Saturday, November 5, 2011

Easy, Chewie

Hello! I am back! This time with a shorter recipe. Its "Easy Chili". Its from this cookbook:

I got it for Christmas in 2009, and I've used this one recipe the most(you may notice the brown stain on the book. That was when I was making Sloppy Joes, and spilled worcestershire sauce on it). This wasn't for my husband's lunches. I made this for Reformation Night at my church. For those of you that don't know Reformation Night is when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses(I so did not spell that right)to the church at Wittenburg in 1517, on the 31st of October. Popularly known as Halloween. Anyway, this is not a history blog. Onto the recipe!


4 lbs lean ground beef, 2 (1 oz) packages hot chili mix, 1 (6oz) can tomato sauce, 2 (15 oz) cans stewed tomatoes w/ liquid, 2 1/2 tsps ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup water

You may notice my cumin is not ground. Well I have a super tiny mortar and pedestal and I thought it would be fun to ground it myself. But it takes forever since its really tiny. It is still fun, I just pretend I am in Snape's potions class.


In large skillet break ground beef into pieces. Brown and drain. Use slotted spoon to drain fat and places beef in 5 to 6 quart slow cooker.
I did not take a picture of browning the ground beef because I am was an idiot. I just threw all four pounds of the beef into a medium sized pot. It took FOR-E-VER(channeling Squintz from 'The Sandlot'), and spilled a lot.

Add chili mix, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, cumin, salt, and water.

Yes, the recipe does call for just 2 packages of mix. But my husband wanted more spice, so I obliged. You can add as much or as little as you want. You can even add mild mix instead of hot. Whatever floats your boat.

Cover and cook on LOW, for 4 to 5 hours.

There you have it, the final outcome. I would normally have eaten this, but I got sick once and had this chili, so even if I smell it I get kinda nauseated. Weird how the human mind works, huh?


  1. "...I just pretend that I'm in Snape's potion class..."

    Love it! Keep them coming - they're all really good :)

  2. I love the "mushroom" and I'm glad I didn't try this at reformation night after I saw all those Hot chili packages :)

  3. I love your blog voice Chel. It cracks me up. Also, I just read these, because I finally found a link. You need to keep putting the movie quotes and random backstories into your recipes - so great. Although I watched you write the potatoes blog while I was supposed to be working on my paper last week.