One easy way I’ve trimmed my family’s grocery bill is by serving homemade chili at least twice a week. Chili made from dried beans and home-canned Mexican style tomatoes costs around 5¢ a serving to prepare and is a healthy alternative to meat.
While the most popular way to serve chili is in a soup bowl with a side of cornbread, there are other ways that chili can be served too. Here are 10 fun ways of serving chili that will please kids and adults alike.
A popular school lunch staple, a chili boat is a scoop of chili served on top of a bed of Fritos corn chips. (Tortilla chips will also work)
Instead of lathering gobs of sour cream and butter onto a baked potato, we heap on the chili along with some cheddar cheese.
As taco filling
Who needs taco meat when you have chili on hand? I spoon a heaping tablespoon of cooked chili into a crispy taco shell then add shredded lettuce, grated cheese and chopped tomatoes for a tasty twist on an old favorite.
A ball park favorite, hot chili also tastes great on hot dogs (regular or vegan) and buns. We top our dogs with chopped onions and grated cheese.
When combined with cooked rice, chili makes a fantastic burrito filling too. You can eat them soft or bake them in the oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes until crisp.
Enchiladas are a popular dish at our house. My new favorite filling recipe combines 1/4 cup of chili, 1/4 cup of cooked corn, and 1 ounce of shredded cheddar per tortilla. Scrumptious!
For a fun lunchtime treat, chili muffins are fun to make using your favorite corn bread recipe. Chili muffins are made by filling muffin pans half full of corn bread batter, then dropping a spoonful of chili right in the middle. I top with a little bit of cheese and then bake in the oven following the corn bread directions.
We love nachos and often used mashed chili beans in lieu of meat. These are especially tasty made with a mix of pepper jack and cheddar, along with toppings such as olives and jalopenos.
This super simple recipe is made by combining cooked macaroni, cooked chili, and shredded cheese in whatever portions you want. It’s extra delicious when served with crushed tortilla chips sprinkled on top.
This is the regional name for what we call a layered tortilla casserole though I’ve also heard it named Mexican Lasagna or Enchilada Casserole. This super simple dish alternates layers of chili, corn tortillas and grated Monterey jack and cheddar cheese, which is then topped with a can of enchilada sauce which has been poured over the top before baking at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of baking, top with cheddar cheese. These dish freezes very well and is a great casserole to keep in the freezer for those days that you are too busy to cook.
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