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Why is it that whenever you get back from a vacation, you feel like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation?

I just spent the last week in southern Oregon/northern California and had such a good time. But now I feel like I need a day or two just to recover!! Almost 2500 miles – 4 adults, one 6-month old baby and 2 dogs. But so much fun!

So instead of rumbling on, I’m just giving you a recipe, because that’s all I have the energy to do right now. I have to admit that I didn’t love these, but I really think they have so much potential. If any of you read Rachael Ray’s magazine, you know she has a section called the “No-Recipe Zone.” I decided to give this one a try, just guessing on the amounts. I ended up adding way too much of the tortilla chip crumbs and I think that lessening them would really make these delicious. Especially when you are craving a big bowl of chili but want something faster!

Chili Meatball Subs
adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray May 2009

1 onion, 1/4 chopped and 3/4 sliced thinly
1 pound ground beef
1 c. crushed corn chips, divided **(I would lessen this – maybe to even half a cup!)**
1 egg
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
7.5 ounces drained black beans (half of a 15 ounce can)
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 rolls, toasted

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped onion, 1/2 of the corn chips, egg, chili powder and salt. Form mixture into meatballs.

In a dutch oven or large pot, sauted the sliced onion in a bit of olive oil. Add the tomatoes and the rest of the corn chips. Add the meatballs, cover and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes, then stir in beans.

Spoon the meatballs into the toasted rolls, top with some shredded cheese, and broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.

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8 Responses to Chili Meatball Subs

  1. Abby says:

    We're heading out on vacation today. It's only a 5-hour trip, but that's enough time in the car with a baby for me!

    Brad would love these subs. Total man food!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That must taste awesomely good!



  3. Grace says:

    a vacation to recover from your vacation. what a concept, but it's entirely true. love these hearty subs, deborah–it may be man food, but it's also grace food. 🙂

  4. kat says:

    I feel the same way about vacation. We are going to India in two weeks & gave our selves 4 days back home before going back to work

  5. Katerina says:

    I am totally in vacation recovery mode too! I think it is mostly an abundance of laundry that is getting to me.

  6. Ingrid says:

    Because my children wouldn't eat this out they'd shy away at first but I think once they tried it they'd love it. Definitely better than anything you'd get out. Thanks for sharing.

    If it helps any…you could have been traveling with twins! 🙂 Not so bad now, huh?!

    Happy Friday!

  7. Patsyk says:

    The subs look fabulous!

    I know what you mean about recovering from vacation! I look forward to getting away, but always need a couple of days to get back to the routine of "life" again.

  8. Sophie says:

    This is my kind of meal. I didn't think he meatball sandwich could be improved upon, but it looks like you've done it :)! I would love to vacation in Northern California, it's so beautiful there!

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