Really GOOD Chili

So I wasn’t planning on sharing this non-recipe chili, but it turned out SO DARN GOOD that I had to.  After a fun day of marathon spectating by bike, I had worked up quite an appetite.  The BOY and I swung by the grocery store to pick up some chili ingredients to throw into the crockpot.  He wanted beef, I was in the mood for turkey, so we settled on chicken.  I’ve never made a chicken chili before.  I think typically they are a white chili, but we decided to try making a red chili.




We just mixed the following into the crockpot:

Ground chicken, browned on the stove

1 chopped onion

1 chopped red pepper

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

1 8 oz can diced mild green chilies

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained



Then added in the following spices:


Chili powder (a lot!)

Sea salt


Crushed red pepper



The problem is that the BOY and I were working together to get the chili going quickly before the Bear’s game (which is not a problem, and was actually super fun) so we didn’t measure the spices.  When I asked how much crushed red pepper he put in (because the chili had the perfect amount of spiciness, so I wanted to remember) he answered that he just shook the container like this (in which he demonstrated the motion) HERE, HERE, and HERE (in which he started making a circular motion imagining the rim of the crockpot). How can you measure that?!  I don’t even know how to write it into a recipe ha ha!


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I served my chili over spaghetti squash with a sprinkle of cheese and a few crushed up crackers.




I must say, if you don’t mind me bragging, that this might be our best chili EVER!!!




We also sampled two of the new Wisconsin beers that I brought back from Door County.  The Central Waters, which came highly recommended, was AWESOME!  But not as good as our Red Chicken Chili!




If you’re in the mood for soups and chilies this fall, take a look at my Recipe Page.  It is loaded with recipes!


I am also in search of a good White Chicken Chili recipe.  Any suggestions???

Please link to your Really GOOD Chili recipes in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Really GOOD Chili

  1. Yum!! I love a good chili – esp this time of year! I can’t wait to make my first pot of it – I’m going to make sweet potato black bean chili 🙂

  2. This is such a great dish and just right for Fall. Love that you used 2 types of beans and, as for the measurements, the best chilis are made from a little of this and a little more of that. 🙂

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