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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Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

We can all pretend that we are always ready to whip up a meal for our starving kids. But, after being on the road or on a plane for a month straight, I would rather everyone just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When I came across the recipe for quick spicy beef burritos in my latest Gooseberry Patch Cookbook I am reviewing on the way home from a week on the beach, I knew even my kicking and screaming bad attitude towards cooking right now could handle it.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe great thing about this recipe is Beyer pantry friendly ingredients.

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos Recipe

Don’t we all have refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies and taco seasoning in bulk? Or just me?

Taco Meat add ins

Of course, I always have literally hundreds of pounds of meat just laying around in one of my two chest freezers. I get the frozen pound of ground beef going with a quarter cup of diced onions.

Browning beef for burritosOnce the beef is browned, drained of any excess grease, add those tomatoes, beans and seasoning.

Quick Spicy Beef Burrito FillingsStir to combine and let simmer for several minutes. And I dare you not to steal a bite.

Beef Burrito FillingYou will notice my spoon is missing from my awesome Fighting Illini spoon rest.

Quick Beef Burrito filling with Illini spoon restNow, stop sneaking bites and start assembling. For a healthier option, grab whole wheat tortillas. If you are gluten free, go for the corn. If you are me and you are going with what you have, you will use run of the mill flour tortillas for the family.

Quick beef burritos

Add shredded cheese and roll up tortillas and serve.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasNotice, I have some corn tortillas in the mix. And if you like more filling in your burritos, go for it. Add some guacamole. It’s healthy!

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Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 1 burrito

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Lovers of Tex-Mex food looking for a change of pace from regular tacos will fall in love with these quick spicy beef burritos.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 1-1/4 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion.
  2. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the taco seasoning, beans and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm up flour tortillas or crisp up corn tortillas and fill with beef filling.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and then roll up and serve immediately.
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This recipe is from a cookbook given to me by Gooseberry Patch. The recipe commentary and opinions are mine.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Who loves ooey, gooey, cheese laden food? This girl.  And my children. Which is why they loved this loaded buffalo and chicken dish. Maybe they love buffalo sauce because I ate an insane amount of Hooters Wings while I was pregnant. After all, hasn’t there been some kind of research done to link what you eat while pregnant to what your kids like to eat. Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Obviously, it involves a few of my favorite things… bacon, cheese, buffalo sauce. Let’s start with the bacon.

frying baconReserve the bacon to the side and leave the bacon grease in the skillet. It is time to make chicken. buffalo chicken marinadeThe buffalo chicken marinade is simple…wing sauce and ranch dressing. That’s all people. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then just put in the skillet of bacon grease. Cook on each side for about five minutes and then remove from the pan, let rest for a few minutes then dice. Now the potatoes… Once again, I have to tell you, I microwave the potatoes to almost fully cook them. Who has the time to bake potatoes? And if microwaving food causes cancer, I would have been died from cancer a long time ago. I grew up in the 80’s. We microwaved everything. Because we could. And it was cool. baked ranch potatoesI microwave make the potatoes till their almost done. Dice them and toss them in ranch seasoning and butter and put in the oven on 350 to crisp up a bit. At this point I would also have the chicken cooking in the skillet. Then you just combine chicken and potatoes. Buffalo Chicken and PotatoesThen you drench in shredded colby jack cheese and that crumbled bacon from earlier. Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes with cheese and baconThen bake for 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees or until the cheese is melted and just beginning to crisp.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

We of course drench this all in ranch. Any remotely healthy thing about this got killed with the ranch dressing. But, it was so good.

Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes with ranchGrab the recipe now too.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

If you are a chicken wing lover, then this loaded buffalo chicken and potato dish will become your favorite weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 potatoes, red or brown skinned
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup of ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing together and pour over chicken. Let marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Fry four pieces of bacon, crumble and reserve for later. Keep bacon grease in skillet.
  3. Bake potatoes till they are almost baked and then cube and spread out on a jelly roll pan. Toss butter and ranch seasoning on potatoes and finish baking potatoes on 350 degrees.
  4. Cook chicken in the skillet with reserved bacon grease for 5-6 minutes on each side or chicken is done.
  5. Cube cooked chicken and combine with baked potatoes. Cover in shredded cheese and then the bacon.
  6. Bake for another 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees till cheese is completely melted.
  7. Serve with ranch dressing.
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Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

I love creamy casseroles in the winter time. The problem now is for the most part they have flour in the sauce or the pasta. But, this chicken cordon bleu casserole creation can be completely flour free.

Chicken Cordon Bleu gluten free

Now, of course, the bread crumbs I put on part of it have flour, but almond meal can be substituted for the bread crumbs or completely omitted. The sauce is a creamy, cheesy sauce that doesn’t have a lick of thickener in it. Simply mix cream cheese, butter, milk or cream and parmesan cheese together for the base of the sauce.

flourless alfredo sauceNow start layering the casserole. Start with shredded or cubed cook chicken. This is about 2 cups worth or 4-5 boneless skinless chicken thighs. Followed by 1 cup shredded swiss cheese. You can use monterey jack or mozzarella also. Then layer ham. The next time I make this, I will cut up the ham. Feel free to use cubed ham or lunch meat. Just make sure you cut the lunch meat up. Followed by the incredible sauce.

chicken cordon bleu casserole layersNow, I am sure some of you notice breadcrumbs. Don’t want the carbs or can’t have the gluten, substitute almond meal. Or just leave off completely.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu CasseroleRegardless, enjoy this comforting casserole.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

This chicken cordon bleu casserole is full of flavor but yet low carb and even gluten free if you need it to be.

Ingredients

    Casserole Layers
  • 2 cups cooked diced or shredded chicken
  • 1 cup diced ham or sliced ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup shredded swiss, monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional Topping
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Layer the chicken in the bottom of a deep dish casserole pan.
  2. Layer shredded cheese on top of the chicken follow with the ham and then pour alfredo sauce over top of it all.
  3. To make the Alfredo sauce, mix the cream cheese, butter, milk, parmesan cheese and garlic powder together over a low heat in a small sauce pan.
  4. Stir constantly until it is all melted and just begins to bubble. Remove from heat.
  5. For added flavor and texture mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and butter together. Sprinkle over the alfredo sauce.
  6. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or casserole is bubbling.
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Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

The only thing that may have made these baked pork chops better is a splash of bourbon. Inspired by the garlic brown sugar chicken recipe I make, the cheesy garlic and brown sugar pork chops were delicious and easy.

cheesy brown sugar garlic pork chopsI mentioned easy. The most complicated is dicing garlic. Honestly. A few simple steps and you are on the way to pork heaven. Season each side of the pork chops with brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper with a dash of paprika and follow up with a drizzle of butter over the top of the pork chops. Use plenty of butter. Butter is a flavor conductor. It will run off and be left behind in the pan, but those pork chops will be juicy thanks to the butter.

brown sugar garlic cheese pork chopsBake the pork chops on 350 for 20-25 minutes or till the pork chops have an internal temp of 155. Then sprinkle with Colby-Jack cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes till cheese is completely melted.

brown sugar and garlic pork chopsEnjoy with your favorite barbecue sauce. Or not. I ate them plain. There is plenty of flavor, trust me. And of course, they would pair nicely with a bourbon and coke.

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 pork chops

Serving Size: 1 pork chop

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

A quick baked pork chop recipe that is full of flavor from the brown sugar and garlic. Adding cheese to the last five minutes of baking make these cheesy garlic and brown sugar pork chops irresistible.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rub both sides of pork chops with garlic and brown sugar. Place in square baking dish and drizzle butter over top. Sprinkle with paprika, alt and pepper.
  2. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or till internal temperature is 155 degrees.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake for another five minutes.
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Hunk of Meat Monday: Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

On Day 4 of the 30 days of #FarmsMatter, I am reminded why chicken farms are a gift from God. You see, I grew up gathering eggs at my grandparent’s house. And then butchering said chickens. When the chicken raising ended, I was sure I would never have to butcher a chicken again. WrONg! My dad then thought it would be a good idea to get a flock of chickens. That would require butchering. Let’s just say, I am grateful for Perdue and Tyson and all the other chicken farms for raising and processing the chickens that I can just buy at Kroger.

Chicen DrumsticksDrumsticks are the go-to chicken choice in our house when we eat chicken. I prefer dark meat any day of the week and of course the kids prefer eating legs over thighs! So, these packages literally can disappear quickly. The quickest recipe I have for baked chicken legs of course involves a few of my favorite things: garlic, butter, hot salt, and pasta sprinkle.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Leg seasoningOnce you have the butter melted, garlic added, follow up with hot salt and pasta sprinkle or some Italian herbs you have on hand. Then dip your legs in the butter. Dredge it through the butter and place on a jelly roll pan lined in foil. Then pour any extra over top of the legs.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs on Baking SheetThen, because I am obsessed with garlic, I hit the chicken with some roasted garlic and herbs seasoning.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Legs Roasted Garlic HerbThen roast the legs on 425 degrees for 25 minutes or till the juices run clear.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs seasonedThe legs are juicy, spicy and with a crunchy outer shell. There is something about crispy skin that makes it totally irresistible.

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken LegsNothing pairs with chicken legs like macaroni and cheese, so go ahead and go make some of the microwavable pasta in the last 12 minutes the chicken is cooking.

Spicy Garlic Chicken Legs

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

Spicy Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

Chicken legs are kids approved meal at our house. These spicy garlic baked chicken legs are fun to eat and full of flavor. And yes, very garlicky!

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken legs
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Hot Salt
  • Pasta Sprinkle
  • Roasted Garlic and Herb Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saute pan. Add garlic and saute for a minute or two.
  2. Once garlic and butter have infused, add hot salt and pasta sprinkle to combination and remove from heat. I added two teaspoons of each. Adjust to your flavor palette.
  3. Dredge chicken legs through butter mixture and place in foil lined jelly roll pan. Pour any extra butter over top of the chicken legs.
  4. Sprinkle roasted garlic and herb over the chicken legs and roast in 425 degree over for 25 minutes or till juices run clear.
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30 days #farmsmatter

This post is part of the 30 days series over on Prairie Farmer. Be sure to check out the five things Holly will be talking about all month long while you are there! Be sure to see all my 30 Days of #FarmsMatter posts.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

I love Philly Cheesesteaks. Love them. My husband loves them. So, when I had some peppers to use up, I decided to see if I could get a thumbs up on the chicken Philly sandwich version of the the beloved beef cheesesteaks.

Slow Cooker Philly SandwichThe taste testers gave me two thumbs up for the meal. They even ate multiple sandwiches since I am pretty much always buying slider size rolls for the slider size hands of my kids.

The assembly of this recipe is fairly simple. Butter, peppers, onions, garlic, chicken, steak seasoning. Oh and the crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken Philly CheesesteakNow, I used bone in chicken thighs with skin. The butter was a little overkill. If I use skin on thighs again, I will cut the amount of butter. If I use chicken tenders or breasts, I know I will need the butter. Regardless, watch the moisture levels in the crock pot. A little water was added to the crock pot about halfway through cooking.

The chicken will be fork tender to break apart and mix together with the onions and peppers. Bone-in chicken is also no problem. The chicken will fall right off the bone. Place on your buns of choice and top with provolone cheese.

Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Crock Pot Chicken Philly Sandwiches

If you love the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, you are sure to love the crock pot version of the Chicken Philly Sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced or 2 medium onions
  • 2 large bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 pounds of chicken*
  • 2 tablespoons of steak seasoning, divided
  • 8 hoagie or sandwich buns
  • 8 Provolone cheese slices

Instructions

  1. Place pats of butter on the bottom of crock pot.
  2. Layer, peppers, onions, garlic, 1 tablespoon of steak seasoning, chicken, and remaining steak seasoning.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add water halfway through if it appears to be dry.
  4. Use a fork to break apart chicken and mix together with onions and peppers.
  5. Serve on buns and top with cheese. Place under broiler to melt cheese, if desired.

Notes

*If you use skin on dark meat, cut the amount of butter by at least half.

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Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

When you let your 6 year old peruse through a cookbook to pick out what she wants for supper, don’t be shocked when she picks the Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole that has crushed potato chips on top!!

crispy pecan chicken casseroleAnd let’s just say I panicked. Yep, frozen chicken and it was 5:30. OOPS. Luckily, I have the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker. Therefore, I can have frozen to cooked chicken in 10 minutes!

Cooking Chicken in deep covered bakerYep, a few frozen chicken thighs, a beer and Montreal Chicken seasoning. I cooked for 5 minutes and pried apart. Then cooked for another five minutes and chopped up with the Pampered Chef Salad Choppers. Yes, you read that right. Just trust me.

Once the chicken is cooked and cubed or shredded, start getting your casserole put together. Get your celery, pecans and onions (or shallots in my case) chopped up, cream of chicken soup, mayo, sour cream and lemon juice stirred into the chicken. I also added some Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning. Mainly because I am plain obsessed.

Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole Recipe StepsBake this casserole in a greased casserole dish with crushed up potato chips and shredded cheese on 375 degrees for 30 minutes. And then just stand back while your kids inhale the casserole!

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Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

Serving Size: 6

Crispy Pecan Chicken Casserole

This crispy pecan chicken casserole will be appealing to your whole family with the potato chip and cheese topping and flavorful filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1⁄2 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 T. onion, finely chopped
  • 3⁄4 c. celery, sliced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1⁄2 c. sour cream
  • 10-3⁄4-oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp roasted garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 c. potato chips, crushed
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients except chips and cheese.
  2. Place in a lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish.
  3. Combine chips and cheese; sprinkle on top.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
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