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Ten-Second Chili

27 Oct

Well, okay not really but this chili is so unbelievably fast and easy to make, I even had time to blog about it! And we all know I’ve obviously been lacking the time and patience for that recently.

What you’ll need:

  • leftover taco meat
  • a jar spaghetti sauce (I used my Grandma’s homemade sauce! Yum!)
  • 1/2 can of kidney beans (no idea what you’ll do with the rest, so if you like them, throw ’em in!)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I bought the store-brand chili ready ones, though I think Hunts Fired Roasted would be better)
  • 1 small can Mexican corn (I just really like it, but it’s optional)
  • Garlic powder to taste (optional)
  • Steak seasoning to taste (optional)

So dump your leftover taco meat into a medium to large pot and let it warm up.  While it’s doing this, drain your tomatoes and kidney beans and dump those into the pot.  I dumped the large things in first so they wouldn’t splash and get all over the stove.

Add in the Mexican corn if you’re using it & then cover it all with spaghetti sauce.  I added garlic powder (just a bit, use your judgement) and steak seasoning (same as the garlic powder, use your judgement) and let the whole thing simmer covered for about 15 minutes.

So technically it’s like…17 minute chili…but it’s super easy and quick, not to mention absolutely DELICIOUS.  I even had time to make some garlic toast (Bread + a little olive oil + garlic pepper seasoning into the oven til golden brown) to make a quick and hearty meal, perfect for this miserable Happy Valley weather!

So grab a cup of chili and stay warm!



Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole

21 Nov

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

For this week’s LION BITE, I wanted to share with you a recipe I made earlier this week for a potluck dinner that I hosted: Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole.  I know, sounds amazing, right?  That’s because it is!  It’s stick to your bones American deliciousness all in one 9×13 pan!  I love anything that can be thrown together in a baking dish or crock pot and be ready with very little attention from me when I’m having a busy week.  This recipe is one I found in my Better Homes & Gardens: 9×13 The Pan That Can Cookbook

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 10.75 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10.75 oz can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 20 oz bag of frozen french fries
  • various seasonings: garlic salt, paprika, seasoned salt & oregano


Start off,  by browning your ground beef in a large pan with the garlic powder and finely diced onion.  I split mine into two batches because it was easier to brown that way.  Then I dumped it into a 9X13 baking dish (ungreased).

I mixed the two cans of soup in a bowl until they were well blended & poured this over the browned hamburger, then mixed in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese to the whole thing.

I like well seasoned fries, so I cut the top of my bag of frozen fries & seasoned with garlic salt, paprika, seasoned salt & oregano, closed the top of the bag and shook it up.  Then I just topped my burger & soup mixture with the french fries and baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, I added the leftover 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese to the top & put it back in the oven until the cheese was melted.


This was simple, fairly inexpensive and very well liked, especially by the guys, at the potluck!  Definitely give it a try for one of those nights you’re craving burgers but comfort food all at once!


WE ARE…happy to be home for Thanksgiving break.