40 Days of Soup: Day 27 – Chili (for Train Wreck)

Tonight is the long-awaited Christmas party with the girls basketball team. Go Lady Knights (8-3)! When hosting a crowd, the fall back plan is “Train Wreck,” so named because after your plate is filled it looks like a train wreck. Basically this is a taco salad using chili instead of just browned beef. (On the right is an ornament Melea and I made to give the players. Cork, small doillie folded and stapled on, and small team color ball ornament hot glued on. Player numbers added with marker.)

So the chili recipe follows:


3 lbs lean, ground beef

3 onions

3 Tablespoons garlic, minced

2 very large cans of kidney beans

2 large diced petite tomatoes

1 large can of tomato sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4-1/2 cup chili powder

salt, to taste

Brown beef with diced onions and garlic. (I used meat I had already browned and frozen when I made another soup.)  Then add all the other ingredients and simmer on low or put in a crock pot and forget until time to eat.

For train wreck, I have everyone contribute by bringing something on this list:

Corn chips (Doritos, Tostitos or anything but potato chips)
Iceberg lettuce, cut salad style or shredded
Diced tomatoes
Shredded cheddar cheese
Diced bell peppers
Diced onions
Chopped Jalapeno peppers
Sliced olives
Sour cream
Picanté sauce
Ranch salad dressing (of course!)


About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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One Response to 40 Days of Soup: Day 27 – Chili (for Train Wreck)

  1. Pingback: 40 Days of Soup: Day 38 – Pho-nominal Chicken and Kale | thebaronyork

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