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RECIPE REVIEW – Slow Cooker Chili Mac by “koolaidmoms”

I’m always looking for an easy recipe to make. When I came across this Slow Cooker Chili Mac recipe from “koolaidmoms” (whatsfordinnermoms.com to everyone else), I immediately thought to myself that it would be a mistake for me not to give this a go. After all, I have been searching for slow cooker meals because they are so much easier to make and I don’t have to stand in front of the oven cooking up something that takes up almost 20-30 minutes of my time.

This recipe claims that the difficult level was easy. Let me tell you that this recipe should be re-printed as SUPER EASY! I have tried this recipe twice: First time I sort of fumbled around the kitchen a little and did my absolute best to follow the recipe as-is so my prep time went from 10 minutes to 20 minutes (give or take) and I was chatting up a storm with my wife. The second time, my prep time was reduced down to about 12 minutes because I tweaked the recipe a little to my own liking and I was alone to work on this recipe myself.

So here is the original pdf which is printable/downloadable: Slow Cooker Chili Mac – What’s for Dinner Moms_

The actual recipe can be found on their website where you can find a whole bunch of other easy-to-make recipes: Slow Cooker Chili Mac Recipe

For clarity, Koolaidmoms has not paid me to write this review. I have voluntarily wrote this review because I was so excited to share how delicious and easy this recipe was to make.

MY VERSION

I didn’t tweak the recipe too much from the original but it took a little time for me to think how I wanted this to taste the way I wanted it to. Also my slow cooker is only a 4 quart so if I added too much then it would have overflowed. All I did differently was:

  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef.
  • I made sure 1 onion was the biggest onion I could buy.
  • I used 1 (28oz) can of diced tomatoes, not sauce. I like the consistency and flavour of tomatoes instead.
  • I used half a can (28oz) of tomatoes. They didn’t sell a 16oz can.
  • I only used 1 yellow pepper. Has a sweeter taste.
  • Next time I will use the corn. I forgot to buy it both times!
  • Definitely used sour cream and cheddar cheese.
  • Crackers! It’s great with crackers!

So this is what it looked like when everything was thrown into the slow cooker. Almost filled to the rim.

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It might have looked like a soupy mess but the consistency is exactly how it should be. When the elbow pasta was added, some of the liquid ends up disappearing.

After adding the sour cream and cheese, this is the result:

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Wifey only had cheese Ritz crackers in the pantry but it was really good!

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So this recipe is an A+ in my books and something that I know I can eat every so often. I even ate this when it was very humid and hot outside so I can honestly say that this is a recipe that is not just for a cold, chilly night. It is a hearty dish that tasted twice as good when we had it for leftovers the next day.

Excellent recipe and a must try! Thank you so much Koolaidmoms!

If you’re interested, check out my previous RECIPE REVIEW: Weber’s Korean Beef Barbeque “Kalbi”.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Sea Breeze Café, Boracay, Philippines

Definition of buffet: Let loose.

Check out my review on Sea Breeze Café.

Click here:   Yelp |  Google Maps  |  Tripadvisor

Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

 

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Aria Cucina Italiana, Boracay, Philippines

Italian food with beach life. Vacation complete.

Check out my review on Aria Cucina Italiana

Click here:  Yelp |  Google Maps  | Tripadvisor

Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Ti Braz Creperie & French Bistro, Boracay, Philippines

Crepes and the beach life. Perfect combination.

Check out my review on Ti Braz Creperie & French Bistro

Click here:  Yelp | Google Maps | Tripadvisor

Watch how they make their crepes here!

Part 1: Crepe Making at Ti Braz  | Part 2: Crepe Making At Ti Braz

Maybe you would like to read about my other blogs about Boracay?

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Heaven On Earth.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Love To Eat.

One of the best parts of beach life is to surrender to all the delicacies and cuisines that surrounds you. I am always looking for the type of food I can hold in my hand while walking around or even sit by the beach and sip on something cool and refreshing.

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The beach life. It’s like no other feeling. I realize now that I make every effort to visit Boracay for one or some of several reasons. You may have some of your own perhaps.

You worked hard for that beach body.

You had a stressful year and need to unwind.

You haven’t been to the beach for the longest time.

You just need to get away. Period.

For me, it’s not just the beach life but it’s for the food with the beach life. So I say to myself, “Throw everything out the window and let my appetite take it’s course because this is my vacation and I earned it.”

This is how I feel when I’m in Boracay. I want to explore. I want to enjoy. I don’t want anything to hold me back. Well, as long as I’m not overdoing it.

I start off with a little bit of coffee in the morning. Beach view. Clear mind. Calm weather. Bright. Beautiful.

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After a few sips and staring out into the view, I completely lose track of time. Some time later my breakfast arrives. I’m not even thinking about how hungry I am until I look down at the most appetizing meal. A cup of garlic rice, marinated pork tocino, sunny-side up egg, with a little garnish of lettuce and cherry tomatoes. Delicious!

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As the morning passes on slowly, there are a few places I frequently visit every time I travel here. The first place I usually hit is a place called “Aria Cucina Italiana”. Like most places that have a beach view, I prefer to eat indoors because people like to sit around the outside seating area and smoke vigorously. I love the food here! Pastas and pizzas are such comfort food at the beach.

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Soon after our fulfilling meal, we walk on over next door to “Aria Gelato” for some cold, refreshing, yup-you-guessed-it, GELATO.

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We like to switch up the afternoon snack between a couple of places. There is this small café called “Ti Braz” that had gone through some renovations. They specialized in serving light breakfast and snacks but now added power shakes and alcohol drinks to their two other businesses just inside their café. I highly recommend choosing any of their crepes. Any type of fruit inside a heated pastry then topped with a scoop of ice cream makes for an amazing afternoon snack.

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Take a look at how this delicious crepe was made by clicking on both links below. I can watch this all day.

Part 1: Crepe Making in Boracay, Philippines

Part 2: Crepe Making in Boracay, Philippines

During our last visit to Boracay we decided to try a place called Halowich.  They make fruit sundaes and chilled desserts. It is so refreshing to have a cold dessert melt in my mouth! Tropical fruits mix so well in a dessert. If you don’t believe me, look at the size of the bowl that some kids next to us ordered. Stuffed with loads of mangoes and papaya. It was bigger than my hand!

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At night, there are so many choices where to eat. You can eat at one of your favourite restaurants and sit alongside the walkway closer to the beach side. Sip on a cool drink while looking at the breathtaking night views.

Sometimes we ate indoors and enjoyed the convenience of air conditioning with less chances of being bothered by beach vendors and insects.

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To be honest with you, I enjoyed eating both indoors and outdoors.

Taking part in the foodie life is such a wonderful experience. If you ever find your way into Boracay, you must have a taste of every type of food it has to offer. Writing this food blog now is making me daydream about my next trip to Boracay. When I find more things to eat there, I will definitely blog about it.

Check out my other blogs on visiting Boracay, Philippines.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines – Relax, Shop, Enjoy.

TRAVEL: Boracay, Philippines. Road Trip To Vacation Is Part Of The Vacation