Best Ever Chili – (An Easy Comfort Food Recipe)

As the temperatures cool down, do you start searching through your comfort food recipes?  Well, if you’re still looking for ideas, you’ve come to the right place!  Today, I’m sharing one of our favorite family recipes – our best ever chili! 

Besides sharing my recipe, I’m also joining 10 other bloggers for “There’s No Place Like Home” Autumn Blog Hop!  This week, we’re sharing our favorite fall recipes and over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing all kinds of fall decor.  Please be sure to visit my blogger friends listed at the end of this post for some amazing fall recipes!

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Best Ever Chili Recipe - an Easy and Delicious Comfort Food Recipe

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Before I begin with my “best ever” chili recipe, I want to thank Rachelle from My Hubbard Home for hosting this wonderful blog hop.  Rachelle has a beautiful blog and today she’s sharing an amazing autumn apple crisp recipe.  Please be sure to swing by and say hello!

If you are just arriving from Blue Sky at Home…Welcome!  I’m sure you loved Carol’s recipe and her gorgeous blog.  Also remember to visit the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of this post for some delicious autumn recipe ideas!

As I mentioned, my contribution today is our chili recipe…  

Best Ever Chili Recipe from a family cookbook

Years ago, my sister in-law gifted a book of family recipes to me for Christmas.  This chili recipe was included in the book and it’s the only chili recipe I’ve made for my family.  You know how it is when a family gets used to traditions…  Anyway, not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s super easy!

Best Ever Chili Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground beef (I prefer grass fed)

1 large onion

2 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce

1 cup water

2 cans (16 oz) red kidney beans

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

4 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp salt

1 bay leaf

Directions:

Brown 2 lbs of ground beef and drain fat.

Sprinkle with:

  • 4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt

Mix well.

Add the following to beef mixture:

  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf

Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the bay leaf.

In a large bowl, stir together:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour

Then stir in 2 cans of red kidney beans, (un-drained).

Add to meat mixture and stir.

Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Enjoy a steaming bowl of chili on the next autumn evening!

Here are some extras to include on the side (or sprinkle on top of the chili)

  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Avocado slices
  • Cilantro
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped jalapeno peppers

If you like your chili with a side of cornbread, you must try another of our family recipes – Aunt Lillian’s Famous Cornbread.

Enjoy!

Yield: 8-10 servings

Best Ever Chili - (An Easy Comfort Food Recipe)

Best Ever Chili Recipe - Comfort Food for Fall

A simple family recipe with ground beef, beans and spices.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef (I prefer grass fed)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans (16 oz) red kidney beans
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

Brown 2 lbs of ground beef and drain fat.

Sprinkle with: 4 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp salt

Mix well.

Add the following to beef mixture: 1 large onion (chopped), 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 cup water,1 bay leaf

Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Remove the bay leaf.

In a large bowl, stir together: 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp flour

Then stir in 2 cans of red kidney beans, (un-drained).

Add to meat mixture and stir.

Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Notes

Here are some extras to include on the side (or sprinkle on top of the chili)

  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Avocado slices
  • Cilantro
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped jalapeno peppers

Now, let’s continue with the fall recipes!  If you’re following along in order, My Family Thyme is next on the list with a recipe for homemade slow cooker applesauce.  Sounds delicious!  Please also visit the rest of the blogs listed below!

Autumn Blog Hop Recipes

 

My Humble Home and Garden / Thistle Key Lane / My Hubbard Home / Karins Kottage /

Mantel and Table / Virginia Sweet Pea / First Day of Home / Blue Sky At Home /

Calypso in the Country/ My Family Thyme / The Painted Apron /

 

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27 Comments

  1. rawsonjl
    September 16, 2020 / 8:00 am

    Yum! We just made chili last Wednesday and today I’m making white chicken chili (Wednesdays are busy and crock pot meals are on duty!). Pinned.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 8:02 am

      Thanks, Joanne! I need to pull out my crock pot more! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. September 16, 2020 / 9:33 am

    Shelly, always love a thick rich chili – and I would never say no to corn bread 😉
    Easy to prepare and yummy meals like this chili are a must for busy fall days.

    Thanks for a new recipe and for joining with me on the hop!
    Hugs,
    Rachelle

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 9:41 am

      Thanks Rachelle! Even though we’re home more, I don’t need to spend all day in the kitchen – easy recipes are the way to go for us. Thanks again for hosting this awesome blog hop!

  3. September 16, 2020 / 10:31 am

    I can’t wait until it’s cool enough to make chili, the best food for fall nights!! Your tried and true recipe sounds perfect Shelley, if it’s the Best Ever, I need to try it!! Sorry for the mix up with my link…
    Jenna

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Thanks Jenna! I’m glad the link is working now. Yes, chili is one of our favorite comfort foods for fall. I hope you like our simple recipe. It was easy for me to come up with a title for my post since my sister in law called the recipe – Best Chili Ever right in the book!

  4. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    September 16, 2020 / 11:43 am

    This sounds fabulous Shelley! Yes I know how those traditions go – I tried to make a different meat loaf once and my kids freaked out! 😉 I can’t wait to try your family favorite! 🙂

    It’s so fun hopping with you – already can’t wait for next time!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 12:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Barbara! It’s funny how our families expect food to taste a certain way! Great hopping with you too!

  5. September 16, 2020 / 1:17 pm

    I am looking forward to making my first batch of chili for fall. I’ve got your recipe pinned so that when it’s chili making time, I’ll have it handy.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Paula! We already made it the other night…first cool evening and I was ready! I hope you like it!

  6. September 16, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    Family recipes are such a treasure. That’s where so many of the recipes that I share on the blog come from. Your chili looks so delicious severed over rice. Yum! Pinning!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks Michelle! You just reminded me that I showed the rice but never mentioned it as a side. Ooops. Yes, aren’t family recipes the best?! Thanks for pinning!

  7. September 16, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    I love chili and yours looks positively delish. The only kind I have in the freezer is WW. I’m sure not as good as yours, dear Shelley. I hope that you are having the gorgeous weather that we’re having. Enjoy your week!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 4:03 pm

      So great to hear from you, friend! Hope you had a nice summer – and yes we’re having beautiful weather as well. In fact it was very chilly this morning! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my recipe!

  8. September 16, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    Shelley, chili is one of our favorites. This version sounds really good. Great for watching football on Sunday. Thanks for sharing it.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks Carol! Yes, it is a great dish for Sunday football!

  9. September 16, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Absolutely delicious sounding!! I agree with Calypso in the country perfect for Sunday Football dinner! I am so excited to be on this blog hop with you and everyone else! So many delicious recipes to try!

    Hugs,
    Karin

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 16, 2020 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks Karin! What a fun blog hop!

  10. September 16, 2020 / 11:00 pm

    This sounds (and looks) so tasty, Shelley! I’m a Texas girl, and we love our chili! I’m definitely going to try your recipe this fall when the weather finally gets cooler. Thanks for sharing a great recipe with such a pretty presentation.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 17, 2020 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Crissy! The weather is actually cooling down here in NJ. So nice for sleeping!

  11. September 21, 2020 / 10:53 am

    I never met a chili recipe I didn’t want to try. I am adding this one to my to “make” list!
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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  12. September 21, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    My family and I love chili! This looks so thick and rich…and I love that it’s a family recipe! Pinned!

  13. September 26, 2020 / 8:21 am

    With our chilly weather the past couple of days, I made a great northern bean soup with bacon yesterday, yummy and thick, full of flavor and stick-to-the-rubs hearty for a cold day.

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 26, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Oh that sounds delicious, Carole! Enjoy your weekend!

  14. September 27, 2020 / 8:25 am

    Hi Shelley, I’m popping in again to let you know I’m featuring your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there!

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      September 27, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Thanks so much, Michelle! What a nice surprise!

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