If you're anything like me, sometimes 5 o'clock rolls around and you still don't know what you're going to cook for dinner. You might not have a ton of fresh veggies on hand, but you still want to whip up a meal for your family that's nutritious, easy to make, and tastes great. And with little ones that have tendencies to be kind picky with what they eat, this just complicates things even more.
One of my tricks for combatting the dinner time stress of not having the right ingredients or knowing what to make is keeping a well-stocked “cantry”. This helps to save time and allows me to provide my family with a healthy, flavorful and home-cooked meal on the table, more often. It's homemade made easy.
One of our favorite meals that we always have ingredients on hand for is my husband's Texas Chili. It's hearty, flavorful, and something the entire family enjoys. While we enjoy seasoning our bowls with spicier peppers from our garden like ghost peppers or habaneros, this can just as easily be made with less heat by swapping out the peppers for milder varieties. Or you can remove them completely like we do for our girls.
Homemade Texas Chili
- Brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked halfway.
- Add onion to meat and continue cooking until meat is browned and onions are translucent.
- Add all other ingredients to pot and cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until desired consistency.
- Serve with cornbread.
What's your favorite recipe that uses canned goods?