Friday, September 27, 2013

Homestyle Alabama Chili

I love this time of year!  When the leaves start changing colors and all of a sudden there is a slight chill in the air.  We experienced a little more than “a chill” this morning here in Utah.  Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and saw snow falling.  Luckily it melted as soon as it hit the ground.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Utah. But snow in September?  You have got to be kidding me!   

On days like this, I love having something that takes me back to enjoying Fall in Alabama!  Today I am sharing my famous Homestyle Alabama Chili.  Make sure to serve it up with JR’s Mexican cornbread or your favorite chips.

For all of my Sand Mountain friends....  Enjoy your beautiful weather!  

Happy Cooking! 

Homestyle Alabama Chili

1 pound lean, ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2- 15.5 oz. cans chili beans
1- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1- 10 oz. can original Ro-tel
2- 1.25 oz. envelopes chili seasoning mix
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

In a medium skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onions until no longer pink.

In a large stockpot, combine chili beans (with juice), tomato sauce, Ro-tel(with juice, do not drain), chili seasoning mix, chili powder, ketchup, and cocoa powder.  Mix well.  Add in cooked ground beef into the pot.

Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently for 15 mins.  Reduce heat and simmer on low until ready to serve.

Yummy garnishes- shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions and slice jalepenos.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Savory Beef Roast- Crockpot style

I hope everyone had a fantastic Summer! Fall is in the air and I am excited to cook up some AWESOME Southern fixin's.  

Thought I would start off with one of my favorite “fall” meats- beef roast.  This recipe is my family’s favorite.  I hope y’all enjoy it just as much as we all do!  Make sure you whip up some southern mashed potatoes and gravy to go with it!  Delicious!!!!   

Happy Cooking! 


3.5 pound Round Beef Bottom roast
1 cup water
1 cup cooking sherry
1 dry envelope italian dressing mix
1 dry envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1 dry envelope brown gravy mix
large crockpot
cooking spray

In a large skillet, coat with cooking spray.  On medium heat, seer roast making sure to brown on all sides.  Turning roast frequently until all browned.

Place roast in large crockpot.  In a medium bowl, combine water, sherry, italian dressing mix, onion soup mix, and brown gravy mix.  Mix well. Pour liquid mixture over the roast in the crockpot.

Cook roast on high for 1 hour, then turn down to low and cook for 6 to 7 hours.

When serving, slice roast on a platter and pour some of the juices from the crockpot on top of the roast to keep it from drying out.  Use the rest of the juices to make your gravy.