Ultimate Chili

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave. Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging. […]

My ultimate chili recipe is simmered with all of the classic ingredients we know and love, plus a few secret seasonings that make this chili extra-memorable and a total crowd fave.

The BEST Chili Recipe

Believe it or not, this is actually the very first classic stovetop chili recipe that I have posted here in 10 years of blogging.

I’ve blogged about just about every other kind of chili imaginable — especially various kinds of vegetarian and chicken chili recipes, which are my usual go-tos.  But over the years, you all have continued to send in requests for an outstanding classic beef chili recipe here on the blog too.  One that’s guaranteed to be a crowd favorite at game day parties or around the table for cozy weeknight dinners.  One that can be simmered in a big pot on the stovetop, or made even easier in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot as well.  One that’s rich and hearty and doesn’t skimp on the best ingredients needed to achieve the very best flavors.  And most importantly of all, a chili recipe that’s delicious enough to win the whole dang cook-off.

Well, here you have it.  Friends, meet the best classic chili recipe I’ve ever tried. ♡♡♡

It’s full of all of the classic beef chili ingredients that we all know and love.  But there are also a few extra special flavors simmered in there that — I’m convinced, at least — make this chili recipe ultimately stand out above all the rest.  It’s a chili recipe that’s big and bold and doesn’t shy away from some smoky heat.  But it’s still incredibly easy to make and, of course, pile high with as many of your favorite toppings as possible.  (You know my mantra — more is more when it comes to chili toppings!)

As always, I’ve also included lots of tips below for how to customize this chili recipe exactly the way you prefer, including how to make it spicier or milder, heartier or brothier, gluten-free or lightened-up, etc.  Plus, I’ve also included tips for how to store and/or freeze this recipe, if you would like to save the leftovers for easy meal prep for the month ahead.

Bottom line — I’m convinced this chili recipe is a winner and sincerely hope you love it too.  So let’s make some!

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Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is rich and creamy, full of the best flavors, and extra-easy to make in the crockpot. With the Super Bowl just away — and even better, with my home team playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years (go Chiefs!!) — it seemed like […]

This Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is rich and creamy, full of the best flavors, and extra-easy to make in the crockpot.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

With the Super Bowl just away — and even better, with my home team playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years (go Chiefs!!) — it seemed like the right time to bump this one back to the top of the blog.

Friends, meet my favorite easy spinach artichoke dip recipe. ♡♡♡

I’ve made this spin dip probably about a million times by now — sometimes using this crockpot version, sometimes just simmering everything together on the stovetop, sometimes sprinkling extra shredded cheese on top and baking the dip until it’s extra hot and bubbly in the oven.  And every single time, I’m telling you, this dip is a total winner.

That said, I probably most often turn to this crockpot spinach artichoke dip recipe because it’s the easiest of them all.  Literally just toss everything together in a slow cooker, cook until the cheeses are completely melted, give everything a good stir, then grab your favorite dippers and dive on in.  It’s the perfect easy breezy dip recipe for entertaining.  It’s delicious with all kinds of dippers (chips, bread, pretzels, veggie sticks — you name it).  And it’s pretty much guaranteed to be the hit of any party.

Alright, let’s do this!

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Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

This classic slow cooker creamed corn recipe is super-easy to make in the Crock-Pot (or on the stovetop), it’s wonderfully rich and creamy, and easy to customize with all sorts of optional add-ins. Last year when we hosted our first-ever Thanksgiving dinner for all of our friends here in Barcelona, there was one surprise dish […]

This classic slow cooker creamed corn recipe is super-easy to make in the Crock-Pot (or on the stovetop), it’s wonderfully rich and creamy, and easy to customize with all sorts of optional add-ins.

Last year when we hosted our first-ever Thanksgiving dinner for all of our friends here in Barcelona, there was one surprise dish that 100% stole the show…

…the creamed corn. ♡

Haha, I know.  Out of the dozen or so traditional side dishes that we passed around the table that night, I have to admit that I never would have expected creamed corn to be the dish that everyone went nuts over.  But this was the first time that most of our European friends had ever tried this throwback American favorite.  And turns out, they absolutely loved it.

I’ve already stocked my freezer with extra bags of frozen corn this year so that we can be sure to make an extra-large batch.  But for any of you who might also be wanting to add this traditional dish to your Thanksgiving table, I thought I would re-share the 5-ingredient classic creamed corn recipe that I make every year.  As the recipe title suggests, I almost always relegate this dish to my Crock-Pot, whose “warm” setting is an easy way to keep the dish warm and creamy for those coming back for seconds (or in the case of our dinner last year, thirds).  But if you would rather make it on the stovetop, I’ve updated this post with instructions for how to make creamed corn in a saucepan in just 10 minutes.  And I’ve thrown in a few new ideas for fun extra ingredients or seasonings that you are welcome to add too.

So whether you’re serving creamed corn for Thanksgiving dinner here or there, or just craving this classic comfort food any other day of the year, here is my tried-and-true recipe for the best creamed corn!

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Beef Stew

My favorite cozy, hearty, comforting beef stew recipe — easy to make in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, and always so delicious. For years and years, you all have been requesting a classic beef stew recipe here on the blog.  So today, I’m happy to report that I’ve (finally!) photographed my favorite one to […]

My favorite cozy, hearty, comforting beef stew recipe — easy to make in the Instant Pot or Crock Pot, and always so delicious.

Beef Stew (Crock Pot or Instant Pot)

For years and years, you all have been requesting a classic beef stew recipe here on the blog.  So today, I’m happy to report that I’ve (finally!) photographed my favorite one to share with you.

Meet my go-to beef stew recipe. ♡

I’ve been making versions of this classic beef stew ever since I very first started teaching myself how to cook back in the day.  And while there are now all sorts of creative and modern twists you can make on the classic nowadays, I’ve gotta admit that the throwback original will probably always be my fave.  Those of you who grew up with beef stew know exactly what I’m talkin’ about — ultra-tender juicy steak, hearty potatoes, savory mushrooms and veggies, all slowly simmered together in a rich, savory, tomato-herb gravy until dinnertime.  Oh, and while it cooks, this stew also has the added bonus of making your home smell absolutely amazing.

I’ve included instructions below for options to either slow cook this recipe in the Crock-Pot (my old standard) or in the Instant Pot (much speedier).  And of course, I’ve also included suggestions for a number of fun add-ins that you’re welcome to include too.  Bottom line, if you’re craving some meat-and-potatoes comfort food, this beef stew recipe won’t let you down!

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