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Chili on a cold rainy day is an amazing way to end the night. This is my family's favorite recipe for chili. Since right now, we have no kitchen I made this recipe in a crockpot. Normally I would just cook this up in a pan but it works either way. You can let the ground beef cook in the crockpot while at work or school (or just relaxing watching TV all day) and then add in all the ingredients and let simmer for an hour. Simple, easy peasy. I will go through the steps I normally take when just cooking over the stove. 


- 2 lbs. Ground Beef

- 1 can Pinto Beans

- 1 can Kidney Beans

- 1 box Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit

- 1 can Diced Italian Tomatoes

- ½ cup Water


- Diced Onion

- Diced Bell Pepper

- Jalapeño

- Sour Cream

- Cheese

- Green Chives

  1. Begin by cooking ground beef in a large pot. Season with the Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit. Add in the salt, spice packet, and cayenne if you like it spicy.

  2. Add in canned tomatoes, beans, and water.

  3. Let simmer until beans are soft and chili is hot. If the consistency needs to be thicker, add in the masa for a thicker chili.

  4. Enjoy with a side of cornbread and crackers!


Begin with 2 lbs. of ground beef. In a large pot season the ground beef with seasoning salt or whatever you prefer. This adds just the tiniest bit of extra flavor. If you don’t have this, you can use just salt and pepper or the ingredient in the Chili Kit. Brown the beef.

My mom and dad, for as long as I can remember, have always used the Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit. It makes it super easy to just throw it all together. The hardest thing about making food from scratch is rummaging together all the spices, so this makes it perfect for a family that is incredibly busy. Next, just throw in the tomatoes, pinto beans, and kidney beans. From the chili kit, add in the spice packet, garlic packet, and for a spicy chili, the cayenne packet. Add in a little bit of water to get a soupier consistency. 

Let the beans cook and the flavors combine. Your house should start smelling like delicious spices. This should only take another 10-15 minutes. If your chili simmers down but is still too much like soup, add in the masa packet from the chili kit. Let that combine for another 5 minutes and it will thicken it right up. 

Traditionally my family eats this with shredded Mexican cheese, saltine crackers, and cornbread. Sadly, we literally had none of those ingredients on hand. Once our kitchen is back up and running we will be sure to grab those ingredients. I shredded a little bit of sliced Colby Jack and dolloped some sour cream. The sour cream really cuts the spice and makes it super creamy. 

This recipe is a family favorite. It is easy to make, really quick, and extremely filling. Also perfect for a chilly Halloween night! Comment down below if you try this recipe! Be sure to subscribe to my blog down below so you never miss a chance to Catch the Wave!


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