Football Season and Chili 2.0 with a kick!


So, Fall is here and you know what that means! FOOTBALL SEASON. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. When you come out of the womb, they give you a piece of steak and then immediately teach you how to throw a football. If you’re a girl, they clean you up first but if you’re a boy, forget it. They don’t care.


It took me a while to learn but – and I might be a little rusty but I’m positive with a couple practice throws I’d be fine- I can throw a perfect spiral football pass. I can. For reals. The tackling part, I don’t really enjoy but I can throw a football. Don’t let my small hands and 5 ft 2″ frame fool you. You’d want me on your team.


Seeing professional football players who can’t throw a ball is really disconcerting. I mean, I know there are certain players who are there to throw the ball, big guys to block and so on. But if you are a professional football player, freakin’ learn how to throw a ball. What makes me more hot and bothered is in the NBA- when players can’t make a free throw. Again, you are getting paid to play this game. You might get fouled and have to go to the line. Freakin’ practice and learn how to make those free throws. Like my man Kobe. :) I know some of it is mental but dude, that’s gotta be the easiest way to score points in a game. Right?


I digress.


I actually turned on the heater today here in WA. And cooked up some chili. Now, this isn’t your normal ground beef and beans chili. It’s got a little extra and a surprise (Chinese Five Spice). I went a little crazy here. Read on and hope you enjoy!


I’m eating this again on Sunday. OMG! The Cowboys are playing the Seattle Seahawks! Who am I going to cheer for? ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME? Are you ready for some football?



Hip Foodie Mom’s Chili 2.0


Healthy Chili with Kale
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 20 baby carrots, diced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1 (28oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 3-4 cups water (split)
  • 2 green chiles with juice from can (no seeds)
  • 3-4 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (if you don’t have this, just use a pinch of brown sugar)
  • 1 (15oz.) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (15oz.) can pinto or kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • serve with shredded cheese and sour cream (and some chives or green onion for garnish)

  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft (roughly 10-12 minutes). Add the cumin and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the ground beef or turkey and jalapenos.
  2. Cook the beef or turkey until no longer pink, breaking up clumps of meat. Stir in the tomatoes, kale, 2 cups of water, green chiles and juice, chili powder, oregano, paprika, Chinese Five Spice, season with salt, and pepper. Stir together until all ingredients are well-blended.
  3. Cook partially covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rinsed beans and 1 -2 cups of water (depending on the consistency you like), and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and some chives.



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14 Responses to "Football Season and Chili 2.0 with a kick!"

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  1. Erin

    September 12, 2012 at 2:53 am

    I’m from Georgia and it isn’t much different. And I share many of your sentiments. It isn’t like these guys get paid minimum wage. And the chili looks delicious.

    Erin –

    • hipfoodiemom

      September 12, 2012 at 3:22 am

      Hi Erin, right? :) And thank you for the compliment on the chili! Yea fall weather and football season!

  2. Bam's Kitchen

    September 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I love the look of your new website. Its a little harder for me to keep track of everyone when you leave wordpress so please continue to stop by.

    • hipfoodiemom

      September 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      I will and thank you for the lovely compliment! :)

  3. Brandi

    September 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Looks scrumptious and perfect for the colder days ahead!!

    • hipfoodiemom

      September 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

      Thank you so much, Brandi! :) Yes, I plan to be eating a lot more of this. . yea fall weather!

  4. YinMom YangMom Allie

    September 22, 2012 at 3:33 am

    oooh, i love this! great idea to put kale in and i especially love the 5-spice idea! i love 5-spice… never thought of putting it in chili how fabulous! of course it would be delicious… i always add a pinch of cinnamon and it makes it so yummy. can’t wait to try this recipe thanks for the great ideas! : )

    • hipfoodiemom

      September 22, 2012 at 5:14 am

      Oh, thank you! Of course!

      Haha, now I always try to sneak in kale and all sorts of veggies whenever I can! :) I just recently learned about Chinese Five Spice and now I’m trying to add it to everything when I can . . like today, I made an applesauce bundt cake and I added it, along with cinnamon and ground cloves. . hey, check out my giveaway post on my homepage and please spread the word! My first giveaway! 😛

  5. YinMom YangMom Allie

    September 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    i use 5-spice a lot- in sweet and savory dishes. i can’t wait to try it in chili… i will put your giveaway on our facebook page! good luck we just did our first giveaway a few weeks ago… : )

    • hipfoodiemom

      September 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Oh my goodness! You are so sweet, thank you! I really appreciate it! One thing I never knew to expect when I started blogging- was meeting great fellow bloggers like you!! It’s been really awesome! Thank you again!

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  7. Cut 'N Clean Greens

    February 26, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Kale in the chili, along with 5-Spice? We’re ALL IN!

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut ‘N Clean Greens

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