Chili Without Beans

I made this to use in a chili cheese dip:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

I learned that this is a Texas style chili because it has no beans.  Personally, I prefer my chili with beans, but this works fantastic in this dip!

Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Without Beans
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown beef with onions, sweet pepper, jalapenos and garlic in the oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire.
  2. Serve with desired condiments: corn chips, cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, etc.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have beef base, just use beef broth in place of the beef base and water.  Just read ingredients first if you have food allergies!

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Chili Cheese Dip

I used to make this recipe for parties a lot!:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-dip/  It was super fast and easy.

However, when I found out that I had wheat and soy allergies, I could no longer make it because every single canned chili I can find has soy (along with a lot of preservatives) in it!  I am also not a big fan of Velveeta because it is so processed.  So I came up with this recipe as a replacement and it is even better, although obviously not as easy!  It is still not too difficult though.  I will certainly be making it again!

If you would rather used canned chili for the convenience, just use 3 cans of chili in this recipe.  Or, if you have a favorite chili recipe (with or without beans), substitute about 6-7 cups of that for this chili.

Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Chili Cheese Dip
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Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
30 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
Chili with no beans
  1. In a large, deep pot, brown ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, garlic, and jalapeno in the oil.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese and cream. Simmer for a couple of hours until it is cooked down and quite thick.
Dip
  1. Add cheeses to the chili. Stir over medium or low-medium heat to melt the cheeses. Add a little heavy cream for a better texture.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips. I garnished mine with cilantro. My husband liked it even better with the cilantro.
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Chili Dip

This recipe came from a friend many years ago.  It is super quick and easy and is always popular!  Only 3 ingredients!  This is about the only way I would ever eat Velveeta.

Chili Dip
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Chili Dip
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Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat together until cheese is melted and serve warm with tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes

I used to make this frequently with Hormel canned chili.  However, I have since discovered I am allergic to wheat and soy, both of which are in this chili.  : (  So I came up with this recipe instead, which we like even better and is healthier because it doesn't have the preservatives and chemicals:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/chili-cheese-dip/

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Sour Cream Dip

This recipe came from my brother-in-law’s sister, Monica.  This is super quick and easy!  I took it to a family get-together yesterday and it was very popular!  Serve this with tortilla chips.

Sour Cream Dip
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Sour Cream Dip
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients in 9x13" glass dish, beginning with sour cream and cream cheese mixture and ending with olives. Serve with tortilla chips.
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Pork Carnitas

These are even better the second day!

Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine the cumin, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Rub all over the pork roast. Place the pork in slow cooker (fat side up); spread onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic and cilantro all around it. Combine orange juice concentrate and lime juice and pour around the roast. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high for 6 hours. The meat should be very tender and falling apart. Remove from the crock pot and let cool. Shred the pork using an electric mixer. Place meat back into juices and refrigerate until the next day (for best results). Reheat the following day in the juices and use as desired.
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Easy Cilantro Lime Fish

My husband and I both loved this fish!  It was so good that we were wishing that I had made more than one filet for each of us.  Mild white fish seasoned and cooked in a skillet, then topped with a cilantro lime butter.  Delicious!

If you prefer, you can use flounder or tilapia instead of cod.

Easy Cilantro Lime Fish
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Servings Prep Time
4 filets 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 filets 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Easy Cilantro Lime Fish
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Servings Prep Time
4 filets 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 filets 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Ingredients
Fish seasoning
Cilantro Lime Butter
Other ingredients
Servings: filets
Instructions
  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-medium high heat. Combine fish seasoning ingredients and sprinkle evenly over all 4 fish filets.
  2. Add 2 T. butter to skillet. Put fish in skillet and cook approximately 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the Cilantro Lime Butter. Place fish on serving platter; squeeze juice from lime quarters onto fish and top with cilantro lime butter.
Recipe Notes

Each serving contains 245 calories, 12 g fat, 103 mg cholesterol, 317 mg sodium, 736 mg potassium, 1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 30 g protein

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Chili to feed 50 people (or so)

This is a bold, hearty chili, although not all that spicy.  You can add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or jalapenos if you prefer more heat.

Chili to feed 50 people (or so)
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50 servings
Servings
50 servings
Chili to feed 50 people (or so)
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Servings
50 servings
Servings
50 servings
Ingredients
Meat Mixture
Seasonings
Beans & tomatoes
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown meat mixture ingredients together with olive oil. Add all Seasonings. Note: If you are making this for another day, stop here. It will be easier to cool down and store in the refrigerator at this point, then finish it the day you are serving it. Combine all ingredients and simmer until ready to serve. You will need to add water as it is cooking so it is not overly thick. Serve with Frank's Red Hot Sauce, shredded cheese, sour cream, Fritos, sliced jalapenos, etc.
Recipe Notes

The chocolate chips add a richer flavor and beautiful color.

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Refried Beans

Much better flavor than canned refried beans!  These are  made from dried pinto beans.  Of course, you can add black beans in place of some or all of the pinto beans.  I added these to my tacos (http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/tacos/) last night, and it was fantastic!

Refried Beans
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Servings Prep Time
1 1/2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/2 cups 10 minutes
Refried Beans
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Servings Prep Time
1 1/2 cups 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/2 cups 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Place beans, water, onion, garlic, chicken base, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne in crock pot. Cook on high until beans are tender (8 hours or so). Heat the lard in large skillet over medium-medium high heat. Drain beans and add to skillet. Mash the beans coarsely with the back of a wooden spoon, adding more chicken broth if needed, to moisten. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Top with shredded cheese.
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Taco Omelette

This is a good way to use up your leftover taco meat. This is the recipe I use.  Make sure that if you want gluten-free or soy-free to check the labels carefully before buying any taco seasoning in the store.

Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Taco Omelette
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Suggested Garnishes
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat small skillet and add 1/2 T. butter. While that is heating, beat 2 eggs with heavy cream and salt & pepper. When pan is heated, add egg mixture. When omelette edges start to set up, lift edge with spatula while tipping pan so raw egg goes underneath. Continue going around the pan, lifting and tipping, until eggs are cooked through. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and taco meat on one side of cooked eggs. Fold edge without toppings over and carefully slide out of skillet onto serving dish. Garnish as desired.
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Tacos

This is the best recipe for taco seasoning I have ever tried! It cooks in about 30 minutes.  This also makes a great nacho!

Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Tacos
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook ground beef, crumbling as it cooks. While that is cooking, combine dry ingredients. Add seasonings to skillet with cilantro, lime juice and water.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. We like to use fresh corn tortillas and cook them on a greased griddle until they are soft and starting to turn brown. Suggested garnishes include: cheese, fresh, chopped cilantro, sliced green onion, salsa, chopped lettuce, chopped tomato or guacamole.
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