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Award Winning Smoky Chipotle Chili

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This is an award winning chili recipe that is delicious to make for the family at least once every chili season. The chili cook-off that I entered was held my last office job, and this was the winner (I was so proud!)

I originally found the recipe on Allrecipes, but have made it my own over the years with different spices and salsa that gives the chili a spicy & sweet kick. I usually make a double batch because it goes quickly and is perfect to freeze a few portions for later. See recipe below for the double recipe ingredients and directions.

Smoky Chipotle Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (we like hot & spicy!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 2 jars chipotle pineapple salsa (if you can’t find chipotle salsa with pineapple, you can get a small can of diced pineapples to add in)
  • 2 cans french onion soup
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • cornbread or corn chips

Directions:

  1. Brown meat, drain, return to stove and simmer with 1 1/3 cup water and taco seasoning over medium/low heat 4-5 minutes
  2. Combine taco meat, garlic, kidney beans, salsa, soup, and thawed corn in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High 3-4 hours, or Low 5-6 hours.
  4. Serve with cornbread or corn chips.

Enjoy!


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Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

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Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

I was recently given an opportunity to sample and review BRIANNAS Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing with one of my recipes.  Let me tell you, this dressing made my dish complete!

I first poured the dressing in a salsa dish and set it out as an appetizer (next to my favorite spicy salsa) and served it with tortilla chips . The creamy cilantro lime dressing cooled my palate between bites of the spicy stuff, it was a delicious combo!

The burrito recipe I created requires minimal prep & is easy cooking, but the specialty dressing really gives the dish restaurant-quality taste at my own dinner table. You could even make this without tortilla shells and have a burrito bowl.

I usually cook Mexican dishes extra spicy, but this dish is not spicy so almost anyone can enjoy it…my 1 year old daughter loved it! If you enjoy spicy food, you can always add hot pepper flakes to the chicken (and the creamy cilantro lime dressing is great to even-out the spice). See recipe below.

Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat on the stove top under med/high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Turn down stove top to medium heat and cook each side of chicken for 4-5 minutes. Place pan with chicken in the over for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through. Let the chicken rest 4-5 minutes before slicing.CIlantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito
  3. Cook rice as directed on package. (The express cook packet only takes 90 seconds!) Pour cooked rice in mixing bowl, stir-in juice from 1 lime and fresh chopped cilantro.Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito
  4. Heat up corn and peppers as directed on package. (The frozen bags take about 5 minutes in the microwave.) Once cooked, mix with 1/4 cup creamy cilantro lime dressing.
  5. Warm tortilla shells in microwave for 15-20 seconds. Assemble burritos with a layer of rice, chicken, corn & peppers, and a drizzle of cilantro lime dressing (shredded cheese optional). You could even make this without tortilla shells and have a burrito bowl.

Enjoy!

CIlantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito


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Spice Up Mac & Cheese

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I love Mac & Cheese! I always try to have a box or two in my pantry to help make an easy dinner night. Lately I’ve been trying to spice up my mac & cheese with different ingredients, and I hit the jackpot with this one! It’s delicious with a spicy & sweet kick, and it’s ready in 20 minutes. I had to share…see ingredients and directions below.

Spice Up Mac & Cheese

Bacon Jalapeno Sausage Mac & Cheese w/ Sriracha

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes of your favorite Mac & Cheese (I get the spiral kind)
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 oz summer sausage, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked, chopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • sriracha sauce

Directions:

  1. Saute onion and honey in a small skillet over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook macaroni 5-7 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain macaroni in colander, and rinse with hot water. Let drain in sink.
  4. While macaroni is draining: add butter, sausage, bacon, jalapeno, red pepper and onion/honey mixture in saucepan over medium heat 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add macaroni, milk, and cheese packets in saucepan. Stir until well blended and heated-through.
  6. Drizzle sriracha sauce over top before serving.

Enjoy!

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Shredded chicken is covered in a sweet and spicy cherry BBQ sauce, then topped with a hearty honey cornbread that makes this a delicious family favorite in my home! It’s perfect for a weekend game day dinner or makes for an easy weeknight casserole.

This recipe contains some of my favorite Michigan-made ingredients: Cherry Republic Spicy Cherry BBQ Sauce and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. See the ingredients and directions below.


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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Ingredients:

Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  2. Stir the shredded chicken and BBQ sauce in a mixing bowl, then spread over bottom of casserole dish.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, stir the corn muffin mix, creamed corn, egg, sour cream, and shredded cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour corn mixture over shredded chicken in the casserole dish, spreading evenly. Drizzle honey over top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, or until top is golden brown and the cornbread doesn’t jiggle.
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy! Drizzle extra honey over your piece for some extra sweetness.

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BBQ Hot Dogs

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This page in my recipe book is not gently used…it was one of the first recipes I put in my collection, and my mom even stocked my first kitchen with all the ingredients to make it.

It reminds me of family, my childhood, and summer dinners at the cottage.  It has been in my family for a long time: the recipe came from my great-grandma before bottled BBQ sauce was available at the store.

Over the years I’ve made a few changes here and there, but it still always turns out delicious!  It’s perfect for a potluck or makes an easy dinner at home.  It pairs well with a side of potatoes (mashed potatoes or hash browns are my favorite.) See ingredients and directions below.

BBQ Hot Dogs

BBQ Hot Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 3 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 pkgs smoked sausage (diagonally cut)

Directions:

  1. Fry onion and bacon, drain.
  2. Mix all other ingredients, except hot dogs, and stir.
  3. Add to onion/bacon and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and add sausage.
  5. Cover and simmer at least 20 minutes on medium/low, stirring occasionally.  Enjoy!

Notes: instead of using the stove top, you can combine cooked bacon and all other ingredients in a slow cooker and simmer on low 4-6 hours.  If you need more sauce while simmering, add more ketchup.  The original recipe calls for 2-3 pkgs hot dogs cut into 8 pieces for each dog (instead of smoked sausage.) 

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