Chili No Beans

Chili No Beans

So I got this Chili No Beans idea at Taco Bell the other day.  They’re always adding crazy new stuff to their Menu and it just got me thinking.  First off, their food is munchie delicious.  You know what I mean.  The kind of food you crave when you’ve got the munchies.  And I swear their staff has got to be stoned half the time when they come up with these recipes.  Anyway, I got thinking about how tender their ground beef is in all of the Tacos and Burritos and then it dawned on me.  It’s got to be a slow cooker.  So I ran home and made up this recipe and it’s just as good if not better.  The real benefits though, however, aren’t that you can now replicate Taco Bell food but you can use it for all kinds of things like Chili Cheese Dogs and Nachos and who’s going to complain about that.  So here is a real easy and simple way to make Chili No Beans and you’re going to love it!Chili No Beans 2

Chili No Beans Ingredients:

2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lbs Pork Chorizo (or beef)
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 1.25 oz pkg Taco Seasoning (regular or Mild)

Pork Loin and Hominy Stew

Pork Loin and Hominy Stew

This is a lovely Pork Loin and Hominy Stew.  It’s hearty and very tasty.  This style is normally intended for a weekend brunch, but it can be served any time.  And like any stew, it makes for great leftovers.  If there are any that is.  The trick to this is slow cooking with the lid on so you can get that pork tender without losing any of the soup until you are ready to reduce.  About an hour and a half is all your going to need with the lid on, then let the power of reduction take over for the last 20 to 30 minutes.  The ingredients and Video Recipe, as usual, are below.

Pork Loin and Hominy Stew Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Loin, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tbsp Flour
1 can Hominy and Juice
1 Onion, chopped
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
2 Cellery Stalks, haved and chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
Fresh Parsly, chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Chili Powder or Chili flakes
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Chicken Broth, fill stew pot just to cover meat and Veggies
Salt to taste

Serve with 1 Fried or Poached egg per Serving.

Chicken and Gravy Slow Cooker Recipe

Chicken and Gravy

Chicken and Gravy Recipes really don’t get much easier than this.  But don’t let that fool you because this dish is delicious and it has so many different possibilities.  This version is the very basic version; just the Chicken and the Gravy.  If you want to add just another 5 minutes of your time, to a recipe that only takes 5 minutes to prepare, you could add all kinds of fresh or canned vegetables; onions, mushrooms or peppers, just to name a few.  Even olives are terrific.  But at least this way you’ve got a real simplified base to work with and you can run with your imagination from there.

Chicken and Gravy Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breasts
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup (Cream of Mushroom or Broccoli works great too)
1 pkg Cream Cheese
1/2 tsp Black Pepper