Perfect Fall Meal

I'm linking up at Kelly's Korner for Show Us Your Life Crockpotalooza 2.
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
1-12 oz. pkg. reduced fat ground sausage
(*Sometimes we dice up a link of Andouille sausage.)
5 1/2 cups fresh diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, oregano & basil OR
3-14.5 oz. cans diced Italian style tomatoes
2-16 oz. cans pinto beans   ( I used reduced sodium on all beans)
2-16 oz. cans kidney beans
2-16 oz. cans black beans     
1 qt. fresh tomato juice (substitute V8 juice or tomato soup if you don't have any)
1/2 large bottle of reduced sodium V8 juice
2 TBS Tony Chacheres Cajun seasoning
3 TBS chili powder
2-3 TBS Tabasco
salt & pepper
In a large soup pot or use a CROCK POT (like the biggest one you have), brown ground chuck and ground sausage with salt and pepper. Once meat is mostly cooked, add tomatoes, beans, and juices. Stir well. Add seasonings & Tabasco-they don't have to be exact measurements. Adjust them based on your tastes and what you think it needs. Don't be afraid!! Stir well again.
Crock pot: Put in on low and let it go until you're ready to eat it! 
Stovetop: Bring to a boil and boil 10 min., stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and cook 1-3 hrs., stirring occasionally. 
This makes a lot of chili, so you can freeze it in freezer jars or bags. 
I serve it with a spoonful of fat free sour cream or Fage 0% yogurt and some colby-jack cheese sprinkled on top.
Also some crumbled Fritos or Tostitos on top are good, too.
*I use this chili in my Frito pie recipe*

1-8 oz.  pkg. reduced fat or fat free cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1-2 cups fresh cooked chili
1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
In a glass pie dish or an 8x8" glass baking dish, spread softened cream cheese out as evenly as possible in the bottom of the dish. Top with chili, trying not to get too much juice or liquid on the cream cheese. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 10-15 min. or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with Fritos or Tostitos.

I was in a hurry, so I used a box brownie mix...I don't normally do that because I try to avoid processed foods.
I box Duncan Hines Ultimate Fudge Brownie mix-make as directed on the box, but before you bake it add 4 oz. softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup pumpkin (not pie filling). Take a butter knife and swirl the pumpkin and cream cheese throughout the brownie mix so that you can still see their pretty colors. Bake as directed. 


  1. 2 thinks, I need you to tell me where you got those boots in your profile picture and then I need you to teach me how to bake haha

    1. YOu crack me up! I got the boots at Rack Room (Franco Fortini brand) and I actually need to practice my baking skills myself-there is always room for improvement! :) xoxo

  2. What a great recipe. I was quick to pin it to my recipe board!


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