The Best Beef Chili for a Crowd

Have you ever cooked for a crowd? Or maybe you just decided it was too much preparation so you opted for getting the party catered. Well I decided for my son’s first birthday that maybe it would be easier to make the food all myself. Yes, you read that right, I decided to cook all the entrees AND dessert for my sons first birthday for 75 people. I am not exactly sure what award I thought I was going to win by doing this but I did it. And if I do say so myself I did a fan-tastic job, well so I was told. Maybe they we’re being nice or maybe it was true but I do know one of the entrees that I made that went SO fast that I knew it had to be THAT good. It was my beef chili.

Like I mentioned, I thought cooking for the party would be easy and to some extent it really was. My husband and I decided that since the party was going to be right smack in the middle of October we should do fall themed meals, different types of soups and two types of chili, beef and vegetarian. As I mentioned above, my beef chili went so fast I barely have any left overs AND I made it with 30 POUNDS of beef in a 160 QT pot! The video below will provide you a realistic look at how much chili there was.

This recipe was so good and everyone, kids and adults loved it so much that I walked away from that party with barely any left overs. I made the big pot of chili and also provided all the toppings for the Chili Bar. Below is the recipe for the chili and the options for the toppings, you may not be looking to feed 75 people and you can scale this recipe down to the number attendees you will have at your own party.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 30 pounds ground chuck
  • 8 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 green pepper, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 10(8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 cup chili powder
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 4 (16-ounce) cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (optional)

Toppings: (Optional)  sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sliced ripe black olives, avocado, and chips.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook ground chuck, in batches, in a large skillet over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Put back in pot, stir in onions, next 12 ingredients, and, if desired, beans. Cook, covered, at HIGH 3 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve with desired toppings.

 

Step 2

To freeze: Let chili stand 30 minutes. Evenly divide chili mixture into 3 (1-gallon) zip-top plastic freezer bags; seal and lay each bag flat. Stack bags of chili in freezer. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw frozen chili overnight in refrigerator or defrost in microwave. Pour thawed chili into a 9-inch square baking dish. Cover tightly with heavy-duty plastic wrap, and fold back a corner to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 6 to 7 minutes or until bubbly, stirring after 3 1/2 minutes.

Hello, 104 weeks later…

Hey loves!

So it’s been awhile… 1 year 10 months 7 days ago to be precise. A lot has happened in between the last post and today. Let’s do a run down and than we’ll reintroduce.

So since the last post, this lady got pregnant and had a baby boy named, Luca. You would think that would be the only change funny how life works that way… I decided to do a complete career change because when you have a life change everything else changes along with it.

After I had my beautiful baby boy, almost 4 weeks early and after a short NICU stay, I took my allotted 12 weeks of FMLA maternity leave and when I went back to my full time job life as I knew it before I had a child was completely different, that one hour drive to work each day became so painful and dreading, leaving that tiny little face each morning was unbearable when I just had the scariest birth experience.

The truth is as a modern day woman, you’re sometimes not allowed to say “I need time” we’re all suppose to adapt and move on quickly because that’s what society has taught us over the years.

My water broke at 36 weeks and I was working up until the day of even though I knew I should have taken time for myself to prepare my body for this crazy but beautiful body transformation. It’s just crazy to me how the workforce in America has no support for woman especially after bringing life into this world.

Things needed to change for me in order for my happiness and the happiness of my family. We took a big leap and had faith and I left “corporate America” job and decided to put my heart and energy into my family and my small business. We are 1 week away from a year of this big change and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions in my adult life.

I may have to hustle a little bit more but it’s so worth it, I absolutely love being able to be present in my family life.

You can follow me and my small business on Instagram, @UrbanHippieCT #UrbanHippieCT

Wedding Bliss & Interior Design

Good morning all! It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post, I am terribly sorry for the delay, it’s been a crazy couple of months. In the 5-6 months since my last blog entry I have gotten married, expanded Urban Hippie LLC, and have be enjoying a beautiful summer with my family.

Just to give everyone a recap, Urban Hippie LLC specializes in, refurbishing and creating home décor, bath essentials, and apparel. We recently have started taking on jobs for interior design. We are able to come into your home or place of business and transform it to your vision and also use your current pieces and restore them into new decor. I am loving these amazing opportunities and feel so fortunate that people love our style and work that UH is being sought after.

Another incredible update is that Urban Hippie LLC has been featured in THREE publications for our work at a May wedding we supplied decor for! This has been such a huge honor to be recognized across the country. We offer decor for special event as well as making timeless bridal brooch bouquets that last not only during your special day but for years to come.

The publications that have featured us are, Borrowed & Blue , Modern Weddings, and in September we will be featured in Glittery Bride! (I will post the link when it becomes available.)

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Our gorgeous Brooch Bouquet that was created for our May wedding

 

If you are interested in interior designer work or wedding decor and bridal brooch bouquets, we are now offering all 3 services! Inquire today for a free quote!

 

 

Upcycling is the same as new, right?

I have been interested in all things design since I was a youngster. I think when you are able to create something with just an idea and use your imagination and others fall captivate within it that’s true success. So many times I would create or redesign something and not think much of it and then I would get a complement and then I would think to myself why don’t I show off more things. I had the passion to design tee shirts back in 2009 and almost 9 years later I found the same sort of passion within upcycling furniture. I love taking things that people don’t have a need for and toss it out like last nights meatloaf. So many times I have been approached with, “I’m getting rid of this dresser, would you want it” Heck Yes! free furniture, why not!
My first piece I upcycled was my mothers hutch, this hutch was in my family home for about 20 something years, my mother painted it every color under the sun. My mother would always make things “work with what she had” and I believe that’s where I get my eye for redesign, yes its red today but tomorrow I can make it blue and then next Thursday I can change it back to red, oh the possibilities are endless when you just use a little imagination.
I decided to paint this hutch an off white to fit perfectly in my dining room. I have different colors in my living room so I knew I wanted to have a balance with some pieces I put in there. I love golds, reds, and greens but I did not want to make this hutch or my living room for that matter a scene from Mr and Mrs Clauses North pole home.
Because I am 29 years old and I don’t have the use of a hutch as most do, I decided to convert my hutch into a dry bar, perfect space for my glasses and the storage underneath is perfect to house the bottles.
I have to admit, even though I have had this hutch in my family since I was a tyke, every now and again I will get visitors asking me “where did you get this hutch?!” and I simply have to say, I upcycled it and made it brand new again!

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