Favorite Recipes From RV-Dreams Rallies

Our annual RV-Dreams Rallies typically have at least one night where the attendees prepare a dish for a potluck. Invariably, there are dishes that tend to stand out.

Unfortunately, we didn't think about putting them online with Linda's other recipes until recently. So, we've missed out on several. Still, here's a start. :)

Rod's Sandbar Chili - Rod Shaut

For the 2009 RV-Dreams Rally, we had a chili cookoff. This was the winning recipe!

1 Sm. Pkg. Owens Plain Breakfast Sausage
5 to 6 Lbs. Beef Chuck Roast or Bottom Round. Really any cut will probably work provided it doesn’t have too much fat. I sometimes use a 50 – 50 mix of beef & pork if I find pork tenderloin on sale. Trim then cut the meat in ½” cubes or coarse grind it.
5 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Lg. Onion, Finely Chopped
5 or 6 Jalapenos, Seeded and Finely Chopped
1 Bottle (12 oz.) Beer
1 Can (14 ½ oz.) Beef Broth
1 Can (14 ½ oz.) Chicken Broth
1 Can (10 oz.) Rotel Diced Tomatoes w/Green Chilies (Mild)
1 Can (8 oz.)Tomato Sauce
1 ½ Tsp. Mexican Oregano
½ Cup Chili Powder
3 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
1 Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Cayenne
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
Juice of 2 Sm. Limes
2 Tbsp. Masa Harina (I forgot to bring to rally so I substituted all purpose flour)

Directions: Brown sausage & meat, set aside

Deglaze pot using beef broth Add meat, sausage, beer and onion (may need to add a little water) Simmer for 15 minutes

Add oregano, garlic, jalapenos, half of the cumin, half of the chili powder Simmer for 15 minutes

Add chicken broth, tomato sauce & Rotel tomatoes Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour if using ground meat, 2 hours if using cubed; stirring often

Add remaining cumin and chili powder, salt, cayenne, brown sugar and lime juice

Simmer another 30 minutes, adding Masa Harina a little at a time

Note: The heat of this chili highly depends on the jalapenos. Sometimes when you get them they are mild, sometimes they are super hot.

Southern Pineapple Casserole - Carol Miller

Carol Miller brought this dish to the 2009 Rally Potluck. So many people were asking for the recipe. We couldn't decide if it was a dessert or a side dish. Whatever you call it, it is delicious.


2 15 oz. cans pineapple chunks (drained)
2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
6 Tbs. flour
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (melted)
1 1/2 rolls Ritz crackers (crushed)


Mix pineapple, flour, cheese and sugar together and place in bottom of a casserole dish.

Mix melted butter and crushed crackers together until moistened. Sprinkle over top of casserole.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Faux Toffee - Sue Peters

Another hit at the 2009 Rally Potluck! Sue Peters brought this delicious and simple dessert. She had a line of people at her table writing down the recipe.


1 sleeve of Zesta saltines
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)


Cover a cookie sheet with foil and line with all the saltines.

Place butter and brown sugar in a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 4 minutes or until bubbly hot. Stir well. Pour over crackers and smooth.

Sprinkle choc. chips and pecans over crackers.

Bake at 275 for 12 minutes.