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On cold nights, dish up a bowl of this hearty homestead chili. Made with plenty of ground beef, a few peppers, tomatoes and lots of warm seasonings, this chili recipe will keep your family full and satisfied! Cook up a large pot of this delicious chili tonight!

Brisk and frosty.

This year we received an early frost on the homestead. Typically in Ohio, a hard freeze doesn’t happen until mid to late October. But weather in our neck of the woods can be quite unpredictable. The last day of summer, our high temperature was in the 90s and the following day, the first day of fall, our low was in the 40s. Such a transition makes it difficult to know what one should wear. Sweatshirt? Or shorts? And what to eat? Does one grill out? Or scoop up a bowl of hot soup?

Every fall when the cool weather officially settles in, I love to make warm comfort food. No more summer meals like coleslaw, burgers and watermelon. Rather chicken and dumplings, pot roast and bowls of soup.

One of my favorite fall recipes is chili. Packed full of hearty ingredients like black beans, veggies, beef and homemade chicken stock, it really fills the belly and keeps me satisfied all night long. My favorite part about this mild chili recipe is that isn’t overly spicy. The jalapeño adds flavor without adding extra heat. The chipotle pepper in adobo sauce creates a slight smokey taste. And even though it may seem like an unusual ingredient, the addition of crushed tortilla chips helps to produce a thick, hefty chili.

Homestead chili is easy enough to make during the busy week or can be served to visiting guests on the weekend. After browning the ground beef, toss the rest of the ingredients into a dutch oven and cook for about 30 minutes. Dinner is served!

Chili Topping Ideas

This homemade chili recipe is delicious all on its own! In fact, I prefer to eat my chili just as it is. But if you’d like to take your bowl of chili up a notch, try adding some of these chili toppings.

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Corn chips
  • Avocado
  • Green onions
  • Chives

What to Serve With Chili

There are a variety of delicious side dishes to serve with chili. Here are a few tasty options.

Homemade Chili Recipe

Serves: 5-6

Warm, filling and packed full of nourishing ingredients, this homestead chili recipe is a great dish to serve on those cold fall and winter nights. Make up a big batch to fill your family’s bellies and have enough for leftovers!

Ingredients

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
2 cups water
1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
3 tablespoons oil
2 medium onions, diced
2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño (or some type of hot pepper), minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 scant tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans, rinsed

How to Make Chili

In a blender, combine tomatoes, tortilla chips, water and chipotle chiles. Process until smooth. Set aside for now.

In a large pot with a lid such as a dutch oven, heat up the oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft and just beginning to turn brown. Toss in the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.

Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Pour reserved tomato mixture and chicken broth over beef. Then stir in salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin and coriander. Mix beans into chili. Bring the chili to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until chili becomes thick. Ladle chili into bowls and enjoy!

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Yield: 5-6 servings

Homestead Chili

Homestead Chili

On cold nights, dish up a bowl of this hearty homestead chili. Made with plenty of ground beef, a few peppers, tomatoes and lots of warm seasonings, this chili recipe will keep your family full and satisfied! Cook up a large pot of this delicious chili tonight!

Ingredients

  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño (or some type of hot pepper), minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 scant tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine tomatoes, tortilla chips, water and chipotle chiles. Process until smooth. Set aside for now.
  2. In a large pot with a lid such as a dutch oven, heat up the oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft and just beginning to turn brown. Toss in the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Pour reserved tomato mixture and chicken broth over beef. Then stir in salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin and coriander. Mix beans into chili. Bring the chili to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until chili becomes thick. Ladle chili into bowls and enjoy!

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