Shortly after I met Mr. FFB I was introduced to Ha Cha Cha. Ha Cha Cha is a quick and easy meal my favorite mother-in-law used to make when her kids were young.
She used Hormel Chili with Beans, and so do we when it’s crunch time on a week night and I don’t have any idea what to make for supper. It’s the perfect meal for that!
But sometimes, we actually plan to have Ha Cha Cha because it’s also a stellar (and by stellar, I mean delicious) way to use up leftover chili. Any which way you make it, Ha Cha Cha is a quick, easy, and delicious supper the whole fam can enjoy!
Don’t forget the rules of food safety! Here is the short list:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
- Never thaw meat on the counter – instead thaw in the refrigerator, microwave or cool water bath.
- Always wash cutting boards and plates after having been in contact with raw meat.
- Always cook to appropriate internal temperatures. Safe internal temperatures vary based on cut. Ground beef must reach a safe and savory 160 degrees, while steak is safe at 145 degrees.
A quick + easy dinner idea or a simple yet delicious way to use up leftover chili.
- Leftover Chili Soup, or Hormel Chili with Beans
- Corn chips (we like Fritos)
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Hot sauce
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, reheat the leftover chili or heat the Hormel chili and bring it to a simmer. Reduce the heat and let simmer until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
To assemble, place a handful of chips in a bowl. Spoon the chili (leftover or Hormel) over the chips and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and any additional toppings you love. Enjoy!
To be on the (food) safe side, ALWAYS reheat foods like chili that contain beef to a temperature of 165 Fahrenheit.
When I say “spoon” what I actually mean is serve it like a gravy instead of a soup. 😉