Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's chilly...make chili.

Nothing is better, I think everyone will agree, on a cold blustery day than a soothing bowl of piping hot soup....with a tasty warm biscuit or roll sitting next to it.   Plus, it is Halloween next week, and if you're anything like my family chili is what's on the menu that buckets and buckets of here's an easy recipe for you to try out...

easy chili

This is my easy, no fail recipe for chili.  It is good.  It is warm.  And even my Youngest who doesn't like spicy anything will eat long as I put the eating of the biscuit on the line.  Either you eat 5 bites of chili or NO BISCUIT!  That's pretty much how it goes in our house.

The best part about this chili, is you basically just have to assemble the ingredients from the grocery store.  I am not so fancy that I am soaking my own beans and mixing my own chili mix. 

Let's get started...

2 lbs ground beef, browned with 1 onion until cooked through
1 large bottle tomato juice
28 oz. crushed tomatoes (or diced, you don't have to be too fussy about it)
2 packets chili seasoning
3 to 4 14 oz cans of beans (whatever you like, I used 2 red kidney beans and 2 black beans)

I always cook my ground beef in the same stock pot that I'm going to simmer my chili in.  One pot=happiness for me. So you just put all of the above ingredients in a large stock pot, bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer and let it cook, lid on, for 30 minutes or however long you have before supper time.

Serve with shredded cheese (whatever you like, I used some unpasteurized was tasty), maybe some avocado, some diced red onion...and these...

cheddar jalapeno biscuit recipe

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits that I've adapted from Smitten Kitchen.  A must.  So good.  They use sour cream instead of the normal amount of butter!!!  Here's the details...

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (I use Kosher)
2 Tbls. cold butter, cut into small cubes
A nice sized pile of shredded cheddar....I would guess a little over 1 cup....but this isn't vital to measure, just shred some and if it looks like enough, toss it in.
Several pickled jalapenos, chopped into small pieces...again, just go with the amount you think looks tasty.  I probably used 8.
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the butter.  I just used my fingers and mushed the butter until it was well-combined throughout the flour mixture. Add the cheddar, stir so all the cheese is covered by the flour mix.  Add the jalapenos and stir them as well.  Add the sour cream and mix until it forms a wet  dough (my sour cream must have been seriously cold, because it had a hard time incorporating, I just put down the spoon and used my hand to combine and it worked great.  Try not to over work it).

Dump the dough onto a floured counter top and using your hands, just pat it down so it's about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Using a cup that looks like the size you want, cut out as many biscuits as you can, use the scraps...even if they're oddly shaped they will bake up just as tasty.

Bake for about 15 minutes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, until the tops are golden brown and delicious looking.

Devour.  So good!

Thanks for reading!



  1. Oh Heather! You are after Sam's heart with this one!! He's definitely a chili man and those biscuits?? Yummmm. I have never made a decent homemade biscuit, yet. I'll try yours!

    1. Danni!! I have two biscuit recipes you need to try then. This one is amazing, but I would say a bit more complex than the other, but the flavor is so good! Then there's my drop biscuit recipe...they are seriously amazing. I know I put them on here sometime in August. This is such a tasty meal. Tell Sam when I come by to look at your cute autumnal dispaly, I'll make him some.

  2. Heather, you had me at Chili...then I saw your biscuits! I want you to cook for me!!! Great recipes! I never thought to put avocado on my chili, I think I'll try that next time! Pinning 2 Times. 1 pin for your Chili recipe, 1 for your Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits!

    1. Mary, considering how amazing your food is, I want you to cook for me!! How about you make the pumpkin pie tortillas and I make the chili and biscuits? Thanks for pinning. I always forget to pin things. I love avacado in ANYTHING! It was quite good in the chili.


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