Chili with a Twist

Most of the time when we think of chili, we think of the traditional spicy stew with meat, beans, and tomatoes. Did you know though that chili can be extremely versatile in flavor and ingredients? Here are some ideas on how to add a twist to this classic fall meal!

Chicken Chili

A delicious twist on traditional chili. This recipe is a flavorful blend of chicken, white beans and chilies mixed with our Chili Seasoning and Chicken Flavor Soup Mix.

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Chicken Chili

Ingredients

2 lb Diced Onions

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

3 lb Fully Cooked Diced Chicken

21 oz Canned Diced Chilies

1 #10 can Great Northern Beans, Undrained

1 bag V417 Foothill Farms® Chili Seasoning Mix

1 gal Hot Water (180 – 190 degrees Fahrenheit)

1 bag 060T Foothill Farms® Chicken Flavor Soup Mix

1 3/4 lbs Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese & Fresh Chopped Cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a stockpot, sauté diced onions in olive oil until opaque.
  2. Add chicken, chilies and beans. Heat to 145°F.
  3. Add chili seasoning and blend well.
  4. In a separate mixing container, add hot water. Pour contents of chicken soup mix into water while vigorously stirring with a wire whisk. Continue stirring until mix is completely dissolved.
  5. Add soup mix to stockpot. Mix well. Cover and bring to 180°F, stirring frequently. Hold at 180°F for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with cheese and cilantro.

Vegetable Chili

Vegetable Chili

This flavorful dish is a great alternative to traditional chili. The variety of vegetables and right amount of spice using our Chili Seasoning are the perfect combination.

Ingredients

1 lb Diced Onions

1 lb Diced Green Peppers

1 lb Diced Red Peppers

1 lb Diced Zucchini

1 lb Diced Mushrooms

1/2 Olive Oil

1 bag V417 Foothill Farms® Chili Seasoning Mix

1 #10 Can Diced Tomatoes, Undrained

1 #10 Can Pinto Beans, Undrained

24 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Fresh Chopped Parsley to Garnish

Instructions

  1. In a stockpot, sauté diced onions, peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms until tender.
  2. Add chili seasoning and blend well.
  3. Add tomatoes and beans. Mix well. Cover and bring to 180°F, stirring frequently. Hold at 180°F for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with cheese and parsley.

It’s Tailgating Season!

Is there anything that says Fall more than tailgating?! With Football Season looking a little more distant this year, customers will love it when you add some delicious tailgate foods to your menu. We are excited to share a few of our favorites with you and how you can use Foothill Farms® Dry Mixes to create them.

Beer Cheese Dip & Pretzel Bites

This warm, hearty dip is the perfect combination of beer and cheese. White Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce mixed with a classic beer creates a savory dip to be served with pretzel bread or chips.

Beer Cheese Dip and Pretzel Bites

Ingredients

1/2 Gallon of Hot Water (180 – 190 degrees Fahrenheit)

1 1/2 Cups of Beer

1/2 Cup Shredded mozzarella cheese

1 Bag 106T Foothill Farms® Monterey Jack Flavor Cheese Sauce

Instructions

  1. In large mixing bowl, pour in hot water. Add contents of Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce Mix bag into water while vigorously stirring with a wire whisk. Continue stirring until mix is completely dissolved and cheese sauce is smooth.
  2. Add beer to cheese sauce. Stir to combine.
  3. Add cheese to sauce. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve warm as a dip with soft pretzel stick or soft pretzel bites.

Ultimate Nachos

Ultimate nachos with steak and guacamole

You will have the ultimate pre-gaming appetizer when you make these ultimate nachos. Substitute traditional ground beef with steak and add guacamole to take things to the next level!

Ingredients

3 & 1/2 qts Hot Water (180 – 190 degrees Fahrenheit), Divided

1 bag 094T Foothill Farms® Cheese Sauce Instant Mix

10 lb Ground Beef

1 bag V413T Foothill Farms® Select Taco Seasoning Mix

1 #10 Can Refried Beans

3 & 1/4 lb Diced Tomatoes

3 & 1/4 Cup Sour Cream

9 lb Tortilla Chips

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/2 gal hot water into mixing bowl or container. Pour contents of pouch (15.0 oz) into water while vigorously stirring with a wire whisk. Continue stirring until mix is completely dissolved and cheese sauce is smooth. Cover and let stand 3-5 minutes. Stir before using. Reserve warm.
  2. Brown 10 lbs. ground beef and drain excess fat. Combine 1 ½ qts hot water (180°-190°F) and contents of seasoning package (6.6 oz) in full-size steam table pan. Mix well. Add cooked meat and mix thoroughly. Cover and bake in 400ºF convection oven for 15-20 minutes; or until product reaches 180ºF. Reserve warm.
  3. Prepare refried beans according to package directions.
  4. For service: Arrange chips on serving plate. Layer 3 oz taco meat, 2 oz refried beans, 1/8 c cheese sauce, 1 oz tomatoes, and 1 tablespoon sour cream.