4 Ingredient Chili

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I really do try to incorporate more organic foods into our diet.  I try to avoid things that have preservatives and artificial ingredients.

But, just like how there are some days that I’ll finish off half a box of Cheez-Its in one sitting, there are days when I need something super simple to cook.

This recipe qualifies as “super simple” for a few reasons:

It takes 5 minutes to make.

There are only 4 ingredients (plus a few spices – but these are optional)

It only uses one pan.

All of the ingredients are waiting for me in the pantry, except for the meat, which I usually keep on hand in the freezer.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

See?  Four ingredients.

Beans (with sauce), tomato sauce, seasoning mix, and meat.

And like I said, the first 3 things are easy to stock up on and have sitting in the pantry.

I usually have either ground turkey or beef on hand, either in the fridge or freezer, so I find that I often have everything to make this dish.

I do like to add a few extra spices, but those are also always in the pantry.

And I like to add some shredded cheese and sour cream to the top, but those are usually in my fridge too, and if not, well, they’re also optional.  Just tasty.  I like the contrast of the sour cream against the spicy chili.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I like spicy food.

My kids have been eating spicy food forever, so they like it, too.

BUT, if you’re not into spice, feel free to cut out the cayenne, or even all of the extra spices, if you prefer.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

I mix the spices into the raw meat just as it’s starting to cook because it helps infuse the meat with a nice flavor.

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Here it is all mixed together.

Essentially, after browning the meat, you’re just dumping everything into one pan.  How cool is that?

4 Ingredient Chili Recipe

Doesn’t that look delicious?

4 Ingredient Chili

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) can Chili beans in sauce
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (1.25 oz.) package chili seasoning mix
16 oz. ground turkey or beef

Optional Extra Spices:

1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Ancho Chile pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Optional Toppings:

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream

In a large, deep saucepan, heat a small amount of olive oil. Add ground turkey. If using the optional extra spices, sprinkle them evenly over the meat while still raw and mix them in. Cook the meat until browned. Drain the fat from the pan and return it to the stovetop.

Sprinkle the chili seasoning mix over the meat and mix it in. Stir in the chili beans in sauce and tomato sauce until fully combined.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow to simmer for a few minutes to heat through. You can serve it now, or turn the stove to low and let the chili cook for an hour, covered, to allow the flavors to develop. Stir occasionally.

Serve with shredded cheese and cream cheese, if desired.

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Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Filling

Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Filling

I had asked my daughter what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday.

She wanted Merida.

Well, since her party was going to be a Hello Kitty party, we did a Merida (From Disney’s Brave) cake here at the house.

Which is why the cake in the photos is blue, like her dress.  :)

And for a little something different, I decided to add chocolate chips into the filling between the layers.

Wow.

This idea is a keeper!

Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Filling

Anyway, the process is pretty simple:  bake a cake like you normally would, and when you add the icing, generously sprinkle chocolate chips over the icing that’s on top of the bottom layer.  Then place the top layer over the chocolate chips.  Finally, add some icing in between the layers at the edge (to help make the final product smoother) before icing the entire cake.  (See step-by-step photos below.)

I used milk chocolate chips, which I thought added a wonderful dimension to the vanilla cake and cream cheese icing.  I also choose the regular-sized chips, which I loved, but you could also try the miniature ones as well.

The only thing I would change in the future, is that I would add some icing to the bottom of the top layer before placing it on top of the chocolate chips.  The chips themselves don’t stick to the cake, so it didn’t stay together very well when placing the pieces on the plates.

It wasn’t a big problem, just something I think I’d change.  Honestly, I thought about it, but I only had one container of icing (yes – I used store-bought for this) and that wasn’t enough to add icing to both layers on either side of the chocolate chips.

Here’s a photo of the step-by-step process:

Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Filling

Let me know if you try this – or something like it!

It was a big hit in our home.  :)

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