef Merito Chicken Salad recipe.  I’m planning on making it next time the family gets together now that I have Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning and Chef Merito Lemon Pepper Seasoning.  Check out the easy to prepare and delicious recipe:



  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless (8 oz. each) – 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1Tbs.ChefMerito® LemonPepperSeasoning
  • 1 Tbs. Chef Merito® Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. cooking oil
  • 11⁄4 cups radicchio
  • 2 cups endive, leaves
  • 2 cups watercress, stems removed
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 each apple, green, peeled, cored, sliced – 6 Tbs. blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1⁄4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs. raspberry vinaigrette dressing


In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Sprinkle the Chef Merito® Chicken Seasoning. Sauté the chicken breast until a light golden brown. Slice chicken breast diagonal. Preheat oven to 350° F.

Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, toss together the sugar, pecans and cooking oil. Turn nuts out onto the baking sheet to form a single layer. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until browned. Be careful not to burn. Remove from oven and cool. Rinse, pat dry chop the radicchio, endive, watercress and romaine into 1⁄2 inch pieces.

Mix salad andapples.Sprinklewithcheese,pecans,ChefMerito® LemonPepperSeasoning. Place chicken breast on top of the salad mixture. Drizzle with the dressing.

    For all you baseball fans, Chef Merito is also the Official Carne Asada Seasoning of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which fans can enjoy the delicious Carne Asada tacos at Dodger Stadium via the Taqueria.

    Chef Merito takes great pride in bringing many of the world’s finest specialty foods to their customers worldwide. Their vision is to make it possible for people to prepare meals in their own homes; improve the flavor of meat, pork, poultry, fish, soups, salads, and more; and give dishes consistently great authentic flavor with the finest blends of seasonings.  Make sure you add Chef Merito to your family Hispanic Heritage celebrations!

Let’s Discuss:  What are some of the family traditions that you like to enjoy when you get together for family meals?


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  1. Stephanie Phelps says

    We also have like a pot luck so that everyone brings something and one person is not the slave to the stove and there are some great cooks in my family.

  2. beth dunlavy hoppe says

    We all get together and cook together. It can get a little crazy, but it sure is a lot of fun!

  3. For family gatherings, we all share in the cooking, chores and merriment! I love when the little ones help in the kitchen, it’s always so much fun, too. We always have big hearty meals and plenty of conversation!

  4. My Mom’s Pot Roast is what most of us look forward to when we get together. Of course if she doesn’t make string bean casserole for my friends son—tears would come his eyes! I personally love Spanish foods and would love to try some of these seasonings.

  5. shellypeterson says

    I love it when the family gets together we all get in the kitchen and help cook and then enjoy a good meal together.

  6. Erin Murphy says

    I love when I make a big pot of my Spanish rice! Everyone seems to run to the table to chow down!

  7. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    My family is spread so far and wide that it is very hard for all of us to get together. My Hubs family all lives fairly close so when we get together, I have started a new tradition of playing some sort of game to win a prize. The kids love it and I make sure each one of the little ones gets a prize.

  8. angelabailey says

    I like getting together with my family for barbecues. We all pitch in and bring something. (Precisely Mine)

  9. We enjoy Lasagna, Gnocchi, Meatballs and Sausage when we get together as a family.

  10. Virginia Rowell says

    Well, I always do most of the cooking. But everyone does bring a dish with them. Then we all sit around the table for dinner and afterwards we go outside and sit by the bon fire.

  11. Caroline Barnes says

    We usually get together at my parents house and my mom takes care of the cooking. We always have a great time and the kids have great memories.

  12. Paula Caudill says

    We love to get together and can things in late summer, and we love to get together in the winter, to make all those yummy goodies!

  13. What a great way to start a Monday…now I’m ready for lunch! Hope all is well on your side of the world.

  14. Our family loves to get together and just laugh! Often times my sons and husband will be in the kitchen together as we just sit back and laugh.. too many chefs in the kitchen!

  15. Our family dinner tradition includes everybody contributing some part of the meal. We also tell a lot of jokes and stories during dinner and laugh together so much!

  16. Christine Jessamine says

    No really big traditions here. I just love that we all spend time together at the table.

  17. Having all family members bring something good to eat or drink is our main tradition so nobody feels left out of the fun.

  18. That chicken salad sounds fantastic! Our family traditions include mostly TexMex food.

  19. We love to get together and cook the meal together. Like when we do are Christmas tamalada.

  20. Marti Tabora says

    We don’t have any particular traditions except the food we choose to prepare. There are certain dishes that we always make. We can’t get together without my mom’s red velvet cake or my mac and cheese.

  21. Regina Sober says

    My family gets together for the holidays and birthdays. Our favorite dish is mom’s pumpkin pie!

  22. Yo al igual que mi familia festejamos con nuestras tradicciones e inculcamos nuestros ninos. Con Comidas y Bebidas tipicas asi como tradiciones y festejos propios de nuestros paises. Navidad es un de las celebraciones muy esperada en la cuales no pueden faltar El Ponche tamales y El pozole 🙂

  23. Meagan Bailiff says

    we don’t really have traditions when we get together, but we always do during the holidays.

  24. andrea61071 says

    Our favorite dish is homemade dressing tha my grandma made. She also made something called fluff.

  25. Brittany Koelmel says

    My favorite tradition is to all sit around and laugh so hard even though we all finished eating:) then my grandpa does the dishes which is always great to skip;)

  26. Maria Beas De Bonilla says

    Some of the family traditions that we do when family get together are to make some Mexican and Colombian dishes to share as well as to play some cumbias, baladas and mariachi songs. For the kids, we make cupcakes and Horchata drinks. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a delicious prize pack.

  27. My sister’s in-laws make tamales every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving and I’ve been lucky enough to get to participate a few times. A full day of eating, laughing and cooking.

  28. We really do not have any family traditions that I can think of, other than we celebrate the holidays at our house and enjoy good food and time together.

  29. Seyma Shabbir says

    We are mixed with different nationalities so we have so many traditions. We love to make baklava for thanksgiving and christmas especially when we have guests!

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  31. Amber Faith says

    One family tradition that we do is have someone bless the meal whenever we all get together.

  32. Our family tradtions involve what we eat for each holiday. For example we always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day for good luck. We have turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas.

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  34. Wild Orchid says

    One of our traditions is to play cards after dinner. We love to laugh and tease, and it also encourages conversation.

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  35. Kaitlin Boles says

    We have lunch every sunday after church at my parents house or we go out to eat with one another!

  36. We have a family dinner every night. I think it’s so important for the kids, and it makes sure we all get to catch up with each other at least once a day.

  37. I used to hate anything fruity on my salads, especially the dressing. Now I completely enjoy raspberry vinaigrettes and other similar dressings!

  38. That chicken salad looks delicious. I think this is a great giveaway, someone is going to be so blessed to get so many wonderful additions to their pantry.

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