My go-to chili recipies

I love soup.  Pretty much any kind.  And I eat it in the winter and the summer.  One of my most favorite things, and a big hit with my husband and daughter, is chili.  I make lots of different kinds of chili (chicken, ground beef, cubed beef, turkey, vegetarian, red, white, etc.) but the two most popular that I make are my traditional red chili with ground beef and my white chicken chili.  They can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker/crock pot.  They are also really easy to make when you have guests over, especially for sports event viewing.  I usually make the two chilis and a pan of (sweet) cornbread and set up a toppings bar with shredded cheese, Tabasco, chopped onions, pickled jalapenos, tortilla chips, etc.  Since I have white chicken chili in the crock pot right now (my personal FAVORITE), I figured I would post my recipes.

Traditional Red Chili

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion (small-diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (medium-diced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (medium-diced)
  • 1 can black beans (the regular size, 15.5 oz)
  • 1 can kidney beans (I prefer the light red – you could also use pinto beans)
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 4.25 oz can chopped green chilis
  • 1 28 oz can petite diced tomatos
  • 1 cup beer of your choice (or beef broth)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Tabasco sauce to taste

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat (break up the ground meat as you cook it with a fork or my secret weapon…a potato masher) then dump into your large 6 quart slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients (do not drain beans, chilis or tomato) except the Tabasco sauce.  Stir well to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours (remove lid for last half hour to thicken the chili if desired – you can always adjust the liquid based upon whether you like your chili more soupy or thick enough to spoon onto nachos).  After cooked, add Tabasco sauce to taste.  To cook on the stove, brown your beef in the bottom of a large stock pot.  After beef is browned, add the onion and peppers and sautee until soft.  Pour in the beans,  chilis, tomato and beer.  Stir well.  Add the chili powder and cumin and cook (partially covered) for at least two hours on low-medium heat, stirring often so nothing gets burned to the bottom of the pot.  After cooked, add Tabasco sauce to taste. **This recipe also works really well as a vegetarian chili.  Just omit the ground beef and be sure to use vegetarian refried beans and veggie broth instead of beef broth.

White Chicken Chili

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken (you can use regular ground chicken or ground chicken breast – I always buy organic ground chicken…the cheaper stuff smells funny to me)
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion (small-diced)
  • 1 jar green salsa (salsa verde) of your choice (this is where you control the heat of your chili)
  • 2 cans great northern beans (or navy beans, or other small white bean)
  • 2 cans hominy (this is a corn product and is usually in the hispanic food isle)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the ground chicken, cook until browned (breaking it up as you go with a fork or potato masher), then dump into your large 6 quart slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients (do not drain beans or hominy) and stir well to combine.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  To cook on the stove, brown your chicken in the bottom of a large stock pot.  After chicken is browned, add the onion and sautee until soft.  Pour in the beans,  salsa and hominy.  Stir well.  Add the cumin and cook (partially covered) for at least two hours on low-medium heat, stirring often so nothing gets burned to the bottom of the pot.  When cooking on the stove you may need to add a little bit of chick broth toward the end if it gets too thick because the hominy really thickens this chili up.

**If the beans upset your stomach, try rubbing 2-3 drops of ginger, peppermint and/or fennel essential oil mixed into a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil on your stomach around your navel to help relieve stomach upset and gas pains!  If you want to learn more about pure essential oils, feel free to email me!  mariaferris@outlook.com

THE BEST DIY Deodorant Ever…and some other good stuff

So, I haven’t posted in a while…here’s my excuse…I’ve taken my obsession with essential oils to a new level.  I have been whipping up batches of homemade lotions, single serving lotion bars, body scrubs, lip gloss, diaper cream, cuticle oil, hand sanitizer, deodorant…you name it…and sending them off to my friends and family.

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Like I have nothing better to do (clean the house, cook dinner, exercise, work my day job, etc.).  Oh, yeah, and I’ve started teaching DIY classes at a local salon.  IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!!  So far I have focused exclusively on using essential oils in your daily beauty routine.  I basically talk for a while about essential oils, what they are and how to use them, then I go through a ton of different DIY beauty product how-tos and close with making a product in class for everyone to customize with the essential oils of their choice and take home (for a $5 materials fee).  I am planning to branch out into classes on DIY cleaning and DIY baby products soon.  My next class is Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Andre Richard Salon in Philadelphia.  If you are in the Philly area, please feel free to join us!!  RSVP to my email mariaferris@outlook.com so I can keep track of how much supplies I need to purchase.  The focus is going to be on DIY personal care products and the “make and take” item will be natural deodorant and lip gloss.  Here are the two recipes I am going to use.  Please try them out at home and leave me some feedback in the comments section!  These are my absolute favorite recipes and if they can be improved, even better!  It is important to me that all oils used to make the lip gloss are safe in case they are ingested.  For that reason, I only use essential oils which are pure, therapeutic grade and are indicated as safe for internal use (they will have supplement facts on the bottle).  If you want to learn more about pure essential oils, feel free to email me!  mariaferris@outlook.com

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Soft Lip Gloss

  • 4 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 10-20 drops essential oils of your choice

Heat coconut oil, honey and beeswax in double boiler until melted, remove from heat, add in the oil and stir well. Pour into small glass jars and let cool!

Oil Suggestions for Lip Gloss:  lemon and lavender; peppermint and wild orange; lemon and grapefruit; rosemary and peppermint; cinnamon and wild orange…use any essential oils indicated for dietary use!

For a Powerful Cold Sore Treatment: Mix 20 drops geranium, 20 drops lavender, 4 drops thyme, and 16 drops lemon into one of the above recipes.

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THE BEST DIY Deodorant

 

  • ½  cup coconut oil
  • ¼  cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • ¼  cup aluminum free baking soda
  • 20 drops essential oils of your choice (see below)

Melt coconut oil over a double boiler.  Mix in your essential oils.  Add cornstarch and baking soda and mix until smooth.  Store in a small jar and apply with fingers. (The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees so it might be more solid in the winter and creamier in the summer, this is normal!)

**Melt a tablespoon of beeswax into the coconut oil in the first and pour your finished product into an empty deodorant tube for a solid stick deodorant and mess free application.

Essential Oils for Deodorant  (just a suggestion…experiment!)

  •  Melaleuca is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Lavender is soothing (and smells great)
  • Protective blends which are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and boost immunity
  • Lemongrass for a bright, clean scent

 

If you have any questions about these recipes or want info on using essential oils, email me!  mariaferris@outlook.com