Kids in the Kitchen — Black Bean Barley Chili

Just in case you think the only things we cook are buttery, sugary, yummy cookies, I want to set you straight.  Lulu cooks healthy food.  Although after she made this recipe for me, she informed me that it didn’t count as cooking, since all she did was dump things into the crock pot.  It still tasted fine to me, and since I didn’t have to cook dinner when I came home from work, Lulu was my hero for the day.

Black Bean Barley Chili


2 16 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 14.5 ounce  cans fire roasted tomatos

1 can diced green chilis

1 12 ounce bag frozen corn

1 cup pearl barley

4 cups water

1 onion, chopped fine

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt or more to taste

As Lulu says, dump it all into the pot.  If it’s a crock pot, turn it to low and allow to cook for 6 to 8 hours.  If it’s a regular pot, put it on the burner on medium low and allow to cook, stirring occasionally until hot and bubbly.  Turn to low and allow to simmer for one hour.

When serving, top with sour cream or grated cheese.  Good with tortillas, tortillas chips, or Lulu’s specialty — cornbread muffins.

And now you know how an 8 year old can make dinner, and save her mother’s day.

Have a good recipe for young kids to make in the kitchen?  Leave me a link in your comment so that we can try it out!  Thanks for visiting.  Hope your day is great.

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