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.

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.