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Autumn Chili

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.

Hot Onion Dip


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.