Chorizo Chili

This is our favorite recipe for chili.  If I don’t have any chorizo, I just use 2 lb. of ground beef and increase the paprika and cumin to 2 T. each.  Some of you might think it odd to add the cocoa powder or chocolate chips.  However, this adds a richer taste and color to the finished product.

Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Chorizo Chili
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Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 quarts 30 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
Black Beans
  1. Rinse black beans. Put in pot and cover well with water. Bring to a boil. When the water boils, turn the pot off and let set for 1 hour. Drain beans, cover with fresh water and continue cooking until tender. Add to chili when the beans are tender.
Chili
  1. While beans are soaking, brown beef and chorizo with onions, sweet pepper, garlic, and oil in a Dutch oven.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except black beans) and simmer for a couple of hours. Add water as needed for the consistency that you desire. Add black beans when they have finished cooking. This is even better if made the day before and reheated.
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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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Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

These are super easy and chocolatey!  When I take them to get-togethers with other choices of cookies, these always go first!  This is a classic recipe with a lot of variations. But this is the way I make them.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and salt in large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Meanwhile, line cookie sheets with wax paper.
  3. Stir mixture and bring to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Add oats and stir to mix well.
  6. Drop by small cookie scoop onto wax paper. Refrigerate.
Recipe Notes

You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased, let cool, then cut into squares.

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Chocolate Almond Granola

This is not at all sweet, but my husband loves it!  Of course, if you prefer it sweeter, add more brown sugar or honey!

Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine liquid ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir to mix. Spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes without stirring. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Break into large clusters. Store in covered container at room temperature.
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