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When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was go to my Mimmie and Poppa’s house. Across from the street lived Pete and Bella and they were nice and I loved going over to visit them. Maybe it was for homemade tortillas, maybe it was for homemade chili macho and maybe it was for the company. Or maybe it was for all three :)
A long time ago Bella taught my mother how to make chili macho and tonight she showed me. And guess what? It’s so stinking easy to do and only requires one fresh staple, an onion. The rest is all budget friendly pantry items like canned tomatoes and jarred jalapenos. It’s easy, it’s tasty and with tomato, a veritable super food, it’s also good for you.
And while I was super stoked to learn how to make the famous chili macho for myself I was also super stoked that my dad, a.k.a. the grill master, was all for grilling us up some fajita flavored steaks. Now we’re about to grub up something great! All four of us (my parents, Rob and me) are trying to eat more healthfully and that includes proper portions. We’re learning that we can indulge in something a little guilty with each meal so long as it isn’t the basis of the meal.
With that in mind we headed to Sam’s Club and picked up a case of canned tomatoes for chili macho plus fajita seasoning and russet potatoes. Now it was raining cats and dogs here in Houston but Daddy is a grillin’ trooper and he got after it to make some of the best steaks we had ever eaten and definitely the best fajitas EVER. Who knew that a little bit of fajita seasoning on a great quality steak would be so amazing?
Now most of the meal is pretty straight forward so I’ll give the deets all quick-like. I know you’re busy with other things to get to so let’s get to it! For the steaks bring them to room temperature and then season generously with fajita seasoning. Grill to your preferred done-ness.
For these awesome twice baked Mexican style potatoes bake 4 potatoes until soft and then split down the middle. Scoop the baked potato out leaving a layer of potato over the skin to help create a little potato made bowl. In a bowl mash up the removed potato with half a stick of butter, 2-4 ounces of green chilies, 1/4 cup of sour cream and salt and pepper to taste. Fill the potatoes to heaping and then bake 10-15 minutes at 425 degrees.
Bella’s Chili Macho
This is the recipe of a family friend and there were no exact measurements. We made it and measured out how we best like the flavor but it is totally changeable depending on your tastes. Add more jalapenos for more heat, add more garlic salt if you like things a bit stronger. It is best to make this earlier in the day as it develops the best flavor over a few hours sitting in the fridge.
- 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of garlic salt
- 5-10 jalapeno slices
- 1 small onion
- Add tomatoes, jalapenos and garlic salt to a blender.
- Chop your onion roughly into large chunks and toss in. There is no need to make them pretty, just get ’em cut and in there.
- Blend until a good, liquid consistency minus any chunks.
- Refrigerate and serve later for the best flavor.
Always good as chips and dip it pairs perfectly with fajita seasoned steaks topped with avocado and twice baked Mexican potatoes. Mmm. This was so tasty. We loved it so much!
Now while I have you here let me fill you in on one bit of information… Here is my father realizing that he hasn’t had a health screening in a while. Okay, so maybe he’s hamming it up a bit :)
And here he is after I informed him that lots of Sam’s Club locations offer free health screenings on the second Saturday of every month. In fact the next one happens on 6/11. We talked about how awesome it is that Sam’s Club cares not just about our pocket books giving us great values on the stuff we need everyday from food, to beverages to medications and, heck, even clothes (which we might have stocked up a bit on as well :) but also our health! I guess this kind of makes Sam’s Club our health and wellness destination for everything we need where we can get these awesome and free health screenings, optical, hearing and OTC services. Maybe that’s why my family has proudly and happily been Sam’s Club members since I first started elementary school (p.s. – I know it’s hard to believe but that’s been a while ago, now :)
Special thanks to Daddy for cooking up an amazing supper and Momma for teaching me how to make chili macho!