Now that the weather finally feels like fall, everyone is talking about making chili. And there are hundreds of different recipes for it. It’s actually fun to try different ones.

I, of course, have a favorite recipe. It’s nothing fancy or unique, but I think it’s very good. I thought this would be a great day to share it. In fact, my plan is to make chili for tonight’s dinner. But don’t tell anyone – I’m trying a new recipe!! (I’ll let you know if we like it.)

I’m sorry to say I don’t have a picture of it to share. I hate to include a recipe without a visual, but I didn’t want to wait to post this. Soups had the second-highest number of votes in my recent recipe poll and this one is perfect for today.

I’m writing this as I attempt to buy Elton John concert tickets. We’ve been trying through all the presales for over a week. Today’s when the general public can buy. I’m already in limbo mode. It’s me and the thousands of others who are trying to get into the online system. Grrrr.

Stovetop or crockpot?

I think you can decide which you prefer, maybe based on how much time you have. I prefer the crockpot, only because I can make the mess early in the day and then smell it cooking all afternoon. But if you’re pressed for time, it’s also good simmered on the stove.

If you like sausage, you could substitute it for the ground pork. I’m not a sausage fan, so I like that it calls for ground pork. I also use 93% lean ground beef, so there’s very little fat and no need to drain.

I use petite diced tomatoes because I prefer smaller chunks. The original recipe called for whole tomatoes, so if you do like larger pieces of tomato, by all means, use those.

I know some of you don’t like beans in your chili. With this recipe, you can have it either way. When using the crockpot, I put the beans in about 30 minutes prior to serving time. I love Mrs. Grimes chili beans.

By the way – I did get the Elton John tickets before I finished this. Woohoo!!


A simple but satisfying chili

Course Main Dish, Soup
Keyword chili
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6 bowls


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 1 small garlic clove cut fine
  • 1 pinch green pepper (add more if you'd like)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes (can use any type of tomatoes)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. cold water
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1 can chili beans


  1. Heat pot to medium high.

  2. Add beef and pork, stirring until lightly browned.

  3. Add onions, garlic and green pepper.

  4. Continue stirring until onions are golden in color. About 10 minutes.

  5. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, sugar, and chili powder which has been mixed with the water.

  6. Add tomato soup and 1 soup can of water.

  7. When boiling, cover and simmer about 1 hour.

  8. Add the can of beans and cook until well heated.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is written for cooking on the stove.  I typically make it in the crockpot and let it cook all afternoon.  If you do this, brown the meats with the onion, garlic and green pepper, then add to the crockpot.  From there, add the other ingredients and stir.  Set the crockpot to high (for 4 hours) or low (for 8 hours).  You’ll love smelling it all day!!

4 thoughts on “Chili”

  1. Congrats on getting the EJ tickets. Honestly, going to concerts has gotten so difficult. I remember driving to the box office back in the days before internet sales, and just standing in line with others on the day the sales were announced. When online sales came about I thought how wonderful and convenient it was to no longer have to do that anymore. Now, though, I’m not so sure because it just seems there are all these hoops through which we must all enter.

    I love all the comfort foods that we get to eat again starting in the late fall, chili in particular. I have a diet that forbids most beans, but my wife figured out I can have black-eyed peas. I’d never even had them before, but they’re a nice substitute in chilis.

    1. I agree that sometimes concerts are more trouble than they’re worth. These tickets were tough to get so we were lucky. My brother in law couldn’t get any. I’m even happy with our seats!!

      I need to make apple crisp too. That’s one of my favorite fall foods. 😋

  2. So glad you were able to get the tickets, I was lucky enough to see him in concert 5 or so years ago, what an experience! We had a couple of chili weather days last week but are now back to the high 80’s, Ugh. I don’t ever remember it being this warm this late in the year, we’re so ready for Fall!

    1. It seems like we never have a fall anymore. I want days with temps in the 70s. We go from 80s to 50s and 60s. We had some good chili tonight. I will have to share that sometime. We are very excited about getting the tickets. They sold out quickly so we were sure lucky.

Comments are closed.