Happy fathers day to all of the dads out there. You guys rock!
We all have favorite foods that’s remind us of home. One of my all time favorite comfort foods is my dad’s chili. It’s a simple recipe but so good. He always had a batch on the stove during football season and through the cold months.
When my dad was in Colorado last year I made him show me how to make it. Here’s the recipe:
1 Small Can Tomato Paste
1 Big Can Diced Tomatoes
3 Cans Kidney Beans
1lb Ground Beef – Get the fattier beef 80/20
2 Green Pepper
A few stalks of Celery
1 Small Can Green Chili Peppers
2 packets of Chili Seasoning
Chili Powder – for extra spice
Brown the beef in a pan and chop up all of the vegetables. Then throw all ingredients into one pot and cook it up! Cook slowly so not to overcook the beef. You can also do this in a slow cooker.
Note you can obviously do this without the meat or use different varieties of beans to change it up a bit.
One time he made a batch that was super spicy and we ate it on top of mashed potatoes. That technique has stayed with me. Solid stuff.
Another favorite of mine that graced our house every year for pretty much all of Steelers season are my mom’s famous pretzels. She took them to every tailgate and always made them when I had friends over. Again, simple recipe but she’s perfected it.
Mom’s Ranch Pretzels
Snyder’s Sourdough Pretzels – 1 box of the big ones!
3/4 cup Olive Oil
~1/2 tbsp Lemon Pepper
~1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder
~1/2 tbsp Dill Weed
1 Packet of the Dry Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
Break up the pretzels into a bowl. Mix spices, dry ranch mix and olive oil together and coat the pretzels with the mixture. Spread pretzels on a large baking sheet. Warm in the oven for about an hour. Let cool.
You will be addicted. The best parts are the little nubs that come from the twist when you break up the pretzel. They don’t have much “crust” so they really soak up the flavors.
You can also make this with crackers or any other snack item in place of pretzels. I’d love to try a Paleo version. I’ll keep an eye out for a Paleo snack base. Maybe plantain chips?