Hey look! I have a recipe for you! Actually it’s more like I have a dinner idea that includes using Stubbs new Chili Cookin’ Sauce and a bunch of yummy add-ons. I was excited to get my recent Stubbs package and see that it included some of their new products including this “Chili Fixins” kit. I’m so into chili right now that the weather is cold. Just throw a whole bunch of stuff in the slow cooker and a few hours later your house smells all spicy and cozy and you have a big bowl of healthy goodness to dive into at dinner time. I’m sure this probably would have been good as is but in true food blogger fashion, I had to doctor it up with some extra goodies.
I’ve been loving pumpkin purée lately so I’ve been throwing it in everything. I’ve read its nutritious for the babies and of course its delicious and its fall and we have to make pumpkin everything all the time. SO, of course I threw the pumpkin in here as well. It doesn’t give it a super strong pumpkin flavor but I think it adds a little complexity to the flavor and richness in texture. My other favorite way to enjoy pumpkin lately is to mix it up with plain greek yogurt, a little maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and top it with some crunchy granola, yum!
The Stubbs Cookin’ Sauce bag comes with a packet of sauce and a spice pack. Just mix it up with meat in the slow cooker, turn it on and forget about it. I wanted a little more texture and chunkiness in mine so this is what I added:
1 lb ground beef
1 small can diced green chiles
1 can organic pumpkin
1 can organic black beans
1 can organic kidney beans
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not pictured)
I used a little over half of the spice pack and it was HOT! Like holy moly spicy! It was good but it may have been too hot for many peoples taste since I like stuff pretty hot. I would suggest using only half of the packet and then taste it before you serve it, you can always add more then if you prefer more heat. It’s a lot easier to add spice and flavor than to mellow it out if you make it too hot.
This was SO good, I didn’t mind having it for leftovers 3 days in a row. I served it with some shredded cheese and a dollop of plain greek yogurt.
If you see these at your store, I recommend picking up a few bags, it makes an easy dinner even easier! Perfect meal for a big crowd!
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
My baby shower
I had my baby shower last weekend and it was so much fun. It made me realize how lucky I am to have so many amazing friends and family members in my life, I was so overwhelmed by all of their love and support! It’s always fun to have events like this that bring together friends you’ve made during all different parts of your life; childhood, college and beyond! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us and to all those who couldn’t make it for sending your love and thoughts, these are going to be two lucky boys!
P.S. The nursery is almost done! I’ll check back in soon with some photos since I don’t have much food stuff to share these days