Homemade Chili

Autumn is one of our favorite times of year in the Hood House and one of my favorite autumn-like dishes to make is chili! It’s so easy, so delicious, and makes great leftover meals for the rest of the week.


We had a group of friends over for football and chili last night which made me want to share a delicious and easy recipe with you all! I found this recipe in Rachael Ray’s magazine a few years ago and it has become my go-to chili recipe.

You will need:
– 1.5 pounds ground beef
– 1 onion, chopped
– 1.5 T garlic
– pinch chili powder
– 1/2 T cumin
– 1/2 T oregano
– salt & pepper to taste
– 1/2 t. cayenne (optional)
– 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
– 8 oz can tomato sauce
– 1 can red kidney beans

Side note: You can add veggies into this recipe if you like. Also, I use only one pot to make this chili which makes even easier cleanup. In my mind, there is no reason to use a skillet in addition to your stock pot. I am also not an expert, so…maybe there is a reason I am unaware of. 🙂

Start by browning your ground beef and add the onions into the mix. I also throw in my seasonings at this time to allow them to mingle with the meat flavor. Once the beef is cooked through, add in the tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Give everything a good stir and then add in the beans. Stir again. Let the chili simmer on the stove for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Once it is heated through, it’s ready to serve!

We like to top our chili with sour cream [greek yogurt for me…a healthier alternative] and cheese and dip tortilla chips in it. It’s basically a bean dip at that point, but it is the best!

What other chili ideas are out there? Does your family have a secret ingredient? Share your ideas in the comments below! Have a wonderful week!


Easy Breakfast Burritos

Hey everyone! I hope your weeks have been going well. I’ve been extra-exhausted lately so please excuse my absence. 😊 Work has been crazy town and when I get home I exercise, eat dinner, and binge watch Friends for 2 hours. I swear, that show is so distracting! But I love it. Too much. Chandler is my favorite person ever. I wish he were real. His sarcastic wit gets me every time. Sighhhhh…

Anyway, back to my exhaustion. The LAST thing I want to do at night when I am tired is cook dinner, but I’ve found a simple weeknight recipe that is both delicious and inexpensive.

Enter the breakfast burrito! Isn’t it yummy-looking? It was good, trust me.


All you need for this quick little dish (makes 4 burritos) is the following:
4 eggs
2 T milk
1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1 avocado, sliced
4 large tortillas


Whisk your eggs and milk together until well-mixed.


Cook the eggs in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. You can mix your green peppers in your eggs to cook them. If you want to keep them crunchier, add them after the eggs have cooked through so they can heat up a bit. I warmed the ham in the microwave.



When the eggs are cooked and your ham and peppers are warm, it’s time to pile it all into the tortilla! Soooo good….


We topped ours with avocado, cheese, salsa, peppers, and Nate used hot sauce. You can be as simple or creative as you like and it will always taste good. And you’ll have a happy belly which is always a good thing… 😉

Thanks for tuning in for this easy & tasty recipe. Let me know if you give it a try and what toppings you decide on.

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Have a great night. Happy Thursday!