Not Chilly Enough for Chili (but I made it anyway)

Today’s the last day to enter my workout gear giveaway!

I finally made some chili this past weekend. It was kinda, sorta, but not really chilly outside, but I just wanted it. Plus, the chili recipe I was going to use was super easy. When it comes to cooking on a Friday night, I need something easy!

Here are two other chili recipes I like. I make these when I want to change it up, but luckily my favorite recipe, which I am going to share below, is faster, cheaper, and tastier. Winning!

I did not pair any beers with my chili, but I had an Oktoberfest brew later that night. I think that if I had enjoyed the two together, they would have complimented each other nicely.

Okay… without further delay, here’s my awesome mommy’s recipe for vegetarian chili… (World’s #1 Mom)

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  • 1 TBS oil (olive oil works well)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 bag Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce (no salt added is great)
  • 2 15-oz cans kidney beans (light or dark)
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 1 TBS ground cumin
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


1. Heat the oil in a large pot, and then add the onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos (if using).

2. After the veggies have softened, “brown” the frozen veggie crumbles. This may take approximately 5 minutes on about medium/high.

3. Once defrosted, add tomato sauce and beans. Stir occasionally and let the chili start to boil. Reduce heat to medium.

4. Add desired spices, stir, and simmer until heated through.


  • If you’re in a hurry, skip the veggies. Seriously – this is the fastest chili ever.
  • I like jalapenos, so I add two, but you can add more or less to your liking.
  • I never measure my spices, so these are approximations. I never make it the same way every time, so just use what you like.
  • Like most savory meals, it’s best with cheese…

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I also want to mention that I ordered my free pair of Naturalizer shoes yesterday. I won the a coupon code for free shoes (and shipping) from My Fashionable Affair. This was definitely the coolest giveaway ever! Check out my selection…

They aren’t the sexiest shoes I’ve ever seen, but they’ll be perfect for day-to-day wear, even at work!

· If you have a favorite chili recipe posted online somewhere, link up in the comments!

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18 Responses to Not Chilly Enough for Chili (but I made it anyway)

  1. I love Chilli!!!!! Your recipe looks so simple! I love that! Any way I can get delicious chili quick and easy it good in my book!

  2. Chili is so great! And I really like those shoes! I wish I could spend some money and get new shoes right now haha

  3. Chili rocks! Did my post spur the chili desire in you? 😉 I actually really like those shoes. Like you said, perfect for day-to-day wear! Love it!

  4. Dorsa says:

    oh i love chili 🙂 Those boots are amazing 🙂 That is the coolest giveaway! mmm boots. 🙂

  5. Cute boots girl!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  6. I like those boots a lot! I need a new pair for the season but I’ve been too cheap to scout any out yet. 🙂

  7. We had chili too last night. Though it was actually chili weather here.

  8. It is cold enough for chili in Chicago… cold + rain = perfect chili weather!

  9. Great minds think alike…when thinking about wanting chili? 🙂

    Here’s the link to my current favorite alterna-chili…which I’ve been told by people in Texas is actually just “stew with chili powder in it.’

  10. Love the chili and love the boots! What a great giveaway!!
    I LOVE adding cheese to chili. It really adds a certain something! Soo good!

  11. My mom makes this chilli all the time! I’m not the biggest fan of chilli but I love chicken noodle soup! 😀

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