Making Kid-Friendly Chili (There’s a Trick)

by in Family, November 7th, 2013

How to Make Kid-Friendly ChiliI must have made chili 10 times, all different ways — chicken chili, chili con carne, chili with corn, chili without corn — and the kids wouldn’t go near it. Until I took a tip from “Fancy Nancy” and made it, well, fancy (and until I also eased up on the cumin, which I suspect was an element that led to previous failures).

It’s the presentation for knee-high critics that often counts the most. You won’t ever find me sculpting scooters out of hot dogs or sharks from watermelons. There are three kids under 5 at my house and I’d need a lot more free time in my life to pull that off. But doing this wasn’t difficult. To make your chili “fancy,” simply spoon and layer it with cheddar cheese into small glasses. Repeat, serve and bask in the success of the moment.

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Comments (3)

  1. Guest says:

    Great idea! Kids will try just about anything if you make it look like a dessert. My Mom would make an easy-to-make salad that looked like a sundae for the kids. On each plate (or bowl), start with a bed of lettuce; Add a generous spoonful of cottage cheese on top of the lettuce; Put a pineapple slice on top of the cottage cheese, then place a maraschino cherry into the center of the pineapple. Grown-ups like it too.

  2. Chris says:

    My daughter would dig the cheese out and leave the rest, downhill from there. Processed food at school and other places mostly out of my control have really made it challenging to get her to eat honest food any more.

  3. Peggy Lake says:

    I have made chili for years but now find I love it best served on a bed of rice, with sharp cheddar cheese on top of it. You can aso try frito's Kid Friendly my grandchildren love. Thanks for the great recipes you send me.

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