weeknight chili | designlovefest

i have a soft spot for family recipes. things that have been made generation after generation, passed down on food stained index cards and lovingly reminisced over. my grandmother’s homemade bread and her ginger snap cookies, my mother in-law’s jam, my own mother’s cinnamon rolls and the list goes on. i really love how the memory of someone can live on in the food they use to make for you. how smell and taste can bring back moments long passed. if you have a family dish you hope to carry on i urge you (and myself!) to watch as it’s made, learn the in’s and out’s so that some day, when it falls on you to make it, you’ll know the family secrets. today’s recipe is chili from my great-grandmother. i never knew her but my aunt passed me the recipe and i like thinking about her as i make it. it’s such a simple but satisfying recipe. easy enough for a weekday dinner! – joanie

weeknight chili | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 8

• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
• 2 medium onions sliced
• 2 teaspoons minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 can kidney beans, in its juice
• 2 stalks of celery thinly chopped
• 1 14 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes in their juice
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon pepper
• 2 cups of water
• optional garnishes: onion, avocado, cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, corn chips.  

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

• start by browning the meat, onions and garlic together in a pan. don’t stop until the onions are nice and caramelized! transfer to a medium size pot, add all of the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour. adjust seasoning to taste and serve! can also be frozen and reheated. if you like the soup to be thinner add a bit more water.

weeknight chili | designlovefest
weeknight chili | designlovefest

garnish and serve! hope you enjoy! Xx

weeknight chili | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis


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    Annie Slocum says:

    Love this!! Looks so delicious!!

    Alex Pollich says:

    Oh wow. This looks so good, and now I am totally craving chili! Probably will add this recipe to next weeks line up 🙂

    Jessica says:

    The best kind of night! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    Samantha Lee says:

    I love making chili – especially this time of year when it gets dark so early. It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook AND makes a ton for leftovers. Wins all around.

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    Christine says:

    Yum! I think I’ll make some chili this week! Green pepper adds a nice flavor and throwing in a fresh tomato or two always gives a fresher taste.

    designlovefest says:

    yes! both would be great additions. Xx

    Nikki says:

    This recipe looks delicious, I have to try it some time!


    Tony Cox says:

    I think I will add this to the superbowl menu! Looks delicious.

    Melissa Barragan says:

    Tried this recipe tonight and it was amazinggggg! Only thing I did different was add two tablespoons of cumin.
    I also garnished with sour cream and avocado.
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

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