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chili copy February 28 marks the celebration of many individuals' favorite dish. Impress your family with these delicious chili recipes for National Chili Day!  © [BestStockFoto] / Adobe Stock

National Chili Day: Best Chili Recipes

It seems like there’s a national holiday for everything—there’s a day commemorating pigs, naps, and even lima beans (on April 20, if you’re interested). Out of all these wonderfully obscure holidays, there is one delicious day we love to celebrate: National Chili Day. Here are some recipes to take your chili celebration on February 28, 2019, to the next level!

Ground Beef
Ground beef is the most common meat used in Chili recipes. This one is a very quick but well-liked recipe that can be prepared in as little as 45 minutes! Of course, the longer you simmer the better the flavor becomes, but this recipe tastes just as fantastic with only a 30-minute simmer.

The ingredients for this recipe include all the chili classics: diced tomatoes, pinto and kidney beans, and spices like cumin and hot pepper. You could even add cinnamon to give your chili an extra special kick! Just 1 teaspoon can really elevate any standard chili to something out of the ordinary.

A great (and healthy) way to prepare chili is to replace beef with turkey. Turkey is a leaner meat and as such has a reduced amount of saturated fat. If you’re worried about an expanding waistline, turkey also contains fewer calories per serving than beef. Don’t forget all the delicious accouterments to garnish your bowl of chili; serve with lime wedges, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips. A final sprinkle of cilantro will enhance the flavor even more with its herbaceous note.

This recipe does not follow the classic chili rulebook—it uses beer instead of chicken or veggie stock. The result is chili with a robust tangy kick and enough spice to counteract it, resulting in a warm and comforting dish. Choose dark lagers and brown ales, as something with fewer hops, will not overwhelm the 5-spice mix.

 tacos copy © [JJAVA] / Adobe StockFiguring out your weekly meal schedule—throw in a Taco Tuesday every now and then. Here are 3 authentic Mexican street taco recipes for you to try.

 3 Authentic Mexican Street Taco Recipes for Taco Tuesday

From high-end restaurants in Hollywood to food trucks in Minneapolis, people celebrate Taco Tuesday all across the country. In 1989, Taco Tuesday became a trademark of Taco John’s— massive Mexican restaurant chain in the United States. Since then, people have used Taco Tuesday as a way to spend time with friends and family and share a delicious meal.

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filetmignon copySteak and Potatoes: A Classic Romantic Dinner Recipe for Two

Looking to make some new traditions with your Valentine this February? This romantic dinner recipe for two has everything you could ask for on Valentine’s Day.

nutelladayWorld Nutella Day is almost upon us. Celebrate this sweet holiday on February 7 by baking a Nutella-inspired dessert—gooey chocolate pudding cakes.

World Nutella Day Dessert

As February is finally upon us, it’s time to get ready for World Nutella Day!

The holiday was founded on February 5, 2007 by Sara Rosso, an American blogger who developed a love for the sweet spread while living in Italy. Back then, Nutella was only popular in the Italian market, so Sara would often have to bring jars of it on the plane with her when she went home to the U.S. To increase its popularity across the pond, she reached out to her friend and fellow blogger, Shelley Ruelle, and together they hosted the first World Nutella Day.

thegrantcountybeat 1 1.28.19 content 1 imageThe Perfect Mexican Fajita Recipe

Making a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal doesn’t need to be a hassle. This fajita sheet pan dinner recipe is as tasty as it is effortless.

Sheet pan dinners are the saving grace of busy weeknights. With as little as 15 minutes of preparation time, you can have a delicious and healthy meal; meals that would normally take hours slaving away in the kitchen to make. Perhaps the best aspect of sheet pan dinners is that they only require the use of one cooking sheet, so there is hardly any cleanup.

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 Looking for a modern take on a classic apple pie recipe? Maintain an age-old tradition while enhancing the rich flavors of one of America’s favorite desserts.

When we think about warm, comforting desserts, a classic apple pie recipe is usually on our list. For many, the smell of an apple pie baking in the oven evokes nostalgia. Whether it’s the memory of visiting your grandmother’s house during the holidays or coming home after a long day of school to find your mom baking in the kitchen, apple pie has a way of bringing out our most valued emotions.

stewsStew is a winter staple, so while you’re hibernating for the coming months, slow cook some of the best winter stew recipes you can try in your home kitchen.

During the cold winter months, there are few meals that go as well with the season as a hearty stew. While beef is the most common meat used in strews, venture out and try chicken, shrimp, and lamb this year. Winter is a time for hibernation, so settle in, dust off your crock pot, and start the cooking process. Slow cook and experiment with the best winter stew recipes you can try at home.

grantcountybeat 1.8image 1Mexican tamales have been around for thousands of years. We share a homemade tamale recipe that won't disappoint. You'll enjoy it for a long time to come!

We know you’ve been working hard lately, so give yourself a much-needed break and experiment with one of our recommended homemade tamale recipes. 

There’s something that’s so comforting about fresh, authentic Mexican food. When you commit to preparing tamales from scratch, you can taste the difference. Whether you like beef, chicken, or pork tamales, you can effortlessly customize to your preferences.