And She Lived…

{October 31, 2008}   Super quick and easy chili

Since my brother and I have each had children we have formed our own Halloween tradition. On Halloween night me and my kids head over to my brother’s house where we eat big bowls of chili before heading out for trick or treating. Chili was always one of our family’s favorite meals and each of us five kids continues to make it for our individual families. We use our mom’s basic recipe that we all remember from childhood but I think we’ve each added our own little twist on mom’s original.

This recipe is quick and easy and makes a bit ol’ pot o’ chilli. I think that is why mom made it so much for us when we were little. Quick and easy is certainly the way to go when you’re feeding a family of seven. This may not be an award winning chili but it’s tasty and to me that’s all that counts.


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can red beans
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes and 2 cans regular diced tomatoes
1 large bottle tomato juice
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
chili powder (to taste)


Brown the ground beef. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper as it browns. Into a large pot pour tomato juice, tomatoes, and beans. This will begin to warm as you finish browning the ground beef. Once beef is cooked add to the pot. Season the chili with more chili powder, salt and pepper (to taste). Continue heating until the chili is nice and hot. Scoop into large bowls and serve with cheese and crackers if desired.


See? Really, really easy and quick. It is a very simple recipe that takes almost no time at all to cook. It makes a really hardy meal that is not too spicy so it’s perfect for the kids. Because this is a family recipe that has been handed down I don’t have measurements for the amount of salt, pepper and chili powder. Each of us five kids likes our food at different spice levels, so there is no one right answer on this. Just do what you think your family will enjoy.

This recipe raps up Attack of the Killer Tomatoes week. Hope you enjoyed the recipes!


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