March 6, 2017

Kitchen Favorite: Dutch Oven (and a Siracha Chili Recipe)

Do you have that one piece in your kitchen that just makes cooking ten times easier? For me, it's our Martha Stewart for Macy's Cast Iron Dutch Oven. We actually got two of them for our wedding which weren't even on our registry, but oh am I so glad someone gifted them. It is incredibly durable, it can be used for so many different things, it is easy to clean, AND for only $50

A few weeks ago we had a chili cook-off at my work and I decided to participate even though I had never cooked chili a day in my life. While I was searching through Pinterest for recipes (obviously), I found that there were no spicy chili recipes! So I decided to take a normal chili recipe and throw our favorite hot sauce in it - Sriracha.

Besides being super functional and easy to use, isn't it so pretty? I keep it on our top open shelf so we can have easy access to it, plus it brings some color to our white dishes. Like most cast iron pieces, it is heavy. Since we're both tall we don't mind keeping it on the top shelf, just make sure you can get to it without dropping it on your head.

The key to chili is the right amount of spices. No one wants to eat dry ground beef and tomato paste. That's why when I was cooking the beef and the onions, I put extra chili sauce, cumin, and sriracha.

You can print, view, and download the recipe in PDF here!


1 lb. Ground beef
1 cup Sriracha hot sauce
1 can hot chili pinto beans
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Cumin
1 tablespoon Hot Chili Powder
2 teaspoons dried Oregano
1 Onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
A few pinches of  Red Pepper Flakes


1.  Dice onion and finely chop garlic cloves. Place over Medium-High heat until
they are wilted and brown (add chili powder for extra flavor).

2. Combine Sriracha, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili
powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in pot. Place over
Low-Medium heat.

3. While pot is simmering, brown ground beef in pan - seasoning with some
sriracha chili sauce and chili powder for flavor.

4. Once ground beef is browned and onions/garlic are soft, add both to the
chili pot. Increase heat to Medium-High so it all mixes together.

5. Taste test chili and add any extra seasoning to taste. You’re finished!

6. Serve with cheddar cheese and crackers.

Download the recipe PDF here!

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