Nov 9, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Chili

Just like last Wednesday, I went to Auntie Kelly's for dinner. She had picked out a chili recipe from the "Apron's Simple Meal Recipes" from Publix. The recipe only contains ten ingredients and seemed perfect for the cooler weather we've been having. I know that in some parts of the country it has been snowing, and I feel bad saying it's been chilly here, but 60 degree days are not my cup of tea.

Ground Beef Chili
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped, divided in half
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground chuck beef
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 (10.75-oz) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes/sweet onions (undrained)
  • 1 (10-oz) can milder diced tomatoes/green chiles (undrained)
  • 1 (16-oz) can chili beans in mild sauce (undrained)
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans (drained)

  • Preheat large saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place beef, chili powder, seasoned salt, pepper, and one-half of the onions in pan; cook 4–5 minutes, stirring to crumble meat, or until meat is brown and no pink remains.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients, including remaining one-half onions. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
  • Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 10 more minutes to blend flavors. Serve.

Gabby told Kelly that she wanted to cook this recipe all by herself for me - so sweet! She needed help cutting the onion and sauteing the meat, so we ended up just cooking it all together.
While the chili simmered, the three of us took random pictures of each other. Look at these future bloggers! Remember when I visited family in Massachusetts back in July? My cousins Braden and Nolan were future bloggers too!!
Gabby is very into her new camera and I have a feeling she's going to be a very serious photographer :) 
Once the chili was done, we set up our toppings: cheddar cheese, low fat sour cream, Wholly guacamole, and tortilla chips.
Standing on a chair to get a good angle was definitely necessary. (PS - I want to wear tunics and leggings every single day.)
 Here we have my bowl of chili...
and Kelly's chili fancied up.
The chili had lots of flavor and was a good source of protein, iron, and fiber.

And check out Zachary - he stuck his spoon right into the bowl of cheese and ate it right up. He was so over leftover spaghetti.

In other news...
Has anyone noticed how much awesome music is out right now? And now that Lil Wayne is out of jail, the music industry can only improve! I'm currently in love with so many songs, and feel the need to share my newest playlist. (Click song title for youtube video.)
Anything you would add to this list? Amanda and I are running in the 3rd Annual Pajama 5k on Saturday morning and I'd love some more music ideas! Also, at the after party prizes will be given for the best pajama outfit. Do you have any ideas on what we could wear, other than your typical pajamas? Ideas are appreciated!


  1. That chilli looks amazing!! Playlist looks good! I posted my marathon playlist awhile back and it has over 60 songs if you want to look through that--it got me through the marathon :)
    Good luck on your 5k!

  2. tunics, leggings, and boots = best and most comfortable outfit ever!

  3. YUM! Chili is one of my favorite things about cold weather. I hope I never tire of it!

    Have you heard any of Kanye's new stuff? He pretty much rocks! Monster with Nicki Minaj is SO awesome, especially to run to! When I'm running, no matter who is around me, I always at least mouth her phrase "I'm a motha ___ing monsta!"

    And, of course, you know my obsession with Weezy! :)

  4. ahahaha... I did a little happy dance now that Lil' Wayne is out. Because yeah, adding him to a track just makes anything ten times better...

  5. I'm obsessed with anything by MGMT right now. It's such good workout music!!

  6. Gotta love the publix meals! They always smell so good. CUTE boots- where'd ya get them? Hmm PJ ideas...Footed PJs is all I can think of!

  7. I don't think good and Ke$ha should ever be in the same sentence. :P

  8. I love the deliciousness of a simple chili- mm! And topping are the best part.
    Also, I'm 100% with you in wearing leggings and tunics and boot every single day.
    Where is your favorite place to shop to find these things? My wardrobe needs some spicing up!

  9. Yes music is pretty good right now! And I'm super amped to see all the collaborations lil Wayne will do soon!! :)

  10. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Where did you get your boots??? I've been looking high and low for boots that are at least similar.

    And, um, Zachary...Yeah, he might just be the cutest little boy, ut something about the pictures makes me think that perhaps he might just be a handful...An ADORABLE handful!

    Also, the Nicki Minaj album is out on November 22. Have you heard Massive Attack? Check it out on iTunes...It gets me through a tough workout.

  11. i love all those musical hits! that "black and yellow" and "toot it and boot it" are my fave jams right now! :)

    i say you throw some T.I. into the mix. His old tune "Whatchu Know About That"'s an old favorite.

  12. Aw too sweet! She made you chili! It looks delicious! I have some in the freezer and have been craving it lately. I think you have convinced me to pull it out!

  13. Ohh that sounds so good! I love the idea of crumbling tortilla chips on top :) And I'm totally jealous of your 60-degree weather right now!!!

  14. Yum Yum! No chili toppings for you? I have never thought to put guac in a chili. Great idea!

  15. I love Like a G6!! haha, it's the main song that really gets me pumped while running. On my last 5K, it got me to pass a whole line of people..on a hill!

    That picture of Zachary's so cute :)

  16. I love chili! This one look so easy and delish! I made a chicken chili over the weekend and it was to.die.for.

  17. This chili looks delish! I love your boots too - yay leggings with tunics!

  18. dang girl that chili looks seriously amazing. I hear you with the music i am loving it.


  19. Some friends back in high school dressed up like big babies once with adult size onseies. Not sure where they found them. They wore pigtails for the hair and had bibs, bottles and giant pacifiers as accessories. Or you could go the opposite route and be a granny wearing a muumuu/duster with a scarf or rollers on your head.

  20. L-l-l-luhve. I am also digging your song selections. Checking out a few new ones now!

  21. Girl, this chili looks yuuuuum-E! I miss chili so much. My mama puts beer in it and it's so good (even though I cannot STAND beer to drink, however it tastes good in chili!)

    Girl, here's a few you can add to get you movin' and groovin':

    1) Raise Your Glass- Pink
    2)Hey Baby (Drop it to the floor)- Pitbull
    3) I Came to Party- Space Cowboy
    4) Shake My- Three Six Mafia
    5) Hello Good Morning- Diddy-Dirty Money

    I've been meaning to post my playlist for weeks now, but am lazy...think I'll do that later today. Music makes my workouts:)

  22. Ahhh, thanks for that playlist!! I NEED to update my ipod, my workouts are getting boring with the same old stuff! I feel so old, I never know that names of anything that was helpful ;-)

  23. I am slightly obsessed with the song No Speak Americano by Yolando Be Cool. It might not be running music per se, but it definitely gets the booty shakin on the dance floor.

    The chili looks amazing. Nothing beats old fashioned ground beef version. Yum!

  24. BOOTS & LEGGINGS=perfect chilly making attire! love how much fun you had while making deliciousness! :)
    I hope youre having a great week!

  25. Boots and leggings are staples in my fall wardrobe!

    Mmm chili is so good. I've never really topped it with anything though. I feel like guac and cheese would take it to an entirely new level of deliciousness.

    As for the race, I say you rock a onesie with a bum flap. ;)

  26. Super simple chili- it's calling my name. I love the simplicity (of opening a few cans) of this recipe! I might be making this tonight... and maybe adding some pumpkin chunks. Mmmmm. :)

  27. One, I must comment on the music right now! I can't agree more! I can NOT stand Katy Perry for some reason and am just enjoying all the move to music right now ;). never answered me before - where from?

    Also, I LIVE in leggins, like weirdly. I come home from work and scurry to put those suckers on. I swear my bf is going to hide them from me just to see if I have anything in my closet left! xoxoxoxo

  28. TOTALLY agree with wearing leggings & tunics every. single. day! :)
    Love this time of year for that.
    Hope you don't mind if I borrow your music list for my upcoming half- I've been looking to make a new list & I LOVE all of those songs.

  29. i agree w/ tunics and leggings, but i only own one cute tunic (francesca's, black/green, you will remember), so prepare yourself to be online shopping with me for more the next time we're not busy at work.

    and once again, your cousins are adorable. i can't wait til my baby cousins are old enough to be interesting.

  30. I wear tunics/leggings/boots pretty much everyday. I'm wearing them right now, actually. In other words, I'm living the dream. That's why I love my job. :)

  31. Those kids are too cute. I never really drive anymore so don't even know whats out there so thanks for the list! I need to get some new tunes asap.

  32. Your cousin definitely has the traits of a future food blogger--so cute! And the chili looks like it turned out fabulous!

  33. Love the picture of your chili vs. mine. Thanks for not including a picture of me and saying something like "DANGER...loading your chili with all those toppings could cause weight gain" Love ya!