3 Fast, Fabulous, Favorite Fall Recipes

Jenny/ September 27, 2019/ Family Life


It’s starting to become Fall where I live. Ok, it’s besides the point that today is supposed to be 75 degrees and tomorrow 90???? but it’s almost October so it’s time for outdoor activities and delicious food that doesn’t take forever to make!

Here are some of my very fast favorite recipes for this time of year:
Chili ????️ This has got to be a top favorite for me! It’s so simple, quick and absolutely delicious. Not to mention, it has LEFTOVERS! Am I the only one who gets excited about meals with leftovers?

Dry beans, I buy bulk dry beans ( pintos, blacks, red and kidney all make great chili) and cook them in my instant pot. It takes less than an hour and I can do it at night or when I’m gone! I often cook alot at one time and then freeze the rest in Ziploc bags for using when I need it really quick! You can also use canned beans, but they just aren’t my preference ????

Cooked hamburger. So you can actually skip this step and crumble raw hamburger into your beans. It works just fine, however your chili will have more fat in it and to some people that bothers their stomach. I usually cook 3-5 pounds at once in my glorious instant pot and crumble and freeze for later use. 

Salsa or tomato sauce or juice. Kinda up to you here. My favorite is homemade salsa!

Chili seasoning. Homemade or store bought, totally your preference. I use 2 packets per full instant pot of chili.

Extras… onions, jalapenos, ???? corn, shredded cheese, crackers, tortilla chips, cornbread…

Anyway, throw about 2-3 cups of cooked beans, 1-2 pounds of hamburger, a jar of salsa, 2 packets of seasoning, onions, jalepenos and anything else you want into an instant pot or slow cooker.  Make sure you have enough liquid! In an instant pot put it on the soup setting and have delicious chili in 30-40 minutes! Serve with any toppings and with cornbread, crackers or tortilla chips! Yummmy!

Cornbread: oh, yum, yum, yum!

Cornmeal. I use freshly ground, but you make the call here. If you have a grainmill, popcorn makes a phenomenal cornmeal! I use 2 cups.

Flour. Again, I use freshly ground Prairie Gold whole wheat flour. 2 cups.

5 teaspoons of baking powder. I use aluminum free.

2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt.

Oil, butter, or fat. I use butter generally. 1/4-1/2 cup.

2 eggs.

Buttermilk or yogurt.

Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Then ad your eggs, fat and enough milk to make a thick, pourable batter. Bake in 2 greased iron skillets or 1 large cake pan at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden! Enjoy!

Salmon cakes: oh, dear, if you haven’t had these, you are gonna fall in love!

2 cans of salmon. Pot into a bowl and remove skin and bones like the backbone. The rest will crunch up easily. Crumble carefully. 

Add 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon sea salt.

Add 2 eggs.

Add 4 ounces cream cheese.

Mix well, then add enough cornmeal, flour or a combination of the two to make a thick consistency that you can make little patties with.

Heat oil for frying and carefully place patties into hot oil. Dry until golden on both sides, then remove to pan lined with paper towels to drain and cool. Serve with fried potatoes, onion rings. 


So, there are my top favorite recipes for this Fall!  I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!

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About Jenny

Jenny is a homeschooling mom of 4 and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family. You can find her writing about Jesus, homeschooling, and life on her blog Our Inconvenient Family, and contributing regularly at Lifeschooling Conference.