Yesterday Adrienne had an eye doctor appointment after school to update her glasses prescription and order a new pair so dinner had to either be take-out, something quick, or ready when we got home. I opted for the "ready when we got home" and tried a new crockpot recipe for chili.
Liam likes his chili with just "beans and sauce" so this was perfect for him. The meat in it? Fresh chorizo. I'd never worked with the "tube" of chorizo that you find by the sausage section of the supermarket -- and it wasn't what I was expecting. The recipe stated to cook the chorizo and then slice it when it's done but when I cooked it (no casing) it almost disintegrated leaving a very fine paste. I was seriously worried about the taste and texture of the final dish but I have to say I was impressed. Just the right amount of spice and a good texture.
When we were eating it last night I realized it was the perfect consistency for a topping for hot dogs or even french fries so tonight's dinner idea was born ... chili dogs (and Travis' request chili cheese fries). Great way for me to use up the leftover chili and the kids are happy because they get hot dogs. :)