Saturday, July 20, 2013

{Homemade} Chili with Cheese Crackers

Y'all. I made this chili the other night and the Mr. immediately asked me if I "put this on Instagram yet". And this time, he wasn't picking on me. I think he was making sure I was sharing this with everyone. It had just enough of a kick to satisfy our love of spicy...but not so much that I was drinking a full glass of water with each bite (because we have foods/meals like that here...).

I think what brought it all together were the cheesy crackers I found on 100 Days of Real Food at the last minute. I was thinking, 'Man, I wish I had something that we could eat with this chili,' and then I remembered seeing her post about easy cheese crackers. As it turned out, I had all the ingredients (all THREE of them) with the exception of one ingredient....but I had an easy replacement on hand. 

So, today, I'd like to share this lovely dinner combo with you.

the chili! 


1 lb. ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 (14.5 oz.) can tomatoes*
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
1 1/2 cup water 
1 Tbsp chili powder (or a pinch if you don't like it too hot)
1 chopped green bell pepper
2 minced garlic cloves

*I substituted a can of Rotel for the can of tomatoes and then added a couple of tomatoes I chopped up myself to thicken it up a bit.

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic and sauté until meat is browned and onion is tender. 
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and water.
  • Season with chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
That's it for the chili! Since you have nothing but time on your hands now, you should probably stay in the kitchen a little longer so your family doesn't figure out that you didn't really "slave over the oven" cooking this chili for as long as they might think you did (because it's that delicious).

So now, it's time to do yet another easy recipe to add to the deliciousness... 

the cheese crackers!

Ingredients (for 20 crackers):

2 cups of flour
6 Tbsp olive oil (or 1 stick + 2 Tbsp butter)
3 cups of shredded cheese 

  • Combine all 3 ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms. Since I was doing this by hand (and also because I used olive oil), I found that I needed to add a dash of water to get the soft dough consistency. 

This is before I added some water.

  • Next, you'll want to roll the dough out to the thickness/thinness of your choosing. The thicker the dough, the longer it will take to bake. For a quicker option, you can roll the dough into a log and then "slice and bake". If you have a toddler wanting to help you, using a cookie cutter and rolling pin is too much fun to pass up.

  • Finally, use a cookie cutter of your choosing and cut out 20(ish) shapes and place on cookie sheet. Bake for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 C).

What's your favorite thing to add to (or eat with) chili? 

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