December 9, 2010

Chili - A Cool Weather Favorite

Chili is a favorite cool weather dish in our household.  We make it regularly, and change the ingredients and spices to create variety.  My typical quick recipe follows.  In the past, I have made it from all fresh ingredients.  However, as I now use this recipe for a quickly prepared dinner, I have switched to using a few canned ingredients.  Quantities of spices may need to be altered slightly to accommodate your family's individual taste preferences. 

Chili -
1 lb ground meat (we use turkey)
2 cans 8 oz. each tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste (small can) 
2 cans 15 oz each diced tomatoes
1 large can 19 oz kidney beans
1 3/4 cup diced green peppers (fresh or frozen)
1 3/4 cup corn (or 1 can 15 oz. size partially drained)
1 cup diced onion (fresh or frozen)
1 clove of garlic minced (or 1 tsp ready to use jarred variety)
3 Tbsp chili seasoning (alter amount to suit taste)
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt (alter amount to suit taste)

1.  Brown meat on stove top.  Season meat with seasoned salt.  Add onion and garlic, and heat thoroughly.
2.  In a crock pot, mix tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, green peppers, corn, and chili seasoning.
3.  Add meat mixture to crock pot.  Please note: if using ground beef, then you may need to drain grease prior to adding mixture to the crock pot.
4.  Heat on low for 4 - 6 hours.
5.  Serve in bowls.

Serving suggestions include...
  • with a side of corn bread
  • with tortilla chips, using chips to scoop and eat chili (our children particularly like this method of eating)
  • with an apple dish of your choice like baked apples or apple sauce (The sweet and cool apple flavor compliment the hot and spicy chili.)


  1. I'm feeling warmer just thinking about it! Your recipe looks yummy...I love corn in chili..I'll have to try it!

  2. Chili is definetlyh a favorite around here. I love your serving suggestions I had never thought of adding a side dish of apples to menu with chili but I am sure going to try it this week when we serve chilli thanks for sharing

    I am now following hope to see even more great recipes and idea

  3. We had chili for supper tonight, it's perfect for a winter's night!


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