What food should I make for the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl 2015

Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots

With the Super Bowl next Sunday, you are probably asking yourself the question “What food should I make for my Super Bowl Party?”  And if you have people coming over you probably have some that are vegetarian or gluten free or just plain picky (I fall in that category :)).  So I thought I would create a list of the recipes I have already shared on my blog that may come in handy for the big game.

First off no Super Bowl is complete without some really good chili, especially if you are in a cold climate like we are.  So here are my recipes for chili.  One is vegetarian and one is full of beef. Both are delicious and easy to make and of course gluten free. Make the day before and the flavor will be awesome!

Of course you need some finger food heres some good choices to make everyone happy.  And for the salad if you put in fake bacon the meat eaters won’t even know.

Great vegetarian snacks.

And finally you need some sweets stuff to go with the chips.  Here’s some of my favorites.  No big surprise that most of them have chocolate as an ingredient!

Great sweet snacks for the party.

What are your favorite Super Bowl treats?  Please share in the comments below.

Award Winning Chili Recipe – Beef Version

Beef Chili

As a follow up to my last post here is the meat version recipe.

As I stated in the last post I always make 2 pots of chili when I make it (one with meat and one without).  I then freeze the rest and veggie hubby and I have it for lunch.  Just take it out the night before and it will thaw out and be ready to heat for lunch the next day.

Last week I shared the vegetarian version recipe and now week I’ll share the meat version.

One of my secrets is I use at least 2 different kinds of chili powder.  I find this gives the chili a much richer flavor.

I also have a second secret that involves how I brown the ground beef.  I shared this secret in a post a couple of years back. Simple way to brown ground beef.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion wedges
  • 2 – 16 oz can kidney beans (dark red if available), drained
  • 1 – 16 oz can chili beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 – 16 oz jar medium salsa
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbs chili powder
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce

Directions:

  1. Bake the hamburger, with the onion wedges on top, in a baking dish for 1/2 hour (or until brown throughout) @ 350 F.  Drain off grease.
  2. Crumble the hamburger and put the hamburger and onions in a large pot
  3. Open and drain everything that needs to be drained, while the onions and peppers sauté.  I use a Pampered Chef Can Strainer.
  4. Once the onions and green peppers are ready, put everything else into the crock pot
  5. Let it cook on low for 4 hours (or longer).
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Chili Ingredients

Beef Chili with Cheese and Sour Cream

Now, I don’t like onions so I just sprinkle onion powder over my ground beef before I cook it (approximately 1-2 tsp). I also don’t like the texture of tomatoes so I run my tomatoes through a food processor. If I make the chili for others, I refrain from doing both of these steps:)

Award Winning Chili Recipe – Vegetarian Version

Vegetarian Chili after 4 hours

Over 20 years ago the company I worked at had a Chili competition. I asked the winner for the recipe and he reluctantly shared after I told him I wanted to modify it to make a vegetarian version.  Over the years, I have made several changes and have entered this chili into several contest.  It has always come in second place to a meat version and as a carnivore I can understand that.  Of course with that said, it has always beat out all the other meat versions!

I always make 2 pots of chili when I make it (one with meat and one without).  I then freeze the rest and veggie hubby and I have it for lunch. We just take it out the night before and it will thaw out and be ready to heat for lunch the next day.

This week I will share the vegetarian version recipe and next week I’ll share the meat version.

One of my secrets is I use at least 2 different kinds of chili powder.  I find this gives the chili a much richer flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1-2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 – 40 oz can kidney beans (dark red if available), drained (or 3 16 oz cans)
  • 1 – 16 oz can chili beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 – 16 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 – 16 oz jar medium salsa
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbs chili powder
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • Optional: 1 16 oz can of corn

Directions

  1. Put olive oil, onion and green pepper in crock pot on high with lid, stir often
  2. Open and drain everything that needs to be drained, while the onions and peppers sauté.  I use a Pampered Chef Can Strainer.
  3. Once the onions and green peppers are ready, put everything else into the crock pot
  4. Let it cook on low for 4 hours (or longer).
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Chili Ingredients

Vegetarian Chili after about an hour