Remember not too long ago when our girls were all home and we had a baking day? It was so fun but figuring out what to feed everyone on days like that always perplexes me.
I don’t want to take away from having fun and visiting by making a labor intensive meal. As the kids have gotten older they are more vocal than they were as kids saying they never did like this..or that. Kayla is a vegetarian so that throws a wrench into some plans too.
We have come to the conclusion that chili is a pretty good option for our family. I do it a little different so that everyone can have something to their own tastes.
I brown 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef browned with a whole onion
Then is a seperate pot I mix these ingredients:
2 15 ounce cans of beans- I’m not picky whatever is here.
1 quart of my homemade salsa
1 can of beer
chili powder to taste depending on the salsa
I have Kayla pull out whatever amount she wants saved for her then I mix in the hamburger.
That’s when it gets interesting…. See?When the kids were little to stretch chili for our family of seven, I started making rice on chili days. Some of the kids don’t like soups so they often put rice in the bottom of their bowl and then put the chili over top.
We’ve gotten so that some of us add shredded cheese over the top of all of that. That’s my bowl in the photo below.
Hubby is a straight up chili guy.
Notice sour cream in the photo above. Kelli doesn’t like anything spicy so she puts sour cream in her chili with rice to calm down any spice.
Some add more spice or Tabasco…some have rice, some don’t. It’s everyone’s preference which takes any pressure off of me.
So with six people at the table to eat chili, no one ate it the same way. We had the little boys for lunch too and chili isn’t something either of them like so I made grill cheese sandwiches to go with the chili.
That left some of the adults dipping their grill cheese in their chili.
I’m so glad that I’ve come up with a few meal options for times when the kids are all home that meet the wants of everyone at the table.
Do any of you have any dishes you fix when everyone is home that can be varied like this? I’d love some more ideas in my arsenal.
…and inquiring minds want to know…how do you eat your chili?