Chili is a winning choice for wintertime meals, and perfect for a wide variety of gatherings this time of year.  How many of you have a secret family recipe, or like to challenge yourself with new ingredients? Thanks to Bruce Foods, my family got to try out a few new products to spice up our Chili this month, and I am delighted to share our experience with you!

About Bruce Foods
Founded in 1928 in New Iberia, Louisiana, Bruce Foods had been manufacturing original Cajun and Tex Mex food products for more than eighty years – long before these spicy cuisines were introduced to the rest of the world. Our Mexican food plant in El Paso, Texas was founded in 1931 and pioneered the first canned Mexican foods.

Today, Bruce Foods is one of America’s largest privately-owned food manufacturers with more than 1,200 employees, and four processing plants in the U.S. Our products are distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 100 countries, and are carried by most of the top retail grocery chains worldwide so there’s bound to be one near you.

Known for our famous “Original” Louisiana brand hot pepper sauce, Cajun Injector Products, Bruce’s Yams and Casa Fiesta Mexican food items, we manufacture a variety of more than 350 food products under nine premium brands – all authentic, all delicious and all natural.

The Products

Mexene® Chili Powder and Chili Seasoning Mix:  Created in 1906, Mexene features only the highest quality sun-ripened pre-frost chili peppers blended with cumin, oregano, and garlic. Just take a pinch between your finger and thumb, rub, and smell the delicious aroma. Mexene® Chili Powder is called “The Chili Champions’ Choice” and is endorsed by CASI, The Chili Appreciation Society International. Food for thought: Mexene is the secret ingredient used in the past eight winning recipes from the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas.

Original Louisiana Hot Sauce: The original cayenne pepper sauce of Louisiana, with an 80-year reputation for quality and perfection. This versatile condiment can pep up almost any meal, especially chili, soups and stews.  There’s only one ORIGINAL Louisiana Hot Sauce, and this is it! Since conducting this review, I now use Louisiana’s Hot Sauce on almost everything I eat…eggs, tacos, chicken, burgers, and of course Chili!

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My Thoughts
Our family absolutely loves to eat Chili…and for us, one thing that always makes leftovers go a LONG way is to spruce up the “fixins”. Here are a few ideas/tips that we like to use:

  • Louisiana Hot Sauce (my new favorite!)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese or Nacho cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • French Fries
  • Hot dogs/Burgers
  • Frito or tortilla chips
  • Flour tortillas
There really is no wrong or right way to make Chili…it depends on how spicy, soupy, or even what contents you use. As long as you are sharing with the ones you love, that’s all that matters 😀
I would highly recommend trying out the Mexene Chili Powder and Seasoning, as well as the Louisisana Hot Sauce to make your next Chili supper! The aroma is absolutely wonderful and will make your chili more delicious than ever!

To learn more about the Bruce Foods, you can visit their website, and like them on Facebook.

Now for the give away…Bruce Foods would like to giveaway Chili Champ Gourmet Gift Pack (includes Bruce Foods seasonings and sauces and other chili fixin’s) to ONE Frugal Fabulous Finds reader!

There are TWO mandatory things you must do:
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2. Share your favorite Chili recipe and/or Chili tip in a blog post comment below. ~ Please make sure that you follow this step! It only takes a couple minutes and allows us to get more giveaways in the future! Thank you!

There are also several other OPTIONAL entries as well, including (but not limited to):
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***Very Important: All of your entries MUST be entered into the giveaway form below, or they will not count towards winning!***

This giveaway will end Tuesday, March 6th at midnight. The winner will be chosen via and will be announced Wednesday, March 7th! Good luck!

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  2. We love chili in our house. My family even has a chili cooking competition every December. I like to pour a bottle of dark beer into my chili. It really helps to tenderize the meat.

  3. i love putting cheese on the top my my chili with lots of veggies!

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  8. Dianna Thomas says

    we do alot of chili cheese fries, and chili chips, but I also do a casserole with chips corn, chilli,cheese salsa,and sourcream,and green onions–that our family always eats up like they are starving-lol

  9. To jazz up chili for a crowd, have lots of toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, scallions, black olives, and tortilla chips. It’s also great over rice and with cornbread on the side.

  10. Lorie McGuire says

    My chili tip is I add the chili seasoning to the raw meat ( I use ground pork) and cook until browned with diced onion. The meat seems to taste better when started this way.

  11. Brittany Davis says

    My “recipe” is the following:
    Brown some ground beef, then add it to a crock pot
    Add a couple cans of kidney beans and tomato sauce along with seasoning ( i add chili powder)
    Let sit for about 3 hours on low.
    10 minutes before serving, boil some bow tie noodles.
    When ready to eat, put a spoonful of pasta on the plate followed by a spoonful of chili.(:

  12. My favorite chili tip is don’t be afraid to experiment and change up your recipe…in my last batch of chili, I added some leftover chipotle refried beans. Everyone thought it sounded awful but my husband loved it! The beans were a nice thickening agent and added good flavor.

  13. I know this sounds crazy, but we love putting black olives in our chili!

  14. Marti Parks says

    I add corn chips to my chili. It’s so good.

  15. I like my chili Hot and Spicy, the more fresh pepers the better 😉

  16. I do not really have a tip but to make some good cornbread to go with it.

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