Southern Comfort Food ~ Chili Con Carne

Welcome back to Southern Comfort Food, my weekly post with a recipe that will taste like home and warm your soul.


We have had some seriously cold weather–including about 6 inches of snow at my house last Thursday. Whenever it gets cold, I want to counteract it with my mother’s chili recipe. Hearty, meaty, just enough spice for a kick to warm your cockles–any anything else that’s cold. You can cook it on the stove if you want to watch it for 4 hours. I usually cook mine in the crock pot.

I also have a couple of variations. If you want a lower fat version, substitute ground turkey for ground beef.

If you want a vegetarian version, eliminate the ground beef and increase eggplant to one large.


1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground beef

2 onions, sliced

1 large can dark kidney beans

1 small can light kidney beans

1 can black beans

1 medium eggplant, diced (optional, but I think it makes the chili richer)

1 large or two small cans diced tomatoes

1 can tomatoes and green chilies

1 TBS chili powder (or to taste if you like it spicier)

salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef or turkey with the onions and chili powder, salt and pepper until the meat is fully cooked. Drain. Spoon into the crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Set on High for two hours (to get it cooking good). Reduce to low and cook additional four to six hours.

Enjoy with cornbread, bread, sour cream, cheese. Any topping you can think of, this is a great meal.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you a delicious 2018!

Come back next week for another recipe full of down-home southern comfort. 🙂


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