The Best Wendy's Inspired Chili Recipe

Hey friends! So excited it's officially November now and people will no longer think I'm ALL the way crazy for posting about Christmas stuff. Although I won't be in today's post. Nope, today I'm going to be whipping up one of my absolute FAVORITE recipe's EVER.
Anyway, as promised this recipe is easy & family friendly. I'll be sharing my Chili recipe today! It's been tweaked a lot over the years as I've tried to figure out how to achieve that perfect yummy flavor with just enough kick. There is one thing I've recently started using that has taken this chili up to a whole different level. My inspiration for this recipe was how obsessed I was (And well, am.) with Wendy's Chili. Seriously, so good. While this recipe doesn't taste exactly like it, it's extremely close and I think you guys will enjoy it! 

I'll be making this over on Instagram tonight in stories to show you guys just how easy it is! But I'll share the recipe below if you're wanting to make it yourself.

What you need:
1 onion

1 green pepper

2 lbs ground beef

3 14 oz can Stewed Tomatoes 
1 14 oz can Ro'Tel Diced Tomatoes with peppers
1 14 oz can Kidney Beans
1 14 oz can Pinto Beans 
1 14 oz can Tomato Sauce
2-3 tablespoons Chili Seasoning depending on taste
1 teaspoon white vinegar 

This recipe is SO easy because we're literally just throwing everything in a pot! Those are the best meals, let's be honest. 

Step 1:
Start by browning your ground beef in a medium sized pan. 
While beef is browning dice your onions and green peppers. 
(If you'd like you can cook the onions and peppers a bit before browning the beef but if you're going to be letting this cook and simmer for a bit the vegetables will cook themselves in the large pot.)
Step 2: 
Once beef is cooked thoroughly, drain excess liquid and transfer to a large pot. 

Step 3: 
Place all ingredients in your large pot with beef, mixing each ingredient individually in with the beef. 
Top with onions and peppers.

Step 4: 
Add your spices- vinegar and chili seasoning, tasting as you go. Don't add any additional chili seasoning until it has at least simmered for 30-40 minutes, I think you'll find the flavors blend together the longer you let it cook. I made the mistake of thinking our chili needed more seasoning once or twice. It doesn't. OOPS.

Let Cook on high for 30-40 minutes, you can also choose to simmer for as long as you'd like. Chili gets better with time! 

So that's it guys! Super easy, pair it with some grilled cheese and it's easily one of our favorite meals! 

Have you guys tried this yet? What did you think? I'd love to hear what you think. If you haven't tried it before, will you? What recipe would you guys like to see next week?

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Mexican Alfredo 
Chicken Noodle Soup

Let me know! Happy Wednesday friends!

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The BEST and Easiest Pot Roast Recipe EVER!

IT'S HERE! It's finally here! I cooked a meal and I figured it needed to be documented. 
Let me start this post by saying, I am not a chef. I actually don't really even like to cook, I mean, I do it because I sort of have too. 

I'm always looking for easy recipes that are still yummy for our super busy lifestyle. Nick Jr. is 14 and honestly one of the pickiest eaters I know. Honestly, the kid would eat frozen bagel bites for EVERY SINGLE MEAL. And, well, sometimes I let him because well, I don't have time to argue with a 14 year old. HA!

So anytime I find a recipe he actually likes and enjoys? It gets put into the dinner rotation. It's super easy to get into a dinner funk, Don't you think? And I've spent so many hours making recipes from sites like Pinterest that our family ended up hating and we spent the night eating cereal instead. 

I get it, I get the want and need for NORMAL, simple, quick and easy recipes for busy families like ours. So every week I wanted to start sharing super simple, easy and yummy recipes that everyone in your family is sure to love. 

Today I'm sharing this yummy pot roast because well, it was one of the very first recipes I shared on Instagram that everyone seemed to love so much! For good reason! It's flavorful, while not being overwhelming for those bland eaters out there, and the meat is tender. Nick, who never ever eats potatoes, eats them when they're mixed in with this yummy quick and easy Pot Roast Recipe! 

I managed to snap some pictures real quick as I was throwing this together on one our busiest days of the week, typically Thursday, because Nick has late football practice and Savanna has dance class. So don't mind the crappy pictures. Maybe one day I'll be able to take better pictures of food, but today, is not that day. 

Let me start by saying I got our Hamilton Beach Crock Pot as a wedding gift and I'm still loving it! It's lasted us 5 years and gets so much use! I'll drop the links below for some of the products I get asked about during my video stories on Instagram at the end of this post! 

This recipe is awesome because it only requires a few ingredients, most of which are a staple in our house anyway. 

What you need: 
1 Boneless Chuck Roast ( I always buy the biggest one I can find.)
1 Cup of A1 or more to taste
1/2 Cup Water
1 Packet Onion Mushroom Mix 
1 bag of baby red potatoes (cut in quarters and washed)
1 bag of carrots (washed & diced)
1 Red Onion 

Step 1: 
Season your roast with salt & pepper. I love to use Sea Salt. Place it in your crock pot on Low. 

Step 2: Mix the A1, 1/2 Cup Water and Onion Mushroom Packet together. 

Step 3: Pour Veggies (Onion, Carrots & Red Potatoes over Roast.)

Step 4: Pour A1 mixture over meat- add more salt & pepper to taste. Cook on LOW 6-8 Hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours. I suggest cooking on LOW if possible, the meat will be even MORE tender, not as chewy, but if you're like me and completely forget to do this in the morning, you CAN still cook this on high. You can add more A1 if you wish to the pot roast as it cooks! 

By now, your kitchen should smell pretty amazing! This is absolutely one of our favorite family recipes, probably because we love A1! If you're having trouble finding the Onion Mushroom packets you can get them on amazon, I've had trouble finding them recently, and I'm wondering if they've been discontinued. I've used just the onion packet before but it wasn't quite as flavorful as adding the onion/mushroom packets together. 

That's it guys! I really hope you enjoy it! If you've tried it already I'd love love love to hear what you think below!! 

TUNE IN tomorrow for a BRAND new recipe that we'll cook together on Thursday! 

In the meantime here are some if the kitchen goodies I get asked about pretty often
 on my stories! Just scroll and click if something interests you, seriously! SUPER easy, right? 

Happy Tuesday Friends!

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How To White Wash A Terra Cotta Pot

Hey everyone! Happy Monday and HAPPY NEW MONTH! Today I bring you a post on how to WHITE WASH a boring clay terra cotta pot to give it some nice french country style.

I always love the start of a new month, especially May because we take so many fun trips and we celebrate both Nick and Savanna's Birthdays! We usually spend our first weekend of May every year at the beach, it's pretty much the kickstart of our Summer, and I just get all the feel good vibes! Plus, I'm usually spending a lot more time outside, playing with dirt and getting my hands dirty, is it weird I love the smell of dirt btw? MEH.