Chili Con Carne

January 4, 2016 By Cathy — 6 Comments
Chili con carne is spicy and satisfying comfort food for a winter weekend.

Chili Con Carne

Happy New Year! We did it. Made it through another year. And is it me, or are the years zooming by at warp speed? I swear it was just a minute ago that we got the star situated on top of the tree without it looking lopsided, and now I’m packing it away in a box until next year.

But with the end of the old, comes the excitement of the new. I’m feeling invigorated and ready to make 2016 the best year yet. And to do that, a little sustenance is required and boy do I have the meal for you. Rib-sticking, fiery and nourishing food for your soul…chili con carne.

Chili Con Carne

Chili was one of the first meals I learned to cook as a girl. We weren’t particularly adventurous eaters in my family and we typically stuck to either your basic American fare or Italian. But every now and then we’d bust out the Joy of Cooking and tackle something new. One day we dogeared the page for chili con carne and got to work. Chili con carne means simply ‘chili with meat’ and there are countless variations based on taste and geography. My preference is a meaty, beany chili with a rich tomato base and some kick; loosely inspired by that Joy of Cooking recipe, but developed and fine-tuned over decades.

Chili Con Carne

I know we’ve all made resolutions to eat only salads in between twice daily trips to the gym, so maybe plan this for your weekend meal when a little splurge is in order.  Picture this: the post-holiday back to work/school week is behind you, there’s a crackling fire in the fireplace and a piping hot bowl of chili on your lap. No need for the dinner table, just a spoon and napkin and you can kick back and enjoy your dinner with your feet up. Throw in a bottle of beer and a hunk of skillet cornbread and you’re really living. After all, it’s called comfort food for a reason.

Chili Con Carne

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Chili Con Carne
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Chile con carne is spicy and satisfying comfort food for a cold winter weekend.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef (80:20 meat-to-fat ratio)
  • 2 - 28 oz cans crushed tomato
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 - 4.5 oz minced green chiles
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce finely minced
  • 1 -12 oz bottle of beer I like a pale ale or stout for deeper flavor
  • 3 - 15 oz cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lime
  • *shredded cheddar sliced scallions, chopped cilantro and sour cream for topping
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large, heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven until hot.
  2. Add peppers and saute until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add onion and continue to cook 4-6 minutes or until softened and golden.
  4. Add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Crumble in ground beef and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  6. Carefully drain off about half the fat, then add the crushed tomatoes and stir well.
  7. Add the spices. sugar, salt and pepper and stir well.
  8. Stir in the chiles, chipotle pepper and bottle of beer.
  9. Simmer covered, for at 20 minutes.
  10. Uncover and add beans and cook an additional 20 minutes. The chili should reduce a bit and have a nice thick consistency.
  11. Stir in cilantro and squeeze in the juice from half of a lime.
  12. Spoon into a bowl and sprinkle with garnishes if desired.
Chili Con Carne
Chili Con Carne

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6 responses to “Chili Con Carne”

  1. Wow Cathy this chili looks delish! With the weather getting colder here this will be the perfect dinner. My husband Tom is a huge chili fan, so this will definitely be an addition to my chili recipe stash! Enjoy your week!

  2. Happy New Year, Cathy! I don’t know why time keeps flying by like it does, but I’m starting to think I am going to fall asleep one night and wake up to be 65 years old. ūüėČ I don’t have any resolution to only eat salad, I made a goal of living a more balanced life. And devouring some chili is totally something I am going to do! Your chili con carne looks divine, my dear! This is THE definition of cozy, comfort food! Can’t wait to try it! Cheers! <3

    • Cathy says:

      I’m with you Cheyanne – moderation! Although that mantra flew out the window over the break and became excess. Time to find my balance again for the new year!

  3. Terese says:

    Hi Cathy!!!

    Happy New Year!!! So excited to make this recipe. I’ve been looking for a great chili and when I read the ingredients I thought hands down this is the one. Thanks so much for sharing !! Love the site and all the great ideas.
    Hope to see you guys soon!


    • Cathy says:

      thanks terese! hope you enjoy. this is definitely one of my faves and perfect for cold january days. so glad you’re enjoying the blog and hope to see you soon!

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