Warm Yourself By The Fire With 7 Of Our Favorite Chili Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

Sweater weather is upon us! It’s getting chilly out, and, as we feel the crisp wind nip our faces and watch the leaves change color, we simply cannot deny that fall is here in full force.

The best part of this season, as far as we are concerned, is the FOOD. Now that summer’s over, we can start cooking rich, warming savory food again. So if you’re looking to warm yourself by the fire, consider cooking up a nice hearty batch of chili!

You can totally cook most of these recipes in the slow cooker, if you want, although you’ll probably want to briefly brown any ground meat and onions that you are using. Make sure you pour a little of the liquid you’ll be using into the pan after to deglaze and scrape all the flavorful browned bits into your slow cooker!

1. The Best Bowl of Chili I’ve Ever Had

If you want beef and beans and everything you’re used to, start here and make the world’s best version of your favorite classic chili dish.

2. Chocolate Chili (Paleo)

This is a favorite of ours. Whether you’re a bean hater, paleo or just an average omnivore looking for good chili, you’ll love the mole-like depth of flavor that the cocoa powder brings. Eat this with anything.

3. White Chili with Ground Turkey

The secret ingredient (it’s cinnamon — shhh, don’t tell anyone!) brings something a little extra special. If you are looking to mix this one up, you can always dump in a small can of corn, black beans or a chipotle chili.

4. Beef and Squash Chili

So much good stuff is going on in this recipe — you have beef chuck (as in, not ground), slightly sweet squash (don’t forget to get rid of the skin!), two different kinds of chilies, a crunchy pumpkin seed topping and the secret ingredient: lager.

5. Cherry Chipotle Chili

Sounds weird, but the subtle sweet-savory-spicy combo will make your mouth water. The slightly sweet cherries provide a perfect contrast to the spicy kick this chili packs.

6. Five-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (Vegetarian/Vegan)

Honestly, what is a more satisfying combination than sweet potatoes and black beans? You’ll just adore this sweet, slightly smoky, and yes, healthy take on chili. Top it with some freshly chopped avocado, some diced red onions and maybe a few crunchy tortilla strips for a satisfying kick.

7. Caribbean Chili

Want to switch it up? You’ll fall in love with this unique spin on chili, complete with savory, smoky black beans, allspice, golden raisins (a.k.a. the good ones) and sweet, chopped mango.

Featured Photo Credit: Epicurious

Tags: chili, chili recipes, easy dinner, hot meal, slow cooker, weeknight meals
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Grill Everything: 6 Awe-Inspiring Recipes You Should Make This Week

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By Cooking Panda

There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill on a warm summer night. You get to enjoy the warm weather while your grill infuses savory smoke into your dinner and makes the whole area smell completely delicious.

Plus, you can grill almost anything — pizza! fruit! We’ll show you how to do it with ease.

1. Jerk Chicken

Impress your friends with this favorite. Here’s everything you need to know about making the perfect jerk chicken, from the tangy, spicy marinade to the best grilling method to get that perfect tender texture.

2. Filipino Barbecue

Make these skewers with pork or chicken for a succulent savory-sweet meal.

3. Grilled Avocado with Salsa

The fact that you can grill an avocado should be enough reason to do it, but if you need more convincing, do it for the smoky flavors and beautiful, crisp grill marks.

4. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Pesto

Cauliflower is its best self when grilled. Slather it with pesto for extra happiness.

5. Grilled Pizza

This is 100% a real thing. Not only do you get that delicious charred, smoky grill flavor, but this method also mimics super-hot pizza ovens, making it far superior to the soggy and/or cardboard textures that you sometimes get in a conventional oven.

6. Grilled Peach Splits

Ready for dessert? Grill some summer peaches with pecans, butter and a whiskey caramel sauce to top it all off. Not only will you have fun grilling dessert (novelty!) but the peaches also get a gorgeous, delicious caramelization, so this is definitely a win-win dessert.

Featured Photo Credit: Faith Durand via The Kitchn

Tags: Barbecue, easy weeknight recipe, grill, grill recipes, weeknight meals
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These 12 Unusual Taco Recipes Are Equal Parts Blasphemous And Delicious

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By Cooking Panda

Want to do something a little wacky for Taco Tuesday?

We’re not totally sure that any of these actually count as tacos, so bring on the hate mail. But in our defense, these quirky “taco” recipes are actually really delicious! They may not be traditional, but they sure are tasty — give them a try!

1. Mac and Cheese Tacos

If you’ve never topped American beef tacos with mac and cheese, you are severely missing out. We love this recipe with white cheddar jalapeno mac, but it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with any variety.

2. Curry Masala Cauliflower Tacos

Not only is this a delicious combo (especially with a lovely squeeze of lime), it’s also healthy, vegetarian and cheap (assuming you have a well-stocked spice rack). Wins all around.

3. Paneer Tikka Tacos

You can also do Chicken Tikka Masala if you’re craving something meaty, but you might be surprised at how amazingly paneer’s texture works in a taco. Here’s how to make paneer (fresh Indian cheese) from scratch.

4. Tuna Ceviche Tacos in a Taro Shell

Use any fish you want, as long as it’s high quality/sushi grade. If your fish grade isn’t high enough or you don’t like it raw, let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (the citrus cooks it). If it’s easier for you, you can buy some taro chips and plate these up like nachos.

5. Slow Cooker Enchilada Tacos

All the yummy enchilada flavor without all the cooking hassle.

6. Grilled Cheese Tacos

Sure, this is majorly branching away from the whole concept of a taco, but then again, we’re talking about grilled cheese here, and grilled cheese makes everything taste amazing. If you’d rather use tortillas, please adapt this concept and make quesalupas.

7. Bulgogi Tacos

Just like they make at Garbo’s. Note: This marinade can be super salty; so you might want to cut back on the soy sauce by half or so, depending on the type you are using and your personal taste.

8. The Best Fried Tacos

Some people fry their tortillas. Why stop there? Why not fry your whole taco?

9. Copycat Doritos Locos Tacos

When we get into Taco Bell territory, you know that any notion of an authentic taco has totally gone out the window. But if you’re a Doritos Locos lover, you’ve got to try making them yourself!

10. Brat and Fried Cheese Curd Tacos

Tomato relish and sriracha mayo perfectly complement these Wisconsin tacos.

11. Couscous Tacos

A great vegetarian and/or budget-friendly option, if you want the standard American taco flavors and textures without the meat.

12. Mini Churro Taco Boats

You didn’t think we’d forget about dessert, did you? For a refreshing treat, grab these cinnamon sugar-coated mini flour tortilla boats (feel free to make your own with small flour tortillas) and fill them with your favorite fruit, complete with a tasty sweet yogurt sauce.

Featured Photo Credit: The Food In My Beard

Tags: fusion tacos, taco recipes, Taco Tuesday, unusual tacos, weeknight meals
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7 Weeknight Dinners That Will Rock Your Socks Off

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1. 20 Minute Thai Basil Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowls

Got some extra ground meat and 20 minutes? Try this insanely fresh and warming dish that cooks up in a flash.

2. Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto

Looking for something beyond quick? Go restaurant-status fancy with this deceptively simple meal. If you want to do even less work, make your risotto in a rice cooker like this. Seriously!

3. 30 Minute Sesame Mango Chicken Teriyaki

Craving a simple, sweet and savory dish to whip up that is more or less healthy? Give this a try. We bet it would be great with green beans and/or bell peppers too.

4. Lightened-Up Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

This might be The. Best. Recipe. Ever. Whether you are craving some Fettuccine Alfredo but don’t want something quite as heavy, or if you’ve been meaning to make some spaghetti squash but don’t know where to start, or if you simply need a delicious dinner, we love this recipe. Seriously. Try it.

5. Meatball Bake

This is a winning recipe, especially if you have frozen or leftover meatballs lying around. (If you don’t, they are really simple to make – check out this recipe. Feel free to use just ground beef if you don’t have veal and pork lying around.) Throw it all together with just a few ingredients for some classic comfort food.

6. Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Cold noodles, hot chicken and fresh cucumbers. Yum!

7. Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions

You can and absolutely should use Greek yogurt as the base of your pasta sauce.

Featured Photo Credit: Pinch Of Yum

Tags: 20 minute, dinner recipe, quick dinner, recipe, weeknight meals
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