March 1st, 2011

Steak Chili: You Need This

You know how your mom always told you to clean your plate?

I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem with this one.

This steak chili has a distinct stick-to-your-ribs quality that is extra appealing at this time of year. I know I’m always trying to find ways to stay warm.

The smoked paprika and chili powder give it the kick we all want, plus a little something more.

Make a huge batch of this to share and to freeze for later. I always like it when I have yumminess on hand on those days when I just don’t have enough time to make something spectacular. And with two busy kids, well, let’s just say that happens a lot.

Click here for this hearty steak chili recipe – it’s mom approved!

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December 4th, 2008

It’s Chilly, Let’s Make Some Chili!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful . . . so let’s do what we can to make our homes warm and cozy.

A big part of that is making great meals that fill our tummies and warm us up. This chili recipe is great to have on hand when you have lots of company at your house for days at a time. Whenever someone is hungry they can just heat themselves up a bowl, grab some crackers, grate some cheese on top and have at it!

Also, be on the lookout for some ingredients here you might not have thought of . . . they’re spectacular.

Vidalia Chili

(Serves eight)


1 lb. Vidalia Sweet Onion Ground Beef

3 Cloves Garlic, crushed

2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and chopped

1 large Can Crushed Tomatoes

2 oz. Mexican Chocolate (or 2 Tbsp. Baking Cocoa)

3 Tbsp. Chile Powder

2 Tbsp. Ground Cumin

1 Can Black Beans

1 Can Pinto Beans

1 Can Kidney Beans

Salt and Pepper to taste


Over medium heat, in a heavy bottomed pot, cook the ground beef until done and strain off grease.  Add jalapeno and garlic and cook for five minutes.  Add chocolate, cumin and chile powder and cook for five more minutes.  Add tomatoes and beans and cover with water, season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 1 hour, or until thickened.

I get my Vidalia Sweet Onion Ground Beef here.  It has amazing flavor and it gives this chili that extra taste that makes it special.