A Chili Recipe For Spicy Food Lovers

In the early ’80s, I lived in Texas. I had eaten chili before, but nothing like the Texan variety. Wow, was I ever hooked. I learned to embrace all things Tex Mex. Before then, my favorite ethnic food was Italian, but Tex Mex has taken the number two slot of favorites. This recipe is easy to prepare and freezes beautifully. Give it a try and let me know if you like it. Be advised, this one is spicy. If you aren’t a hot and spicy fan, tone down the peppers to suit you.

Texas Chili Recipe

Serving Size  : 10

2 Lbs.  Ground Chuck, browned and drained
3  Cloves garlic minced
1  Large onion chopped
29 Ounces Tomato Sauce
56 Ounces Whole Tomatoes, Canned with Liquid
32 Ounces Pinto Beans with Liquid
2  Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
1  tsp.  red pepper flakes
1  Tbs. Chili powder
1  tsp. Beef Bouillon
1  Tbs. Oregano, Dried
2  Tbs. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt

1. Brown the ground chuck in an 8 quart stock pot and drain off the fat.

2. Add the chopped onion and garlic, but do not brown it.

3. Add the tomato sauce.

4. Chop the tomatoes and remove the stem end and add to the pot.

5. Add the pinto beans and liquid.

6. Add the spices.

7. Put the lid on the stock pot and simmer on low for one and one half
hours.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 373
Calories From Fat: 77
Total Fat: 8.5g
Cholesterol: 54.4mg
Sodium: 1388.6mg
Potassium: 1779mg
Carbohydrates: 48.5g
Fiber: 13.9g
Sugar: 14.5g
Protein: 30.2g
My Points: 7.37

Make sure that you have your choice of cool beverages when you serve this. You’re gonna need em.

Deviled Egg Recipe – A Southern Treasure

It’s tailgating time. This is one of our favorite recipes for football parties. These are easy to make and you can make them ahead of time and refrigerate until you need them.You can find a storage container designed specifically for deviled eggs so that you can stack them in one container and not lose the shape. It would be a shame to spend all of that time to pipe them and dust with Paprika and have to stack them with waxed paper in between layers and ruin their visual appeal.

This dish is served in the South with meals, parties, picnics and anything else you can think of. If you are serving them outside, just remember to keep them on ice. I even keep them on a “chiller” platter when serving inside. I use the chiller platter for dips, cheese trays and anything else that will be best kept cool during an event. It has a base that you put in the freezer for a few hours ahead of time and a high domed cover, so you can serve just about anything on it.

Serving Size  : 24

24 Eggs, Boiled and Peeled
1/3  Cup Celery, Finely Minced
8 Dill Pickle Slices, Finely Minced
1/3  Cup Onion, Finely Minced
1 1/3  Cups Mayonnaise
4 Tbsp. Mustard, Yellow
1 Tbsp. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
Salt and Pepper To Taste
Hot Hungarian Paprika

1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and put them in a mixing bowl. Put the eggs on a serving platter.

2. Add the remaining ingredients with the exception of the Paprika to the egg yolks in the mixing bowl and combine until you have a smooth consistency. Adjust seasonings

3. Put the yolk mixture back into the egg halves and chill until time to serve.

4. When it’s time to serve the deviled eggs, sprinkle the paprika lightly over them to add color..


Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)

Calories: 146
Calories From Fat: 95
Total Fat: 10.5g
Cholesterol: 244.5mg
Sodium: 233.1mg
Potassium: 108.8mg
Carbohydrates: 5.1g
Fiber: <1g
Sugar: 2.1g
Protein: 7.5g

Cooking Tip: Put the egg yolk mixture into a resealable plastic bag and cut
the tip from one side of the bottom to use as a piping tool. This makes stuffing the eggs quick and easy.

Comments: Great to pass around to the crowd while you’re sitting by a campfire.

Soup Surprise

Before we know it, fall will be here. A time of great scenery, football games, football parties, holidays and family get togethers. If you’re like me, everyone always seems to wind up at our house.

That’s not a problem, actually, I love it! I love to cook and I love to cook for a crowd.  A lot of my recipes are designed to serve 10 or more people, and this is one of them.

I know that when you take your first look at the ingredient list, you’re going to say “YUCK”, but, I promise you, that you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful flavor of this soup.  That’s why I named this one “Soup Surprise”, because it is.

Soup Surprise

2 Lbs.  Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion, diced
2 Cups Carrots, Grated
48 Ounces V-8 Juice
30 Ounces Cream of Celery Soup
32 Ounces Pinto Beans with Liquid
1 tsp. Lawry’s Garlic Salt
1 tsp. Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste

  • Heat a large stockpot on medium heat and brown the ground beef. Drain the ground beef well to remove all of the fat.
  • Add onions and lightly sauté.
  • Combine remaining ingredients with the ground beef and onion in the stockpot.
  • Cover and simmer on low for 2 hours.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 583
Calories From Fat: 243
Total Fat: 27.5g
Cholesterol: 73.1mg
Sodium: 4798.6mg
Potassium: 1045.5mg
Carbohydrates: 61.6g
Fiber: 9.8g
Sugar: 11.8g
Protein: 25.6g
My Points: 13.5

Cooking Tip:

This makes a large pot of soup and is better the second day than the first, if that is imaginable. Freeze the leftovers if you have any.

Comments:

These ingredients sound a little bit strange but,  I promise you, this will taste like one of your prized Chili recipes.

This recipe was given to me by a friend that was spending the weekend with us. She knew I enjoyed cooking and wanted to give me a new recipe to try. I have to be perfectly honest and say that had she not been there and insisted that I try it, this recipe would have just gone into my collection file. Boy, am I ever glad that she insisted that I try it. It is now one of our family favorites. Thanks, Dana!

Serve this with crackers or cornbread to round it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Does Meatloaf Mean Comfort Food To You?

We’re having meatloaf for dinner tonight.

Now, some of you may be thinking “meatloaf, yuk”. But, you haven’t seen my recipe. It stars ground beef, tomato sauce, vegetables, all of the necessary ingredients to produce a perfect meatloaf and, ah yes, CHEESE. Cheese is that secret, soul comforting, ingredient that moves meatloaf out of the mundane category and into the “Can we have meatloaf tonight?” category. Without further ado, here’s the recipe and I added my video below the recipe to show you step by step how to make it.

Spicy and stuffed with cheese. The way meatloaf should be.

3 Lbs. Ground Chuck
6 ounces Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
2 slices Bread, Toasted and Pulled Apart
1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper, Diced
1/2 Cup Celery, Chopped
1Onion, Diced
2 Eggs, Beaten
6 ounces Tomato Sauce

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients except the Cheddar Cheese in a bowl large enough to mix the ingredients together, approximately a 4 quart size. Use a spoon to mix with so the heat from your hands will not warm the mixture. It is easier to work with if it is as cool as possible.
  • Line a drip pan with foil and use a rack over the pan so the drippings can drip through.
  • Place half of the mixture on the rack and shape into a rectangle. Press on the edges to form a ridge all the way around, similar to making a pie crust.
  • When the base is formed, evenly spread the shredded cheese over the flat part of the base.
  • Place the remaining meatloaf mixture in flattened sections over the cheese. Use your hands to spread the mixture to a thin layer, covering the whole base.
  • Press all the way around to seal the cheese inside the meatloaf so that it doesn’t come out while the meatloaf is cooking.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for one and a half hours.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Servings: 8

Cooking Tips

If you want this to be an Italian Meat Loaf, add some Italian seasoning to the mixture and substitute Mozzarella Cheese instead of Cheddar Cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   395.94
Calories From Fat (51%)   201.59
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22.08g   34%
Saturated Fat 9.09g   45%
Cholesterol 177.26mg   59%
Sodium 401.96mg   17%
Potassium 726.61mg   21%
Carbohydrates 6.92g   2%
Dietary Fiber 1.07g   4%
Sugar 2.38g
Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 5.85g
Protein 40.40g   81%
MyPoints 9.5

The video shows you step by step how to make the meatloaf.

Cool and Creamy Homemade Potato Salad Recipe

Who doesn’t love potato salad? This is a cool and creamy homemade potato salad recipe  that has been in my family for decades. It is a mandatory part of family get togethers. It really is best if you make this in advance. The day before is best, but if that’s not possible, at least 5 hours before serving will do. This is a Southern recipe that we are proud of.

Serving Size  : 8

Ingredients


8 Potatoes, Cubed and Cooked
4 Eggs, Boiled and Peeled
1/2 Cup Onion, Minced
1/3 Cup Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
1/3 Cup Celery, Chopped
1/2 Cup Dill Pickles, Chopped
1 1/2  Cups Mayonnaise
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
3 Tbs Mustard, Yellow Prepared
2 Tbs Liquid from Pickles
1 Tbs Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt
1 Tbs Paprika
Salt and Pepper To Taste

1. Mix the potatoes, onion, bell pepper, celery, dill pickles and eggs
together in a serving bowl or refrigerator storage container.

2. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard and spices together.

3. Combine mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables and stir to thoroughly blend.

4. This is best made at least 5 hours in advance of serving.

5. Lightly dust with additional Paprika to garnish.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
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Calories: 384
Calories From Fat: 184
Total Fat: 20.8g
Cholesterol: 140.9mg
Sodium: 687.5mg
Potassium: 992.3mg
Carbohydrates: 43.7g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 4.5g
Protein: 8.2g

My Points:8.82

No picnic would be complete without this. Just be sure to keep this under refrigeration and chilled, especially if it is an outdoor picnic.

Do You Need Help Organizing Your Recipes?

Do you enjoy cooking? Do you dread going through all of those scraps of paper looking for that Vegetable and Beef Soup recipe that you make once a month? Well, I know that I do. I have absolutely TONS of hand written recipes, or I used to. Yeah, I kept the originals. They are now in a box in my garage, but they have been transformed into a marvel of technology.

They’re now in my Living Cookbook Recipe Management Software where I can quickly open them up, print a copy if I need to and save myself about 30 minutes looking through scraps of paper.

I set out on my journey to find the perfect recipe management software on the market. I looked high and low. I had an agenda. Not only did I want to organize my own personal recipes, but I wanted to be able to download recipes from the Internet into the software. I wanted to be able to create a cookbook from my own original recipes that I could either print and bind or upload to a website to sell.

The software I chose had to do all of those things. I wanted the cookbooks to be in a standard cookbook format. I’m old fashioned, I like things in a familiar form. I wanted to be able to email the recipes to friends and family that always call around the holidays or when they’re having a party and need a particular recipe.

I keep wondering how I became the sole keeper of my mothers cornbread dressing recipe. I guess I’m the only one in the family that is organized. Also, I’m older now and I wanted to choose the font size customized to my eyes. No more having to wear glasses to read my recipes. Yeah!

One other very important piece of the puzzle was that I needed to know the exact nutritional analysis of each recipe. My brother was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and anyone in that same boat knows that you can’t just guess about what you’re eating. You have to know for sure what’s in the food you eat. This cookbook software has that built in. Their database is linked directly to the USDA Nutritional Tables and if the USDA makes any updates, you just go to the link in your software and upload the updates. Very important.

Just be forewarned. That information my surprise you. Boy, do I ever wish that I hadn’t put my Homemade Pimento Cheese recipe in there. Ouch, the fat grams. Oh well, don’t they say that it’s what you do most of the time that counts? I sure hope “they” are right.

This recipe software does a lot more than just the points I have covered, but these were the most important ones for me. If you’re looking for cooking software, decide what your most important needs are and go from there.