Fall is here! In addition to breaking out my favorite boots and new sweaters, it’s also time to start making cool weather friendly dishes like Skinny Fish Chowder and chili.

There are only a few things I make without a recipe – macaroni & cheese, spaghetti sauce, guacamole and chili. Not sure if there is much similarity between these dishes, except they are all pretty forgiving and hard to mess up.

For those who are interested, I thought I’d try to channel my inner Pioneer Woman and document my chili “recipe.”


  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2, 15.5 oz cans red kidney beans
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 6 to 8 oz beef broth
  • To taste: White pepper, chili powder, salt, brown sugar

Chop onion and garlic and saute in olive oil

Add hamburger and cook until browned. Drain some, but not all of the fat.

Drain kidney beans and add to mixture

Add crushed tomatoes.

Stir in enough beef stock until achieve desired consistency. Then add salt, pepper and chili powder to taste (we like a mild chili).

I once read about how some people added chocolate to their chili. To add a bit of sweetness, I use 1 to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, because that’s generally what I have on hand.

That’s it! Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream. Also makes for great leftovers.


6 Responses to Recipe: How a Swedish girl makes chili

  1. Gretta says:

    As a German girl, I replace that beef broth with a bottle of a good dark beer!

  2. Lynette says:

    You can add chocolate (and other things, like cinnamon) to chili to make it Cincinnati chili. It’s actually a somewhat different process to make it authentic, but that’s the only kind I’ve ever heard of that uses those ingredients.

    I have a great chili recipe for the crock pot that includes adding prepared salsa, and it is our absolute favorite. I even substituted ground turkey and our die-hard beef eater friend couldn’t tell the difference! I do always have to go back to the recipe, though. Kudos for having some that you can just whip up!

  3. Shauna says:

    Lynette, what is the recipe please?

  4. Shelle says:

    Looks delicious! I just made your fish chowder for dinner tonight. It’s perfect on a chilly fall evening.

  5. aaannnnnnddddd i read that as “2155 kidney beans”.

  6. Shirl Eschette says:

    Kidney red beans are commonly used in chili soup chili con carne and are an integral part of the cuisine in northern regions of India. Red kidney beans are used in New Orleans and much of southern Louisiana for the classic Monday Creole dish of red beans and rice. The smaller, darker red beans are also used, particularly in Louisiana families with a recent Caribbean heritage. Small kidney beans used in La Rioja, Spain, are called caparrones.-.”*

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