I graduated from the University of Georgia in December, and the week before the big day, I had a bunch of people over for dinner and cooked a feast. The menu? Hearty three-bean veggie chili and the best corn muffins in the world, made from my Mom's special recipe. Both are so easy... Try them for dinner tonight!
Three-bean Veggie Chili
(Recipe taken from the 12/1/2008 edition of Woman's World magazine)
3 cans of beans: black, cannellini and red kidney are a good combination
1 package frozen 3-pepper stir fry
1 envelope McCormick original chili seasoning mix
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup medium salsa (I prefer Tostitos Chunky salsa)
2 cups water
Now, you can do this one of two ways. I prefer to dump all the ingredients in my crock-pot and let it cook all day on low. (You'll soon find that the crock-pot is my go-to kitchen tool and I would probably starve in its absence.) However, you could also create this chili on the stove. If that's your preference, you'll need to do the following, and the process should take about 30 minutes.
Using either olive oil or cooking spray to coat a pot, cook the frozen peppers until tender. Next, rinse your beans, and add them to the pot with the seasoning mix, can of diced tomatoes, two cups of water and salsa. Cook at medium heat until chili has thickened. Salt and pepper to taste.
Should be served with grated cheddar cheese on top, and of course, these corn muffins....
Mom's Corn Muffins
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg (If doubling the recipe, you'll need 3 eggs)
1 can cream corn
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated pepperjack cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Melt butter in 30-second increments in the microwave. Combine ingredients until evenly mixed. Using a 1/4 cup measuring utensil, scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. Do not wait for them to rise... They don't puff up too much. Be warned, once you test one to see if they're ready, you'll want to eat the whole pan. I advise against this, or your butt will soon be as large as mine.