Chili Weather

No, chili is not misspelled. It's actually getting chilly in MI which means its chili weather! My husband and I like to have chili when the weather starts getting chillier in the evenings. Chili is a warm hearty meal in a bowl so it's perfect for a relaxing fall night.

Our small group decided to have chili on Sunday night when we met so I brought mine. I like mine because it is thick and meaty with just the right amount of tomatoes and green pepper and onion. Yum!

Here's the recipe that I found years ago in a cookbook. I cook a lot so I tend to do my seasonings to taste and not exactly by the recipe. I also don't measure a lot since after years of cooking, you tend to be able to eye-ball the measurements. I like to make this ahead of time and have it cooking on low in the slow cooker all day. It fills the house with the aroma of chili and its ready to go when we're home from work.

1 lb ground beef
1 c chopped onion (one large)
1/2 c chopped green pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced ( I use one capful of Tastefully Simple Garlic, Garlic instead)
1 14 1/2 oz can tomatoes ( I use diced so I don't have to cut them up)
1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 to 3 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper

Cook up the beef( I also season with Tastefully Simple Seasoning Salt) with the onion and green pepper and drain. I then transfer to the crockpot but you can also cook in a pan on the stove-top. Add the tomatoes with the juice, beans, tomato sauce, basil, chili powder and pepper. Bring to boiling if on stove-top and simmer for about 20 minutes. Cook on low if in the crockpot. Makes about 5 cups or 4 main dish servings. I tend to double the recipe so we have leftovers.

Once its done, I serve mine with cornbread or some crackers and cheese. I also like apples or a glass of sparkling apple juice or moscato. I usually put some shredded cheese and sour cream on the top too.  If you decide to try it, let me know what you think! Enjoy!


  1. I love chili! Yours looks meaty too which is what I like. Cornbread is the perfect side to compliment it too.


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