With fall back in full swing, our family’s weekday schedule is back to being busy and a bit chaotic. I enjoy cooking, but find that sometimes it’s just too stressful to get a home cooked meal on the table every single night. Today we’re sharing an easy way to make four (yes, four) meals from one pot of delicious fall chili.
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Meal #1: Tailgate Beef Chili
This chili recipe is our family’s very favorite. The funny story behind it is that we went to a Halloween chili cook off several years ago and I brought my favorite pot of white chili. When it came time to judge, Jared sneakily vote on another recipe he had sampled (!). I was a little annoyed until he tracked down the recipe and made it one evening. It’s been our favorite ever since, although I did have to swallow my pride a bit to admit it.
We’ve simplified the recipe a little, and use McCormick Pursuit of Pure Chili seasoning mix, which makes it even easier and contains all the same spices you’d need, like chili powder, garlic, and onion.So you don’t have to keep all those spices on hand. I got a “WOOOOAH” text from Jared when he tasted this version of our favorite chili with McCormick Chili seasoning mix.
Tailgate Beef Chili
1 lb. of ground beef
1 lb of Italian sausage
3 cans of kidney beans, drained
1 can of chopped tomatoes with juice (28 oz)
1 can of tomato paste (6 oz)
1 large onion, chopped
2 large green peppers, chopped
2 green chili peppers, chopped
1 T bacon bits
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 packet of McCormick chili seasoning mix
In a large stock pot, cook and ground sausage and beef until evenly browned. Scoop out excess grease with a large spoon into a cup. Add in all the other ingredients and simmer for about 2 hours.
Meal #2: Chili Dogs
It’s probably been forever since you’ve had a chili dog. With homemade chili and toasty buns, these elevated hot dogs are delicious and take only a minute to make when you’ve got leftover chili!
Simply cook up your hot dogs on the stove to get them browned and crispy. Toast your buns by throwing them in the pan as well for a minute or so on each side. Top your hot dogs with chili, cheddar cheese and scallions
Meal #3: Baked Potato Bar
My favorite meal to make with leftover chili is a baked potato bar. It’s hearty and great for picky eaters who can choose their own toppings.
Bake your potatoes in the oven for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Cut in half and offer a bunch of toppings to choose from: homemade chili, sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions, bacon bits. This is a crowd pleaser of a meal!
Meal #4: Taco Salad Bar with Homemade Chili con Queso Sauce
This is so simple. It can be a full meal with taco salad, or you just make the chili con queso dip for game night.
To make the dip, heat up 1 cup of your leftover chili with 1/2 lb. of velvetta cheese chopped into squares in a pot until melted. If you’re making just the dip, grab a bag of tortilla chips and you’re set!
For the taco salad, offer tortilla chips and a variety of topping to choose from in addition to the chili con queso like chopped romaine, tomatoes, salsa, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions.