Foodie Friday : Texas Style Crockpot Chili , Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes

Pin It! This Texas Style Chili is the perfect warm  meal for those days when you have plans and know you won't get around to making dinner unless you start it early. I have made this a few times on my Infusion days because I can just throw it in the crock pot in the morning, open the crock-pot at 5 and BAM delicious dinner is served!Its very hearty since it has stew meat instead of ground beef. 
  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2- 15oz can pinto beans drained
  • 1-15 oz can chili beans drained
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
1.Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
2. Serve with sour cream and cheese 

Pin It! This California weather has been perfect for all the citrus trees. We have a ton of fresh oranges and lemons. It probably comes as no surprise that this means baking time for me :) Orange Dreamsicles are my absolute favorite summer ice cream treat so I figured I'd try to make the sweet treat into a cupcake. Check out last weeks Foodie Friday for Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Orange Cupcakes
2  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1  1/2 cup  sugar
1/2 tsp  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons grated orange zest 
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons orange juice
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk ( or 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar)

Orange Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. 
  2.  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended.  Set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer, beat eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and orange juice until blended.  Beat in oil, then buttermilk, until blended.
  4. On low speed, beat in flour mixture just until blended. fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way full
  5. Bake 20 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.


1.Beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy
2. Add in powdered sugar gradually (about 1/2 cup at a time) with the mixer on low speed, slowly increasing the speed until it's combined. 
3.Add in vanilla extract, orange juice and zest, then beat on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy
 ( about 5 min)
4. mix orange food coloring with frosting and top with orange zest

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  1. Ahhh how I love your Friday post!! We are having frigid, miserable cold in TN so your chili will be perfect! And a cupcake is perfect anytime ;)

    1. Thanks ! Yes, this is the perfect cold weather meal and so simple. Lemme know what you think of it when ya try it :)

  2. Girl you know I love chili! I made a great soup/chili last night I need to blog about. I've yet to make one with stew beef, hence the Texan style. I will make this next time around. The cupcakes look and sound dreamy! I look forward to your Foodie Friday post! Loves to you!!!

    1. The guys call this one my recipe for "manly chili" because of the chunks of stew meat haha . The cupcakes were pretty good , you already know I'm a sucker for sweets! . Love ya!

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  4. Love your crockpot recipe! That would definitely be popular in our house. And I would love one of those cup cakes to magically appear in front of me right now :)

    1. Thank you ! Id love to share them with ya since I've been eating way too many of them lol

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  6. Those orange dreamsicle cupcakes look too good to be true!

    1. I finally figured out how to add a pinterest button so feel free to pin and save fr later ...or just make them now haha


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