You know what makes me giddy and little-kid-excited? Getting packages in the mail. Fun mail is the best, isn’t it??? Kids adore getting mail too, but, especially when you’re a grown-up, it’s such a pleasure to receive something that’s not a bill or a solicitation!
So, as you can imagine, I was excited to see those goodies waiting for me.
When we eat chili around here, I typically cook it from scratch. I don’t make it a whole heck of a lot, though, because my husband doesn not eat beans of any kind– except green and jelly– and making a bean-free chili gets pricey real quick.
Both varieties of Progresso Chili– Smokehouse Pork & Beef and Southwest Style White Chicken — contain beans, so I knew I wouldn’t be feeding them to my main squeeze. Luckily for me, all three children take after their mama and love their beans. Knowing that my husband and I had a date night coming up, my wheels started turning…
This chili is all but ready-to-go; it needs about five or six minutes of heating and it’s ready. I knew I could use it in a fun way that would both make my life easy and delight my children. And, with that, Easy Oven Chili Nachos were born.
I hesitate to call this a recipe, but here’s the method:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Dump one bag tortilla chips on a large baking sheet.
3. Tear open pouch of chili– I used the Smokehouse Pork & Beef– and pour over chips.
4. Top with 4 oz. shredded cheese– colby jack is great!
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and just very lightly browned.
While I totally think everyone should have their personal “house chili” recipe, new Progresso Chili pouches make it wildly easy to throw together a fun, hearty snacky-appetizer-type-meal in a flash. And the verdict? Six enthusiastic thumbs up. (I even caught my husband shoving a couple beans to the side to eat a chip. )
Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.