Hey guys! Remember me? I feel as if I haven’t blogged in forever! I don’t know if it’s time or motivation. As the kids get older, I feel more engaged with them when I’m not working, and by the end of the day, I am done.
It doesn’t help that my commute increased by 35 minutes as the full-time faculty position I accepted is on the campus furthest from my house. I’m still cooking, though! And the whole family is involved in the meal planning. We get HelloFresh every other week to make it easier for the kids to help, and it inspires us. The other nights I take the lead, but everyone helps when they can. We plan out the week on the weekend and shop together. It’s great.
Last night we decided to make a skillet chili so everyone could use it how they liked. The 8-Year-Old and I put it in taco shells, the 14-Year-Old made nachos with it, and The Husband had it straight up in a bowl. It was a total family pleaser, and little did they know they were all eating mushrooms!
Not that they would care that much. My kids are pretty good about not getting grossed out by my veggie obsession, but I didn’t bother to tell them, and no one said a word. We devoured the whole batch in one sitting.
Before I give you the recipe I just have to say, I’m super excited to be hosting another Date Night In this weekend. Stay tuned! I plan on sharing the whole menu. I’m proud of this one!
Skillet Chili with Black Beans and Mushrooms!
Yield 4 servings
Skillet Chili is a quick, mid-week meal you can whip up in 30 minutes. Eat it straight or as a taco filling. It even makes excellent nachos!
- 1 lb 85% ground beef
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped small
- 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped small
- 3 jalopeno peppers diced (more or less to taste), diced
- 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 can black beans not drained
- juice of one lime
- salt to taste
Heat your skillet over medium-high heat.
Add beef and onion to the warm skillet. Break up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Once the beef is nearly all brown add the mushrooms to the skillet with the spices a pinch of salt. Combine everything. The mushrooms will give off a lot of moisture as they reduce.
Add the jalopeno and bell pepper. Continue to cook for a few minutes then add the can of beans liquid and all. Allow the flavors to merge and simmer about 10 minutes.
Squirt in the juice of one lime and a pinch or two more salt to taste.
- If you don't have a cast iron skillet this would work in any pot large enough to hold the ingredients. I'm just obsessed with my damn skillet now that I actually learned how to take care of it.
- I like to use mushrooms in ground beef dishes as it bulks up the serving size, adds a nice flavor, and it's a great way to get more veggies into the kids.
- If you like spicy, leave in the jalopeno core and seeds, if not remove them or skip altogether!
- I used a yellow bell pepper. Any pepper would work.
- Serve this straight up for chili or have fun with it like we did. Crunchy taco shells, some cheese and a dab of salsa made a great taco!
Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18 g
Total Carbohydrates 25 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 29 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.