When you think of barbecue, you think of Texas. Warm weather, beautiful backyards, and a reputation for quality beef and meat-loving communities. Even meat lovers know that their main dish needs a delicious complement, which is where Pure Flavor® veggies come in. With our many grocer partners across the United States, we’re making sure Texans can get their hands on the perfect grilling sidekick for their backyard family barbecues. Red, Yellow, and Orange Sweet Bell Peppers, Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers, and Azuca Cherry Tomatoes are shipped out daily to bring out the very best in your meat. Check out these fresh and trendy Texas-inspired recipes that are quick, easy, and sure to be a hit with your family and guests!

With deep roots in both Spanish and Native American culture, Tex-Mex dishes are the ultimate comfort food, especially when they’re dippable and easy to share. This recipe for Texas Cowboy Caviar is a delectable mixture of sweet veggies, beans and cheese with a zesty lime twist that’s impossible to resist. The best part is all items for this recipe can be made on the grill and combined outside, which means you don’t have to run back and forth to the kitchen. Dice Pure Flavor® Sweet Bell Peppers and Azuca Red Cherry Tomatoes for a crunchy, sweet and tangy combo which pairs perfectly with a salty tortilla chip. Combine in a large cast-iron skillet and cook directly on the barbecue until heated through and grill up fresh ears of corn while you’re at it. Throw everything in a large bowl with beans and feta cheese with avocado and lime wedges for garnish and serve. The kids will be excited for the pre-meal appetizer on the patio while they wait for the main course to finish, and you’ll be reaching for a few dips yourself! You can check out the full recipe here.

There are always a range of appetites and diets in your family, so it’s great to have a main course that you can mix and match for some variety. Grilled Texas Steak, Tofu and Veggie skewers have everything you need for both the meat-eaters and vegetarians at the table, and they’re so easy to prepare. If you have a large family to feed, skewers are smaller items that cook more quickly than a large piece of meat or whole veggie and are just as filling. Plus, you can fit a lot more on the grill. Cut ¼ inch chunks of your best beef tenderloin and firm cubed tofu for the veggie alternatives. Thread onto skewers with loads of veggies, like Red, Orange and Yellow Pure Flavor® Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers, which hold their shape exceptionally well on the grill and offer next-level sweetness when cooked. Pure Flavor® Sangria Medley Tomatoes offer savory sweet and tarte juiciness, while grilled Baby Graffiti Eggplant chunks add hearty richness; the best part is its spongy texture absorbs all the flavors of the other skewer ingredients for extra taste. Drizzle with olive oil, and grill until all ingredients are seared to perfection, with the meat cooked through to your family’s preference, being careful not to overcook. It’s simple, filling and has something everyone can enjoy. You can view the full recipe here.

The grill is off, the kids’ faces and hands are all sticky, and it’s time to clean up. Save these recipes for another grill night and change up the meat and veggies for something new. For the chicken and seafood lovers, check out other crowd-pleasing recipes designed for grilling perfection, like Georgia Gold Chicken with premium grilled Pure Flavor® Juno Bites Red Grape Tomatoes, and Shrimp Burgers made with the freshest Pure Flavor® Sweet Red Bell Peppers. You can find them here and here for endless ways to #flavorUP!