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Hearty Autumn Chili Recipe

You might want to make a double batch - this chili is even better the next day and it freezes well.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 2 - 5 hours (the longer, the better!)


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped (optional - my husband doesn’t like peppers, so I started leaving this out)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef (you may use 1 pound beef and 1/2 pound ground pork sausage)
  • 2 Tbsp.chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 32 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 16 oz. cans pinto beans, red beans, kidney beans, or black beans
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onions, garlic and green pepper. Cook until tender - about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add ground beef, chopping down with a large metal spoon to break up lumps. Cook until meat is browned. Add spices and stir to blend.
  3. Add tomatoes, vinegar, and salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Partly cover and simmer for one to two hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add beans and simmer for an additional hour or two, stirring occasionally.  Remove bay leaves. Serve topped with cheese and/or sour cream, if desired. Goes great with corn bread or chips.

I do love having a plan! If I follow this maybe I will actually get into the spirit of Christmas this year!

Coming soon to Holly&Sage - recycled sweater accessories!

Coming soon to Holly&Sage - recycled sweater accessories!

Coming soon to Holly&Sage - recycled sweater accessories!

Gotta get back on the wagon…

Okay, so today I ate banana pudding* (a LOT of it :-0) and corn on the cob (it may have been better than the dessert…) I will def need to get back on my Paleo wagon tomorrow

*recipe below