Halloween Night Chili Recipe Perfect For Trick-or-Treaters

Here’s a fangtastic and fun chili idea for your Halloween Night dinner, plus a bonus spice mix recipe, from our Regular Contributor, Deborah!

Halloween Night Chili

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There is no night, other than Christmas Eve, that children anticipate more than Halloween. Energy levels are high, bordering on manic, and all they want to do is get their costumes on and get to Trick-Or-Treating. However, as parents it’s our job to make sure they get at least a little dinner to balance out all of the sugary treats they are about to indulge. So, the criteria for dinner is as follows: quick and easy (who wants to slave over a hot stove AND put zombie makeup on a kid), and it must be fun enough to grab a child’s attention. Since I know the kids are going to be too wild to eat much, I want to make sure they are getting something that is packed with protein and will stick to their ribs. That leaves me with one option…

We’re lucky this year, because Halloween is on a Saturday. This will give us some extra time to get everything in order. To make this basic chili recipe more fun, I’ve decided to add it to bags of corn chips, like a walking taco, or as I like to call them, Nachos to Go. You can read more about those here. My kids absolutely love eating food out of chips bags. I think because it feels slightly naughty.

Before we moved to California, I was the coordinator of children’s ministry at a church in my hometown. Every year we would host a “Trunk or Treat.” I really wish I would have thought of Halloween Night Chili sooner, so I could have served this to my volunteers (95% of the time it was freezing cold on Halloween).

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Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef, browned.
2 cans of Chili beans with sauce
1 can of Black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies
1 packet of chili seasoning (Or make your own. See directions below)
Sour Cream (Optional)
Shredded cheese (optional)
Diced onions (optional)

How to:

In a medium sized stock pot, brown ground beef with the chili seasoning. Open cans. Add chili beans and diced tomatoes to pot. Drain and rinse black beans, add to pot. Drain corn and add to pot. You can rinse the corn if you’d would like. This will help cut down on sodium. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Let cool for a bit before you add to chip bags. When cooled to desired temp, add a small ladle full to chips of your choice. Corn chips or nacho flavored tortilla chips would work perfectly. Top with desired ingredients and serve. For your youngest children, you may want to serve it in a bowl to keep their little hands from burning. This will also help them from spilling the contents of their bag.

Here’s a Printable Recipe:

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Ingredients:
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, browned.
  • 2 cans of Chili beans with sauce
  • 1 can of Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 packet of chili seasoning (Or make your own. See directions below)
  • Sour Cream (Optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • Diced onions (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a medium sized stock pot, brown ground beef with the chili seasoning.
  2. Open cans.
  3. Add chili beans and diced tomatoes to pot.
  4. Drain and rinse black beans, add to pot.
  5. Drain corn and add to pot.
  6. You can rinse the corn if you’d would like. This will help cut down on sodium.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool for a bit before you add to chip bags.
  10. When cooled to desired temp, add a small ladle full to chips of your choice. Corn chips or nacho flavored tortilla chips would work perfectly.
  11. Top with desired ingredients and serve. For your youngest children, you may want to serve it in a bowl to keep their little hands from burning. This will also help them from spilling the contents of their bag.
Notes
This recipe is from Life With Lorelai's Regular Contributor, Deborah Ward from the blog, Kentucky to Cali.
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Since I am so sensitive to sodium and MSG, I usually make my own spice mixes. For me, cooking is not an exact science. I’m a southern girl. I cook using measurements like: dash, smidge, pinch, etc. A few years ago for Christmas, my momma gave me some really funny, but very useful measuring spoons (pictured above). They say, “dash”, “smidge”, and “pinch”. Now I can actually write down my recipes with a little more precision!

Make your own Chili Seasoning:

In a small bowl, mix together the following ingredients:
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
Adjust each amount, if desired, to fit your taste buds. That’s another advantage of making your own spice mixes.

Enjoy your chili and Happy Halloween!!

 


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Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, Onion Seasoned Grilled Chicken Fer Me

from: The Orange County Register 9/17/2013

It be a fine day to

raise th’ Jolly Roger!

Aye, me hearties, it be officially Speak Like A Scurvy Pirate Day.

Way back in th’ beginnin’ ‘o ’tis blog, I did a message all in scurvy pirate shout, ‘n me thoughts were ‘o makin’ it a recurrin’ theme on Life wit’ Lorelai. All ye pirates seemed to have such a jolly ruckas wit’ Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Treasure Find Fer Me.

So, here me be on ’tis grand day, brin’in’ ye another message from th’ salty sea.

It had be a long summer at sea without th’ comforts ‘o a wee sand in me boots ‘n some meat in me belly, when me ship finally sailed into Lorelai Lagoon to set anchor. Th’ pier swayed wit’ th’ tide, ‘n creaked ‘n groaned as we disembarked.

Yarr, t’was a warm summer evenin’ wit’ just th’ hint ‘o an autumn crispiness in th’ air as th’ sun set in all its glory. Me belly was a rumblin’ fer anythin’ that did no’ crawl out ‘o th’ bunghole. I scurried me way to Lucky Luke’s to scarper me some grub ‘n a bottle ‘o spiced rum.

Th’ barmaid was a beauty to be sure, ‘n offered me a late summer – early fall grub from over th’ fire. Pullin’ her atop me knee, I drew close to her ear, and told her as long as it did no’ come from th’ sea, it would be fine wit’ me. Th’ wench jumped up ‘n swished her skirts as she quickly went behind th’ bar fer me bottle.

After I swallowed down a couple ‘o snorts ‘o spiced rum, th’ barmaid came wit’ me skilly and duff. Th’ sight ‘n smells were beyond me imaginin’s–an onion seasoned chicken, baby red potatoes, ‘n apples grilled over th’ fire. She hoisted a tray full ‘o crusty bread ‘n fresh butter, tomatoes ‘n cucumbers from th’ garden out back. T’was times like these that gave me twisted thoughts ‘o bein’ a land lubber.

Bein’ th’ barnacle-covered scurvy pirate that me be, I managed to secret away wit’ a recipe. Now, I do no’ want to be known as selfish or greedy, so I gunna share it wit’ ye. ‘O course, if a few gold doubloons happen to fall into me pockets, well, who would I be to object to such a kind gift?

Onion Seasoned Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

1-packet Onion Dip Mix

4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Directions:

Rub cleaned Chicken with the Onion Dip Mix. Place in a ziplock bag and refrigerate at least 1-hour before using. Let chicken warm to almost room temperature before placing on the grill.

‘Tis makes fer a tasty treat indeed, when ye have be out at sea fer so long. I woe ye find it to ye likin’, me bucko.

‘N b’fore I be off, lift high ye glass matey in a toast to me ‘n thee.

“Here’s to ourselves, ‘n hold ye luff, plenty ‘o prizes ‘n plenty ‘o duff.” ~ A fair fine drinkin’ toast as recorded in Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

What tickles ye whiskers on Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day?

Ye be havin’ somethin’ fancy fer skilly and grog?

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