Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What's for dinner?

I don't know how the weather is where you are but here it's cold and the snow won't stop falling. On days like this I don't want to leave the house. I want to curl up on the couch and watch my shows and do nothing else. I especially don't want to spend a bunch of time cooking. (Unless it's baking. I always love baking.)
One thing I love on days like today is my Crock Pot.

Yesterday was one of those days and so after I fed the kiddos breakfast I threw together some Southwestern Chicken Chili. This is a favorite around here, especially during fall & winter.

Warning: It is really simple. And it is really delicious!

2 (12.5 oz) cans of Chicken. I like Costco's Kirkland Signature myself, but any will do
2 cans of petite cut tomatoes
1 can of corn (I was out yesterday so I replaced with 1-2 cups of frozen corn)
1 can of Pinto Beans drained and rinsed
1 can of Black Beans drained and rinsed
1 can of Green Chilies
1-2 cups of your favorite Salsa depending on taste
1/2 - 1 packet of Taco Seasoning depending on taste (I was out of this yesterday and it still tasted amazing without it)
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix
1/2 of one Onion chopped optional
Sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips to garnish

Note: My husband hates chunks of tomatoes so I use my immersion blender to blend them up a bit. them before adding them to the Chili. 

Add all the canned ingredients to your Crock Pot. 

Add dry ingredients and chopped onion and give it a stir.

Cook on low for 4-7 hours. Or on high for 2-4 hours. 

To really do Chili right you have to have corn bread. I always make some (quick and easy just add water Marie Calendars corn bread muffins when making this. 

To serve I place the muffin in the bowl and break it up a bit. 

Top with Chili, and a touch of shredded cheese & sour cream. Tortilla strips are super yummy too. 

Sit down and enjoy. (Yes that is a TV tray. The hubs worked till midnight last night so I ate on the couch, while watching my shows)

Best thing about this? The kids love it as much as me. And I figured all the calories out and its only 204 calories a bowl! Score! (not including the corn bread. That sucker is an additional 150)

What's you favorite go to recipe for these snowy days?

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