Our new favorite chili!

Brandon and I are both excited for the fall … we’re ready for college football, bonfires, and changing leaves.

So in the fall spirit, I decided to make chili last weekend.


I’ve made chili in the past, and Brandon didn’t love it.  He doesn’t like “sweeter-tasting” chilis, so this time, I decided to go spicy. Winking smile

I found a recipe at the Food Network website that looked really great and had really good reviews.  I tweaked it a little for our taste, and the following recipe is the result!

Our New Favorite Chili

Recipe modified from Jamie Deen’s chili recipe.

(Serves 8-10)


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can black beans
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans kidney beans
  • 2 packages chili seasoning mix


  • Brown beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain.


  • Drain and rinse beans.


  • Dice green peppers and onions.


  • Throw everything into the crock-pot.


Warning: The mixture will fit into a standard-size crock-pot, but it will be filled to the very top!

  • Cook on low for 7-10 hours (whatever time works best for you!). You may want to stir it once or twice.


  • Serve with crackers or tortilla chips.


This chili was delicious.  It was smoky and spicy, without being too spicy.

A co-worker of Brandon’s had made a recommendation of serving peanut butter crackers with our chili.  He said it was the only way to eat chili.


Our thoughts?  It tasted like peanut butter crackers and chili. Smile with tongue out  It didn’t taste bad, but it didn’t taste good either!  I would just stick with normal crackers or tortilla chips!!


This recipe made a TON of leftovers!


I froze several containers, and they will make great lunches on weekends when I don’t want to think about what we’re eating!  And then I put a a couple containers in the fridge for my lunches this past week. Smile

I really hope you make this.  It was so easy and so delicious!  It would be a great dish for parties or tailgating!

Question for ya …

Do you prefer sweet or spicy chili?

What do you love most about the fall season?

I love college football, pumpkin spice lattes, and cool (but not cold!) weather! Smile


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15 Responses to Our new favorite chili!

  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    This looks great! If I had a crock pot up at school with me, I would definitely make this winter chili. I guess I’ll just bookmark it until I get home ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh the joys of college! ;)

  2. amy

    I love everything about Fall! I don’t make mine spicy anymore b/c of kids. Garys families tradition- Fun, not so healthy…. placing Chili on top of Doritios then shredded cheese. :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Sounds great to me! ;)

  3. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i’ve scheduled chili to be our dinner this thursday, for NFL opening night! it’s one of my favorite fall meals + i haven’t made it in months and months. i usually make ours pretty spicy, unless we’re having a big group over, then i tone it down. =)
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  4. Gretchen

    We make a chili that’s very similar…we had it this week! :) I’ll have to try it out in the crock pot and freeze some. That’s a great idea!
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  5. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    looks great! i’m all about spicy too. love my crockpot :)
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  6. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I love spicy chili! Since our weather is FINALLY cooling off (umm..99 degrees on Labor Day weekend???what??) this week, I’m planning on chili SOON! I’ll post my recipe as well. I may have to try the pb cracker with chili – I love sweet and spicy and salty together…

    I love everything about fall! college football, bonfires, chilis and soups, changing leaves, holiday flavors (pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple everything), hunting, hayrides, my birthday… Fall is the best!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I know! It was 96 here on Saturday, but then today is in the 50s! Go figure!!

  7. jordan

    ahh this makes me SO stoked for fall!!! i absolutely love chili (spicy is my fave) and i can’t wait for pumpkin spice lattes. bring it on!! :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Today is definitely feeling like fall here in Ohio!! :)

  8. Kat

    my mom just made us chili when I went to visit them this weekend :) I love it, but my hubs doesnt, so I have to make a small batch for only myself. I DONT do spicy at all (im a wimp) so I prefer just a hearty chili taste!
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  9. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    That looks really good! I prefer a little spice in my chili..topped with a little bit of sour cream and shredded cheese to cool it down!

    I’m looking forward to walking and running outside without sweating up a storm, wearing comfy sweats on the weekends, and pumpkin spice lattes. They are coming back tomorrow, and I am excited!
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  10. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats

    The chili looks amazing! Perfect for when the weather gets cooler. I prefer my chili spicy over sweet…and I can’t wait for Fall so I can bust out my scarves and boots, and eat pumpkin-flavored everything!
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