Cold Weather Cookin’

Chili_edited-1After 17″ of snow the last couple of days, I decided to make chili! I have a go to recipe I use which would not win any Chili cook off competitions but I like it. The original recipe comes from a Better Homes and Garden cookbook my mom gave me back in the 80’s. I love that cookbook! I don’t really follow the recipe anymore, I just throw the stuff together. Below is basically what I do. I will tell you that I usually add more chili powder than what I have listed. The original recipe calls for 2 tsp. but who would put only 2 tsps. in chili!?!

My Chili


  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Olive oil I use a WW oil sprayer
  • 1 green pepper chopped (I didn’t have a green pepper so I left it out)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans drained
  • 1 tbsp chili powder more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


 Brown ground beef along with onion and garlic in a sauce pan coated with olive oil. Drain and add remaining ingredients. Cook at least 30 minutes.


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