Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than spending some time in the kitchen creating something delicious for your friends and family to enjoy? Here in Mesa, fall means gorgeous weather, outdoor activities, patio dining, and so much more. The recipes below have a little bit of pumpkin, a little spice with some Southwestern flare. So while you plan your next trip to Mesa, indulge in these delicious desert flavors right from your own home. 



Mining Camp Grilled Salmon 

Southwest cuisine is not always spicy, salsa, or involve a tortilla.The Mining Camp Restaurant has a perfect salmon entree with a Southwest twist to it! Featuring one of the most unique flavors of the desert, prickly pear.  (Location closed July 2017 due to fire)

Mining Camp Salmon with Prickly Pear Jelly 


8 oz Salmon

¼ cup Dried Thyme

1 Tbsp. Smoked Salt or Kosher Salt

1 Tbsp. Roasted Garlic

1 Tsp. Chili flakes

2 Lemons zest

1 Tbsp. Jelly of your Choice (We recommend picking up the Mining Camp Restaurant's Prickly Pear Jelly when you come to visit - they promise it will be your secret ingredient like it has been theirs) 


How To:

Fine chop garlic and smear it on a small sheet tray

Place in oven at 200 degrees until it's a light brown

When dried scrape off pan carefully and place on cutting board

Take the side of a large knife and place over garlic to smash into small pieces

Zest both lemons and place zest on sheet tray

Place in oven at 200 degrees for 5 minutes (zest should be brittle)

Once finish preparing those two items combine your ingredients in a small bowl and mix well with dried thyme, salt, and chili flakes to create your dry rub. 


How to Cook Salmon:

Turn on grill and make sure grates are cleaned well

Brush grates with olive oil to avoid fish from sticking 

Rub one side of salmon with olive oil and sprinkle the dry rub evenly on that side.

Place seasoned side of salmon face down diagonal to grill for 3 minutes

Move salmon to opposite diagonal to create a nice grill mark for another 3 minutes

Flip salmon to other side and repeat


When done place on a plate and add a tablespoon of jelly (preferably The Mining Camp restaurant's Prickly Pear jelly)

Lastly, garnish with some chives. 


The salmon is great as an entrée or over your favorite salad!



Apple Pie Taquitos

Are you tired of making the same desserts each holiday? These crispy, sweet, and delicious taquitos are quick and simple to make. This holiday season surprise your family and friends with a twist to Apple Pie and be the talk of the party. 


 Apple Pie Taquitos


1 can (20 oz or 540 ml) apple pie filling

12 medium soft tortillas

¼ cup butter, melted

½ cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


How To:

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

In a shallow plate mix together the sugar and cinnamon

Empty the can of pie filling onto a cutting board and chop the apples into smaller pieces with a knife

Lay a tortilla flat and top it with a couple of tablespoons of apple pie filling

Tightly roll up the tortilla

Brush the taquito with butter and then roll it through the sugar/cinnamon mixture

Place the taquitos in a baking dish

Repeat with remaining tortillas and apple pie filling

Bake for about 15 minutes or until the taquitos start to get golden on top


Top your taquitos off with a caramel sauce and some whip cream if you please!