It’s Football Week: Let’s Make Some Chili! (with some football entertaining tips)


I make chili a lot when we are hosting football games in the fall.  I like to remix my basic recipe (which originated from my mom) to change things up.  This recipe is on the healthier side, but you can substitute unhealthier options per my suggestions below.  I made this recently when the kids came in town and had them test it out.  They loved it!!

Here’s what you need:fullsizeoutput_16b1.jpegfullsizeoutput_16b6.jpegfullsizeoutput_16bb.jpeg

Start out heating up two teaspoons of olive oil in a dutch over over medium heat.  Add ground turkey and stir constantly, mashing into smaller pieces until fully cooked.  Transfer to a plate.fullsizeoutput_16b7.jpegfullsizeoutput_16bf.jpegAdd another tsp. of olive oil to the pot and saute chopped onions and peppers.  Cook until translucent.  Add minced garlic and cook 2 more minutes.fullsizeoutput_16be.jpegfullsizeoutput_16bd.jpegfullsizeoutput_16bc.jpeg

Add meat and seasonings, stirring until incorporated evenly.fullsizeoutput_16c1.jpeg

Add drained and rinsed beans, tomatoes and corn.  Bring to a boil, stirring so that things don’t stick to the pot’s bottom.fullsizeoutput_16c2.jpegfullsizeoutput_16c3.jpegfullsizeoutput_16c4.jpeg

Once it comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 3 hours.  Salt and pepper to taste.fullsizeoutput_16c5.jpeg

Sometimes, I get up early and do these steps and then put in a Crockpot on low.  When we get home from work, dinner is ready!

This also freezes well!

If you wanted to make this on the less healthier side, use ground beef.  You could also use a leaner ground beef.  Beef has more flavor than ground turkey.  You could also use more olive oil than I did.  You can substitute onion powder and garlic powder for vegetables.  Hayley does not like chopped onions, so I substitute when necessary.  (FYI since I used such a lean meat and very little oil, I had to get the SOS after the pot!)

I serve this to my guests with lots of topping options:  different grated cheeses like Monterey pepper jack, Colby jack, cheddar; sour cream, full and light, Greek yogurt: chopped avocados, thinly-sliced radishes, chopped chives and cilantro; corn chips, tortilla chips, white and brown rice; pickled jalepenos and hot sauces.




1 chopped onion

1 chopped red bell pepper

1 chopped green bell pepper

1 minced clove of garlic

1 pound ground turkey

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen corn

1 can Rotel

1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes

1 package chili seasoning

1 tablespoon chili pepper

salt and pepper to taste

Heat a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add 2 tsp. olive oil and add ground turkey.  Cook while stirring constantly until fully cooked.  Transfer to a plate.  Add 1 more teaspoon of olive oil and pour in chopped onions and peppers.  Cook until translucent and add minced garlic.  Cook for two more minutes.  Add meat back in and pour in chili seasoning and chili powder.  Stir until mixed completely.  Add the rest of ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cover and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for 3 hours.  Salt and pepper to taste.



  1.  I always serve a big pot of something on the stove or something in the Crockpot, where people can graze throughout the night.  I never serve a sit-down dinner at the table. The men (and a few ladies, like me) are chomping at the bit to get back to watching the game.
  2. I usually enlist everybody coming to bring an appetizer, side or dessert.  That way we are all getting to trying new recipes!
  3. I always put things in stations around the kitchen/dining room that way people are not crowded.  I will put the desserts at one spot, the appetizers at one spot, wine at one spot, beer and waters at another, etc.  I also provide the correct glassware/dinnerware at each station and a drink opener/serving piece.
  4. I place garbage bags at different inconspicuous spots for people to dispose.
  5. I put several games on different tv’s around the house, so people can watch different games.  Especially if you know that there is a game on that one of your guests is rooting for other than yours, it gives them an option to watch.
  6. Rourke downloaded our teams’ music to his phone and will play it after different plays.  Everybody seems to like this!
  7. If you are short on time, pick up some of your favorite cheeses, crackers, sliced meats, and fruit and make a charcuterie board.  Always a hit! Or, try my Easy Salsa Recipe!

I hope your next get-to-gether goes well!  Hopefully, you can use this recipe and some of these tips!




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