Savory Southwest Biscuits

Savory Southwest Biscuits

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Savory Southwest Biscuits are delicious for dinner or breakfast. They are based on my Country Biscuit recipe, which we also enjoy. The inclusion of cheddar cheese, green chilies, and bits of bacon take these biscuits to a savory new level.

Serving Southwest Biscuits on a Blue Willow Platter

(Post modified with new photos on 1/2/23.)

These biscuits make lovely additions for a soup dinner, but I like to eat them with a slice of cheese for breakfast. In fact, you really don’t even need cheese, right! They are perfect for camping trips. Make some for supper or breakfast and tuck any leftovers in a napkin or sandwich bag to eat on the trail. They also might be considered Cowboy Food.

 

Ingredients for Savory Southwest Biscuits

(See the entire recipe at the bottom of this post.)

  • bacon
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • granulated sugar
  • cream of tartar
  • salt
  • vegetable shortening
  • large egg
  • whole milk
  • sharp cheddar cheese (Use block cheese and grate it yourself)
  • diced green chilies

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

 

Prepare the Ingredients

Using a large skillet, cook bacon until browned. Cool and break into small pieces.

Shred the cheddar cheese with a box grater and place in a bowl until ready to use.

 

Make the Biscuits

Sift the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, and salt.

Add Milk and Egg to the Flour Ingredients

Using a blending fork, cut in vegetable shortening until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.

I prefer using a blending fork over a pastry blender, as I think it works better and it’s certainly easier to clean.

Place the large egg and whole milk inside this well. Stir to combine, then gradually mix in to the flour.

Add Shredded Cheese, Chiles, and Bacon to the Dough

Add the shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green chilies, and crumbled bacon. If necessary, use your hands to finish combining the dough until it forms a ball.

Prepare the Dough for Rolling

At this point, the dough may be quite sticky. That’s okay.

Roll Dough Out and Cut with Biscuit Cutter

Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and knead the dough 10-15 times. Roll out the dough into a circle that is 1/2-inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter.

I like to use a medium to large biscuit cutter, but use what you prefer. You may have to adjust the baking time, depending on the size of the biscuits. 

 

Bake the Biscuits

Place Biscuits on a Baking Sheet Lined with Parchment or Baking Mat

Place biscuits about an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. I usually try to fit all the biscuits on one pan.

For this recipe, I prefer a mat over parchment paper, so that the bottoms don’t get too brown in the hot oven. Also, at this point, the biscuits could be frozen prior to baking. Place biscuits on a tray and put in freezer for 15-20 minutes until frozen solid. Place solid biscuits in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, simply place the frozen biscuits on a prepared baking sheet and bake as directed. You may need to bake them for a few extra minutes, though. 

Bake until Golden Brown

Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve warm. This recipe will make 20 biscuits.

Serve Savory Biscuits with Chunky Venison Stew

I hope you’ll enjoy these biscuits as much as we do. Serve with Steak and Pinto Beans, Slow-Cooked Country Style Ribs, or with your Favorite Soup, like Chunky Venison Stew.

See more Biscuit Recipes Here. Browse Quick Breads Here.

 

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Savory Southwest Biscuits

Here's a delicious recipe based on my Country Biscuit recipe to use for dinner or breakfast. The inclusion of cheddar cheese, green chilies, and bits of bacon take these biscuits to a savory new level.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Biscuits, Cheddar Cheese, Green Chilies
Prep Time: 23 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20

Equipment

Blending Fork
Biscuit Cutter
Baking Sheet
Silicone Baking Mat

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 oz. sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1/4 cup diced green chilies

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until browned. Cool and break into small pieces.
  • Using a box grater, shred the cheddar cheese and place in a bowl until ready to use.

Make the Biscuits

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, and salt.
  • Using a blending fork, cut in vegetable shortening until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Place the large egg and whole milk inside this well. Stir to combine, then gradually mix in to the flour.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green chilies, and crumbled bacon. If necessary, use your hands to finish combining the dough until it forms a ball.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10-12 times. Roll out the dough into a circle that is 1/2-inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter.
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Makes 20 biscuits.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1mg
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