So, pretend with me for a moment that your favorite mac and cheese recipe and your favorite taco recipe had a baby made out of creamy cheddar cheese and macaroni goodness mixed with spicy ground beef and topped with crumbled up crunchy tortilla chips. Got that in your mind? Welcome to my chili macaroni and cheese, which is all of that deliciousness baked up in your favorite casserole dish and just in time for those chilly winter nights when the ravenous kids are around. Let’s make it!
I know, I know, I am WAY behind the pumpkin schedule here. I’m still coming to grips with the fact that the heirloom tomatoes and the basil have packed it up for the season, but I’m pretty much there now, and I’m making it up to you with PUMPKIN CHILI. I figure that my fellow food bloggers have covered the sweet pumpkin front what with their delectable recipes for slow cooker pumpkin granola and pumpkin spice pecan brittle and pumpkin white chocolate pie, so I am going to cover the savory side.
With chili. Spicy, hearty, laced through with creamy pumpkin chili. It’s what’s for dinner on Halloween…let’s make it!
I’ve had all kinds of chili cravings lately, maybe because we are STILL SEEING SNOWFLAKES here in the springtime month of April. And as a result, I come home wanting a bowl of warm spiciness to take the chill off, but making a pot of traditional chili on weeknights takes more time and organization than I have…except for this weeknight turkey chili. This particular version uses ground turkey instead of beef, and simmers up with tomatoes and onion and a lovely conglomeration of spices in just about 30 minutes. And 30 minutes on a chilly, busy weeknight I can definitely handle. Let’s make it!
This easy no bean chile recipe came into being for a couple of reasons. First of all, I will go on the record right now to say I don’t like beans. Never have, never will. Except for jelly beans – I love and adore jelly beans. But no thanks to any other variety of beans in the world except for peanuts, which I recently found out belong to the legume family. So if there was going to be any chili-making going on in my kitchen, it was not going to involve beans…but it still needed to please the other chili-lovers in my house. And I’m happy to say that this easy, spicy version passed with flying colors!
Sometimes you just need a little Frito Chili Pie and that’s all there is to it. Here’s your easy recipe! And I do mean EASY.
So, those of you who follow me on Facebook know that pretty much every morning I post what I am making for dinner as my Facebook status. (This started when I first got my Facebook page and I wasn’t posting any status at all. The teenager was aghast, and told me I HAD to postRead More & Get the Recipe