New One Pot Chili That’s Perfect For Freezing Cold Nights

My kids one day reminded me that they haven’t had their favorite chili lately and then I realized it had been over a year since I had made it.

So, I made it when my mom and dad came to visit and it was freaking tasty and so easy!

I don’t entertain arguments about chili whether you use beans, or no beans.

Whether you use ground beef or meat chunks.

Tomatoes, certain spices. Honestly, who’s got time to argue about food?

If it tastes good, in my opinion, is healthy and the kids ask for seconds? Hell yes, that’s gonna be a recipe I keep in my pocket on constant rotation.

So, here’s the full recipe ~~


Serves 4-6+

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time about 30+ tastes better the longer it cooks (even better the next day)


1 pound ground beef
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 carrot chopped
3 celery stalks chopped
spices – cumin, paprika, chili powder, bay leaves, garlic powder, oregano, play with these a bit
2 cans beans, rinsed
2 cans diced tomatoes
3 cups chicken stock

optional toppings – grated cheese, avocado, sour cream, chips, cilantro, tomatoes, hot sauce, olives, whatev


  1. Brown meat and add veggies in extra-virgin olive oil along with salt and pepper and spices.
  2. Cook until veggies soft and meat no longer pink.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, stock and stir. Cover and let cook down for about 30 minutes. The longer the better.
  4. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve nice and hot with your fave chili toppings.


Here’s another thing, you can make this also in the slow cooker. Just brown up the meat and the veggies so they’re basically soft and no longer pink. Then, toss everything into the slow cooker and set on low for 6-8 hours. Seriously. The longer it cooks, the better it gets!

What in the world to do with any leftovers?

First up, double this batch so that you can have leftovers.
Then, freeze and serve another day. Okay, now the fun part.

What to do when no one likes leftovers. I hear that. Lots of people I know don’t like leftovers. So what I do in that case and what I recommend is to turn them into ROCKIN’ REMIXES. Because who likes to eat the same thing for 3 days, not me!

Things like ::

Make chili dogs – Warm chili in a pot on low, grill or steam up some dogs, serve in a bun or a lettuce wrap and pour over warm chili with cheese and chopped onions. The kids LOVE this one.

Make chili spaghetti tacos. Say What??!?!
Warm chili in pot on low, warm tortillas, make a batch of noodles and drain. Add noodles to tortillas and pour over the chili. Add some cheese and onions and call it a night.

Spoon Chili over baked potatoes. Yum!

Make a batch of mac n cheese and pour some chili up on there.
Make enchiladas or cheesy nachos
Better yet pop chili in cored out bell peppers top with cheese and some greens and bake. Chili Stuff Bells yum

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