Chinni Chili

  • coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 1/2 t cumin
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans red beans
  • 1 1/2 cans water or chicken broth
  • 1 can Rotel

Saute onion in coconut oil over medium-high heat until half-cooked. Turn heat to medium, add garlic, cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Add meat, turning heat up to medium-high again. Cook meat and then drain and rinse. Add spices to the dry meat, then add tomato sauce, beans, water, and Rotel. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Best Lasagna Soup

Well, I wouldn’t call it the “best,” but Faith likes this recipe. And if Faith’s happy, we’re all happy!

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz. beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 C corn (frozen or canned)
  • 2 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 1/2 C uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat, adding green pepper and onion halfway through. Drain, rinse, and place in slow cooker with other ingredients (except pasta and cheese). Cook on low for 3 hours. Add pasta and cook on high 1 hour. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 8

Adapted from tasteofhome.com

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Mexican Casserole

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Mexican Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) container salsa (I use Newman Own’s medium salsa)
½ green bell pepper, chopped (about ½ cup)
1 (15 oz.) can organic sweet corn, drained
1 (16 oz.) can chili beans, not drained
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 cups crushed organic corn chips
1 cup firmly packed fresh kale (or spinach)
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained well (or about 1 cups fresh chopped tomatoes)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

1. Place the beef and onion in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Cook until browned;
strain and rinse.
2. Return the cooked beef to the skillet and add the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to
a simmer.
3. Place the crushed corn chips on the bottom of a greased 9″ by 13″ baking dish.
4. Spoon half the bean mixture over the chips. Spread the kale (or spinach) on top. Add the
remaining bean mixture. Sprinkle on the diced tomatoes.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese and cook another 5
minutes. The casserole should be warm and bubbling.
6. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro if desired.

From Blog of Joy

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Homemade Pizza

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Yield: 3 medium pizzas

Pizza Dough:

  • 2 cups warm water (I use the warmest water from the tap; about 105 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 7-8 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs yeast
  • cornmeal for sprinkling

Combine water, oil, salt, 3 cups of flour, and yeast; mix until combined. Add another 2 cups of flour and knead, gradually add additional flour as needed until the dough stops sticking to the bowl. Knead an additional 5 minutes. Divide the dough into three balls. Roll each ball of dough on pizza stones sprinkled with cornmeal. Roll up the edges to form a crust. Top with desired toppings.

You can be creative with this, but here’s what I do:

Pizza Toppings:

  • 1 (24 oz) can tomato sauce (I use Classico Tomato & Basil)
  • 1 lb. cooked ground beef
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • dried basil and oregano, to taste
  • pineapple tidbits

Spread the tomato sauce on the dough (I use about 3/4 cup per pizza).Top with ground beef, pineapple tidbits, or other desired toppings. Sprinkle with dried basil and oregano. Let rest for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake each pizza for 9 minutes, sprinkle on the cheese (I use about 2 cups per pizza), and then bake for another 9 minutes. Slice and serve.

From Blog of Joy

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Shepherd’s Pie

  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/3 C flour
  • 1/4 C ketchup
  • 2 1/2 C beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 1/2 to 4 pounds frozen mixed vegetables
  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and cook ground beef (starting on additional steps while it cooks), adding onion halfway through; drain and rinse. Return to pot and stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Add ketchup, beef broth, 1 t salt, and 1/4 t pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

2. Cook frozen vegetables as instructed on bag. Drain and set aside.

3. Peel and cut potatoes; boil until tender (15 minutes). Drain and mash. Mix in butter and 1 1/2 C shredded cheese. Add 1 t salt and 1/4 t pepper; set aside.

4. Lightly oil the sides of a large roasting pan. Spread the ground beef mixture in the bottom. Spread the vegetables over the meat. Salt and pepper liberally. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 C cheese.

5. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. If you prefer your pie crispy and golden brown, leave uncovered.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

 

  • 1 spaghetti squash (up to 6 packed cups), cooked ahead (see step 1)
  • 8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 48 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 1 C water
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Put 2-3 inches of water in a large stock pot. Cut squash in half or quarters to fit flesh side down in the pot. Cover and bring to a boil; boil about 15 minutes, until squash is tender. Drain squash and cool. Using a spoon, discard seeds. Scoop out the stringy “spaghetti.”
  2. Brown ground beef in a large pot; drain and rinse. Add spaghetti sauce, water, and Italian seasoning.
  3. In a large stock pot or pan, saute onion and bell pepper in olive oil until tender, adding garlic half way through. Add squash and turn off heat.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the cream cheese over low heat. Add the sour cream, salt, pepper, and parsley; stir to make a smooth white sauce.
  5. Stir the white sauce into the cooked squash mixture.
  6. Lightly oil a 6 quart slow cooker and layer noodles, white squash mixture, ground beef mixture, and cheese.  Repeat two more times, breaking noodles to fit each layer.
  7. Sprinkle with dried basil or oregano flakes for garnish if desired.
  8. Cook on low for just under 3 hours to avoid burning.

I adapted this for a slow cooker, and suggest cooking the squash and the beef the day before.  From: tammysrecipes.com

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Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 t onion powder
  • 1 t cumin, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, and sugar
  • 1/2 t salt

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Three tablespoons of this mix equals 1/4 ounce package of commercial seasoning mix.

from cook.com

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Tammy’s Chili

  • 3 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 peppers (We prefer red and yellow)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 3 cans kidney beans (15 oz. each), rinsed and drained
  • 2 (16 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 T ground cumin
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t pepper

For serving:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced avocado
  • freshly chopped cilantro
  • tortilla chips
  • salsa

In very large stock pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for  1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Option: Bake at 200 degrees in a roaster all afternoon or in two slow cookers on low.

from tammysrecipes.com

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Beef and Lentil Chili

The entire family loves this one!
  • 3 pounds ground beef (or small pieces of stew meat)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 3 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes (or 5 1/2 C diced fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 1/2 T chili powder
  • 1 1/2 T ground cumin
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • dash of cayenne
  • 9 C water
  • 1 1/2 pounds dry lentils (about 3 3/4 C), rinsed

Optional, for serving:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • tortilla chips

In a large stock pot, brown ground beef or stew meat with onion, garlic, and pepper.  (Drain grease if using ground beef, and return to pan.)  Add remaining ingredients except lentils and optional ingredients.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Simmer covered, on medium-low heat for at least 30 minutes.  Add lentils and stir.  Cover and simmer for an additional 60 minutes or until lentils are tender.  Continue simmering until you reach the desired thickness.  Serve hot, with optional ingredients of your choice.  Enjoy!

Easy Slow Cooker recipe:

If you use beef stew meat, you can make this chili start-to-finish in your slow cooker.  If you choose to use ground beef instead, brown it in a pan on the stove, drain the grease, and then add it and other ingredients to a 6 quart slow cooker.  (It will barely fit.)  Cook on low for about 6 hours.

From tammysrecipes.com

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Mexican Tortilla Pizza

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • flour tortillas
  • 20 oz. Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 3 T diced fresh cilantro
  • 12 oz. shredded cheese

Brown beef in skillet, adding onion halfway through.  Drain.  Make flour tortilla recipe, rolling it to fit two large jelly roll pans.  Brush tortillas lightly with olive oil.  Bake 3 minutes at 400 degrees.  Spoon beef mixture over tortillas, then drained tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese.  Bake 10 more minutes.

Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Adapted from mensfitness.com

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