Halloween Recipe – Pumpkin Chili

The best part of the main course for a party is when you can make it ahead of time! You can prepare this before your guests arrive, and keep warm in a crock pot through out the evening until it is time for dinner. Pumpkin is not just for October, but something to make as we get into the colder month of November as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 – 15 oz cans corn, drained
  • 2 – 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Del Diablo Merlot, or similar red wine
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
  • Beef broth, optional to do chicken or water instead
  • Serve with Corn Chips, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, and Green Onions

Instructions:

  1. Cook beef in a skillet all the way through, drain, and transfer to slow cooker. (5-6 quart size)
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients: corn, pinto beans, pumpkin, seasoning, onion, and wine.
  3. Cook for 4-6 hours, only add broth if you want a thinner soup like consistency. Serve with desired toppings!

Halloween Party Treats – Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Rice Krispies have made the perfect treat for all ages for many years. How about taking a different twist on a classic by making it fall appropriate?

Ingredients:
6 cups Rice Krispies
1/4 cup Butter
1 bag large Marshmallows
Red and Yellow Food Colouring
Mini Rolo’s
Green M&M’s
1/4 cup cooking oil in a small bowl

 

Instructions: 
1.  Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and combined together.
2. Add several drops of red and yellow food colouring into the mix and remove from heat. After you get your desired color of orange, add in your rice krispies. Mix well.
3. Coat your hands with the cooking oil so the mixture does not stick to your hands. Roll into small balls and place onto parchment paper. Add oil to your hands after each.
4. Gently press a Rolo into the center top of the balls while they are still warm to make the stem, placing a green m&m next to it on the side as the leaf.
5. Allow to cool until firm.