Classic Chili con Carne



When my fabulous and talented group and foodie bloggers and I settled on a ‘Chili’ theme for this weeks recipe, I had to stifle a laugh. Could I really make Chili again after ‘the incident‘?!

Still fresh in memory and most likely still evidence throughout, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go that route again. That is until we had another week of -40 weather {shaking fists at the sky} and hubby asking, ‘Think we could have Chili tonight?’ … YES!

Fact is, I didn’t have a physical recipe for the Classic Chili con Carne that I have been making for 20 years. I first learned in the cooking portion of Home Economics class in Junior High and have made it by memory since then after altering it through the years, to taste. It’s one of those recipes that I could make in my sleep. A no fail, tried and true comfort meal that is full of veggies and beans. 



It was about time I put my recipe to paper and be added to the Recipe Box, perhaps one day my kids will want to make Mom’s Classic Chili con Carne and hopefully get a dose of karma with their own clumsy kids {again, see ‘the incident‘}. 

Note that this isn’t a spicy Chili, the kids don’t like a ton of spices so we have learned to add it to the end as preferred. So when done, add hot sauce/cayenne pepper/black pepper {and cheese} as desired. 

** pictured with my Easy Baking Powder Biscuits, a perfect pair with this chili recipe!


Classic Chili con Carne
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  1. 1/2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 green or yellow bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. 1 16-oz can kidney beans
  8. 1 16-oz can beans with pork
  9. 1 16-oz can whole or sliced Mushrooms
  10. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  11. 1 tablespoon oregano
  12. 1 teaspoon cayenne
  13. To serve: Shredded cheese, salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pan cook ground beef and onions until thoroughly cooked. Add spices to the last 1 minute of cooking.
  2. Add beef mixture and all the other ingredients to a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours
  4. Enjoy!
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  1. says

    Those recipes that we have been making forever are always the best yet so hard to put on paper. Beautiful photo as usual.

  2. says

    I love slow cooker recipes – they take so much pressure off of the dinner hour! Your recipe looks delicious!! And isn’t it amazing how far stuff can fly when dropped – we’ve had a few ‘incidents’ ourselves!! :)

    • Tammi says

      Oh … the incidents!!! AHHHH!
      And yes, I adore my slow cooker, could not live without it!!


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