Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Chunks of tender beef, tomatoes, spices, and jalapeno come together beautifully in this Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili. Hearty and full of flavor you will not miss the beans in this chili at all.

No Bean Beef Chili in a bowl ready for toppings.

We have been busy around here lately. School, sports, work, etc. and everything in between so why not add even more to our plate? Enter a new addition to the family.

So for this Mitten Movie Night instead of recommending a movie, I want to introduce you to Titan.

Titan, AmStaff Puppy

We have been in discussions about getting a puppy for some time now but once we saw his little face, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer.

Titan was one of a litter that my husband found through Paws Of Hope in Stevensville, MI. They were so great to work with and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area and interested in adding a new member of your family.

What beer goes well with Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili?

The beer: Spaten Oktoberfest.

Yes, I know it’s no longer October but this beer is something I purchased extra of in October because it’s great to use in recipes and a light drinkable beer to have on hand for guests who don’t particularly like IPA’s.

I chose to make a beanless chili recipe because I wanted a chili recipe that would also double as a great way to use up a bag of tortilla chips that had been hanging around my cupboard.

Let’s start by talking about the ideal meat to use in the Instant Pot. I picked up this 2-pound eye of round roast from the store. With the marbeling on it, I just knew it would be great. Just like when we smoke meat I’ve noticed that the more fat content meat has in it, the more tender it gets.

A piece of marbled eye of round roast, the best beef for the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili:

Prepare the ingredients that will go into the Instant Pot. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.

Cubed roast, chopped onion and a jalapeno for chili.

Should you add jalapeno to your chili?

Yes! I really like jalapenos and find that they just heighten the taste of everything from pasta to burgers.

Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.

Finally, add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.

Oktoberfest beer being poured into an instant pot for a beanless beef beer chili

Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the ‘good to go’ dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at ‘sealing’. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘Meat/Stew’ setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.

The Instant Pot spends around 10 minutes building up the pressure and then another 10 minutes to bring the pressure down before taking the lid off. Make sure to factor this additional time for serving this instant pot chili.

Tortilla chips, cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings on chili.

I served this beanless chili with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. These toppings helped to cool down the jalapeno and add even more flavor.

And here you are…..

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili
Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili is so full of flavor, you will not miss the beans. The perfect cold-weather comfort food that will spice things up.
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the two kinds of tomato, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.
  4. Add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the 'good to go' dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at 'sealing'. Set the Instant Pot to the 'Meat/Stew' setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins

These Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins are delicious and easy to make. Have these on hand for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins in a basket.

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These muffins are tasty bites of goodness and make the perfect afternoon snack. My boys ate through these like nobodies business.

Loaded with chocolate chips and coconut, they are delicious.

A close up of Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins

How to make Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine the milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla, and eggs.

Next, start combining the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder. Then add the flour in 1/2 a cup at a time.

How to prepare Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins

Finally, fold in the nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.

Place a large spoonful of muffin batter into each of the wells of a greased muffin pan. I love this silicone muffin pan. It makes cleanup a breeze and no need for muffin cups.

Bake the muffins for 30 minutes. Place a toothpick into the center of the muffins to test that they are cooked all the way through.

Cool the muffins for 20 minutes so they release from the pan easier. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

And here you are…..

These Chocolate Chips & Coconut Muffins make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins
These Chocolate Chip & Coconut Muffins are delicious, easy to make, and are the perfect snack.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine the milk, cooled melted butter, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Start combining the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder. Then add the flour in 1/2 a cup at a time.
  4. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut.
  5. Place a large spoonful of batter into each of the wells of a greased muffin pan.
  6. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes. Place a toothpick into the center of the muffins to test that they are cooked all the way through.
  7. Cool the muffins for 20 minutes so they release from the pan easier. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies are loaded with nuts from the crunchy peanut butter and sprinkled with chocolate chips throughout. The perfect PB & chocolate combination.

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When I think of comfort food desserts, my mind instantly goes to brownies. They are easy to make in one pan, don’t take too many ingredients, and can be easily customized to everyones taste.

So for my first #Choctoberfest2019 dessert I knew it had to be blondies. Different from regular chocolate brownies, blondies have a sweet dough that let’s the additional ingredients be the star. Also, using Imperial Brown Sugar leaves that sweet brown sugar taste.

Speaking of Imperial Sugar, for this month only Imperial is holding a ‘Scary Scramble’ Contest 2019! Check out the rules here and find out how to join in on this fun game!

How to make Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To a mixer or mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and stir to loosen it up. Add the eggs and melted butter.

Now add the salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Next, add the brown sugar. Then slowly fold the flour a 1/2 cup at a time.

Finally, add the chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything together.

Add the peanut butter brownie dough that’s loaded with chocolate chips into a 9×13 glass pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes.

Let the blondies cool and then cut into 12 pieces and serve. And here you are…..

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Triple Chocolate Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Labour of LifeA Little Fish in the KitchenA Southern FairytaleAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair from the HeartBottom Left of the MittenBroken TeepeeBunsen Burner BakeryChampagne and CoconutsCindy’s Recipes and WritingsCook with RenuCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCrafty Cooking MamaDaily Dish RecipesDixie Chik CooksEveryday EileenFairyburgerFamily Breakfast RecipesFirst Timer CookFix Me a Little LunchFrugal & FitFun Happy HomeGet the Good Stuff!Glenda EmbreeHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHow Was Your Day?I Can Cook ThatJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen StoriesKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLife & Medicine BlogLife on FoodLong Distance BakingLynchburg MamaMakes, Bakes and DecorMaking MiraclesMama Needs CakeMemories In The KitchenOur Good LifeOur Sutton PlacePalatable PastimeQueenslee AppétitReviewz & NewzSarah Cooks the BooksSarah’s Bake StudioSeduction In The KitchenShockingly DeliciousSimple Family Crazy LifeSimply Inspired MealsSneha’s RecipeStyle IslandSumptuous SpoonfulsSweet CoraliceSweet Dash of SassTake Two TapasThat RecipeThe Awesome MuseThe Beard and The BakerThe Delicious SpoonThe Food Hunter’s Guide to CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Redhead BakerThe Schizo ChefThe Spiffy CookieThe Urben LifeTrampling RoseTurnips 2 TangerinesWho Needs A Cape?Wildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Blondies
Loaded with crunchy nuts, peanut butter, and chocolate chips these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies are the ultimate comfort food dessert.
Course Dessert
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Keyword brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To a mixer or mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and stir to loosen it up. Add the eggs and melted butter.
  3. Add the salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Next, add the brown sugar. Then slowly fold the flour a 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Add the chocolate chips. Stir to combine everything together.
  5. Place the peanut butter brownie dough into a 9x13 glass pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let the blondies cool and then cut into 12 pieces and serve. Enjoy!

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually, Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snapped what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So that is how #MittenMovieNight was born.

Here is just a taste of some of my FAVORITE recipe & beer pairings:

What to watch while eating a juicy mushroom burger?

For this Mitten Movie Night we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies!

What should I drink with a Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burger?

The beer: Boom Boom Betty from Three Blondes Brewing

Blondes are my favorite type of beer. Subtle with a nice fruity flavor and everyone I try is different from the other. But what I do know is that I will never go wrong. It’s delicious.

How to make Portobello Mushroom Burgers in the oven:

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic, and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.  *Pro-tip: Basil mayo is also great on sandwiches!

Next, mix the marinade ingredients together for mushrooms.  Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside.

Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Don’t miss this step since leaving the gills in the mushroom can make them release more water, therefore, making them soggy.

Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

While the mushrooms marinate, chop peppers and onion.

Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.

Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms, I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.

Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published in August of 2016. Updated photos in October 2019.

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise


Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.

Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.

  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  4. Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.  

  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.

  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfect mix of spicy and creamy. Blackened chicken makes this pasta recipe really stand out and will become one of your go-to comfort foods!

Chicken Pasta on a fork with a craft beer in the background

Oh, hello spicy. Nice to see you. There was a time that I didn’t hold such an affinity for you, and that makes me sad. Thankfully I am back to your side. Especially after enjoying a big plate of pasta, creamy sauce, crunchy peppers, and so much spicy goodness. This recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta is ready to put the spice back into life.

What beer pairs well with Cajun Pasta with Chicken?

The beer: Amber from Abita.

With spicy you don’t want overwhelming. Spicy chicken plus spicy sauce PLUS carbs…you want something that isn’t trying to fight with all the goodness of this dish so a pale ale like an amber is the perfect compliment.

A closeup of Cajun Chicken Pasta on a plate

What TV series pairs well with a spicy pasta dish?

Since in our house anything featuring Danny McBride cannot be missed, Righteous Gemstones is where it’s at this Mitten Movie Night. What a wild ride this show it. Funny but still with LOTS of WTF moments.

How to make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

I REALLY think that the key to this easy pasta recipe is the blackened chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with lots of Cajun seasoning then cooking it until crispy on the outside but juicy on the outside. That is what makes it meld so perfectly with this creamy pasta.

To achieve blackened chicken perfection it’s all about coating, frying, then taking it off at just the right moment. See the below example: I hate to brag, but yeah, that’s how you do it.

Blackened chicken that has been cooked on a cutting board

First, cut the chicken breasts in half. I try to cut mine to about 2-3 inches in the middle, no more. I want these to cook quick and stay juicy. The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook.

Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.

To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. *Make a cut in the thickest part of the chicken breast to make sure that it has cooked through. If not, return to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes per side.

While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.

Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.

Sliced blackened chicken

In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes to soften but allowing them to still stay crunchy.

Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water* from the fettucini. *I have found that using the pasta water when making a cream sauce stretches the sauce out without making it clumpy.

Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.

Parmesan cheese being added to a pan on the stove

Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos.

Like adding jalapenos to food? Try these recipes that are better with the spicy stuff on top:

I like to use tongs to combine everything together and then to serve. And here you are……

An overhead shot of Cajun Chicken Pasta in a pan ready to serve

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken Pasta has crispy blackened chicken, spicy and creamy sauce, crunchy peppers then topped off with jalapenos and green onions. One-pan comfort food with a kick!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half.
  2. Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.
  3. To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  5. Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.
  7. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water from the fettucini.
  9. Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.
  10. Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta.
  11. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Donuts have a crunchy, sugary coating with pumpkin spice added for fall flavor. Biscuit dough is used to make this air fryer donut recipe super easy.

Pumpkin Spice Donuts made in the air fryer.

I’ve made this Air Fryer Donut recipe from The Kitchn many times. So I decided to play around with the recipe and give it a fall upgrade! My boys LOVED these and immediately demanded a second batch so that they could have them for breakfast on school days.

A close up of air fryer donuts cooling on a rack.

How do you like to spend your Fall weekends?

This time of year for us is like most families I’m sure. School, sports, work. Trying to balance it all can sometimes be overwhelming with everyone going in different directions. On the weekends I really like to make sure that we have some family time either at breakfast or Sunday dinner.

Since both boys are now playing sports on both days of the weekend, breakfast seems to make the most sense. That is what makes these pumpkin spice air fryer donuts such a great breakfast. These donuts are easy to make, kids can help with the recipe and of course, they are delicious.

Donuts on a counter with a cup of coffee off to the side.

So grab the pumpkin spice and let’s break out the air fryer!

How to make Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Donuts:

Start by separating the biscuits into 8 sections.

Pat the biscuits to flatten a little bit. Make sure not to flatten too much or you won’t have enough room to fit 4 donuts into the air fryer at a time.

Steps for cutting out biscuit dough for making air fryer donuts.

Next, using a small shot glass to cut a circle in the center of the dough.

Remove the circle and set aside. Take the donut holes and cook just like the other donuts. Bonus donut bites!

Now coat the bottom of the air fryer with a small amount of olive oil. Make sure to read your air fryer’s directions before using any type of oil though as not to damage your models coating.

Set the air fryer to 350 degree and fry the donuts for 3 minutes, take out the basket and flip. Fry for another 3 minutes.

Step by step instructions for cooking and coating donuts made in the air fryer.

While the donuts are air frying, melt the butter in a shallow dish and add the coating ingredients to another bowl: sugar, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon.

As the donuts get done (you will cook these in batches of 4), take the donuts and dip both sides into the butter.

Then place the buttered donuts into the coating , flip the donut and coat the other side.

Finally, add the donuts to a cooling rack.

Need more Pumpkin recipe inspiration?

Eat warm or let cool. Can be stored in an air tight container on the counter for up to 3 days. And here you are….

Pumpkin Spice Donuts and donut holes on a cooling rack.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Donuts
Flaky and doughy center with a crunchy pumpkin spice coating. Pumpkin Spice Air Fryer Donuts give you all the fall flavor you are craving for breakfast, made right at home!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Fall Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Fall Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by separating the biscuits into 8 sections.
  2. Pat the biscuits to flatten a little bit.
  3. Next, using a small shot glass to cut a circle in the center of the dough. Remove the circle and set aside.
  4. Now coat the bottom of the air fryer with a small amount of olive oil.
  5. Set the air fryer to 350 degree and fry the donuts for 3 minutes, take out the basket and flip. Fry for another 3 minutes.
  6. While the donuts are air frying, melt the butter in a shallow dish and add the coating ingredients to another bowl: sugar, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon.
  7. As the donuts get done (you will cook these in batches of 4), take the donuts and dip both sides into the butter.
  8. Then place the buttered donuts into the coating, flip the donut and coat the other side.
  9. Finally, add the donuts to a cooling rack.
  10. Eat warm or let cool. Can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries

Layers of crispy waffle fries, crunchy bacon, creamy ranch then topped with melted cheese. All made in the air fryer and minimal cleanup. Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are just what snacking should be, easy and delicious!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries in an air fryer basket with lots of cheese on top.

I think it’s an official thing by now. We are going on 8 solid months of me being in love with my air fryer. If an inanimate object can be your BFF, my air fryer and I would be attached at the hip. This thing is THE BOMB! What can’t you make in this thing?

Can you make sandwiches in it? Yes! Check out this Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich.

Snacks for munching? Yes! Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews is one of my most popular recipes.

What about making an air fryer recipe that is loaded with bacon, ranch and LOTS of cheese? Um, yeah. That’s literally what I’m doing right now.

Overhead of waffle fries made in an air fryer with bacon and ranch with a craft beer off to the side.

So we’ve got dinner squared away for Mitten Movie Night so let’s talk about the beer and what we’re watching.

What beer pairs well with air fryer waffle fries loaded with ranch and bacon?

The beer: Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.

We are sadly getting to the end of Oberon season. It feels like yesterday that I was making Smoked Sausage Nachos and pairing them with Larry’s Flamingo Fruit Fight at the beginning of Spring and now here we are, almost to September.

What TV Show pairs well with waffle fries and great Michigan Craft Beer?

Hubby and I have been binging The Boys. Great show and can I add that Elisabeth Shue looks amazing. As someone who is about to slide into the last part of the first part of her 40’s, hats off to you lady.

A side shot of Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries. Lots of cheese, bacon, ranch and green onions on top.

How to make Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries:

Start off by setting the air fryer to 400 degrees. *My air fryer has a ‘french fry’ setting so I set it to that which is 400 degrees. Check your manual for cooking times.

Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don’t stick to the bottom.

Once the waffle fries have cooked in the air fryer to the desired goldenness take the basket of the fryer out.

Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch. See isn’t this a perfect ‘one pan’ snack attack?

Steps of how to make crispy waffle fries in the air fryer then loading them with bacon, ranch, cheese and green onions.

Add cheese, then finally the green onions.

Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Serves with an ice cold beer and here you are…..

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries with Oberon

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Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries
Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are loaded with bacon, ranch dressing, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. These waffle fries are easy to make and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don't stick to the bottom.
  3. Once the waffle fries have cooked take the basket of the fryer out.
  4. Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch.
  5. Add cheese, then finally the green onions.
  6. Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

Want some un-boring ground beef recipes?

After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

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Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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meatballs
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Want crispy potatoes but you don’t want to deal with lots of oil and a messy stovetop? Making these Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes in the air fryer leaves little mess but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big on flavor.

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes on a serving board with a craft beer off to the side.

Is there anything that the air fryer can’t do? I use it to make everything from sandwiches to snacks, so this appliance gets a workout here in my kitchen. So for this Mitten Movie Night I am going to show how you can make these crispy potatoes that you can eat on their own with a cold beer or how to add them to other delicious recipes.

What beer pairs well with fried potatoes?

The beer: Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery.

These potatoes pair perfectly with the citrus notes in this summer ale. This is such an easy-drinking beer so it’s perfect for long summer afternoons.

Close-up of potatoes made in the air fryer.

What should I read while eating air fryer potatoes and drinking a summer ale?

I have been reading like crazy this summer. On Twitter, Stephen King recommended this book and said he could not put it down. Guess what? Neither could I! I read Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak in ONE DAY.

Want more book recommendations follow my Book Reviews stories on IG.

An Instagram photo of Necessary People.

Look how crispy these are! So why wouldn’t I call these Crispy Air Fryer Potato Chips? They sure look like chips. I didn’t call them ‘potato chips’ because I want to keep this recipe open for interpretation.

A crispy potato made in the air fryer.

Can you snack on them like chips? Yes. But they can be so much more. Make these potatoes and add them to make a Cajun Steak & Potato Salad. Skip the tortilla chips for Smoke Sausage Nachos and make a ‘tachos’ meal with them. Use the sauce on these Pesto Fries for a salty and cheesy side dish.

Now that we have down a few ideas of how to use these fried potaotes, let’s make them!

How to make Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes:

First, clean the potatoes. Slice them thinly using a knife or vegetable slicer.

The next step is very important. In a bowl add cool water and place the sliced potatoes into it. Let them sit in the water for 30 minutes.

Why do you want to soak potato slices in water before frying them?

This gets the potato starch from the potatoes and keeps them from getting soggy and sticking together. You want maximum crispiness so make sure to do this step.

After the potatoes have been soaked drain the water then using a paper towel dry off the potatoes.

Step-by-step of soaking potatoes to make them in the air fryer.

To the uncooked potatoes add the olive oil and seasonings. Stir to coat the potaotes evenly.

Place the potatoes into the basket of the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 380 degrees and set for 25 minutes. Push ‘start.

Check the potatoes after 10 minutes and using a small spatula, flip the potatoes around. Slide the basket back in then perform the same action every 5 minutes for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the air fryer and serve as desired. And here you are……

Crispy air fryer potatoes ready to be served.

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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes are savory, crunchy and the perfect side to burgers and hot dogs. Next time you want fried potatoes skip the traditional oil and pan and make these.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Clean the potatoes. Slice them thinly using a knife or vegetable slicer.
  2. In a bowl add cool water and place the sliced potatoes into it. Let them sit in the water for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the water then using a paper towel dry off the potatoes.
  4. To the uncooked potatoes add the olive oil and seasonings. Stir to coat the potatoes evenly.
  5. Place the potatoes into the basket of the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 380 degrees and set for 25 minutes. Push 'start.
  6. Check the potatoes after 10 minutes and using a small spatula, flip the potatoes around. Slide the basket back in then perform the same action every 5 minutes for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and serve as desired. Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

This BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich recipe has all my favorite things in it!
Sliced chicken piled high with bacon and crunchy homemade coleslaw then drizzled with BBQ sauce.
Full of flavor and so easy to make!

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich on a plate.

I often profess my love for sandwiches. There are so many sandwich combinations you can make that it would really be hard to tire of them. Summer is also a great time to have sandwich fixings on hand for quick lunches or dinners in between trips to the lake or pool.

“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”

— James Beard
A hand holding a sandwich and a craft beer off to the side.

What craft beer pairs well with BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

The beer: Floridian Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha.

I fell in LOVE with this one while we were down in Florida on vacation. It’s a light drinkable beer that’s full of citrus notes and is similar to the blonde styles that I love so much.

A chicken sandwich piled high with bacon and coleslaw.

What should I watch on TV while eating a sandwich?

Of course, this Mitten Movie Night HAS to be all about binging Stranger Things. While I didn’t make an Indiana Themed menu as I did for Season One, this chicken sandwich is tasty no matter where you live.

How to make BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

This recipe uses already cooked chicken breasts. Cooking up a few in the crock-pot then shredding is a quick meal must!

On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.

How to prepare chicken sandwiches for baking.

Top with the precooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.

Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.

Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.

Quick Coleslaw Recipe:

In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and sugar.

Making it up to a half hour early and placing in the refrigerator makes sure all the flavors meld together beautifully.

Coleslaw makes for a great BBQ chicken sandwich topping. It’s creamy and crunchy and best of all, easy to make. Placing homemade coleslaw on top of a sandwich takes you to pinnacle sandwich Nirvana.

How to assemble BBQ chicken sandwiches

Now it’s time to assemble these BBQ Chicken Sandwich with coleslaw.

Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce.

Need more sandwich inspiration?

And here you are……

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwiches and a craft beer.

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BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
With layers of sliced chicken, crispy bacon, creamy coleslaw, and tangy BBQ sauce, this BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich recipe prove that sandwiches can be anything but boring.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Instructions
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan.
  3. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.
  4. Top with the pre-cooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.
  5. Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.
  6. Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.
  7. Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce. Enjoy!
Quick Coleslaw
  1. In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and sugar.

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