Friday, January 29, 2010


What sounds better on game day than a big pot of homemade chili staying warm on the stove and enjoying it throughout the day? Not a lot! Especially in these winter months. This was my first attempt at making homemade chili and I'm proud to say that I made it all on my own, no recipe, no pre-seasoned packets. I was pretty nervous about it, but it came out great and I've made it twice now..per my husbands request. There's no greater compliment to me than if he love what I make and requests it again. I may not always oblige because hey, i'm a food blogger..I need to be making new things all the time, so I don't repeat dishes a lot. I will on certain favorites though, and this is definitely one of them! If you've never made homemade chili, don't be intimidated like I was because it was SO easy. Give it a go!
2 Pounds Ground Beef
1 Large Onion, diced
1 Green Pepper, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
4 Cups Beef Broth
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Can Tomato Paste
1 Can Red Beans
3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Cumin
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Frito's, Shredded Cheddar/Monterrey Jack Cheese, Diced Onions, Sour Cream (to serve with)

Heat a large pot on medium high heat and add the olive oil, then add the onions, green peppers, and garlic and saute until they just barely begin to get translucent. Remove vegetables to a bowl and set aside. Break of ground beef in the same pot and cook until done. Add vegetables back into the pot with the beef. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and seasoning/herbs; mix well. Pour in the beef broth and combine everything. Rinse and drain your beans and add them to the pot and mix. Cover and turn heat to medium low and let cook for 3 hours or more. Check for seasonings and add more to suit your taste. *I forgot to look, but I don't remember the sizes of the cans/broth I used. They were all the pretty standard sizes if you refer to my picture of the ingredients.


  1. I'm definitely one of those people who are timid about making homemade chili. I use the brand, 2 Alarm Chili, and we happen to love it. Some day, I will try making my own chili... this one sounds very good!

  2. this looks fantastic, for a game, and for a cold day!

  3. I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing this.


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