WannaBe Chef

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Brrr, it’s chili! October 27, 2010

Filed under: Beef,Crockpot,Soup — WannaBe Chef @ 10:04 am

Hi kids!  So it’s the end of October, and it’s starting to get cold outside.  I’m not ready for this!!  We’ve heard that winter in MN is really scaaary!!  Waaa!!  About all I can do is make a nice, hot meal, and everyone likes chili, right?  And everyone has their own way to make it.  I’ve always made it the way my mom makes it, and there’s not really a recipe.  Like meatloaf, I usually just dump some stuff in until it looks right.  Well, here’s my attempt at trying to remember what was in our chili!  Please excuse the dark picture – this was a reheated bowl that Wayne had, and he did not have the patience for my photoshoot. 

My mom’s “recipe” – sort of – combined with Wayne’s additions


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped (this is Wayne’s addition)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can hot chili beans
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 packet chili seasoning mix
  • 1 small can mushrooms (another one of Wayne’s additions, much to my dismay)
  • seasonings to doctor it up a little – worchestershire, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper
  • you might need to add a little water if the chili is too thick


  1. Saute the meat, onions and peppers in a skillet until meat is cooked and veggies are softened.  Season as desired.
  2. Dump the rest of the ingredients into a crockpot, then add the meat/veggie mixture.
  3. Stir to combine and season as desired.  Let it cook on high for a few hours, then reduce to low.  The longer it cooks, the better is tastes!
  4. Top individual servings with shredded cheddar, crushed crackers, sour cream, hot sauce or other desired toppings.

One Response to “Brrr, it’s chili!”

  1. Terri Says:

    Looks good except for the mushrooms…sorry wayne!

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