Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Considering how easy and inexpensive chili is to make, you would have thought I would make it much more often. Not only are beans extremely cheap, they also taste great and pack a huge nutritional punch. And chili has to be one of the ultimate credit crunching meals. It just stretches so far - I made a fairly small batch a few nights ago and had more than enough to enjoy it for several meals afterwards.
The first night, I simply served it as is, garnished with some shredded cheese and chopped raw red onions for a bit of color and crunch. I used a recipe I found here that called for a crockpot. What a great idea! Why had it never occurred to me to make chili in a slow cooker before? I think I am still on the hunt for the perfect chili recipe for my tastes, but the crockpot method was a real winner.
The next night, I transformed some of the leftover chili into Chili Cheese Nachos. Using a recipe I found here as a guide, I added some refried beans with mild green chilies to some of my crockpot chili leftovers and heated it up. I then poured that over some tortilla chips, sprinkled cheese over the top, and baked at 400F for about 5-10 minutes, until the cheese was fully melted. I then garnished the nachos with some jalapeno slices and sour cream.
Meal three was just Chili Dogs, steamed hotdogs with some of the chili-refried beans mixture spooned on top, and garnished with red onions and brown mustard.
at 9:57 AM Posted by Heatherfeather