It is a well known fact that me in the kitchen most often results in either smoke or stitches, but this week I actually concocted something edible.
A few months ago we went to Wednesday Night Supper at church where they were serving “Taco Chili” – I nearly turned on my heels and left. I didn’t think that even SOUNDED appetizing. It isn’t that I don’t like tacos or chili… I just never would have put them together in one bowl. However, since my friends were there and the girls were “starving” we stayed. I have to admit – it was AWESOME. Like, I was considering getting seconds.
I mentioned it to my friend Jeannie and apparently she has been cooking it for years – I had never even HEARD of it until that night at Church… probably because it is not on any menu in Pensacola. Anyhow, she sent me the recipe but naturally I left it at home, so I called from the store parking lot and then tried to remember what she told me when I went inside. I know.
So my plan for shopping was anything Mexican-y or Chili-y was going in it! I just kept throwing stuff in the buggie and here is what I ended up with:
- Ground Chuck
- One yellow onion
- 2 packages of Taco Seasoning
- Large can of tomato Sauce
- Original Rotel
- One can Mexican Chili Beans
- One can Black Beans
- One can MexiCorn (didn’t know THIS existed either!)
- Small can of niblet corn
- One can dark red kidney beans
- Tortilla Chips
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream (optional- the girls liked it)
I did this in two pots but Jeannie says she does hers in two. Since I AM a pro with the Crock Pot, I decided that was probably my best strategy. SO –
I browned the meat and onion together in one pan, added a cup-ish (I mentioned I don’t measure stuff, right?) of water and one package of Taco Seasoning. In the Crock Pot I put everything else -including the second Taco Seasoning -and then mixed in the meat and onions. I left the Crock Pot on low for about 3 hours.
Then I lined the bowls with Tortilla Chips and spooned the Taco Chili right into the center. I topped mine with a little bit of cheese, and the girls liked cheese and sour cream on theirs.
I have to tell you – it was AWESOME. I was pretty proud of myself. (not that this took any real skill here, but let me have my moment, k?) It also isnt too bad fat/calorie wise either…
Note: It’s EVEN BETTER the next day… so all you “no-leftover” people… just send it all to me!