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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Add the beef and cook until browned.
- Add salsa and all seasonings and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
- Stir and return heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for another 20 minutes.
** Linked to Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Rhinestone Beagle, What’s Cooking Love, Made In a Day, and Living Well Spending Less.