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Autumn Chili

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Autumn Chili


Nothing says Autumn more than a big pot of chili! This recipe was given to me by my dear friend and neighbor, Shannon. It’s super easy and pretty healthy for you too. 

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb ground turkey sausage 

1 lb 90/10 ground beef

5 carrots peeled and chopped

5 celery stalks, chopped

1 large onion, chopped 

Garlic to taste (I use about 3 cloves minced)

1 can each – drained and rinsed: black beans, small white beans, golden hominy (you can find the hominy in any grocery Goya section)

2 cans of diced tomatoes. You can use flavored ones like the Fire Roasted diced tomatoes by Hunt’s or Rotel if you want to add a kick)

1 large can crushed tomatoes

3 packets of McCormick chili seasoning, feel free to add more chili powder to taste. OR any homemade combination instead of premade packets. Example: 5-6 Tablespoons chili powder, 1-2 Tablespoons Ground cumin, 1 Tablespoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon onion powder)
SautĂ© the garlic, onions, carrots and celery until tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Brown then drain the meat. Add the vegetables and meat to a large stock or soup pot. Add the spices, diced and crushed tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a slow boil then reduce to low. Cook for several hours. I find that the longer it simmers, the more tender the meat becomes. *Tip: brown the turkey, sausage and beef separately. It’s easier to break up the chunks when you brown the meat in batches, especially the sausage.


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Hot Onion Dip

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If you are looking for a super easy and delicious dip for Super Bowl or any winter party – this is it! You can pretty much serve this with anything but I tend to pair it with tortilla scoops and Bugles. Yes, I said Bugles! Fun for the fingers and taste buds. Carrot chips and celery would also go well with this dip.

1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped or 1 frozen bag of diced onions thawed and drained
2 packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise (you may as well go all out – this is not a low fat recipe)

Mix all ingredients together and put in a medium baking dish. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

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