3-bean chili, the meat version

I still really love my vegetarian chili recipe, but lately we’ve been eating a meaty version of it, and it’s great, too. For the meat version, I added ground beef, but left out some of the veggies, herbs and chipotle chiles.

So it’s basically a simplified version that’s a little less spicy. Although, you could certainly add the chiles for extra heat or add the veggies to make it healthier. It’s a very adaptable recipe.

We always have our chili with a little bit of cheddar cheese and saltine crackers. These little ones are still my favorite. 

3-bean and beef chili
Serves 8
Hearty chili for cold nights.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 small (or half large) onion, chopped
  3. 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  4. 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  5. 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  6. 15-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained
  7. 15-ounce can chili beans
  8. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. Shredded cheddar cheese and saltine crackers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium and add the ground beef, onions and green peppers. Cook until the beef browns and the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, cumin and salt.
  3. Add the tomatoes and all the beans and stir really well. Place a lid on the pot and heat the mixture until it's bubbling.
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese and crackers.
Notes
  1. If you like your chili spicy, add one chipotle chili in adobo sauce with the tomatoes and beans.
Cara Corey http://www.caracorey.com/

Mom’s new booth

Here’s some exciting news — over the weekend I helped my mom get set up in a booth inside the Cordelia Junction antique mall.

I wrote about the mall (which has actual train cars as part of the building) on the Goodsmiths blog back when mom and I checked it out for the first time. We thought it was great, but wanted to see what else was available locally as far as a place for her to sell. Well, there just aren’t a lot of antique malls around here. Most places are either junky stores or really high end places that didn’t seem to fit with what she sells. So we ended up back at Cordelia, and it’s just perfect.

She decided to start off with a small booth and see how it goes. Hers is upstairs right next to this super cool space full of retro midcentury stuff (swoon).

Mom hasn’t had a ton of time here to thrift yet, but she does have a LOT of jewelry. Come check it out if you’re in the area!


I was so excited to repurpose the crappy mirror we found in the garage.

Also, don’t forget to follow mom’s shop on Etsy. Someone needs this fab vintage swing coat!