Spicy Mexican Crockpot Chili

Have you seen the movie Krampus? We did, yesterday. Krampus is definitely not your typical Christmas movie, of course but was very entertaining. It had equal parts creativity, suspense and humor. It is probably too scary for the little ones; a couple of people even left the theatre. I didn’t think it was terribly scary but it definitely made you jump. Very inventive and fun.

The list of movies that we want to see that are in theatres right now is SO LONG! I don’t remember a time when there were this many good movies out/coming out.

Today was a great day. I finally got my ass back into the gym. Life circumstances had gotten in the way for the last couple of weeks. You know, the normal stuff like cramps, hangovers, and sore muscles from 3000 body squats on Thanksgiving. So it felt really good to finally get back to it, even though when my husband woke me up this morning – getting out of bed was probably the very last thing in the whole world I wanted to do. I seriously hate the morning. But anyway, the only problem in the gym was that I hurt my back on my 2nd rep of deadlifts so I had to call that part quits early. Landon and I did some good back work after he finished deadlifting and we finished with core while the husband finished his workout up.

Then it was home to make breakfast – scrambled eggs, organic diced hash browns, and bacon of course! Some time spent with my sister, running errands and a visit from some of our favorite kiddos, Mabel and Grady! It was lovely to see them and their dad, we don’t get together nearly enough!

And they came over on the perfect day, food prep day! I made the Pizza Spaghetti Squash Casserole from Paleomg.  Grady was not impressed, unfortunately but the Mabel LOVED it. Even the hubby said it was delicious. Juli Bauer’s recipe is my favorite way to eat spaghetti squash and the only way I can get Aldon and Landon to eat it!

So now, after many hours on my feet, I am finally laying down and resting my tight lower back muscles. I don’t think standing for so long improved the pain in my back from lifting at all. Oh well, I’m sure it will feel better in the morning. I hope. My abs on the other hand – will probably be sore as f*ck! No one make me laugh tomorrow, okay?

You know what’s the worst? When you make a new recipe and you’re super excited about it but it ends up being too spicy for you to even enjoy. This happened with my Bean-Free White Chicken Chili and now I think it has happened with my Spicy Mexican Chili also. Man, that chorizo isn’t playing around when it comes to the “kick.”

The good news is; if I top the chili with cheese, sour cream and lettuce – it helps cut the heat. Get creative with the chili toppers ya’ll. This one would be great with avocado and crushed tortilla chips, also!


 

Spicy Mexican Crockpot Chili

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What You Need

1lb ground beef

1lb chorizo

½ package taco seasoning

1 green pepper, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 red onion, diced

1 can diced tomatoes, drained (14oz)

1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz)

½ cup enchilada sauce

2 cans diced green chiles (4oz each)

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbs chili powder

2 tbs cumin

1tsp cayenne

½ tsp ground mustard

1 tsp onion powder

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cinnamon (trust me)

3 tsp garlic powder

Sea salt + pepper, to taste

What To Do

First, brown your ground beef and chorizo over medium-high heat with the garlic cloves. Break apart with a spoon. When meat is about 90% done, add your taco seasoning. Once meat is cooked through, set aside.

Prep all of your vegetables. Then, add meat and all other ingredients into a crockpot. Stir well to incorporate seasonings and ingredients. Then cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Top the same way you would a taco! And watch out, because it is a little bit spicy!


How easy was that? I love the crockpot. Its right up the list of best inventions ever. You know, right behind central heat and vodka.

The other items on this week’s meal prep list were: breakfast casserole with hashbrown crust and chicken curry with white rice. Stay tuned for those recipes later in the week!

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