Start Your New Year With a Delicious Bang

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Dallas is famous as a foodie’s paradise for sure, but let’s face it—better yet, taste it: the entire Lone Star State serves up a Texas-sized buffet of distinctive dishes. There’s no time like New Year’s Eve to jumpstart your taste buds with these down-home appetizers.

In the coming year, Lennar celebrates new communities coming soon throughout the Metroplex. Among Lennar’s 82 communities with new homes for sale in Dallas, TX, Everything’s Included© kitchens will be simmering with pre-midnight delights.

At three new Lennar communities, you can find Grass-Fed Beef Sliders on the New Year’s Eve menu. Plus, all are within 30 miles of The Lonesome Cowboy Ranch, where iconic longhorns are raised.

  1. Verandah, a new community coming soon with new homes for sale in Royse City, TX.
  2. Chamberlain Crossing, with new homes for sale in Fate, TX.
  3. Woodcreek, a new community coming soon to Fate, TX.

Overland Grove has new homes for sale in Forney, TX and Prairie Creek is coming soon with new homes for sale in Dallas, TX! Both are within two dozen miles of the celebrated Katy Trail Ice House downtown which serves up some of DFW’s best chili—the national dish of Texas. If you don’t know what an “ice house” or “beer garden” is, fire up 2020 with homemade Authentic Chili Ranch Dip. Can you say, “Chili-slathered nachos?”

Meanwhile, between Phillips Creek Ranch, with new homes for sale in Frisco, TX, and Bridgewater coming soon with new homes for sale in Princeton, TX, you are bound to find a kitchen to fall in love with. You can make Texas Caviar or Easy Sweet Spicy Jalapeno Relish and impress your party guests! Both are much simpler to make than you might think and both are perfect to add to your New Year’s appetizers.

With many new Lennar homes providing the World’s First Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Designs, Alexa’s always on hand to answer your questions about where to get ingredients nearby. With an island kitchen standard in many home designs, there’s no place like home for a “make-your-own taco/nachos/chili bar.”

Don’t forget the guacamole! As for genuine Texas chili, remember: No beans!!

Yes, there is an app for that, appetizers with the true flavors of a New Year’s Texas. To get a taste of Lennar’s new homes for sale in and around the Metroplex, contact Lennar’s Dallas-Fort Worth team at (866) 314-4477 and learn more on our website.

Here are a few of the recipes from above—so print out the entire blog and get cookin’:

Grass-Fed Beef Sliders

1 pound Chisholm Trail Grass-fed ground beef

Salt and pepper to taste

Dinner rolls

Burger toppings, as desired—remember: chili, guacamole, salsa, queso for that Texas flavor.

Cook the burgers on the grill or in the pan for about four or five minutes, then flip and cook for an additional four to five minutes. Internal temperature of 160 degrees. For a medium or medium-rare burger, cook the sliders for three to four minutes per side. Allow the burgers to rest for a few minutes before garnishing

Authentic Chili Ranch Dip

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 pounds beef chuck or round, cut into ¼- to ½-inch cubes

1 cup onions, chopped (more if you like)

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

4 – 6 tablespoons chili powder, (or to taste)

2 tablespoons flour

3 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed

2 tsp oregano, crushed (from spice bottle)

2 teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

14.5-ounce can(s)

Condensed beef broth

1½  cup water

1-2 tablespoons cornmeal


Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large pot with tight-fitting lid. Lightly brown beef, removing as it browns. Add more oil as needed.

After all meat is browned and removed from pot, add garlic and onion to pot and sauté until tender and lightly browned. Return all meat to pan.

Combine chili powder, flour, and cumin—see the note in the linked recipe. Sprinkle this mixture over the meat; stir over low heat until meat is evenly coated, about 2 minutes.

Stir in oregano, salt, cayenne, beef broth and water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower heat, simmer slowly, with lid on for about 2 hours, or until meat is very tender.

Sprinkle in the cornmeal, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened, 5 – 10 minutes.

It’s best to let chili “rest” for 15 to 30 minutes before eating; it gives the meat a chance to absorb more of the sauce

Texas Caviar

2 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

½ onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tomato, finely chopped and drained

1 fresh jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed, coarsely chopped

½ cup bottled Italian dressing


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except dressing. Pour dressing over top and toss to coat well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Easy Sweet Spicy Jalapeño Relish

Make this a few days before New Year’s Eve so it’s ready!

28 ounces pickled jalapeños.

Sugar (generally the same amount of sugar as the brine you remove from the can or jar)

Drain off peppers. Grind peppers in a food processor until the consistency of relish and place in a quart jar. Replace vinegar with sugar. Rotate jar every few hours until all sugar becomes liquid. Store in refrigerator and wait a few days and enjoy.

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