This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Community Coffee. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I don't know what September means to you but in Alabama it means football. I was born into a college football family and I have passed it to my own children. I am sure most of them could say Roll Tide before they could walk. We also watch pro ball because football is like a religion down here. You all know that I more of a hockey fan but I can't deny my roots. My favorite part of football season is tailgate parties! I love to eat and tailgate parties are always full of good food and good friends. I was asked to talk about my tailgate traditions and sent a lovely bunch of coffee from Community Coffee. I credit them with saving me by keeping me awake during the back to school rush. Community Coffee is available for purchase at grocery stores throughout the Southeast region of the US and you can also find it online at CommunityCoffee.com. You can also check out Community Coffee on Facebook and Twitter.
I wanted to try something new with my go to recipes to bring to parties so I heard about adding coffee and bacon to chili from one of my mom groups. I mean chili=good, coffee=magic, and bacon=forever right? It was bound to be amazing. I couldn't find a good recipe online though so I decided to wing it. I have to admit that my first batch was super spicy so only my husband liked it. I am going to use less jalapeno. This is going to be my new favorite tailgate recipe, Crockpot Bacon Chili with Coffee. Easy to make and quick to be eaten.
½ lb bacon (or about 6-8 slices), cut in chunks
½ hamburger meat
½ pork sausage
1 onion, finely diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 small jalapeno, diced
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder
Kosher salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 can of roasted tomatoes (14 oz, you can find the kind with chilies & peppers in it which adds even more flavor)
16oz can tomato sauce
8oz can tomato paste
3 – 4 tbsp ground coffee (I used Community Coffee Dark Roast)
8 oz of water
Brown hamburger meat and sausage, drain. Add to crockpot.
Cook bacon according to directions. Chop into chunks and add to crockpot. Keep bacon grease.
Use bacon grease to saute onion, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Add to crock pot.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. More water can be added if it seems dry but 8 oz worked well for me.
- ½ lb bacon (or about 6-8 slices), cut in chunks
- ½ hamburger meat
- ½ pork sausage
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 small jalapeno, diced
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 1 can of roasted tomatoes (14 oz, you can find the kind with chilies & peppers in it which adds even more flavor)
- 16oz can tomato sauce
- 8oz can tomato paste
- 3 – 4 tbsp ground coffee (I used Community Coffee Dark Blend)
- 8 oz of water
- Brown hamburger meat and sausage, drain. Add to crockpot.
- Cook bacon according to directions. Chop into chunks and add to crockpot. Keep bacon grease.
- Use bacon grease to saute onion, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Add to crock pot.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours. More water can be added if it seems dry but 8 oz worked well for me.
This year Community Coffee has partnered with Southwest Airlines to host their annual Instant Win Sweepstakes, Tailgate Traditions. From July through September, 2 million packages of Community® coffee will give fans a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to Houston for the Big Game along with over 500 instant win prizes.
To participate in the sweepstakes all consumers have to do is purchase specially-marked packages of Community Coffee, including ground coffees and K-Cup boxes in a variety of blends and flavors. Each package will have an on-pack sticker containing a unique game code that will need to be entered online at TailgateTraditions.com for the chance to win. Community Coffee Company has also created a Tailgate Traditions Recipe Booklet. It features five game day recipes using Community® coffee. Recipes include Southwestern Snack Mix, Dark Roast Coffee Pork Sliders, Cajun Spice-Rubbed Chicken Wings, Coffee-Basted Cheeseburgers and Browned Butter Pecan Cookies which can also be found on TailgateTraditions.com.
This year’s prizes include: Grand Prize is a trip to Houston with two tickets to a sponsor-designated event, round trip airfare on Southwest Airlines and hotel accommodations, as well as a $1,000 gift card, coffee brewer and one-year supply of Community® coffee. Instant win prizes include Flat Screen TVs ($500 Value; Qty: 5), Keurig® K300 Brewers & Coffee Bundles ($375 Value; Qty: 50), Outdoor Grills ($500 Value; Qty: 5), Brewers & Coffee Bundles ($150 Value; Qty: 50), Thermos & Coffee Bundles ($110 Value; Qty: 200), Southwest® gift cards ($250 Value; Qty: 150) and Tumbler & Coffee Bundles ($25 Value; Qty: 50).
They all sound like amazing prizes to me and I have been entering to win!
What would you love to win? What is your favorite tailgate tradition?