Simple and Hearty Chili {a family favorite!}

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It’s no secret that I love Fall. I mean really, really love it! I mean, I’ve had my mantel decked out since the end of August. No lie. See, I told you I loved Fall! 🙂 And I recently filled my home with all things Autumn and did a whole house tour!

When I think of this wonderful season my mind often wanders to images of thick socks, beautifully colored leaves, cozy blankets, watching football together with friends and family, and eating yummy chili … topped with cheese and sour cream. Scrumptious!

Simple and Hearty Chili

I wanted to share my family’s chili recipe with you today, you know in case you need something delicious to eat. I love making this when I’m having a party at my house, or my family is together for the holidays.

Family-Friendly Chili Recipe

It’s always such a huge hit and I get a lot of compliments on how yummy it is. I think the green chilies and hot sauce add a little kick without making it too hot.

Simple and Hearty Chili
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Simple & Hearty Chili {a family favorite} Great for freezing for later!
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • a few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes {I use petite diced}
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 2 can light red kidney beans
  1. Saute meat, onions and garlic. Drain grease.
  2. Add next 6 ingredients.
  3. Cover with water and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Add tomatoes and green chilies and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add beans and heat.
  6. Top with cheese, sour cream and corn chips.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Serves 6-8


This would be an easy recipe to cut in half if you have a small family. But even though I only have three people in my family,  I always make the large recipe and eat leftovers or freeze them for a quick dinner later on in the week {or month}.

Easy-to-freeze Chili Recipe

I love being able to pull dinner out of the freezer and have it ready to go in minutes!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! I’m in a dear friend’s wedding this evening. I love a good wedding! See you on Monday!!

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    1. Hi Krista, you add water to the meat mixture, until the water covers it. Then simmer it for an hour to let the meat and spices cook together. Hope this helps! 🙂

      xo, Laura

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  4. Chili is so great for this time of year! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

  5. I am all about chili right now, because it’s so cold here in NW PA and I love throwing things in a crockpot and having something wonderful to eat at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Project Party!

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  7. This looks fantastic! I made chili this week, very similar to this one, which reminds me of the chili my dad used to make. Mmmmm, cold weather foods!

  8. Oh that looks so good right now. I haven’t figured out what we are having yet but chili sure looks good.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  10. Oh my but that looks yummy. Looks like something to work on this weekend — can already picture myself sitting in front of the fire eating a bowl of that chili. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. A perfect fall recipe, we are only a family of 3 as well so freezing portions is a great idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. This looks like a must add to my recipe box! Thank you! Next month on our website, we are talking about things we consider “Cozy” and chili certainly fits the bill. We just hosted a soup swap party that we will feature on our blog next week and chili was the main course. 🙂

    1. Ooohh, yes! Chili does sound cozy, doesn’t it? Right up there with bundled up by the fire. 🙂 Although where I am it was almost 80 degrees today. So having to think cold thoughts in order to enjoy cozy this week. 🙂

  13. Looks delicious! Chilli season has definitely returned! Love the leftovers in the freezer. Pinning this recipe Laura. Have a fabulous time at the wedding:)

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