Chili Recipes by Weelicious
January 29, 2013
While I love cooking, my schedule is just like yours—no way can I whip up something new for dinner on a daily basis. Four-Bean Chili is one of those recipes I keep in my back pocket for crazy-busy weeks when I need something waiting in the fridge that I can have on the table in minutes. I toss the ingredients in my slow cooker in the morning, and by 5 p.m. when we get home, the house smells heavenly. Make a big batch, then spin it off into these four cool-with-kids dishes.
Four-Bean Slow-Cooker Chili [serves 8 to 10] Heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat. Add 1 large chopped onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 2 minced garlic cloves; sauté for 1 minute. Place all in a slow cooker. Add 1 Tbsp oil to the pan, then sauté 1 lb lean ground beef about 5 minutes. Add the cooked beef; 1 (15-oz) can each rinsed and drained white beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans; 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes with juice; 2 (15-oz) cans tomato juice; 2 Tbsp chili powder; 1 Tbsp cumin; 2 bay leaves; and 2 tsp kosher salt to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, and other fave fixings.
Chili Spaghetti Cook 1/2 package of spaghetti and divide it among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/2 cup warm chili and a handful of grated cheddar or parmesan cheese.
Chili Baked Potatoes Bake or microwave 4 russet potatoes. Cut open each potato and top it with 1/2 cup chili and favorite add-ons.
Chili Fries Preheat oven to 450°F. For super easy and healthy homemade fries, peel and cut 3 russet potatoes into sticks, toss with 2 Tbsp vegetable oil and 1 tsp kosher salt. Bake for 20 minutes, toss, and bake about 10 minutes more. Divide among 4 bowls and top each with 1/2 cup chili.
Chili Mac 'N' Cheese In a large pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup whole milk, 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, 2 cups chili, and 1/2 tsp salt, and heat through for approximately 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Stir in 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni and cook until heated.