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Lenny’s Homemade Chili

Lenny’s Homemade Chili

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I love a hearty bowl of homemade chili.  One that is loaded with flavor as well as beans and meat.  That being said I am a lucky girl as Lenny makes a really great chili that we load up with all the toppings.  I cannot wait to share this recipe with you for Lenny’s Homemade Chili.  Wait until you see what the secret ingredient is.

I have been wasting the afternoon, looking through food blogs, peeking at Tastespotting, and what have I found?  Tons of great Super Bowl ideas.  I thought I should share some of our favorites, as well as some favorites I have just discovered.

Homemade Chili

Lenny made this hearty chili last week, and it was so good.   Wishing I had a bowl of it now, instead of the diced-up pears I am sitting here eating.  

His 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, or maybe some killer margaritas.  

Favorite Topping Ideas for Chili

green onions, minced
sour cream
cheddar cheese, grated
avocado, diced
lime quarters
red onion, diced
pickled jalapeños
radishes, sliced thin


Lenny's Homemade Chili


** 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 it is also amazing!  The meat is super tender, the sauce is so saucy, and it is mouth-watering flavorful.  Wait until you try it out!

Recipe:  Lenny’s Homemade Chili


1 medium yellow onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon 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

How To:

Stove Top Version
Heat oil in a large dutch oven over low heat.
Add the sausage and hamburger.
Stir to break the meat into small pieces.
Cook over low heat until browned; about 15 min.
To the same pan add the onion.
Cook over low heat until onions are soft; about 10 min.
Add the garlic and stir.
Sprinkle in the seasoning packet.
Add the tomato paste, stir until mixed.
Add the diced tomatoes.
Add the beans.
Bring to a low simmer.
Cover with a lid.
Cook over low heat for 60 min.
Stir often to prevent sticking.
Right before serving stir in the hot sauce.
Serve in big bowls with your favorite garnishes on top.

Slow Cooker Version:
Tools: Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker 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.
Add the garlic.
Stir in the tomato paste and the seasoning packet.
Then pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
Add the diced tomatoes, cover with a lid and cook for 4 1/2 hours on low heat.
Add the beans and cook for another 30 minutes. Stir.
Serve in big bowls with your favorite garnishes.

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Rachel @ Bakerita

Saturday 4th of February 2012

This looks amazing! Nothing beats an amazing chili, and full of meat and beans is the absolute best kind!

Alison @ Ingredients Inc.

Friday 3rd of February 2012

Thanks for including my sandwiches in your post!! Your chili looks awesome


Thursday 2nd of February 2012

every single ingredients sounds great, it would be perfect!


Monday 3rd of January 2011

Neil makes a mean chili too - must be a guy thing. Mmmm - this is on our list to make a big batch of this week sometime so we are assured of decent meals even when we don't feel like cooking! Happy New Year!

Maris (In Good Taste)

Saturday 1st of January 2011

Sounds so good and perfect for winter. I love chili!