Fall is a time for rustic flavors and hearty, comforting dishes. As root vegetables, squash, and hearty greens like kale and arugula come into season they will be easy to find at local farmers’ markets and in the produce section of your local grocery store. Look for those items grown right here in Arizona to get the best price on the freshest produce.
Here are our favorite fall comfort foods:
1. Beef Stew
Is there anything that says fall more than a hearty stew made from Arizona beef and fresh local vegetables? Whether you go for a traditional take on this comforting dish that uses stew meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions or you choose a non-traditional take like Hearty Hamburger Stew, a steaming pot of beef stew is as comforting as a warm blanket on a cold night.
When it comes to chili, there is much disagreement on what goes into the pot. Much of that differentiation comes from where in the country your family comes from. Some people believe that in order to be considered chili, it must have beans. Others believe it can’t be chili if it contains beans. Whichever way you like to make your chili, there is no question that it is the perfect fall comfort food. For a completely different take on this dish, try Black Bean and Goat Burger Chili using meat from goats grown right here in Arizona.
3. Twice Baked Potatoes
If there is anything more comforting than eating mashed potatoes inside of a baked potato, we don’t know what it is. You can make this traditional comfort food even better by turning it into a casserole with this tasty recipe for Twice Baked Potato Casserole.
4. Roasted Chicken
The smell of chicken roasting in the kitchen is enough to make anyone feel relaxed and at home. Our recipe for Herb Roasted Chicken made with Arizona-raised chicken and fresh locally grown carrots and onions is perfect for any fall night.
5. Apple Pie
Warm, sweet, and full of flavor, apple pie made with locally grown Arizona apples is the perfect fall dessert for Sunday dinner. Try this delicious recipe for Homemade Apple Pie.
6. Chicken Soup
There just isn’t anything that is more comforting, especially when you are feeling under the weather than a bowl of steaming chicken soup. While the traditional treatment for a cold or flu is chicken soup with noodles, this hearty recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Soup made with Arizona chicken and locally grown vegetables is sure to cure what ails you and provide all the comfort you need.
7. Pork Chops
Featuring one of our favorite fall flavors, this recipe for Baked Pork Chops and Apples provides twice the taste and double the comfort. The glaze uses familiar flavors like cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg that remind us of the comforts of home. If apples and cinnamon aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy the comfort of Arizona raised pork chops with this recipe for America’s Favorite Pork Chops.