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2 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 t. ground black pepper
1/2 t. garlic salt
2 1/2 C. tomato sauce
1 (8 oz.) jar Pace Picante (mild or medium)
1 pkg. Williams Original Chili seasoning
1 (15 oz.) can light red kidney beans
1 (15 oz.) dark red kidney beans

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute until cooked through. Drain grease.

Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Servings: 8

The medium picante is just perfect for us but it has quite a bit of heat. For company, I make a batch with the mild picante so it’s more crowd friendly for those who like flavor but little heat.

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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

2 1/3 C. all-purpose flour
2/3 C. packed light brown sugar
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 C. (12 oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 C. coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 can (14 oz.) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed milk
1 3/4 C. Skor English Toffee bits, divided (I use Heath since Skor is hard to find)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13×9 baking pan. In large bowl, stir together flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add egg and mix well. Stir in 1 1/2 C. chocolate chips and the nuts. Reserve 1 1/2 C. of this mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes. Pour Sweetened Condensed milk evenly over hot crust. Top with 1 1/2 C. toffee bits. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture and remaining 1/2 C. chocolate chips over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 C. toffee bits over the top. Cool completely and cut into bars. Makes about 36 bars

*I usually use the fat-free Sweetened Condensed milk and it works fine. I’ve used Heath toffee bits with chocolate or just the plain English toffee bits and both are fine but the ones without chocolate will be closer to the original recipe.