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Product Talk: Texas Chili Company Beef Chili

Texas Chili Company Beef ChiliYou know those days when the hours escape you and, before you know it, it’s time to fix dinner?

Today was one of those days.

I didn’t set my alarm because I almost never need to; I wake up on my own. I set my alarm on work days, as insurance. However, on this particular weekend day, I’d knew I’d be up with the roosters anyway, so I didn’t bother. The joke was on me.

At a horrifying hour, with practically three-quarters of the day behind me, I slowly opened my eyes and rolled over to punch the home button on my phone to see the time.

8:45!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?

What had happened? Where were my children? Were they still breathing?

In order of questions asked: I needed sleep. In bed, sleeping soundly. Yes, punctuated by teenage boy snores.

I had planned to knock out a bunch of work. I had planned to cook a big breakfast. I had planned to repaint the kitchen (Goodbye, “Butter;” hello, “Intense Teal.”)

Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.

I got all of those things accomplished, just not necessarily in the timeframe I’d originally wanted.

In addition, dinner snuck up on us right about the time I was scrubbing Intense Teal off my paint rollers.

We had to make a quick run to Brookshire’s. We came home with hot dogs, sausages, cheese, onions and Texas Chili Company Beef Chili.

This chili comes in a box, not in a can, and it tastes like the next best thing to coming out of a pot on my own stovetop. The chili is sealed in a bag, which you boil to heat up and serve from a bowl with no waste in the bag itself. I hate waste.

Texas Chili Company, out of Fort Worth, “began doing business in December 1952, making ‘brick’ chili from an old recipe. Chili was prepared and filled into rectangular, brick-shaped pans and frozen, thus the name brick chili. Although the packaging has changed, we still produce our Famous Beef Chili and market it throughout Texas and the Southwest,” the website says.

The old-fashioned chili has a deep, rich flavor and big chunks of meat.

This was fast and easy to prepare, and it tasted homemade. I’ll buy it again, even when I’m not in a hurry.

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