Winter Work Chili

When snowmobile trail work comes a-calling, so does my yummy Chili recipe! Scott, a snowmobiling addict, is member of our local sled club which means many fall weekend days are spent preparing the trails – from brushing to installing signage. Luckily we have a few great volunteers to help him out with the upkeep of our local trails, so my personal thanks is to meet them on the trail with big pot of warm lunch (and a few extra treats). This past weekend was a chilly one for trail work, but that didn’t stop the volunteers. Olive and I brewed my favourite Chili recipe and hunted them down at noon. I think they were quite thankful for the hot (temperature and spice!) lunch before continuing on for the day. 

Stacy's "Secret" Chili Recipe I used to be scared of Chili. I thought it was the toughest thing to make before I actually tried. You hear of all these Chili cook offs… Chili wars between used-to-be best friends… perfected recipes that have been passed down in families for generations. Boy, was I surprised the first time I decided I was ready to tackle it. With a little tweaking, I think I found my secret recipe for my favourite Chili – and I’m not about to bite your head off to keep it secret!! 


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 quart tomate juice
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (I use more… sometimes a fair bit more! I like it spicy thanks to Olive!)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I also use more!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Stacy's "Secret" Chili Recipe

What’s Next?

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat.
  2. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart pot. Cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. Yes. It really is that easy!

Note: You can also cook this in a slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Olive says “That’s-a spicy chili”! (in an Italian accent)


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