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5 Ingredient Game Day Chili is a simple, slow-cooker friendly recipe that’s frugal, hearty, delicious, and pleasing to everyone. See how easy it is to make, plus check out my best homegating tips for hosting your own game day party!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year for so many reasons, but one reason (besides all the great food and the weather), is because it’s football season! I grew up in a small house in a tiny town in SC and we didn’t have a lot of money, but we always had friends and family over at our home, and my dad always had different people over to watch football.
My dad had a deep love for football, and for watching it with friends and family, so it was only natural that my brother and I grew up to love it too. I’ll admit that I’m no expert on the game itself, but football season is still one of my favorite times of the year. I love sounds of the band’s music, to the whistles that blow during the game, to the cheering, and of course, I also love watching the game with my family. So I thought I would share a few of my best tips with you today that we like to use in my home anytime we have people over for the big game!
Homegating is all about hosting a great party for friends and family to watch the big game, and while food is a big part of preparing for a game day celebration, there’s also more to consider too. You’ll definitely want to be prepared by keeping some handy items in the kitchen and around your home so you can homegate like a pro, such as cleaning items, bathroom supplies, and a few other must-haves.
I also suggest picking up some of your favorite snacks and setting up a table with chairs and television outside if possible so you can enjoy the nice fall breeze. If not, a living room with a comfy couch is also great!
Here’s how to make the homegating process seamless: After you’ve decided what kind of food you’ll be making, go ahead and stock up on some cleaning items such as paper towels, food storage containers for leftovers, trash bags, bathroom tissue (obviously very important). If you’re grilling, make sure you have some fresh charcoal on hand as well if you have a charcoal grill.
Three things I always make sure to have on hand for easy kitchen clean-up are paper towels, food storage bags, and food storage containers. For example, Sparkle® 6 Roll Paper Towels, Glad® Food Bags Storage Gallon, and Glad® Food Containers Family Size are all great to have on hand for game day, and you can find at Dollar General.
Dollar General has all of the items you need to homegate like a pro on sale, along with plenty of other great staples for your next big Game Day celebration.
Dollar General is also featuring a great special savings promo right now where you can buy 3 of any of the following participating items and save $3 at Dollar General, valid 9/24/17-10/21/17: Sparkle® 6 Roll Paper Towels, Glad® ForceFlex® 13 Gallon, Glad® Food Bags Storage Gallon, Glad® Food Containers Family Size, Kingsford® Charcoal 15.4lb, and Angel Soft® Bath Tissue (including Fresh Lavender Scent 12 Big Roll and 12 Family Roll).
You can find all of these items in the household section of Dollar General, such as in the photo below.
Dollar General even carries all the ingredients you need to make my 5 Ingredient Game Day Chili recipe!
Speaking of the food, I like to make a classic chili recipe (meat-free and vegan, of course). So, I’m sharing my simple, slow-cooker friendly 5 Ingredient Game Day Chili below with all of you. Enjoy a filling, simple dish that even hungry meat eaters will love. It’s not only hearty, but it’s also nutritious. This recipe is full of protein, iron, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, not to mention such a great flavor!
5 ingredient Game Day Chili is excellent when served with baked sweet potato fries, with whole grain blue corn tortilla chips, or even over baked potatoes with any toppings you prefer (fresh cilantro, green bell pepper, and salsa are great ideas). Check out the recipe for my vegan chlli below, and see my top 5 tips for entertaining the big game!
- 1 pound of brown lentils* or 2 (15-ounce) cans of your favorite beans (black, pinto, kidney, etc.) Choose no-salt-added or low-sodium beans if possible.
- 2 (15-ounce) cans of fire-roasted tomatoes (preferably low sodium)
- 1 small yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
- Spices: 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1 bay leaf, 1 tbsp. Dried oregano, and 1 tsp. Finely ground black pepper
- 6 cups of liquid (I suggest 4 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth and 2 cups of filtered water.)
- optional: 1 small diced green or red bell pepper can also be used
- Add all of the ingredients in the order listed to a large slow-cooker and stir with a spoon to mix everything together.
- Place the lid on the slow-cooker and let it cook on high setting for 6 hours.
- Remove lid and fish out the bay leaf after cooking, then place the lid back on and turn to keep warm just before serving and/or during serving.
- Serve with your favorite sides (see notes for suggestions).
*I don’t suggest using black or red lentils in replacement to brown lentils since red lentils will become especially thin in a slow-cooker chili and are very quick-cooking. Black lentils don’t break down as well during cooking and are best suited for serving on salads; they also have a unique flavor not best suited for chili recipes. Brown lentils work very well in a chili recipe where you need the texture to hold up, and they have an excellent earthy, savory flavor. All lentils, however, are great sources of iron, protein, fiber, and potassium, so feel free to experiment as you wish.
PIN FOR LATER!
I hope you love my 5 Ingredient Game Day Chili recipe! It’s so tasty and easy to make, not to mention perfect for any football loving fan that likes a hearty fall comfort food dish. Now, here are 5 of my favorite tips for becoming a homegating hero for your next game day party!
5 Tips to Homegate like a Pro:
1. Choose a simple recipe to prepare for the main dish to keep things easy on yourself but will also feed and satisfy a large crowd, like my 5 Ingredient Game-Day chili recipe. Then you can just stock up on simple snacks or pairings, such as whole grain blue corn chips, sweet potato fries, salsa and baked potato wedges, spicy hummus and veggies, or whatever else you like. Choose whatever drinks are suitable for you and your friends and family’s needs and interests.
2. Choose a cozy spot to enjoy the big game that allows you to be outside in the fall weather, if possible. This is almost as good as watching the game in person (almost!) but in the comfort of your own home. If possible, set up a TV outside or on your patio!
3. Focus on one large table where everyone can mingle and enjoy the food, or at least a large serving area where you can keep everything in one spot. This tip will help everyone have access to the food, drinks, and may help minimize clean-up efforts afterward so everything isn’t as spread out among the house.
4. Place lots of colorful game day decor around your house, which you can find at very inexpensive costs at Dollar General. Plus, you can reuse these for the next year or your next party!
5. Finally, stock up on all the ingredients you’ll need to make the recipe, along with the items you’ll need to clean up. While you’re purchasing these items, go ahead and be sure to stock up on some bathroom supplies as well. Don’t forget the trash bags and storage containers!
Here are some items to add to your shopping list: Sparkle® 6 Roll Paper Towels, Glad® Trash ForceFlex® 13 Gallon, Glad® Food Bags Storage Gallon, Glad® Food Containers Family Size, Kingsford® Charcoal 15.4lb, and Angel Soft® Bath Tissue (including Fresh Lavender Scent 12 Big Roll and 12 Family Roll). Buy 3 of any of these participating items and save $3 at Dollar General, valid 9/25/17-10/22/17. Locate a Dollar General near you here.
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Remember: Be there for the moments that matter on game day. Georgia-Pacific and Dollar General will help you stock up on the hosting essentials you need to cut down on cleanup time and avoid a last minute run to the store. Don’t drop the ball and miss the big play, stock up and save now so you can relax later and keep having fun with your friends and family.
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