Thursday, February 19, 2015

The BEST Chili EVER!

I seriously cannot say enough about this chili! It is soooo good! Anyone who knows me will tell you that I really am not a big fan of chili. Especially because I am freaky about the meat in it. It's always chewy, or the consistency is wrong - runny with chunks of meat - ugh!! I can handle it when it's on a potato, but to just eat it plain in a bowl - no way!

But this recipe looked really good, and it's homemade so I control what's in it. ;) It was so good and hearty, with the PERFECT consistency, and I added a little spiciness to it also. Yummm! 

I ate it over a potato, and then had a bowl of it as well. Talk about over-eating! haha
It made a TON - so we saved it and I just threw it all in the slow cooker 2 days later. STILL DELICIOUS! 

So hurry and go make this before winter is over! You won't regret it. :)

2 lbs. lean ground beef, browned and drained
3 green peppers, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 TBS minced garlic
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can Ranch Style beans
1 (15oz) can Italian stewed tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) can Rotel, or diced tomatoes with green chilis 
1 pkg McCormick chili seasoning
Secret Ingredient: crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (It's hard to tell - I just sprinkled a bit on top, and mixed it in & it was perfect.)

While ground beef is browning - chop peppers, onion, and celery. Add all ingredients to a large pot or slow cooker. Simmer for a few hours. If you use a slow cooker, you could keep it on low most of the day if you wanted. (Mine cooked a little too hot on the stove, and burned a little on the bottom. Ugh!)

Note: If you like your chili really spicy, add a medium Rotel, hotter chili seasoning packet and/or more crushed red pepper flakes. Mine was pretty spicy though. ;)

This also makes amazing leftovers, and I think I will be freezing the rest. 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

I have had this recipe for awhile now, & kept planning on making it but I never got around to it, or it didn't sound good that day - whatever. Well I finally made it tonight and it was sooo good!! I can't believe it took me that long to make it! This was the only picture I got of it before it was GONE. Seriously. 

This recipe makes two 8x8 pans or one 9x13 pan. Since I have a small family I made the two 8x8 pans and froze one for another night! Bonus! 

5 cups cooked rice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups broccoli, chopped (I thought this could use a lot more broccoli, so I would do at least 3 cups. I also just threw mine in uncooked, but if you are using frozen broccoli you might want to lightly steam it first.)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded (And some extra to sprinkle on the top.)
salt and pepper, to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.

Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Monterey Chicken

This was a throw together last minute meal.  It turned out so good!  My husband said this was one of his favorite meals.  So yummy!!


2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs Weber's Kick'n Chicken seasoning
4-6 chicken breasts
1/4 c bbq sauce
1/4 c crumbled up cooked bacon
1 c Colby Jack cheese shredded
1 can 14 oz Rotel
2 sliced green onions


Marinate chicken for 30-40 min in soy sauce and chicken seasoning.
Preheat oven to *400
Grill chicken 6-7 min each side or until done
Place chicken in a baking dish covered with foil

Top each chicken breast with 1Tbs bbq sauce, 1/4 c cheese, 1/4 c Rotel, green onions and 1 Tbs bacon. 

Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Onion Veggie/Chip Dip

My mother-in-law gave me this amazing dip recipe, and it is seriously better than any store-bought dip you can find.  We originally made it for veggies, but then started eating it with Ruffles potato chips - WOAH!!  If you like that french onion chip dip, you will absolutely LOVE this!  We loved it so much we made it twice in one weekend.  Mmmmm!  :)

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 TBS onion flakes (dried, minced onions)
1 TBS parsley
1 tsp Beaumond (Spice Islands is the brand)
1/2 - 1 tsp dill weed

Mix all together, and let stand for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.  (I thought it tasted even better the second day!)

Serve with fresh veggies or potato chips. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spicy Italian Meatball soup

I love soup, every kind of soup.  However my husband doesn't like soup.  He says they aren't filling enough. I have been wanting to find one he would be willing to tolerate so I made this one because it sounded and looked delicious and then crossed my fingers.  He ended up loving it!  It was so delicious!!!!

Ingredients Meatballs:
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c bread crumbs
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 c dehydrated onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Directions Meatballs:
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Shape into 1in meatballs.  Place on prepared baking sheet.
Broil for 7-10 min or until the meatballs become brown and fragrant.  (they will finish cooking in soup)

Ingredients Soup:
Prepared Italian meatballs
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
5 (14 oz) cans chicken broth
1 cup water
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 carrots, pealed and diced
2 cups small pasta (macaroni, diti, rotini, penne)
2 cups spinach

Directions Soup:
While meatballs are cooking, heat oil in large pot.  Saute onions and garlic until translucent.  Add broth, water, tomatoes and Italian seasoning.  Heat to boiling.  Gently add the meatballs, carrots, pasta and spinach.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through, carrots are tender and pasta is soft. 

Top with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese!  YUMMY

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole

Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole....this is seriously so good!!  It takes a while to cook, but is soooo worth it!! I will definitely be making this a regular!! 


4-5 medium potatoes scrubbed and diced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
8 slices cooked bacon, cooled and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, sliced (green parts only)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter cut into small pieces


Heat oven to 350*.  Lightly grease an 9x13 baking dish.

Spread half of the diced potatoes in bottom of pan.  Place the diced chicken breasts evenly on top.  Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Sprinkle with half the bacon crumbles, 1/2 cup of the cheese and half the green onions.

Spread the remaining diced potatoes on top, followed by the remaining bacon, another 1/2 cup cheese, remaining green onions and another 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Pour heavy cream over top of casserole and the dot with the butter.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.  Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes.  In the last few minutes of baking, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and bake until melted.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Andes Mint Muddy Buddies

My family loves Muddy Buddies!  We have tried a few different kinds lately.  We liked the cinnamon churro okay, but probably won't make them again.  But now, the mint Muddy Buddies..... YUM!  We LOVE these!  They are especially good at Christmas!  I don't know why, but I can't get enough mint lately.  Peppermint Brownie Cookies, Mint Hot Cocoa, and my favorite - Mint M&Ms.  I buy bags of these during the holidays.

These are super easy to make, and the only bad thing about this recipe is that it doesn't make very much. :(  I guess I will just have to make more.....

2 boxes (4.67 oz) Andes Creme de Menthe Thins
5 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 teaspoons sprinkles, optional  (I used 2 each of red and green)

Add powdered sugar and sprinkles together in a gallon-size plastic bag.  Mix together.

In a large bowl, measure out the Rice Chex.

Unwrap and place all the mints into a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute, and then in 15 second intervals until you can stir it smooth.

Pour the chocolate over the cereal, mixing until cereal is evenly coated.  Add cereal to the bag with the sugar, and shake until covered.



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