Homemade Chili

It's chili weather! If you don't already have a go-to chili recipe, this is a great one. It's fast and easy to put together. You can simmer it on the stove or toss in the crock pot: your choice.

When you come in out of the cold and smell this chili cooking, your day automatically gets a little better. :)

Homemade Chili
Yield: 4 to 5 generous servings


1 pound of ground beef (I used 90% lean)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced fine
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 (28 ounce) can of whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
1 (16 ounce) red kidney beans, rinsed and well drained
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced (you can add or substitute up to 1/4 cup chopped green chiles, jalapeno peppers, etc., depending on heat level desired)
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
Pinch of dried oregano
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


Brown the ground beef and the onion in a 4 quart sauce pan or dutch oven until no longer pink; drain if needed. Add the garlic and saute for just a few more minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cumin. Add the chopped tomatoes and juice, beans, pepper, tomato paste and oregano; stir to mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

At this point, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, OR pour into a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve with your choice of sides, such as cornbread or chips, and toppings, such as cheese, onions, sour cream, avocado, etc.

Adapted from Deep South Dish's Crockpot Beef Chili with Beans

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  1. Oh, this sounds wonderful, and I love being able to use the crock pot! Do you think it would work with ground turkey? Chili is always a good, hearty meal for cold weather- warms you up head to toe! I'll have to be sure and make some of your cornbread with it too- yum!

  2. Mary, I think ground turkey would work perfectly- wish I had done it myself! :) Here are the cornbread recipes: http://yesterfood.blogspot.com/2012/11/cornbread-cook-off.html

  3. WHO can pass up Homemade Chili too!
    Yours looks WONDERFUL and am now craving some too!
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    Foodie Friends Friday

  4. This chili looks amazing! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    1. Thank you- and thanks for hosting FFF! :)

  5. Sounds delicious, Joy! Looks like we have similar tastes in chili!

    1. Thanks, Kris! It's finally going to cool off here- a cold front is supposed to come in tonight, so I am looking forward to fixing a big pot of chili. With cornbread. :)

  6. We are soon coming into the cold weather season perfect for chili. Love your easy to prepare recipe and must have the side of cornbread too. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday.

    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    1. Thank you, Joanne, and thanks for hosting! :)

  7. G'day Joy and wow....your photo got me right away, true!
    I just finished lunch, but could go for a bowl of this right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Food Friends Friday Chili Party

    1. Thank you, Joanne! Thank for visiting, and I hope you enjoy your weekend! :)

  8. I could so go for a bowl of your chili Joy! Pinned and shared!


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