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Host Your Own Chili Bash

On Sunday’s we like to host an open invite to our house for all of our local friends and family for a cozy #sundaysupper. 

It’s nothing fancy at all — the house is messy, the food is rustic and comforting, the kids aren’t expected to sit down to a 5 course meal, there’s usually some chill music (my fave Frank Sinatra) and beer and wine but no “menu” or formal seating. It’s just real, raw, fun and a time to reconnect with family and friends.

We started doing this last year with hopes of reconnecting with our friends and family that we hadn’t been seeing often enough. Because everyone is so “busy” that we weren’t seeing them for months at a time. Just texting every so often to check in.

But, I think we can do better than that, right?

We spend every day running form here to there to everywhere — sports, errands, appointments, travel, business, work. It’s like we’re little hamsters running on the wheel and just can’t stop.

We’re connected on social media, yet we don’t connect in LIVE person as often as we’d like — feeling lonely and disconnected from our real friends and family and feeling empty when it comes to having intimate connections.

I want to change the busyness we’re experiencing day in and day out and give you this challenge —

Make it a priority to have ONE dinner a week and invite your special friends and family that you haven’t connected with in a while.

  • Invite neighbors you used to hang with but since school started, haven’t seen in months.
  • Reach out to your sibling and tell them to bring their favorite dish and their new girlfriend. ;)
  • Grab your girlfriends and host a pot luck (like the Chili Bash below) so you don’t have to stress out about making everything. Have one bring an appetizer, the other a dessert, another bring a bottle (or two) of Prosecco, and you focus on the main dish. Like this chili that’ll warm your belly and your home.

Not into hosting a party at your house every week? No worries! Just suggest that you rotate the location so it’s not a burden on the host.

This doesn’t need to be anything with high expectations. Just a fun time to connect, relax and enjoy the love and laughter that fills your home. 

The recipe below is perfect for your get-together as you can make it in the slow cooker and keep it on warm once your guests arrive.

All you have to do is chop up a bunch of different veggies like carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, jalapeños, pour things like grated cheese, sour cream, crumbled chips (a great way to get rid of the bottom of the bag), sliced avocado, salsa or hot sauce.

Then leave it up to the guests to pour themselves a bowl and make it their own.

Here’s a ridiculously easy recipe to host your very own CHILI BASH.

Ready? Let’s do this!

SIMPLE VEGGIE PACKED CHILI

Serves 6-8

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • salt + fresh ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef or chicken stock, homemade preferably (feel free to swap 1 cup for a bottle of beer to add nice flavor)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can beans (kidney or pinto work fine), optional, drained

Optional Toppings

  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt, Chopped Lettuce, Hot Sauce, Diced Onion, Diced Avocado, Plantain Chips or Tortilla Chips, Chopped Tomatoes, Grated Cheese, etc.

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, brown beef and season with salt and pepper. Breaking up with a wooden spoon and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion, carrot, bell pepper and garlic. Cook another 5-8 minutes or until veggies start to get nice and soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add in cumin, chili powder and tomato paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour in stock and scrape off the bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook 5 minutes then add in sriracha and coconut aminos/soy sauce. Stir well.
  5. Lastly, add in tomatoes and beans, let come to a boil, turn heat down to about medium and cover. Cook for 30 minutes or until veggies are soft and the flavors are coming together. This chili gets better as it cooks and is even better the next day.

SLOW COOKER VERSION

  1. Brown meat in a large skillet on medium high heat until no longer pink. Add in veggies and cook just until the crisp edge is off, about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour everything into a slow cooker pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for about 6-8 hours or until veggies are nice and soft and everything comes together. Keep on low heat until ready to serve.
  4. Serve with optional toppings above. 

Tell me below if you’re ready to start this challenge and set up your own #sundaysupper to reconnect with family and friends. ;)

And don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming LIVE 7 Day Healthy Dinner Challenge that starts October 17!!

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