Our new favorite chili!

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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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