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Classic Chili

Classic Chili is a little spicy and a tiny bit sweet. It is a great balance of flavor and perfect for those chili evenings of the winter.

After the Hardworking Husband and I got married, he made me chili. Knowing that I don’t like things spicy, he toned it down for me. It was still a little too hot for me. He has made it a few times more times and tones it down a little more each time. I fix the heat by putting sour cream in it. But other than being spicy this classic chili is really good. And of course, I appreciate the HH cooking for me.

Some people say that chili with beans isn’t really chili. But most of the classic chili I’ve has had beans. So what makes chili chili? Chili is named for the chili pepper. So it needs to include some kind of chili pepper. It could be an actual pepper, hot sauce or chili pepper.

The technical name of it is chili con carne (translated chili with meat). So it needs meat as well, usually beef. However there are lots of variations of chili: White Chili, Chili Verde, and vegetarian chili to name a few. 

What do you eat with chili?

I asked on my Facebook page what my friends liked to put on their chili. They had so many different this. The short list is the follow: cheese, onions, Fritos, sour cream, jalapenos, white vinegar, green olives, bacon, cornbread, tortilla chips, and so much more!

What do you like with yours?

East Fork’s Everyday Bowls would be perfect to serve this chili.


Yield: 8 servings

The Hardworking Husband's Chili

The Hardworking Husband's Chili

The Hardworking Husband’s Chili is a little spicy and a tiny bit sweet. It is a great balance of flavor and perfect for those chili evenings of the winter.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef or venison
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced, more if you like it spicy
  • 2 1/2 tsp adobo sauce, more if you like it spicy
  • 1 season pack from Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit*
  • 1 - 15 oz can diced tomato
  • 1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 27 oz can Bush's Pinto Chili Beans in Mild Sauce
  • 1 - 12 oz lager beer
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. Brown sausage and ground beef with diced onion.
  2. Once meat is browned add garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and season pack. Stir to combine. 
  4. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine.
  5. Cover and allow to simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and/or chopped bell pepper.
  7. Enjoy!


*Use only the seasoning pack from the Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit

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Thursday 10th of October 2013

Sounds like chili to me! And sounds really good - I usually make mine with spicy v8 juice. Pinned!

Shauna Smart

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

We LOVE Chili in our house. As soon as the weather starts to cool down a little bit we'll have to try this for sure! Pinned :)

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Kerry C

Wednesday 9th of October 2013

Thanks for pinning. I love when the weather cools off and I can make soup or the HH can make chili.


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

I ask Chris all the time what you would call it if it's not chili. He never has an answer. Tell Lance it looks good, whatever it is. A little sheldon cooper thrown in there. :)

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