My guests didn’t know.

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My kids didn’t know.

Only I knew the secret ingredient when I made dinner the other night.

Who says you can’t throw in something unusual, a secret-weapon ingredient, when cooking a traditional dish?

Last weekend my husband and I worked long, hard, hot hours in the yard and garden. We harvested beets, cooked them in the pressure cooker, and when it came time to cook dinner a couple days later, guess which ingredient I used when making enchiladas?

I combined beets and tomatoes for the topping, and layered beets on the inside of the enchiladas.

Beets. Precious beets.

And it was delicious.

It’s fun to make your guests swoon, trying to guess the secret ingredient, or to see their faces when they take that first bite.

When’s the last time you cooked with a secret ingredient and what was the reaction of our guests?