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We love to make chili, as it is a delicious and whole meal in one dish. It’s easy to make and can be started on Saturday morning so that it leaves you free to do your household chores and errands without worrying if you will have enough time to make dinner for your kinfolk in the evening.

1 onion finely chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil

1lb hamburger (ground beef)

3 cans of beans  or pre-cooked beans**

I bottle tomato juice

2 cans sweet corn

½ tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp celery seed

1 jalapeno – (optional if you want to make it real chilli-hot)

2 cups water

  1. In a skillet, heat oil and cook ½ the onion, brown hamburger.
  2. In a crock pot or slow cooker, place browned hamburger/ ground beef and all other ingredients, including the other ½ onion, chopped. Cook on medium for 5 hours.
  3. Stir occasionally.

**For the pre-cooked beans. Follow instructions on your bag of beans to cook from scratch. You can use whichever beans you prefer. Since I pre-cook mine, I usually include  a mix of pinto beans, navy beans, kidney beans and black beans. I rinse the beans. Soak overnight. Cook beans in water over a stove until they boil for about one hour and then and cover for about 1 hour, until soft. I then cook half the beans in chili and save the rest for another dish.

Serve with corn chips, corn bread or crackers.

This home made dish makes about 10-12  servings, so make sure to serve it up at your next party.

I love chili and have taken to trying it outside the house to see what others are doing with it. Panera Bread served their chili with corn bread. It was delicious. Make sure to ask for a bowl if hungry and if not so hungry then the smaller sized bowl they call a cup.

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As usual the ambiance at the Restaurant brought out the inner foodie in me and I wanted to have more and more. I had to check myself. It was only lunch time. I could always return for dinner. Panera Bread makes me wanna sit down and stay. It’s so cozy and warm. Reminds me of my mama’s kitchen and the food that we got to eat while we shared stories way past midnight on many a weekend.

Texadelphia has a pretty good chili too. Black beans appears to have been the bean of choice. The grated cheese and dollop of sour cream came as a beautiful garnish. Tasty! They serve it in this beautiful plate/bowl. A very nice touch for a quick lunch when downtown, OKC.  They offer different soups for only $2.99. The soups are quite filling. You really don’t need the half sandwich deal that comes on the “Double Down” part of the menu. Their sandwiches are great, but I gotta warn you though. Go early if you want to enjoy your meal. It gets pretty crowded at lunch and if you are in a hurry then Oops! you may have to gobble your sandwich in the car, on your way back to work.

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Jul 272011

6-8 servings

This dish is from ” 3 books in 1″ – Favorite brand name cook book,  page 228 and is titled;  Make it beefy.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms- optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package (10oz) frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg– ( thought this was a surprising spice, as we usually use it for baking)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4cup milk
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ( 2oz) shredded cheese.

beef-spinach mixture

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray 9- inch  casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Brown beef in large nonstick skillet 6-8 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain fat. Add onion, mushrooms and garlic; cook until tender. Stir in spinach and nutmeg ; cover. Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.3. Combine cooked and mashed potatoes, sour cream and milk. Add beef mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into prepared casserole dish; sprinkle with cheese. 4. Bake 15-20 minutes or until slightly puffed and cheese is melted.

the potato-beef-spinach mixture before baking

This was a great surprise, as it looks very much like a traditional Kenyan dish called Mukimo, a mix of mashed potatoes and spinach or kale. Mukimo is usually accompanied with beef or chicken stew.


You cannot go wrong with this dish. It has all that you need: your carbs, your protein and your greens. Simply Scrumplicious!

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