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Chili Seasoning

Homemade chili seasoning mix is made in less than 5 minutes! This easy recipe is gluten free, vegan, whole 30 compliant & keto friendly!

Chili seasoning mix of 8 spices in a bowl with a white and gold spoon

When you hear the word “chili seasoning”, you probably think of a big bowl of chili. This seasoning mix does make one delicious batch of chili, but it can also be used in a variety of recipes!

I love tossing sweet potatoes in chili seasoning, then adding them to this Sweet Potato Cranberry Spinach Salad. I also love making an easy skillet turkey chili, then adding it to spaghetti squash.

When you make your own homemade spice blends, you know exactly what’s in it! Just like in these recipes for homemade taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and fajita seasoning.

This recipe combines 8 common spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet. I like to buy the most common spices I use in the kitchen and in my seasoning mixes in bulk.

You can do this by purchasing large containers of the spices on Amazon. Or find them in stores like Costco or Smart and Final. You can also head to the bulk spices aisle at your local grocery store. Fill up bags of your favorite spices at a fraction of the cost!

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Whole30 Chipotle Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

Deliciously easy Whole30 chipotle chili is added to these stuffed sweet potatoes for a scrumptious gluten free and dairy free meal, made in under an hour!

I can’t say enough good things about the delicious combo of smokey, spicy chipotle chili + creamy baked sweet potatoes. They’re a match made in Whole30 heaven, that I could eat every week!

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Buffalo Cheddar Cornbread Chili Pie

Traditional cornbread chili pie is kicked up a notch in this downright delicious version of the dish made with buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese!

Traditional cornbread chili pie is kicked up a notch in this downright delicious version made with buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese!

Say hello to the ultimate comfort food recipe! Warm flavorful chili with buffalo sauce, paired with light fluffy cornbread with cheddar cheese, what in the world could be better than that? Nothing, I tell you, nothing!

This was one of the last recipes I made in our apartment before moving into the new house. I was so excited to come home after working on the house all day to leftovers of this dish.

Who gets excited about leftovers?! Someone that has this Buffalo Cheddar Cornbread Chili Pie as leftovers, that’s who!

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Whitney’s Pepper Fiesta Vegetarian Chili

Fajita veggies, chili beans and fire roasted tomatoes create the most delicious vegetarian chili recipe, made in under 30 minutes!

Fajita veggies, chili beans and fire roasted tomatoes create the most delicious vegetarian chili recipe, made in under 30 minutes!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes.

To make a great tasting chili, you need to start with the best chili beans and tomatoes, that’s why I partnered up with my friends at BUSH’S and Hunt’s to create this scrumptious vegetarian chili recipe! BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes are the perfect addition to the fajita veggies in this chili recipe, that’s both gluten free and vegetarian!

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Buffalo Frito Chili Pie

Frito Chili Pie is given a spicy kick with the addition of buffalo sauce, green chilies and spices in this delicious twist on a classic recipe, easy to make in only 20 minutes!

Frito Chili Pie is given a spicy kick with the addition of buffalo sauce, green chilies and spices in this delicious twist on a classic recipe, easy to make in only 20 minutes!

Frito Chili Pie has been a favorite meal of mine since I was a kid. It’s quick and easy to toss together, making it the perfect weeknight meal!

This week has been a little crazy since returning from Arizona. I was hanging out in Phoenix most of last week with my friends at Cox Communications in the “Cox Smart Home” kitchen.

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Slow Cooker Chorizo Corn Chili

Chorizo sausage & corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, easily whipped up with only 15 minutes of prep & perfect for cool fall & winter days!

Chorizo sausage and corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, perfect for cool fall and winter days!

It’s a rainy, cool day in San Diego, which means it’s finally starting to feel like fall! When it comes to recipes, nothing says fall to me more than a big bowl of chili!

During the fall and winter months growing up in Oklahoma, my Mom would put on a crock pot of chili once a week. I loved smelling the delicious aromas from the chili when I arrived home from school!

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Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash

Ground turkey chili is added to roasted spaghetti squash and topped with avocado and cilantro for a healthy and gluten free way to eat chili!

Turkey Chili Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Tomorrow is the first day of fall and I couldn’t be more excited for the delicious flavors of the new season!

Two of my favorite things to make during fall are chili and squash. I combined them both in this tasty & healthy new recipe!

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Slow Cooked White Chicken Chili

This healthy White Chicken Chili recipe is easy to prepare in the morning, then slow cooked all day for a deliciously warm, tasty and gluten free dinner!

Healthy White Chicken Chili Recipe

Living in San Diego, we have a very interesting view of what “cold weather” is, but last week parts of northeast San Diego actually saw SNOW, which is practically unheard of in San Diego!

On New Years Eve I flew back to San Diego after spending the holidays in Oklahoma with my family. I planned on returning home from the 19 degree temperatures of Oklahoma to 75 and sunny in San Diego. That was not quite the case.

It was definitely “San Diego cold” meaning below 50 degrees at night, which meant it was time for me to whip up something warm to eat!

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Crock Pot Three Bean Taco Vegan Chili

Soyrizo, three different beans, taco seasoning & salsa make up the base for this easy, gluten free, crock pot vegan chili recipe!

Crock Pot Three Bean Vegan Chili

Right now, if you’re anywhere in the country besides Southern California or Florida, I’m guessing you’re cold!

With the onslaught of chilly fall weather this week, what better time to turn “Taco Tuesday” into Taco Chili Tuesday!  Read the full post here!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili combines ground chicken breast with beans, buffalo sauce & lots of spices for a flavorful, gluten free chili recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

With fall in full swing and crock pots full of deliciousness on my mind, I decided to re-create one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook, Buffalo Turkey Chili.

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Chipotle Stout Crock Pot Chili

Chipotle peppers and stout beer give this crock pot chili recipe a rich smokey flavor, it’s quick and easy to prepare in a slow cooker, making it perfect for weeknight dinners!

Chipotle Stout Chili Recipe

Is October “National Chili Month” because if it isn’t, I think it should be!

Ok, just verified, Food.com says National Chili Month is October 14th… um what?  Wait, isn’t that a day, not a month? I’m a little confused, so I’m just going to use the powers vested in me (AKA my magical imaginary food blogging powers) to pronounce October, National Chili Month!

Yay, there we go, all settled!

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How to: Throw the Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party

What could be more fun than carving pumpkins, drinking pumpkin beer and eating pumpkin chili??

Add Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats, Pumpkin Bread and Spinach Artichoke Dip and there is pretty much nothing more fun in the world!  This is how you throw the Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party!

Things you will need:

  • Orange plastic tablecloth (to cover your pumpkin carving table)
  • Halloween Paper Plates/Napkins/Bowls (for all your Delicious Pumpkin Themed Food!)
  • Carving utensils/stencils (enough for all of your guests to carve their perfect little pumpkins)
  • Tealights (to light up the inside of your perfect pumpkins)
  • 2 Large bowls (one for the pumpkin guts and one for the pumpkin seeds)
The Perfect Pumpkin Carving Party Menu:
  • Pumpkin Chili
  • Traditional Chili
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chips

For the pumpkin chili, click on the link for the recipe!  I also made traditional chili in case someone didn’t like pumpkin (not sure why, because I shun anyone who does not like pumpkin, bahaha) but it’s easy to throw it together in a crock pot, so I did!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilies) (14.5 oz)
  • 1 package chili seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz)
Brown the ground beef, then combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot.  Allow to cook for 1 hour on high, then continue to cook for at least 3 hours in the crock pot on low. I top mine with grated cheddar cheese and jalapeños, yummy!

While your chili’s are simmering in their respective crock-pot’s, get your Pumpkin Bread ready to bake!
Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 large eggs (whisked)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
Combine sugars, flour, baking soda and spices in a bowl.
In a separate bowl combine the whisked eggs, milk, melted butter and pumpkin puree. Then, mix in the dry ingredients.
Now it’s time to pour the batter into a loaf dish and bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes.
The bread should come out golden brown, moist and delicious!
While the pumpkin bread is baking and bringing that amazing aroma into your home, get those little Pumpkin Rice Krispie treats going!
Ingredients (makes 8 pumpkins)
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • orange food coloring
  • green gum drops
Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Then, add the orange food coloring, stir to combine.  Add the Rice Krispies and stir to coat.  Wait about 10 minutes for the mixture to cool then use a buttered spoon (or buttered hands, like I do!) to form the Rice Krispie treats into little Pumpkins.  Top with green gum drops and you have a super cute, festive treat that is easy and everyone loves!
Now, right before your guests arrive prepare your Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 4 oz frozen spinach
  • 1 can artichoke hearts (14.5 oz)
  • 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Start by thawing out the frozen spinach by placing it in a microwave-save dish covered with a lid and into the microwave for 5 minutes. While the spinach is defrosting, blend the artichoke hearts in a food processor until only small chunks exist. When the spinach has been defrosted combine this with the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, garlic powder and artichoke hearts in a 20 oz small casserole dish.
Top with the mozzarella cheese.
Place in the oven set at 350° for 25-30 minutes. To make this dish fit in with the festive pumpkin-themed night, I hollowed out a small pumpkin and put the dip inside, SO CUTE!
Now it’s time to set up your yummy table of munchies before all of your pumpkin-loving guests arrive!
Now that all your food is ready to go, you can enjoy carving a pumpkin with your guests while they help themselves to chili and snacks!

Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is the perfect gluten free fall recipe combining tons of spices and flavor for a delicious dinner, requiring only 15 minutes of prep!

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Oh my poor neglected blog! 🙁 Mr Rodas, the math professor I like to refer to as the “Grim Reaper”, does not realize that his 40 hours a week of pre-calc homework is affecting more than just those 15 dwindled down suckers still left in the class after the first two exams created by the math devil himself!

It’s affecting the thousands of my loyal blog followers that have not gotten to enjoy my witty sense of humor, delectable recipes or insight into my favorite things for an entire week! But no need to worry, I’ve made my grand entrance back into the blogosphere with an AMAZING new recipe for you all to enjoy in this, my favorite, fall season!!!

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