Homemade Chili

Whether it’s cold or hot ouside, I love a good bowl of homemade chili. Here is my recipe. Feel free to change it as you like. I love chili because it’s one of those “add whatever you have” recipes.

Homemade Chili



    • 1/2 to 1 lb ground meat (sausage, beef, turkey, whatever. I use 1/2 lb because I’m cheap, and I’d rather bulk my recipe with cheaper ingredients. Use as much as your family likes)
    • 1/2 large or 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1/2 to 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
    • 2 15.25 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed (use whatever beans you like. My husband only likes black beans, so that’s all I buy).
    •  1 15.25 oz canned corn, drained
    • 3 8 oz cans tomato sauce
    • 1/4 C taco seasoning
    • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 t cinnamon


    • Brown ground meat and onion. Drain off grease and pour into a large slow cooker.
    • Add remaining ingredients and stir.
    • Let cook as long as you can. Since all the ingredients are cooked, you don’t have to worry about cooking things through. The longer you let it cook, the better it tastes. If you don’t have a slow cooker, or the time to use one, let it simmer on the stove for half the time.

We always have our chili with cornbread or my “Beer-Free Beer Bread.”

2 Responses to “Homemade Chili”

  1. Bob Varano
    October 21, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Thank’s for reminding me it’s “Chili Time”. Sounds like a good recipie!

  2. October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    My mom almost always made homemade chili for Halloween. It was usually pretty cold and wet here in the Pacific Northwest by then and she wanted to give us something hearty and hot to keep us warm while we trick-or-treated. I suspect too, that since she could put it all in the crockpot and have it going while we were all at school/work for the day, that it meant more time for helping us with costumes and less time spent prepping dinner.