Being a regular reader, you know that I don’t usually post recipes that match up with “current” events.  Well, that may change, if I can get my cooking act together!  HA!  In the meantime, let’s grub down on this recipe for homemade chili.


Lenny's Homemade Chili |  Chez Us


It has been one of those days.  I have been wasting the afternoon, looking through food blogs, peeking at Tastespotting, and what have I found?  Great Super Bowl ideas.  So, I thought I should share some of our favorites, as well as some favorites I have just discovered.

We, okay, Lenny made this hearty chili last week.  It is so good, that I wish I had a bowl of it now, instead of the diced up pears I am eating.  This chili recipe is full of meat;  two kinds to be exact, as well as three kinds of beans.  All that is left to make this recipe complete is your favorite chili toppings, icy cold beers and some killer margaritas.  Guarantee if you make this for your Super Bowl party this weekend, you will be the star chili maker.  It is really rock’n (did I just say that).


Lenny's Homemade Chili |  Chez Us


** Update on September 24, 2014.  We have updated this recipe, still the same great flavors, but we have made a slow cooker version.  And let us just say this, it rocks!  The meat is so tender, the sauce is so saucy, and it is mouth-watering flavorful.  Wait until you try it out!


Other recipes that would be great to serve during the Superbowl

Chicken Spring Rolls – I am so making these

Crunchy Chicken Wings

Asian Inspired Chicken Wings

Spicy Tomato Sauce Chicken Wings

Baked Chicken Wings with Octo Vinaigrette

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Wings

Spicy Peanut Butter and Pepper Jelly Chicken Wings

Queso Dip – lived on Queso when I was recently in Austin;  LOVE

Crocker Pot Chicken Santa Fe – if I had a slow cooker, I’d be making this too

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Super Bowl Sandwiches

Edamame Meyer Lemon Dip

Baked Kale Chips

Avocado Fries – they have to be heathy;  right?





Recipe:  Lenny’s Homemade Chili 


  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed, cut into small pieces
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 packages of McCormick Original Chili Seasoning
  • 15 oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • green onions, minced
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • ½ pound cheddar cheese, grated

How To:  Stove Top

  1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven over low heat.
  2. Add the sausage and hamburger.
  3. Stir to break the meat into small pieces.
  4. Cook over low heat until browned; about 15 min.
  5. To the same pan add the onion.
  6. Stir.
  7. Cook over low heat until onions are soft; about 10 min.
  8. Add the garlic and stir.
  9. Sprinkle in the seasoning packet.
  10. Add the tomato paste, stir until mixed.
  11. Add the diced tomatoes.
  12. Add the beans.
  13. Stir.
  14. Bring to a low simmer.
  15. Cover with a lid.
  16. Cook over low heat for 60 min.
  17. Stir often to prevent sticking.
  18. Right before serving stir in the hot sauce.
  19. Serve in big bowls with your favorite garnishes on top.
  20. Serve.
  21. Eat.

Slow Cooker Version:


How To:  Slow Cooker

  1. Brown the meat;  if you can do so in your slow cooker, then follow the instructions on how to, otherwise complete steps 1 – 7 on the stove top.
  2. Add the garlic.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and the seasoning packet.  Then pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, cover with a lid and cook for 4 1/2 hours on low heat.
  5. Add the beans and cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Stir.
  7. Serve in big bowls with your favorite garnishes.
  8. Eat.






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