Recipe HIT – Chili

It may seem odd to people that I’d make chili in the summertime.  But, I love it and 1 pot will feed the Hubs and I for 3-4 days and it’s easy to bring to work for lunch.  Plus, my chili tastes pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.  I’ve made this before with ground turkey, and it’s equally delicious.  Make it now, thank me later.

Holly’s Chili (it’s fairly spicy – fyi)



  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, rough chop
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 jar of Ragu (traditional, flavored with meat)
  • 1 8-oz jar of salsa (I like Chi-Chi’s Medium)
  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 15-oz can of spicy chili beans (get non-spicy ones if you want)
  • 1 15-oz can of dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can of corn (I actually use 2 cans b/c I worship corn)
  • Tabasco, to taste (use caution)
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste (use caution)


  1. In a large frying pan, brown the beef with the onions until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are translucent.  Drain grease.
  2. Pour the meat/onions into a larger pot.  Add the tomato sauce, salsa, chili powder, black pepper, garlic salt, kidney beans, chili beans, and corn.  Mix well
  3. Slowly add in Tabasco and red pepper flakes – SLOWLY.  Get the chili to the spice level that floats your boat.
  4. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
  5. Eat for the next 3-4 days.

Recipe HIT – Crock Pot Taco Meat

You guys. I’m so excited about this recipe.  It is SO easy, inexpensive, and really delicious! You can even make it as healthy as you want by subbing the beef for ground turkey or chicken.  And you can also choose healthy toppings if that floats your boat, 2% cheese, low-fat sour cream, etc.  You can serve this meat on a taco salad, in burritos, or on good old hard taco shells.  I went old school with hard taco shells.  I used 90/10 lean ground sirloin and low-fat sour cream.  I splurged with extra sharp cheddar cheese.


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 jar of salsa (I used a 16 oz. jar of Chi-Chi’s Medium Salsa)
  • Tabasco, to taste


  1. Brown the ground beef in a frying pan
  2. Add 2/3 cup of water and taco seasoning packet. Mix well.
  3. Taste the beef to see if you want it spicier, then add Tabasco (just add a drop at a time, a little goes a long way!).
  4. Let simmer for about 5 minutes
  5. Put the beef in the Crock Pot
  6. Add the jar of salsa and mix well
  7. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  8. Chow down