No Alarm Chili

Growing up my mother served a great bowl of chili over rice pretty regularly during the cooler months. It’s one of those meals that can bring back childhood memories with just one spoonful.  This seasoning blend is very close to the recipe I grew up with.  Not too spicy but full of great flavor. It can be made with or without beans so it appeals to all chili lovers!  

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Heat level on a scale of 1-10…. probably 3

MAKE A MIX: Follow the recipe instructions for packaging the dry ingredients in a sealable bag or container and stock your pantry shelf with several of to prepare quickly for a variety of occasions.

Sweet Cornbread

This recipe makes a lightly sweet and fluffy pan of cornbread that is sure to please everyone at the table.  We’ve been known to eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day, drizzled with a little honey butter!

MAKE A MIX: Follow the recipe instructions for packaging the dry ingredients in a sealable bag or container and stock your pantry shelf with several of to prepare quickly for a variety of occasions.

Taco Dip

Did you make the Taco Soup Mix from the other day? Here’s a bonus recipe using that dry blend. Fresh and flavorful, this easy dip recipe is great for veggies as much as it is for chips.

Try it as a spread for soft tacos or burritos for an added pop of flavor.

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MEAL TRAIL IDEA: Try it as a spread for soft tacos or burritos for an added pop of flavor. If you have left over soup, drain the liquid from the soup and use the veggies (and optional meat) to make a soft taco or burrito.

  • Spread the dip on a soft tortilla (flour or corn)
  • Add a portion of the drained soup
  • Top with avocado and/or cheddar cheese
  • Fold as a taco or a burrito

Taco Soup

I was inspired to create this favorite blend of seasonings when my family raved about a Taco Soup served at a church potluck one Sunday afternoon. After asking my friend for the recipe, I realized it was one that used so many packaged seasoning blends and canned goods that one recipe could feed an army.  I rose to the challenge and set out to dissect the ingredients for each of those seasoning packets and set out to create a recipe that made just enough soup for one family at a time. 

This is still one of the few meals my pickiest eater will always get excited about!

Here’s an idea…

MAKE IT A SOUP MIX: I like to keep several bags of single use mixes on hand to whip up a fast batch of Taco Soup on a busy day.  My ‘picky eater’ can make this on his own more easily when I have a bag he can just cut open and pour into a pot with the liquid ingredients.  I print the soup recipe and place it in the basket where I store the bagged blends so everything I (or he!) need to know is right there.     

Make a Meal Trail:

Leftovers of this soup make a great baked potato topper!  For this reason I like to make a double batch and plan a meal trail that week.  Split open the baked potato and use a slotted spoon to scoop out the reheated taco soup, getting a generous portion of the vegetables and optional meat, but very little of the broth. Top with a generous portion of shredded cheddar and some sour cream and enjoy a delicious meal with the family!