3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Cheese Fries

January 1, 2016 at 6:31 PM | Posted in Bush's, Ore - Ida, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Cheese Fries

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a safe New Years. Mine was a quiet one, a bowl of Pop Corn and watching the old 30’s and 40’s Thin Man Movies on TCM. Love them old movies!


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My first Breakfast of the year was French Toast and Turkey Sausage. For the French Toast I used Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Then for coating I used Egg Beater’s seasoned with McCormick Ground Cinnamon and Ground Nutmeg. Mixed the Spices with the egg Beater’s and dipped the Bread into it and grilled the slices on a stove griddle pan. For the Sausage I used Eckrich Smoky Turkey Breakfast Sausage. I topped the French Bread with Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Maple Low Calorie Syrup and I Can’t Believe I’s Not Butter. Great start to 2016! Nothing going on today, just relaxed and watched a lot of Football! For dinner tonight a Supreme Comfort Food, 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Cheese Fries.


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For the Chili I used my favorite Chili, Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili. I had 1 container of it left in the freezer so I sit it in the fridge to thaw overnight. To reheat it I took a sauce pan, sprayed with Pam, and put half of the Chili container in it. Added a few shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to it. Heated it on medium, stirring often until it was heated through. The Chili reheats perfectly and tastes just as good as it did when it was first made! The recipe for the Chili is at the end of the post.




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As the Chili was reheating I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I used a small baking sheet that i lined with foil and sprayed the foil with Pam Cooking Spray. I’m using Ore Ida Waffle Fries, which I haven’t used in quite a while. The Waffle Fries are a little higher in calories than the Crinkle Fries I normally prepare. But the waffle Fries are perfect Fries to use when using a topping like Chili. So I lined the Fries on the baking sheet, seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, and baked them for about 17 minutes (until a light golden brown). These are so good just plain, but add the Chili and Cheese and you have something special!


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To serve; I made a bed of the Fries in a bowl and topped them with the 3 Bean Buffalo Chili and Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I was in Comfort Food Heaven! The Fries are just flat out delicious and then you add the Chili and Cheese and it’s kicked up another 5 notches! Really a good hardy dish, especially on cold day and evening. For dessert later a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream Bar.


Crock Pot 3 Bean Buffalo Chili

2 lb. Ground Wild Idea Ground Buffalo,99% Lean3-bean-buffalo-chili-0011
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
* All Bush’s Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 Can (15 oz.) Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1/2 Cup of Water
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1 Red Onion (medium), Chopped or Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Unseeded and Chopped
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1 Tbs. Ground Roasted Cumin
2 Tsps Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
Shredded Cheese, I used Grated Dutch Gouda (Topping) or Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Oyster Crackers (optional)

*Brown Buffalo in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining spices and ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste.
*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of water.
*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and the oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat-free sour cream, or serve with some home made cornbread.





Ore-Ida Waffle FriesOre Ida Waffle Fries

Share the great American potato with your family. Proudly nestled on the Oregon-Idaho border, Ore-Ida potato experts have been serving locally grown taters from the heartland of potato country since 1952. Ore-Ida Waffle Fries Crispy, Waffle-Cut French Fried Potatoes are made from 100% real, fresh peeled, American grown potatoes. Ore-Ida takes great care to cut, season and freeze them in under an hour to lock in all the delicious, freshly cooked flavor. Your family deserves the highest quality because, if it’s not Grade A, it’s not Ore-Ida.
Ore-Ida Waffle Fries Crispy:
* Made from 100% Grade A real potatoes
* 0g trans fat per serving
* 150 calories per serving

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 pieces (89 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 150
Calories from Fat 54
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 360mg 15%
Potassium 309.99mg 9%
Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

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