Hearty Chili Recipe

Chili and cornbread muffins

Picture this…the last of the work has been done for the growing season. You have finished putting away everything; like flowerpots, hoses, tractors, etc. Harvest is done and the animals are freshly bedded down with the chilly temperatures. You are as ready as you can be for winter…you have below freezing temperatures and snow starting to fall. What do you make for supper in your home? Chili. Chili is what you make! A warm, flavorful, hearty dish that will fill and warm you up. Let’s look at one of my favorite cold day meals: my Hearty Chili Recipe – a recipe from the farm.

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Chili’s best friend, cornbread.

I love eating chili with cornbread, its what I grew up doing. Cornbread warm from the oven with butter and honey… it really is the perfect pairing to chili. Yum! Chili works great if you are busy that day and want something easy but filling. Maybe you just got home from work or town. This is just the recipe!

Recently we have tried the cinnamon roll and chili craze. I thought it was really good as well, but it is hard to beat cornbread with chili. I can see why people enjoy cinnamon rolls with chili though, it paired well together. Which one do you like better with chili?

This recipe for chili came from my parents, the base of the recipe at least. I have changed a few things but nothing big; like adding two kinds of beans instead of one, things like that. One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it is so easy to make. First you brown the hamburger, add in the spices and garlic, then the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Supper is ready.  Serve it with a dollop of sour cream and saltine crackers and you have a delicious hearty bowl of chili. Sometimes I like to add shredded co-jack or cheddar cheese, but it can be messier than it’s worth. It seems to always stick to my spoon and that is less than great. Next, lets learn a little about chili.

Is chili a soup?

No, chili isn’t a soup. It is more of a stew because of its low liquid content. Stews have less liquid than substance and soups have more liquid than substance. Some people would argue that chili is in a category all its own.

How spicy do you like your chili?

I feel like everybody has a different idea of how spicy they like their chili. I feel like this is just right for us…a little spicy the way my husband likes it and not to spicy that a little sour cream can’t tame it down to how spicy I like it. If you like a spicier chili, simply just add more chili powder to taste. This will give it more spice.

Is chili really better after it sits a while/the next day?

You probably have heard the question or thought that chili is better after a day. I would say this is true. It seems like the flavors meld more and produce a more flavorful chili from just that day in the fridge! I still make it and eat it the same day, but it makes for great leftovers!

Is chili a healthy meal choice?

Yes! Chili is a great option to add to your meal lineup. It is high in protein and fiber and the iron in the meat is better absorbed because of the vitamin C that is found in the tomatoes. Beans are full of good things for you! They are in the pulse family. You can learn more about them in my post “The Scoop on Pulses”.

I know that it is spring now but in ND it sure still feels like winter so might as well enjoy all the comfort foods until it decides to warm up! We still have so much snow so it will be a little bit before we see the ground/fields. After all this talking about chili guess what I am making for supper…that’s right. Chili. Comment below with any questions or if you make this recipe. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Hearty Chili

A delicious filling and easy comfort meal. Perfect for cold weather and when you need to make something quick and easy for supper.
Print Recipe
Chili with cornbread muffins
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 1 lb hamburger, thawed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • T chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle seasoning
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 quart tomatoes, canned I use tomatoes that I canned so you can use those, or you can buy some. Just look for some that are around 32 oz.
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can kidney beans (15.5 oz), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed


  • First, brown the hamburger in a stock pot. Remove from the heat, drain the fat. Return to the heat and add the seasonings, garlic and tomato paste. Fry together for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, and cornbread or cinnamon rolls!
    Chili and cornbread muffins
Servings: 8

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Other ideas of how you can use chili:

  • Chili Dogs
  • Baked Potato Topping
  • Chili Fries
  • Chili Cheese Omelet
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James 1:17
Sunset on the farm in winter with snow

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