Turkey Chili [RECIPE]

Turkey chili

Want the chili but not the beef? Try cooking up this yummy bowl of red using ground turkey instead. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

If you’re trying to reduce your intake of beef for one reason or another, but still get a hankering for warm chili on a cold day, try this recipe which takes the moo out of the comfort food favorite and replaces it with a gobble. It’s equally delicious and cooks up in no time. Read more of this post


Frito Pie [RECIPE]

Frito Pie

It doesn’t have to be game day to serve up a yummy family favorite like Frito Pie.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

As a kid, Frito Pie was always one of my favorite school lunches. It was crunchy, cheesy and simply good, filling grub. But one of the things I didn’t like about it is that sometimes it was a little too oily, which wasn’t a good thing for a teenager worried about his complexion. Now I’ve replaced half the meat with ground turkey, added more seasoning for a deeper flavor profile, and even thrown in a bit of corn meal for extra creaminess. I hope you like this grown-up version as much as I do! Read more of this post

Cornbread-Chili Casserole

Cornbread-Chili Casserole Plated

A hearty scoop of our Cornbread-Chili Casserole is sure to hit the spot on game day.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I love cooking with cast iron, especially when I get to prep a whole meal in one pan! My Cornbread-Chili Casserole combines everything I love about my usual standard skillet cornbread and chili into one dish. Tasty, hearty, and delicious,your family will ask for this one time and again. And because it combines a deep flavor profile with a bit of heat, lots of veggies and a crispy crust, what’s not to like? Enjoy! Read more of this post

Chili Cheese Coneys

Chili Cheese Coney

A quick and easy family favorite, our Chili Cheese Coneys dish up lots of flavor and are on the table in minutes.

Sometimes our friends and readers tell us that it seems like we never eat simple fare. We beg to differ! Here is one of our favorite dinners to make on a cold and hectic day. Whether you call them Coneys or Chili Dogs, it seems like nearly every community across America has its own recipe for this family favorite. We top juicy frankfurters with mustard, chili and a blend of cheeses for a quick and easy meal the whole crew will love.

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes


  • 8 best-quality hot dogs or frankfurters
  • 8 best-quality hot dog buns
  • Mustard
  • 1 recipe of Busy Day Chili
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Pickles (optional)


  1. Fill a sauce pan with 3 cups water and bring to a boil; reduce heat. Place hot dogs in water and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300°F. Warm buns in oven until slightly golden; remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cheeses and set aside.
  4. Split open buns and drizzle with favorite mustard. Place one hot dog in each bun. Spread about 1/2 cup of chili over each hot dog and cover with cheese. Serve with pickles, if desired.

YIELDS: 8 servings

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Busy Day Chili

Busy Day Chili

Craving a bowl of delicious chili but don't have hours to let it cook? Our Busy Day Chili is ready in less than thirty minutes and offers plenty of spicy flavor.

Growing up on the Texas border, I didn’t realize how vastly different chili recipes could be. But when I moved to Cincinnati, I discovered that every community has its own special variation on this slow-cooked favorite. In Ohio, most people spoon it on top of spaghetti. (I know, I know. My Texan friends are gasping as they read this!) One thing that many traditional recipes call for, however, is a minimum two-hour simmering time for the flavors to develop. But when you don’t have that kind of time available, our Busy Day Chili is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Dish it up with cheese, corn chips, oyster crackers or skillet cornbread to complete the dish.

PREP: 3 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 16-ounce can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Cook ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink.
  2. Add beans and remaining ingredients; cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

TIP: If the beef is lean enough, there’s no need to drain it after browning.

YIELDS: 5 cups

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