Slow Cooker Hot Dog and Chili Bar

Slow Cooker Hot Dog and Chili Bar

This is a very simple way to put together food for a group of sports enthusiasts who are hanging out at your home to watch the game.  All you need is a couple of slow cookers and you can put together a buffet bar that features hot dogs, bowls full of chili, and nachos.  It’s simple, and it always impresses your guests. 

tortilla chips topped with chili and cheese are baked for nachos

Chili Cheese Nacho Bake

What do you do with leftover chili? The list is very long, but one of  our family’s leftover solutions is the chili-cheese nacho bake.  It’s a simple layer of tortilla chips that are topped with chili and shredded cheese and then baked.  When it comes out of the oven, additional toppings are added to individual servings as desired.  Some of our favorites are  sliced green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, sour cream, or guacamole.  I’ve even been known to throw some shredded lettuce on top of mine to make it like a salad. However it’s topped, the end result […]

chili mac topped with shredded cheese and ready to eat

Chili Mac

What can you do with leftover chili?  There are many possible answers to that question, but a hearty and delicious option is to turn it into Chili Mac.  This recipe requires only three ingredients–chili, pasta, and shredded cheese.   There are canned version of chili mac available, but there’s no substitute for the homemade version, and it’s not difficult to make at all. All you need to do is heat up some leftover chili while you cook a pound of pasta.  For this dish, I generally use large elbow noodles, but I have been known to use penne or rotini in […]

Chili, served piping hot from the stove.

Our Favorite Pot of Chili

Chili always makes me think of how different families do things differently.  When Baker’s Man and I were just starting out, I made him a pot of chili.  He complained to me that it was too runny.  “Chili is supposed to be thick.”  He proclaimed.   In my parent’s house, chili was very soup like.  It was definitely not thick.  I began to adjust my techniques to produce a thicker chili in order to please my new husband.  Years later, I was talking to a coworker as we were eating chili.   She shared how the first time she made chili for […]