Recipe | Kind of Homemade Chili

When I was little, I used to watch a TON Food Network. One of my faves was Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. Her cooking concept of using part fresh and part prepackaged ingredients stuck with me because cooking after work is extra tiring and sometimes I just don’t have the time and energy to cook after work.

I especially love eating chili in the winter because it’s super hearty, warm and comforting (ayruvedic benefits! scroll past the recipe to see what I’m talking about).

This recipe is kind of homemade — meaning it’s from a can and I added fresh ingredients to make it taste wayyyy better.



Recipe | Kind of Homemade Chili


  • 1 can Amy’s Organic Chili – Medium with Vegetables (its vegetarian chili!)
  • 2 Corn Tortillas
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • 2 spoonfuls of greek yogurt (I ALWAYS use Wallaby)
  • 1/2 lime
  • Your fav hot sauce
  • Chopped scallions (Any amount you want to use. I used half of one stalk for two bowls)


  1. Tortilla Strips: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice two tortillas in half. Slice the halves into quarters (length-wise). Drizzle a very little amount of exrta virgin olive oil. Bake on a nonstick cookie sheet for 10ish minutes (keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t over cooked). Take out of the oven and put to the side.

2. Chili: Heat chili on the stove for 5-10 minutes. Add in a few dashes of hot sauce. Pour half into a bowl.

3. Toppings: In a small bowl, mix juice of half a lime with 2 spoonfuls of greek yogurt. Add one spoonful of the greek yogurt to your bowl of chili, top with chopped scallions, add diced avocado and add a few tortilla strips.

Note: Save half the toppings because the can of chili makes two bowls. I save that half for lunch the next day.

What are your favorite nourishing and comforting foods for winter? Share in the comments below, tweet me or Instagram me. <3 

xx Melissa

Ayurvedic Deets

Lately I’ve been getting into Ayurveda. Every season is associated with a dosha. Fall and winter’s dosha is called ‘vata’ and spring and summer’s dosha is called ‘kapha’. The main thing I took away from this is in the winter, it’s important to eat nourishing and warm foods (slow down on those ice cold smoothies!). This is eating to balance ‘vata’ — signs of an imbalanced Vata include an irregular digestion, gas, constipation, intestinal cramps, poor assimilation and fatigue.

Here’s a behind the scenes food blogging photo with Maddie 🙂 Enjoy!




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