Monday, March 17, 2014

Simple and Hearty Chili

We had a wonderful small group, family lunch again yesterday. I made a chili and bread, and the two other families brought plenty of desert! I never seem to make chili exactly the same, not on purpose, but because I never seem to prepare the beans the same was. I think this last way was the winner! I thought I'd share how it happened to come together.

Night before: Soak about 1 lb of dry beans overnight. I used a half gallon mason jar and put twice as much water as I put beans in.

Cooking day:

Place in large pot:
4+ cups pre-soaked beans (about 1 lb of dry beans)
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups tomato sauce (mine was watery and shy of 4 cups – it was whatever was in the 1 quart I canned)
4 cups diced/quartered tomatoes (mine was shy of 4 cups – whatever was in the 1 quart I canned)

Heat to boil and reduce to simmer.

At the same time, in a large skillet:
2 lb ground beef
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
a little tallow to start the onions (can use butter)
1-2 tsp of ground pepper
½ tsp salt
½ – 1 tsp ground cumin

Cook all of these together until the meat is fully cooked. When meat is fully cooked, add meat mixture to simmering pot of beans (I did not strain the fat out – probably helped the end product). Continue to simmer until beans are fully cooked. Adjust flavorings when finished.

Chili will be reduced to nearly 3/4. This took about 2 ½ hours to get the beans to the texture we liked (not mush, not hard). It was an extremely hearty chili! It fed 10 adult servings and 3 kids.

It was so yummy! Paired with the quick baked bread and homemade butter, it was very filling. The other cool thing was that the tomato ingredients were home canned, and the chicken broth was a wonderful homemade one that had a great gel.


Sorry I don't have a picture of the chili. I took a picture of this instead:

Have a great Monday!

I shared this at:
The Homestead Barn Hop
Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up
The HomeAcre Blog Hop
From the Farm Blog Hop


  1. Your chili recipe sounds good, I can always go for a bowl of chili! :) I would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)

    1. Thanks for the invite. I just went over and shared the recipe! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  2. I always add some thyme, and sometimes chopped green chilis. Great with corn bread!

    1. That sounds good! I usually have a homemade mix for cornbread, but ran out a little while ago. Then we were enjoying skillet corn bread from the Pioneer Woman.

  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up last week. I hope you join us again this week. :)




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