Desert Lil's Delicacies Index of Recipes

Camping recipes - Southwest flavors - Unusual Desert Ingredients.


Dutch Oven Cooking - Traditional one-utensil cooking recipes

Dutch Oven Redux - Use a dutch oven

Desert Lil Goes Camping - Quick & easy camping recipes

The Thrill of the Grill - Overview of outdoor grilling

Of Marinades & Fired Foods - Marinades & grilling recipes

Desert Lil's Gone Fishing' - Freshwater fish fry recipes

Grilled Stuffed Duck - Duck stuffed with jalapeño and cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and grilled - by Chef Ara

Cooking - or not. - Humorous account of making peach salsa.

European Stews - Delicious stews from different European cuisines.

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Trail Mix Recipes - Create your own pre-mixed trail meals



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Soups, Stews & Chowders - Hot & hearty wintertime recipes

Southwestern Holiday Cooking - Seasonal recipes with a Southwestern flair

Medallions of Pork with a Pumpkin Mole Sauce, Sweet Potatoes and Glazed Carrots - An alternative to turkey for Thanksgiving by Chef Ara


Recipe for a Texan Holiday Dinner - Pork Roulade in Puff Pastry, Pecan Rice Pilaf, Creamed Carrots, Greens and Berriese Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette and Grand Marnier Bread Pudding


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Apple Green Chili Pie & Roasted Mole Pie - Southwestern pies, plus homemade pie crust recipe


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Ancient Inspirations - Recipes with an ancient Southwestern flair

 Piquant Des-Mex Delights - Using salsas in Desert recipes

Nopales Recipe - Cactus pad recipes

Chiles of the Southwest - Chile pepper facts & varieties

Prickly Pear Sweets & Treats - Prickly pear preparation & recipes

Saguaro Fruit - Pima Indian Saguaro Cactus recipes


Prickly Pear drink recipes - Drink recipes -Margaritas - Wine Coolers - Lemonade - Tea

Southwestern Salsas - Salsa recipes from fresh chiles

Desert Dates - Date facts & recipes

Pronto Des-Mex - Quick Mexican recipes


Green Chile and Tomatillo Sauce - Some hot stuff

Mesquite as Food - Mesquite history with recipes

Cooking With Mesquite Beans Add the authentic Southwest taste of mesquite to your meals.

Pinyon Pine Nuts - A traditional & nouveau Southwestern staple

Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes - Recipes - Try these unique pumpkin recipes, and if you're feeling adventurous

Tea Time in the Desert - Herbal teas, using a wide variety of native plant leaves and roots

Tortilla Soup - Classic Mexican comfort food



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Wrapped Sausage & Asparagus - A tasty wrap of bacon around trip tip and sausage, with avocado, onion and tomato!

Scallops & Shrimp with Black Bean Salad by Chef Ara - Designed to to be made using only one pan and local ingredients.

Chicken & Zucchini - Chef Ara combines chicken with zucchini with can also be substituted or complemented by squash, asparagus, and or broccoli.

Fruit and Beans Salad With Breaded Pork Chops - Chef Ara's unusual mix with a delicious flavor

Grilled Stuffed Duck - Duck stuffed with jalapeño and cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and grilled - by Chef Ara


Camping/RV Cooking/Outdoor Grilling | One Pan Dishes by Chef Ara
Trail Mix Recipes
| Recipes with Southwest Ingredients
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking Southwestern Style

Submit Your Own Recipe
| Where to Buy Ingredients

- How to Keep Ice Cold in the Desert -

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Desert Lil is seeking your help in adding to her cookbook of Desert Delicacies. She is looking for original recipes that:

  • Use native Southwestern ingredients or

  • Are good for camping or backpacking or

  • Have a Southwestern flavor

If you have a tasty, quick or unique recipe that you'd like to share with Lil and DesertUSA readers, please submit it Here, or to - subject DesertUSA Recipe

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Mesquite Meal

Prickly Pear Syrup & Nectar


Desert Food Traditions - regional cuisine of the desert Southwest

Time Traveler - Take a trip down Route 66 for good eats and good times


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The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet.

The Desert Food ChainDesert Food Chain Video
A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat.

Prickly pear cactus Video
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest. Most prickly pears have large spines on their stems and vary in height from less than a foot to 6 or 7 feet.

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