Spicy Beef Chili

Spicy Beef Chili - The Salty Kitchen

Spicy Beef Chili – The Salty Kitchen

This Halloween my husband and I decided we’d be grownups.

We also got our kids’ costumes up and ready A WEEK EARLY. I know. Not.a.typo.

Of course, they did have a Halloween party to go to last Saturday night. I’d like to think we were really this far ahead of the game. Like usual. Ahem.

Halloween costumes for kids. Done.

We also signed up for a 3 mile race on Thanksgiving. Not sure what I was thinking when I did that, but I’m sure I had a good reason. I can’t run a mile. I can’t run to the mailbox. I get winded going up a flight of stairs. And I love to watch The Biggest Loser while I eat tacos.

But we’re locked in for a race. My husband will totally give me a hard time if I come in last.

Motivation for exercise. Done.

Here is the hard part of being a grownup. Dinnertime. I’ve been struggling to find dinners that make everyone happy in my household. It’s a stressful point in my grownup-dom. I don’t necessarily need everyone to eat the same-exact-thing, but a variation of the main dish is totally fine.

This is where the chili comes in. Everyone in the house ate it.


The kids had this on hot dogs. My husband had his with cheese. And I had mine just as pictured.

Dinner? Done.

Being a grownup is so easy.

** Side note: this is really spicy. Omit the cayenne if you are afraid the family won’t eat it. It’s still good.

Spicy Beef Chili - The Salty Kitchen

Spicy Beef Chili – The Salty Kitchen

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Spicy Beef Chili
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapenos, minced
  • 3 t. chili powder
  • ¼ t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 t. black pepper
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 14-oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large pot. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the onions, garlic, and jalapenos. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add salsa and all seasonings and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir and return heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve!

** Linked to Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Rhinestone Beagle, What’s Cooking Love, Made In a Day, and Living Well Spending Less.

Spicy Beef Chili - The Salty Kitchen

Spicy Beef Chili – The Salty Kitchen

Paleo Snack Mix


Paleo Snack Mix - The Salty Kitchen

Paleo Snack Mix – The Salty Kitchen

We are in the midst of some serious football season ’round these parts.

We start our Saturdays, usually (I’m not sure how we got the “lucky” stick on this one) with an 8:30 am 8-year old football game at the YMCA. We cheer, grumble, clap wildly, and jump up and down for all the boys. Yes, even at that horrible, horrible hour on a Saturday.

Then there are errands to be run, groceries to be bought, and yards to be mowed. Oh, and laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned and floors to be mopped.

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Squash and Sausage Breakfast Hash

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash - The Salty Kitchen

Squash & Sausage Breakfast Hash – The Salty Kitchen

You guys.

Seriously, I’m becoming butternut squash obsessed.

Is there a support group for this issue? I totally need one. You don’t even know the half of it. Why, oh why, dear mother and father, did we not eat this incredible vegetable while I was growing up? Insanity.

And then, just when I think I can’t get enough squash, I added sausage to the mix.


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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – Paleo


Chicken and Sausage Gumbo - The Salty Kitchen

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo – The Salty Kitchen

The slow cooker is made for people like me.

These little self-cookers are not made for the creative types of people who post sequined-carved Halloween pumpkins, people who create Etsy-sellable-like quality classroom party favors, or even for the Martha Stewart-type people who painstakingly make Halloween costumes for their kids – and for their dogs.

No, slow cookers are not made for those people.

Those people usually have homemade bread rising while they are cutting out construction paper ghosts for their kids’ parties. They have, what I can only assume, soup simmering on their stoves at all times, and they will always, always have a homemade cookie in the cookie jar.

Not me.  Not me at all.

I want to be one of “those” people, but realistically, I’m more of a manic, always running late, Oreo-hoarding-in-the-back-of-the-pantry-for-a-bribing-emergency, frizzy-haired woman who feels incredibly lucky that I put the same colored shoes on before I leave the house in the morning.

Honestly, it all boils down to me being really lazy. Like, really, really lazy.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup – Paleo


Creamy Butternut Squash Soup - Paleo

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup – Paleo


Well hellllooooooo, October!

I can’t believe you are here already.

Seriously, where has the time gone? It seems it was just yesterday I was hanging out at the kiddie pool, working on my tan, and wishing my hair wouldn’t curl once it got wet.

And then, BAM!, here you are.

We are going to have some good times, you and me. And no, it’s not just because there is usually candy involved at the end of the month. Although, I must say that helps.

Football is in full swing, the weather will be (gasp!) in the 80’s next week, and the kids are back in school (no summertime daycare charges…it’s like we got a raise!).

Here’s to you, October.

The start of all things fall. All things “soupy”. All things laced with pumpkin. And all things squash-related.

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