Ugh, the Vikings lost again, so much for going back to a winning streak. They did very well keeping the game close and right when Adam and I thought the game would go into overtime, they lost against the Lions, again.

The Vikings will have a lot of work to do from here on out if they would like to make it to not only the Super Bowl, but really just the playoffs. This week the Vikings are playing the Cowboys. This is not going to be an easy game for them, the Cowboys are on a 10-game winning streak. I truly hope that the Vikings can beat them but if not, I have prepared some delicious comfort food.

I made chili this week for the game. As the temperature continues to drop everywhere, including here in southern California, I have been thinking of all of the foods that I love to eat in this time of year. When you think about comfort foods, it is no surprise that everyone loves to eat them. They make you feel warm, full, happy, and often remind people of home and family, all of the important comforts in life, and every family has one recipe that is always made when comforts are needed.

For me, Chili is not the warm comfort meal my mom made for us but to be fair, she didn’t have that chance. Me under the age of 21 eating onions, beans, and chilies?!?!? Over my dead body!  However, I do know that many people do have those comforting feelings towards chili.

I wanted to make sure people had chili for two reasons. As I said, the temperature is dropping and everyone needs some warmth, but also because comfort foods make us happy and the Vikings have not been doing too well so we all need some extra happiness.

It took me a long time to make chili once I became an adult. Besides not caring for onions, I never really cared for beans so I couldn’t imagine cooking something that had so many things I didn’t like. A little over two years ago I met my friend Ganna out for a day of shopping. She had just announced she was pregnant so when we had to pick somewhere to eat to lunch, I left it to her so she could enjoy any craving she was having. She said we had to go to Chipotle but I had never been since I did not think I would like anything they put in their bowls or burritos. I put on a happy face and figured what the heck?. That day, I realized that I do not mind beans… or tomatoes, or spicy foods, or chilies (and I LOVE Chipotle).

Later when I came across a recipe for Chili, I decided I would try it out. Since then, I have perfected my own recipe and I make it all the time. I hope that when I have kids, this will be one of the dishes I make that brings them those amazing feelings of warmth and comfort.

Really one of the best things about making chili is that it really is easy. Every week I try to make sure that I am featuring easy recipes so anyone can make them. Although chili has a good amount of ingredients, there is minimal preparation and then you just throw everything together. It really takes no effort at all.

I hope everyone enjoys this. If you have your own chili recipe, what are some things you put in yours? Adam and I love to top ours off with cheddar cheese and save some spoons by eating it with Tostitos scoops. Of course, don’t forget to follow Adam on twitter (@Str8_Cash_Homey) for all your Vikings news and sneak peeks of game day dishes to come.

 

XOXO

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Chili

  • (6-8 servings)

 

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid (28 ounce can)
  • 1 can tomato puree, (28 ounce can)
  • 1 can kidney beans, with liquid (8 ounces can)
  • 1 can black beans, with liquid (8 ounces can)
  • 1 can diced green chilies, with liquid (4 ounces can)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Cheddar, for topping
  • Tostitos
 Directions:
  • Place slow cooker liner in slow cooker
  • Combine all ingredients in a 4 ½ – 6 quart slow cooker
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours
  • Top chili with cheddar and serve with Tostitos
img_3195Enjoy!