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Barbecue Chicken Chili & The Ultimate Chili Guide

This hearty chicken chili gets it's sweet-smokey flavor from the addition of kidney chili beans, barbecue sauce, and spices.  

Happy Saturday everyone!! For me Football, cold weather and chili seem to go hand in hand. As soon as the weather gets cold, I immediately crave comforting soups, stews and hearty chili recipes. Chili is also the ultimate game day and cold-weather comfort food that everyone loves

There are several chili varieties and all of them are perfect for feeding any hungry crowd. It's definitely cold here in North Texas, so a big pot of chili was on the menu at our house last weekend. I love experimenting with different flavors, so recently I took a chance and tried my hand at a non traditional chili recipe that I think you'll love! 

I don't usually step out of my comfort zone when it comes chili , but this Barbecue Chicken Chili turned out so awesome I couldn't wait to share it with you. This delicious chicken chili gets it's sweet-smokey flavor from the addition of kidney chili beans, your favorite barbecue sauce, and a few spices.

This recipe is simple to make and comes together in under 45 minutes with the help of a Rotisserie chicken and Bush's Chili Kidney BeansI'm a huge fan of chili beans, so I was excited to hear that Bush's expanded their chili bean line with three new bean varieties, kidney chili beans, black chili beans, and white chili beans. 

Each one is simmered in a mild chili sauce with the perfect blend of spices. The kidney chili beans were a great starting point for my barbecue chicken chili. If you're thinking barbecue chicken and chili don't mix, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, because it's really a delicious combination. If you're looking for a hearty chili recipe for your Super Bowl get together, look no further!

Before I go I also want let you know that The Daily Meal has teamed up with Bush's Beans, and Chef Jeffrey Saad to bring you some game time favorite chili recipes. Whether you're a pro in the kitchen or just starting out their Ultimate Chili Guide has everything you need to know about creating a winning chili recipe, so stop by The Daily Meal and check it out. 

Let's get started on this simple chili recipe. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and green pepper until soft, about 3 minutes.  Add the minced garlic and saute about 2 minutes until fragrant. 

Add the cooked chicken, mesquite seasoning, and smoked paprika, saute for an additional 1 minute. Add the diced tomatoes (including juice), kidney chili beans, chili seasoning packet, barbecue sauce, corn (drained) if using canned, and chicken broth. 

Lightly mix to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes to allow the chili time to thicken. 

Remove from heat, ladle into bowls.  

We like our chili served with corn chips, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, along side a skillet of cornbread. If you like things a little more spicy try my Moms Mexican Cornbread.  



 
Barbecue Chicken Chili 

1 - tablespoon olive oil 
1/2 - large yellow or white onion, chopped
1/2 - large green bell pepper, chopped 
2 - garlic cloves, minced 
2 - 3 cups Rotisserie chicken, diced  
2 - teaspoons McCormick Mesquite seasoning 
1/2 - teaspoon smoked paprika 
1 - 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
2 - 16 oz cans Bush's Kidney Chili Beans
1 - mild chili seasoning packet (prefer Chili-O)
3/4 - cup barbecue sauce
1 - 8.7 ounce can corn, drained or 1 - cup frozen corn 
1 - cup chicken broth
 
  
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil and saute the onion and green pepper until soft, about 3 minutes. 

Add the minced garlic and saute about 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the cooked chicken, mesquite seasoning, and smoked paprika, saute for an additional 1 minute.    

Add the diced tomatoes (including juice), kidney chili beans, chili seasoning packet, barbecue sauce, and corn (drained) if using canned, and chicken broth. 

Lightly mix to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes to allow the chili time to thicken.  

Remove from heat, ladle into bowls, and garnish with corn chips, shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, and cilantro. 

prep time: 10 minutes | cook time: 25 minutes |servings: 6

Cook's Note:  This chili recipe is also crock pot and freezer-friendly. 
 


For more chili bean inspiration check out how my blogging friends are enjoying Bush's Chili Beans. 

Skillet Chicken Enchilada Pasta - by Mommy's Kitchen 
White Bean Chicken Chili W/Hominy - by Mommy's Kitchen
Bacon Pineapple Chili - by Reluctant Entertainer

Chipotle Chicken Chili - by Aggies Kitchen 
5 Ingredient Beef Chili - by Reluctant Entertainer 
Roasted Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili  - by Good Life Eats
Poblano White Bean Chili - by She Wears Many Hats 
Salsa Chili - by Real Mom Kitchen 
Grandmas Southwest Chili - by Days of a Domestic Dad
White Chili Beans Queso - by Tidy Mom
Chicken Chili Bean Chowder - by Tidy Mom 


This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans. I have been compensated for my time and efforts 
in creating this post, but all opinions are my own. #bushbeans #ultimatechiliguide #bushschilicookoff

     


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February Menu - Menu Plan Monthly

The following meals will get us through the remainder of the month. I have left a few spots open for last minute recipes or for eating out. Any recipe noted with {New} are recipes I plan to make and will post in the near future. I hope y'all find something you like

 

February Dinner Menu 

Rotisserie Chicken Soup {New} & Dinner Rolls
Crock Pot Chicken & Stuffing Casserole, Fresh Green Beans 
Meatball Stuffed Shells {New}, Garden Salad & Garlic Bread
Slow Cooker Angel Chicken  (Whole Grain Pasta) & Roasted Asparagus 
Korean Rice Beef Bowls (Brown Rice)  & Egg Rolls
Jalapeno Cheese Bacon Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries & Yogurt Fruit Salad
Roast W/Gravy, Potatoes & Carrots 
Not My Mamas Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Steamed Carrots

Chicken & Noodles  & Cornbread Yeast Rolls
Teriyaki Meatballs, Brown Rice {New} & Sweet N Sour Green Beans
Navajo Tacos
Salisbury Steak & Gravy, W/Whole Grain Pasta & Peas & Carrots 
Texas Beans {New} & Pepper Jack Cornbread 
All-in-One Crock Pot Meal - Hash Brown Casserole, Smoked Sausage & Green Beans
Cheeseburger Pie , Roasted Broccoli & Salad 
Moms Meaty Cornbread Skillet & Fruit Salad 
Batter Dipped Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese , Grilled Zucchini  
Honey Lime Grilled Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Grilled Corn 
Goulash, Garden Salad & Honey Wheat Rolls  
Crock Pot Lasagna, Garden Salad & Bread Sticks 
Barbecue Chicken & Bacon Pizza  
Sub Sandwich Night {Make your own}
Chinese Fried Rice Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken 
Ma Maws Dorito Beef Casserole  & Flour Tortillas 


Desserts:
Strawberry Pie {Valentines Day}
Lunch Lady Brownies
Easy Chocolate Pie {New}
Banana Pudding Cake 


Need more recipe ideas? Check out the Recipe Box at Mommy's Kitchen!  

     


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Valentines Day Cookie Decorating Party

With a simple sugar cookie recipe, a variety of frosting, and colorful sprinkles, you can host an affordable and stylish Valentine Cookie Decorating Party!!!
Valentines Day is in a few short weeks. Do you usually plan something for this sweet holiday? Now that my kids are older we don't do anything over the top, but I still love to celebrate. Most times I prepare a Valentine themed dinner and dessert and everyone has always been happy with that. 

When my kids were younger it was all about exchanging cards, school parties, teachers gifts and so many sweet treats. I have to say things are a lot easier now, but if you have younger children, I have a great inexpensive idea on how to celebrate Valentines Day with kids - a cookie decorating party! 

 
Your kids and their friends will be able to frost and decorate cookies and take home some yummy treats. To keep my pocketbook in check, I designed a Valentine cookie decorating station with simple, stylish decorations and supplies that I picked up at my local Walmart

First, gather your items: You will need baked sugar cookies, cookie frosting, sprinkles, decorator candy, tablecloth, paper plates, napkins or paper towels, a Valentine table topper , decorations, plastic icing bottles, utensils to spread the frosting (plastic knives), and carry home bags or boxes. 


All of these items are very inexpensive, especially if you make your own cookie dough. Another great idea is to mix and match solid color party items (tablecloth, napkins and utensils) along with Valentine themed plates and decor to complete the look.

Getting started: Prepare and bake the cut out sugar cookies a day or two before the party. Store the cookies in an airtight container, so the cookies will be ready for decorating. 

If you're in a pinch and don't have time to bake cookies you can pick up a Valentine Cookie Kit at Walmart in the bakery department. Each cookie kit is priced at $6 and consists of 12 baked heart shaped sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles.  

Party Day: Create a simple cookie decorating area. For easy clean up, make sure to cover your table or decorating station with butcher paper or a tablecloth. I used a .99 plastic Valentine tablecloth, since it's going to be covered with frosting and sprinkles galore in the end. 

I added a .99 Valentine Day table topper and placed it in the middle of the cookie station and arranged the plates on the table. The plates will be used for the children to decorate their cookies. Set out the baked cookies, arrange the frosting (store bought or homemade). 

I used one container of store bought frosting, and prepared a homemade cookie frosting as well (recipe below). Arrange the sprinkles and add the candy m&m's and conversation hearts into small bowls so they're easy to grab.    

Prepare the homemade cookie frosting and pour it into each decorating bottle. I love to use the Mini Wilton Squeeze Bottles to decorate cookies. They're ideal for little hands and so convenient to decorate cookies. 

Each bottle is clear so the kids can see exactly what color the icing is in each bottle. I picked up three bottles for .75 each. Wilton also makes larger bottles found in the cake decorating section that come two to a package.  

Using the decorating squeeze bottle makes icing cookies a snap. You can also make simple designs or use them to add the icing onto the cookie before spreading. It's so much easier to control the flow of the cookie icing with the Wilton bottles versus using a piping bag, and less messy. 

Even thought my kids are older they still decorated cookies with me. We had such a good time and it was fun to see all the designs and creations my daughter and son came up with. 


Once the cookie are frosted, set them aside to give the icing some time to dry before packaging.  

Packaging the cookies: For storage and take home options I went with holiday zip lock bags priced at $1.47 (20 bags) and a few small decorator treat boxes. Make sure to label the bags and boxes with each child's name. 


Once the cookies are dry let the kids package up their decorated cookies to take home.  

I hope this idea will inspire you to host a Valentine Cookie Decorating Party of your own. 



Thick & Soft Sugar Cookie Hearts

Ingredients:
1/3 - cup butter, softened
1/3 - cup shortening
1 - cup granulated sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - beaten egg
2 - cups all purpose flour
1 - teaspoon baking powder
dash salt
colored icing, recipes below
valentines day sprinkles

Directions:
In a medium size bowl,  beat shortening and butter together with an electric mixer. Add sugar, vanilla extract and beaten egg. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together then add to the creamed mixture. Mix together scraping the sides of the bowl.

I used my kitchen aid mixer to mix everything until it came away from the sides of the bowl and started to form into a ball. Place dough inside a large zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove dough and let sit on the counter at least 30 minutes. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with heart shaped cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray.

Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and start to get golden brown. The bottom of the cookies should be light brown. Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, remove and place on a baking rack to cool completely. Frost with colored icing and decorate with sprinkles. 

recipe yields: 15 -18 cookies depending on size


Colored Cookie Icing:
2 - cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
2 - tablespoon softened butter or margarine
4  - tablespoons milk
1 - tsp vanilla extract
pink, red or rose icing paste 

I used one bowl to mix the icing. Add all ingredients except the icing paste together with using a whisk. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more milk. 

Separate the icing into 2 bowls and add pink icing paste in one bowl, and red in the second bowl. Mix to combine. 

I used a funnel to add the icing into the Wilton decorator bottle. You want a pourable consistency to the cookie icing. 


Stop by the Valentine section at your local Walmart and check out all of their affordable baking and holiday party decorations. With just a few decorations and supplies you too can plan an inexpensive Valentine party in no time. 





     


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Buffalo Chicken Cups {Game Time Recipe}

These easy bite size buffalo chicken cups will be the hit of your next game day party. #sponsored #gameday #wmtmoms 

Well, it's that time of year again......... Football season!!! I've never been much of a football fan, but I do love all the tasty food and fun that surrounds the big game. I guess you can say when it comes to football, it's all about the food for me. I have so much fun planning and preparing all the yummy food that everyone will be eating including me! 

Whether you're hosting a party for the big game or attending a get-together at a friend's house, these easy Buffalo Chicken Cups are perfect to feed any hungry crowd. These bite size appetizers start with baked won ton cups that are filled with a buffalo chicken mixture, and topped with shredded cheese and green onions. 

I recommend doubling the recipe because once everyone gets a taste they'll be coming back for seconds and thirds. These yummy won tons have just enough kick, but are not overly spicy at all. The combination of the cream cheese and bleu cheese dressing balance out the hot sauce perfectly.

To make this recipe even simpler I used a Rotisserie chicken that I picked up from my local Walmart for $4.98. I planned on using it in a chili recipe, so I ended up with just enough leftover chicken to make these delicious buffalo chicken cups. I'm known for getting 2 meals out of 1 Rotisserie chicken, so this was a win win for me. Let's get started on the step-by-step for this easy appetizer.


All of the ingredients needed can be found at your local Walmart: 1 cup cooked chicken (I used a Marketside Traditional Rotisserie Chicken), Franks Red Hot sauce or wing sauce, cream cheese, bleu cheese or ranch dressing, won ton wrappers, shredded Mexican four cheese, and green onions for garnish (optional). 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tray with non stick spray. Add one won ton wrapper to each muffin cup, making sure to press down on the sides and bottom to form a cup. Bake 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven: set aside.

In a medium size bowl, add the cream cheese, dressing, and hot sauce; mix until blended. Add the chicken and one cup of shredded cheese; mix to combine.

Fill each muffin cup with about one tablespoon of the buffalo chicken mixture and top with additional shredded Mexican cheese. 

Bake for 5-9 minutes or until cheese is melted and the mixture is warmed though. Top with chopped green onions before serving. 


If you're pressed for time, and can't prepare something for the big game no problem. Walmart is your one stop shop for all your game time needs. Stop by the deli and bakery department at your local Walmart for a selection of game day food options. 

Grab a Hormel Meat & Cheese Tray  or pick up a few affordable and fresh Marketside Pizzas for your hungry football fans. Everyone loves dessert and there is plenty to choose from with, football themed cakes, cookies or cupcakes.  

For more football and tailgating ideas, check out the Walmart Game Time page to view their fantastic play book of game day recipes & ideas. 






Buffalo Chicken Cups 

Ingredients: 
18 - 20 - won ton  wrappers 
4 - ounces cream cheese, softened 
2 - tablespoons Bleu cheese or ranch dressing 
2 - tablespoons Franks Original Red Hot sauce or Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce
1 - cup cooked chicken, chopped (Rotisserie Chicken can be used) 
1 - cup shredded Mexican four cheese blend
2 - tablespoons green onions, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tray with non stick spray.

Add one won ton wrapper to each muffin cup, making sure to press down on the sides and bottom to form a cup. Bake 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven: set aside  


In a medium size bowl, add the cream cheese, dressing, and hot sauce; mix until blended. Add the chicken and one cup of shredded cheese; mix to combine.

Fill each muffin cup with about one tablespoon of the buffalo chicken mixture and top with additional shredded Mexican cheese. 

Bake for 5-9 minutes or until cheese is melted and the mixture is warmed though. Top with chopped green onions before serving. 

recipe yields: approx 18 - 20 won ton cups

inspired by my Ranch Sausage Star recipe




     

Hearty Stuffed Pepper Soup

A wonderful warm and hearty soup with the ingredients and flavors of stuffed bell peppers. #collegeinnbroth #POURLOVEINN 
Here in Texas it's definitely been on the chilly side, so I think it is safe to say it's officially soup season! I love this time of year, because I can make a huge pot of soup that will last days with delicious leftovers.  I grew up eating stuffed bell peppers and I love them. My husband, not so much. 

He loves the bell pepper flavor and the ingredients inside, but not the pepper itself. Usually I can sneak some bell peppers into our meals if I chop them up small enough. This is where this delicious Stuffed Pepper Soup comes into play. Everything you love about stuffed bell peppers, but in a soup!

This yummy soup is packed full of bell peppers, onions, ground beef, rice, chicken broth (I used College Inn Chicken Broth from Walmart) and seasoned diced tomatoes. I love the College Inn broth because it's a high quality broth, taste homemade and has a delicious aroma.

I always keep a stash of canned broth in my pantry because they come in so handy, especially when you don't have any homemade broth on hand. This Stuffed Pepper Soup is hearty, flavorful and so delicious. 

I was very surprised when my husband said he liked the soup! I'm guessing the peppers we're chopped up perfectly for him. This soup is especially wonderful the next day after the flavors have had extra time to mingle. If you're a stuffed pepper lover I highly recommend this flavorful soup.   

To get started you will need the following ingredients: ground beef, onion, garlic, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, college inn chicken broth, 2 cans diced tomatoes (with onion, garlic and basil (one is pictured, but I ended up using two cans), tomato sauce, medium grain rice, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper.

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, brown the ground beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink; drain off any grease and set aside. Heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onions, red and green peppers and saute about 3-5 minutes,.

Add the garlic and cook for and additional 30 seconds. Add the seasoned ground beef back into the soup pot, add one can of diced tomatoes and puree the second can in a chopper or food processor before adding. Add the tomato sauce, college inn chicken broth, sugar, and Italian seasoning. Mix to combine. 

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and lightly simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering cook the rice according to package directions. 


Once the soup is cooked add the rice into the soup and mix to combine.


Ladle soup into bowls and enjoy! Don't forget a loaf of fresh french bread to serve with your soup. 



Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 - lb ground beef or turkey 
salt and pepper, to taste
1 - tablespoon olive oil 
1/2 - cup onion, chopped
3/4 - cup green bell pepper, diced
3/4 - cup red or orange bell pepper, diced
1 - clove garlic, minced
2 - cans (14 oz) Red Gold diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic and oregano)
1 - can (8 oz) tomato sauce 
3 - cups chicken broth (I used College Inn)
1/2 - teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 - teaspoon sugar 
2 - cups cooked medium grain or brown rice

In a large soup pot or dutch oven, brown the ground beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink; drain off any grease and set aside. 

Heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onions, red and green peppers and saute about 3-5 minutes, add the garlic and cook for and additional 30 seconds. 

Add the seasoned ground beef back into the soup pot. Add one can of diced tomatoes and puree the second can in a chopper or food processor before adding. 

Add the tomato sauce, college inn chicken broth, sugar, and Italian seasoning. Mix to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and lightly simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. While the soup is simmering cook the rice according to package directions.


Once the soup is cooked add the rice into the soup and mix to combine. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.  

prep time: 15 min 
servings: 6 
inspired by: taste of home 




You can pick up a variety of College Inn Broths easily at your local Walmart. Stay connected and follow the #POURLOVEINN on your favorite social channels for more delicious recipes using College Inn broth. 


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn Broth . The opinions and text are all mine. 


     

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