Chili Con Carne

16 Mar 2015

Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne

This is the food of my youth! Comfort, warm... a favorite dish that my dad used to make.

And until a couple of days ago, I have never even attempted  to make chili. Maybe my baking addiction is getting in the way of some delicious meal ideas. Dinners that consist of an omelette and a salad while delicious, are not something that is necessarily bloggable.

Chili Con Carne

I love meals that have a LOT of leftovers. This way, I can make a hearty meal and bake the next day without having to worry about dinner that night. Or the night after.

A meal to make on a Monday and last you all the way until Friday if you are living solo. Awesome college hack? I think I should have thought of this a couple of years ago.

Chili Con Carne

While I would love to share another St Patrick's Day recipe with you, I have something to confess to you, my amazing readers. And as it is the day before St Patrick's Day, I hope you will not judge.

I think I have alcohol intolerance. I was testing out my theory last night with my brother at this pub by my place, and I couldn't have more than a couple of sips of my beer without my face turning bright red and getting really light headed. My eyes were even getting teary! I either make for a cheap date, or should just steer clear of alcohol from now on. I guess it's my Filipino side that is doing it for me: my mom was the exact same way.

Chili Con Carne

Anyways, end of confession time. Back to this CHILI!

This is the perfect recipe for the last few days of winter. Even though I am SO ready for the warmer weather to kick in, I will still be making comfort food all year round.

And this chili pretty much radiates comfort. Slightly spicy, mostly warm and delicious and fills you up so that you won't be feeling super snacky by the end of the night. Or if you do end up feeling snacky, you can always snack on more chili. There will be plenty of leftovers!

Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
  • 680 ml tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 cups canned red beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Place ground beef in a large saucepan. Break the meat up with a spoon or a spatula. Cook over medium-high heat until brown. Drain.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Adapted from All Recipes

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  1. I get really red from one glass of wine, too, and am definitely a cheap date! This chili looks so awesome! I'me excited for winter to be over, but think this could help me get though the rest of it :)


  2. Chili con carne is our top favourite chili. I like that you have added celery in it.

  3. Hi Cathleen , Chili is wonderful year round and I will try your recipe . Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Slurp..I love chili!See cornbread would be great w/ this!
    I add corn sometimes..(can)..good..and a splash of white vinegar..

    Every chili is good do you find?
    Stay alcohol intolerant:) Or keep telling yourself that.
    I confess to loving my nightly glass or 2 of red..I am French..and retired..;)
    I could never do that when I worked..
    I was a many nights!
    You cannot drive or show up for an offer with red wine ..!

  5. I cannot believe you haven't made chilli before! But it looks like you made up with it here, it looks amazing :D It's so hearty and delicious and not to mention versatile! Top it on baked potatoes, or serve it with rice, or mash or in a burrito, mmmm ^ ^
    Thanks for sharing! I hope you are having a lovely evening :) x

  6. Yes, a bowl of chili, especially con carne is very homey and hearty...
    I am glad that you got to sure looks great Cathleen!
    Have a great week ahead :)

  7. I know some people freeze chili.. I am not fan of freezing :D but I do love chili...

  8. Now I've got a craving for a big pot of chili! Might have to whip one up tonight.

  9. I want some chili con carne! Love leftovers, too. Great idea!!

  10. This is your first time making chili? Lady - this is fabulous - way, way better than my unrecognizable mess the first time I tried my hand at it!

  11. My mom used to put celery in her chili, too! We could eat chili every night! My daughter has a tough time drinking anything with lime juice. She breaks out in rashes like almost immediately. No margaritas for her!

  12. Wow, this looks so hearty, I can imagine it tasting incredible :D

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  13. I love a good chili and this one looks very well spiced. So warming and hearty - yum! Looks like a perfect success :)

  14. Love chili! Looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

  15. Aww, I'm sorry to hear about the alcohol intolerance. Several of our friends around here have the same issue. This chili sounds great and just thing for some comfort!

  16. We're at the time of year when it's really cold one day, but the next will be warm -- shorts weather, even! Today is one of the cold days, so this looks really great. Thanks for this!

  17. This looks delicious! I've never made chili, but my mom makes it all the time :)


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