Kick Butt Chili Ingredients:
- 3 onions, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 cups organic beef stock (boxed or canned)
- 1-cup dark beer
- 1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
- ½ cup fresh roasted corn or canned corn
- 1 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15-ounce can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-tablespoon masa
- Kosher salt
- Cracked pepper
- Your favorite corn bread (optional)
- 1-¼ cups sour cream
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 2 ½ teaspoons hot red chili flakes
- 1 cup crushed tortilla chops
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped or sliced
Queso Dip Ingredients:
- 1 10-ounce cans Ro-Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
- 2 16-ounce cans refried beans
- 1-teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 4-ounce can Pasilla Peppers
- 1 16-ounce packages Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into ½-inch cubes
Spinach & Artichoke Ingredients:
- 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup half-and-half
- 1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 10-ounce bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 13-ounce can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed drained and chopped
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- ⅔ cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
Kick Butt Chili Recipe:
- Heat a cast-iron frying pan or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil and half of the meat, and brown for about 8 minutes.
- Pour the meat into a strainer positioned over a bowl, and let the fat drain.
- Set the strained meat aside. Wipe down the frying pan using a paper towel, cleaning off the residual oil and bits of beef from the bottom. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the frying pan and cook and drain the remaining beef using the same process. Discard the drained fat.
- Put the beef in the crock pot.
- Add 12-ounces of pinto beans and 12-ounces of black beans that have been soaked over night. Canned beans will turn into a mushy paste in a Crock Pot, so be sure to use dry beans.
- Add the beef stock, beer, and tomatoes on top of that.
- Add all of the spices, onions, garlic, and jalapeno.
- Simmer on low for 2-3 hours or until meat is tender.
- Add masa and fresh corn at the very end and allow to thicken for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with sour cream, scallions, cilantro, grated cheddar cheese, red hot chili flakes, chopped jalapeno, and crushed up tortilla chips for a nice crunch!
- Turn the Crock Pot to the lowest setting possible to keep the chili warm throughout the day without over cooking it!
- You can make this up to 3 days ahead of time. The flavors of the chili will develop more as it marinates. The day of all you have to do is pull your chili out and heat it up!
Queso Dip Recipe:
- Combine undrained tomatoes and cheese, refried beans and spices in medium saucepan.
- Simmer over low heat until cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, turn Crock Pot to lowest setting to keep warm all day.
- Serve warm as a dip with tortilla chips, crackers or cut-up fresh vegetables.
Spinach & Artichoke Recipe:
- Combine cream cheese and half and half in a bowl until well blended.
- Add all ingredients except Monterey jack and stir well.
- Pour mixture into crock-pot, cook on high for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until warmed through.
- Sprinkle the Monterey Jack cheese on top and enjoy!
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