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Chili Bread Bowls and Fresh Guacamole
Do you like your food to have a little bit of a kick? Typically, I’m somewhat of a baby about heat, but I decided to give RO*TEL a second chance as I revamped a couple of my family’s favorite recipes, and I am so, so glad I did! You are going to love the yummy creations that I’m sharing today!
Let’s start with my Chili Bread Bowls that are perfect for cold winter nights!
I decided to take my go-to chili recipe and spice it up a bit! When I arrived at Wal-mart to gather my ingredients, I noticed that RO*TEL is featuring a 30-Minute Chili recipe of their own, but today I’m going to share our family recipe – just revamped a bit!
When I got home from the store, my kiddos were still napping (They had stayed home with daddy!), so I decided to go ahead and throw my recipe together! I knew it was going to be quick and easy!
Quick Tip #1
I started by lining my slow cooker with a Crock Pot Liner! This time-saving kitchen hack has been the best thing that has ever happened to me! No more cleaning my slow cooker! Yes, yes, you heard me correctly! Next time you’re at the store, grab a box [or two…or three]…I mean it! You will thank me – especially on those busy weeknights!
1 lb. of Browned Ground Beef
2 Cans of [Drained] Kidney Beans
1 Can of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes
1 Can of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 Can of RO*TEL
1 medium-sized diced onion
Salt/Pepper/Chili Seasoning to Taste
2 Cups of Water
Step-by-Step Directions for Creating the Chili Mixture:
Step 1: Begin by browning your ground beef.
Step 2: In your slow cooker, add the meat as well as well your kidney beans, canned tomatoes, and RO*TEL.
Step 3: Next, toss in your fresh ingredients!
Step 4: Finish up by pouring in approximately 2 cups of water.
Step 5: Let this mixture simmer for approximately 4-5 hours.
Quick Tip #2
When I’m making chili, one of my favorite time-saving tricks is to use dehydrated onion! The moment dried onion hits moisture, you are all set! Instead of standing and dicing an onion…or dirtying up my chopper, I am able to simply toss a handful of dried onions in to my slow cooker! This super easy kitchen hack saves me lots of time and [onion] tears! I love keeping these babies on hand for when I’m cooking soups!
Psst…They are also delicious cooked in green beans! Yum!
While I was at Wal-mart, I also grabbed a couple of these yummy Sourdough Boules from the “Bake at Home” section of the bread department!
Step-by-Step Bread Bowl Instructions:
After my chili had simmered in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours, I prepared my bowls!
Step 1: Scoop out the top center of the Sourdough Boule.
Step 2: Ladle chili in to the bread bowl.
Step 3: Garnish with your favorite toppings!
Sour cream, freshly-grated Colby Jack cheese, green onions (Yes, I use dehydrated green onions, too!) – All of these makes for the perfect Chili Bread Bowl garnish!
Ta-da! Your Chili Bread Bowls are complete!
This family-friendly recipe is perfect for those cold weather months when comfort food is calling your name, and it is super simple to throw together – especially if you heed my advice about the Crock Pot Liners and the dehydrated onion!
Quick Tip #3
If you have any chili left over, freeze it and use it later to serve atop baked potatoes! This is another winter meal that we absolutely love! The sour cream, grated cheese, and green onion toppings are perfect on Chili Baked Potatoes, too! Interested in more fun freezer meal ideas? Check out my best tips!
Bonus Appetizer Recipe
Oh yeah, one more thing! I couldn’t help but also try a little RO*TEL in my go-to guacamole recipe, and once again, I was so glad I had given this little can of goodness a second chance! This guacamole was the perfect appetizer served before we dove in to our Chili Bread Bowls!
1 Can of RO*TEL
1 Handful of [Dehydrated] White Onion
1 Tablespoon of Lime Juice
Salt/Pepper to Taste
It was delicious! I even made a little extra and delivered it to a friend of mine – complete with dipping chips and a note that said “Friends don’t let friends do life with guacamole!”.
I love mixing all of the ingredients together without completely mashing the avocados – I like to leave them just a tad chunky!
Eager for more cold weather recipes? Check these out!
If you enjoyed these recipes, you may also want to check out the Crock Pot Taco Soup that we love to make year-round as well as the Cheeseball Kits that I love to throw together and deliver to friends!