Happiness Is…Recipe: Chili Pack


Happiness is two more weeks until Christmas break!


Happiness is our Advent book count-down and our Advent calendar.  I love the smiles that I receive each morning and night.


Happiness is having an amazing family and great friends.  The comments and emails that I have received this week were simply beautiful.  Thank you!

Happiness is spending the weekend at home wrapping Christmas presents, watching football, and baking up some nice treats for some very amazing people.


Happiness is making pink party cupcakes for a special little girl.


Happiness is a late fall rain…and watching my boys enjoy it took the happiness meter to a whole new level.


Happiness is making fun, little-friendly dinners that everyone can enjoy.  I love meals that can be easily adjusted to everyone’s preference.  Such was the case with these Chili Packs.  Everyone could pick and choose what all they wanted – Fritos, chili, melted cheese, shredded cheese, etc.  It was a simple, fun meal, and everyone enjoyed their own personal creation.

Chili Pack

Chili Pack


2 pound ground beef

29 ounces tomato sauce

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon season salt

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon sugar



Shredded cheese


  1. Brown the ground beef over medium high heat. Drain.
  2. Add the tomato sauce to the ground beef and continue to cook over medium low heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the spices.
  4. Add to the ground beef mixture, stirring until combined.
  5. Continue to cook over low to medium low heat for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve the chili over Fritos and top with queso or shredded cheese.

Have a happy weekend!

I shared this recipe at A Little Nosh, Hugs and Cookies, and Jane Deere.

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2 Responses to Happiness Is…Recipe: Chili Pack

  1. sandy says:

    Chili pack looks delicious. Guess I may also be having that tonight after seeing yours. I may just be a little late getting it fixed after work. Thanks for the ideal. If it makes you so happy to wrap presents I may save some for you. Just kidding it also makes me happy.

    • Natalie says:

      You are so funny….and you are so much better at wrapping presents than I am. Each time I wrap one, I think, “What would Uncle Ronnie think if he saw this?” 🙂 And, that makes me want to make the package look a little bit better, a little more special.

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