Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili

We love chili at our house. The problem is that I can never make the same batch of chili twice. I am notorious for not being able to duplicate a meal. And this chipotle shredded beef recipe is going to need duplicating so I am here to document the recipe.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili. My new favorite chili recipe.

I am all about cooking once and eating twice. The chipotle shredded beef I made for beef sandwiches worked perfectly in this chili. And already had the slow cooked big flavor to help make the chili taste like it simmered all day when only it was ready in 30 minutes. I am telling you, cook once, eat twice is the key to great weeknight meals.

To help give chili the smoky flavor I like, I always, always start with bacon. That’s right bacon. I cut up four to five slices of bacon and fry it in the bottom of my stock pot. I remove the bacon once it is crisp leaving the bacon grease in the pan for the holy trinity of chili to be fried up in it. What is the holy trinity you ask? Well, simply onion, green pepper, and garlic. All diced, of course. Once they just start to get soft, I added the leftover chipotle shredded beef. And stirred till combined and the meat was warmed up.

Bacon is the key to a good Chili Base along with onions, green peppers and garlicWhen the beef is warmed up, start adding the liquids. I added both sauce and canned tomatoes. For me, I add petite diced tomatoes. If I would have had fire-roasted diced tomatoes, I would have added those. But I didn’t have them on hand. I also added baked beans instead of chili beans. I used mesquite thinking it would really add a punch of flavor. I added salt, pepper and chili powder also. I used the chili 3000 from Penzey’s.

diced tomatoes, beans and bacon chili

Then add the remaining bacon and let it simmer till you are ready to eat. I let it simmer about 15 minutes. I was honestly waiting on the cornbread to bake. I got the chili done faster than I could whip together a pan of cornbread. And it was all amazing. We will definitely be making this again.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili and Cornbread. My new favorite chili recipe.

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili

Chipotle Shredded Beef Chili

Ingredients

  • 5 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 3 cups Shredded Chipotle Beef
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz can
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 15 oz can
  • 1 can of baked beans, 15 oz can
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder (taste for heat preference)
  • Serve with cornbread and top with onions, shredded cheese, sour cream or your normal chili toppings.

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon in the stock pot you plan on making your chili. I cut the bacon into pieces before frying. Remove once it is crisp leaving grease in pan.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and garlic to bacon grease. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the peppers begin to just be soft.
  3. Add the shredded beef to the vegetables in bacon grease. Stir to combine and cook till meat is no longer cold if using leftover meat.
  4. Pour tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and beans to pot. Add reserve bacon to the chili. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Add chili powder tasting for heat as you add a little at a time.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or until ready to eat.
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Texas Queso Dip

Sometimes it is an eat chips and queso kind of day. This crock pot Texas Queso Dip is not that different from the Sausage Queso I have shared before. The main difference is spicy or hot seasoned sausage instead of ground pork or mild pork sausage.

Texas Queso DipThe recipe is out of the 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes from Gooseberry Patch. And it is a cinch.

Simply brown a pound of hamburger. If you want to do it quick, be sure to check out my quick tip on browning hamburger. Just place a two-pound block of Velveeta, a can of tomatoes and chiles (or a can of diced tomatoes plus a can of chiles like I did) along with a half a cup of milk.

Crock Pot Texas Queso Dip

Just let the mixture cook on low for two hours in a slow cooker or crock pot. Stir occasionally to avoid it burning around the edges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Texas Queso Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hot ground pork sausage, browned and drained
  • 32-oz. pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed
  • 10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • white corn tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Combine the sausage, cheese, tomatoes and milk in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for two hours until cheese is melted.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Crock Pot Chipotle Shredded Beef

Naturally when I am reviewing a new cookbook I am drawn to the Mexican inspired recipes. When the recipe includes a beef roast and a crock pot, I am sold. Gonna try the recipe. This crock pot chipotle shredded beef did not disappoint anyone in the family.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beefThe recipe called for a chuck roast, but here is the deal, use whatever beef roast you have on hand or is on sale at the grocery story. It will all work the same. Place the beautiful beef roast in the crock pot.

beef chuck roast in crock pot

The original recipe called for cans of diced tomatoes, green chiles and chipotle sauce. I however had enchilada sauce instead of chipotle. It also called for chili powder and cumin. I had Penzey’s Chili 9000 which has cumin and other yummy seasonings and herbs. So, I used two tablespoons of it instead. Topped the roast with sliced onions and the canned goods before letting it slow cook all day. I omitted the beef broth the recipe called for originally.

Chipotle Beef Ingredients

After it has slow cooked all day, you should be able to peel any excess fat off the roast and then shred with two forks. Don’t trim the fat before cooking. Remember fat is the flavor conductor. You want it to cook with the meat all day to add flavor.

crock pot chipotle beef
 The meat should be fairly juicy. Which made me relieved that I didn’t add the two cups of beef broth. You will get quite a bit of beef. This is a great recipe to eat twice.

slow cooked chipotle shredded beef

The cooked meat will freeze nicely to pull out later or go ahead and make some beef enchiladas and use the meat for tacos or on top of Mexican Risotto.

Chipotle shredded beef risottoThe recipe is from 303 Simple & Satisfying Recipes which is the combination of three cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch. I will be giving this cookbook away the second week of September 2014. Be sure to check back to register to win and see what other great recipes I made.

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Slow Cooked Chipotle Shredded Beef

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed
  • 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 7-oz. can chipotle sauce or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 4-oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, slice
  • 2 T. chili 9000 from Penzey's or 2 T chili powder and 1 t. cumin

Instructions

  1. Place roast in a slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Once it is completely cooked, remove any excess fat. With 2 forks, shred the beef roast in slow cooker. Add beef broth if there is not much liquid.
  3. Serve on tortillas with favorite taco toppings, on a bed of lettuce for a salad or in a bowl with Mexican rice.
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What do farm kids do all summer?

I grew up on a small dairy farm in the era when we still had to physically walk beans to cut weeds. While I loved summer break because that meant county fair, it also meant work. And today I find myself in conversations with friends and parents of my children’s friends about what the kids will be doing over the summer. Then it hit me one day when I was texting with a group of friends who are also all farming, how different our lives are from the majority but yet how my kids will look back with a grateful spirit for being raised working hard and playing hard. So, here my friends is a glimpse into our farm kids’ summer.

Planted Sweet Corn and Watched It Grow

Planted Sweet Corn and Watched It Grow

Played with the Pigs

Played with the Pigs

Summer swim meet

Summer swim meet

Wrote a Pen Pal and Mailed the Letter

Wrote a Pen Pal and Mailed the Letter

Biking During the Columbus Triathlon

Biking During the Columbus Triathlon

Placing in the top 3 of the Columbus Youth Triathlon

Placing in the top 3 of the Columbus Youth Triathlon

Another Swim Meet

Another Swim Meet

Did I Mention Sister LOVES Swim Meets?

Did I Mention Sister LOVES Swim Meets?

Watching Corn Grow

Watching Corn Grow

Walking 4-H Pigs

Walking 4-H Pigs

Finding Wild Bunnies In the Yard

Finding Wild Bunnies In the Yard

 

4-H Project Work

4-H Project Work

The Girl and Her Dairy Calf

The Girl and Her Dairy Calf

 

Showing Dairy in His White Clothes

Showing Dairy in His White Clothes

Showing His York Barrow Pig

Showing His York Barrow Pig

Excitement After Winning

Excitement After Winning

 

Fun In The Greased Pig Contest

Fun In The Greased Pig Contest

And that gets us till mid-July. So, what do they do? Head to more fairs…

Off to Illinois to Watch Cousins Show

Off to Illinois to Watch Cousins Show

She Loves the Fair

She Loves the Fair

No, Really She Does

No, Really She Does

Country Walks Near Our House

Country Walks Near Our House

And then my boy had a big weekend…

 

Another Swim Meet... The STATE Meet

Another Swim Meet… The STATE Meet

The Brickyard NASCAR series

The Brickyard NASCAR series

What are your kids doing this summer?

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

I am giving away my new favorite cookbook. Maybe it is because it is grilling season, and I love to grill on my Big Green EGG. Or maybe it is because I am making food that looks like this Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

Bacon wrapped BBQ chickenAnd just how do you get to this end beauty. Start with chicken tenders or in my case chicken breasts and then cut them in half.

Chicken breasts for bacon wrapped BBQ chickenI multi-task in the kitchen so before you start wrapping your chicken, get your special barbecue sauce going. Pick your favorite barbecue sauce and then add two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of onion powder.

homemade barbecue sauce

As the sauce simmers, get to wrapping up your chicken. I was able to use one slice per chicken. Some folks may want to hold the bacon in place by toothpicks. I had good luck keeping the bacon in place with the just the barbecue.

bacon wrapped chicken

Once it safely wrapped and completely covered with bacon, it is time to slather each piece with your barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Sauce Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I used a grill brush to put the sauce on but you could also use a spoon.

Brushing on Barbecue Sauce on Bacon Wrapped ChickenThen it is grill time! The bacon will put off bacon grease. So, if you a grilling over a gas grill, you may want to put the chicken a little in between the burners or a more indirect location on the grill.

Grilling Bacon Wrapped ChickenNow, don’t get flip happy. If you flip too much the bacon will fall off. And you don’t want to lose the bacon to the grill. Trust me. I cooked the chicken for about 10-15 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer and make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees. And plus, you want your bacon done too!! The barbecue and bacon will keep the chicken juicy.

If you want to enjoy a bacon wrapped meal, add some asparagus wrapped in bacon to the grill.

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken Love this recipe, go register to win this cookbook!

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 1/2-1 lb bacon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion powder. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile wrap chicken breast with one to two slices bacon each. Set aside 3/4 cup sauce mixture. Brush remaining sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on grill not directly over flames to prevent flare ups with a medium-high heat. Grill for 25-30 minutes, flipping twice, until nearly done. Brush chicken well with reserved sauce mixture.
  4. Cook until chicken juices run clear and sauce is caramelized. Always cook chicken to 165 degrees.
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Gooseberry Patch Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook Giveaway

Sometimes you get a cookbook that you literally want to make every recipe in the cookbook. Every single one. This new Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook is that cookbook for me.

Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch

Maybe it is because I am obsessed with my Big Green Egg. Or maybe because we had a hard, cold winter. Or the recipes are just that good. The chapters of the cookbook lend to your summer day’s cuisine desire. Whether you are grilling out, looking for a side dish, on a campfire or just looking for a cool crisp salad, you will find it in this cookbook.

Grilling Campfire Cooking table of contentsHere is a sneak peak into a few of my dishes.

April's barbecue chicken

April’s Barbecue Chicken

Bacon wrapped grilled chicken and asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped BBQ Chicken

Sizzling Bacon Asparagus

Backyard Cheddar BBQ Burgers

Backyard BBQ Cheddar Burgers

I also made the Lemony Grilled Broccoli and Versatile Grilled Veggies. Both were awesome grilled side dishes.

But, don’t just take my word for it, checkout some of these recipes from a few of my friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Campfire Burritos

Balsamic Grilled Tomatoes

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Are you dying to get your hands on the cookbook? Register to win one by leaving a comment on what your favorite summertime or grilled dish is. Can’t wait for the 10 days I will be running this giveaway, go buy the Cookbook. Be sure to register by July 1 or you will have no chance to win it! To give you an idea of just how yummy this cookbook can be, here is one of the recipes I prepared

April's Barbecue Chicken

April's Barbecue Chicken

This is a juicy grilled chicken recipe with an easy homemade barbecue sauce.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken or chicken pieces
  • 1 T. plus 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • 1 1/2 t. onion powder, divided
  • 2 c. ketchup
  • 1 to 2 c. brown sugar, packed and divided
  • 1/2 t. dry mustard
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, place chicken and cover with water, one tablespoon garlic powder and one teaspoon of onion powder. Cook on medium-high heat till the pot comes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, combine ketchup, one cup brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and remaining garlic and onion powders in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes adding liquid smoke and remaining brown sugar to your taste.
  3. Once chicken has simmered, place on medium-high heated grill. Grill for 30-40 minutes or till chicken reaches an internal temp of 165. Baste with barbecue sauce as it grills.
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Is Food From Small Farmers Better? Why #FarmSizeDoesntMatter

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, someone you really respect and value their opinions, but you can’t for the life of you figure out why they believe something that could not be any farther from the truth? As a mother I have experienced this with vaccinating your kids to drinking raw milk to breast feeding. We all have our beliefs and views and have done our research. And boy do we like to push our beliefs on others and even shame others who don’t agree with our train of thought. As a mother, I want to make the best possible decision for my family. I don’t want a decision I make to impact my kid’s ability to grow, learn and develop.

Kids sitting on a tractor

Which is why I think sometimes food becomes such an emotional choice for moms like me. Every single day we are putting food in our kids mouths. Every morsel can ultimately impact their growth, their health, their wellness. I get it. However, I think the fear of not doing the best for our kids has spurred a movement of scaring people from eating certain types of food that are hard to imagine.

But here is the thing when it comes to food, it all starts on a farm. Big farms. Small farms. Local farms. Foreign farms. The culture of being a farmer has evolved just like being a teacher has evolved. There are farmers who still raise heirloom tomatoes just like there are places kids learn in one room schools with multiple grades all together. In the same way there are farmers who raise hybrid tomatoes and just like there are schools that now never meet in a formal classroom but learn through online platforms. Does one situation mean it is superior to the other? I would argue that these types of farming and educational formats are what works and fits for that community and people working on those farms and in those schools.

stand for farmers

This year on our farm we aren’t just growing our regular corn and soybeans on the less than 250 acres we are farming, we are also growing pigs, a dairy calf and chickens and sweet corn. And let me be honest, the latter part of our operation is a losing operation. Losing money, that is. We hope to make some money from the sweet corn but that is if we sell the 25,000 ears of corn that come from the 25,000 seeds we are planting on one acre.

Beyer Beware's small farm #FarmSizeDoesntMatter That’s the thing with farm size, they didn’t grow larger because anyone forced it to happen. For generations farming has evolved and changed. My hens pecking around in the grass outside of my red barn is romantic. But let me tell you what isn’t romantic. Picking up 12 of the 32 chickens that have been killed in the middle of the night. Because that is a reality. Putting the chickens outside is almost more for our psyche than theirs. We literally have to to push them out the door to get them to go out. And a crazy fox or weasel and they are all goners. Hard to make money off of dead chickens. Hence why most egg laying chickens are raised in safe, secure buildings. Farmers have to have birds to pay the light bill.

We have older equipment. The equipment we are using to plant our sweet corn is 10 years older than I am. Yet, we have some the best genetics and technology packed into the seed. Equipment is expensive today. You have to have a lot of land to spread the fixed cost of equipment over. Seed however is a variable cost. We can buy more expensive seed that will require less chemicals and be more hardy to deliver a crop to us. Thus we use older equipment and newer seed technology.

old equipment new seed technology #FarmSizeDoesntMatterSo, does that mean our sweet corn is from “Big Ag” even though it is being grown on our one acre field? Or does that mean it should be better because it is from people who picked by hand by someone in our family. My point is this, regardless, of size or method of production, all farmers go home to families. These families may have incorporated their farms and the IRS may look at them as corporations, but first and foremost they are families. Buying food in your box store or at your local farmers market shouldn’t matter. The farmers grew the whole foods that went into your food. While we can debate on processing, additives and what not, that has nothing to do with farm size. Continue to ask questions and push all of us to explore the best options for all people not just your community. And when you are trying to decide what type of farm you want your food to come from, remember #FarmSizeDoesntMatter.

 

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

From My Front Porch

Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast

An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.
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