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Old Fashioned Chili Recipe

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Old Fashioned Chili and Cornbread: These Recipes are the Ultimate Comfort Food

One of my favorite things to do in the entire world is cook. There is something so fulfilling and rewarding in the process of making something delicious for the people you love. Whenever I have a hard day, I head to the kitchen.

The chopping, the stirring, the simmering, the melding of flavors is good therapy for a tired heart. In a world of quick heat and serve, taking the time to make something worth eating is a beautiful tradition I love to hold onto.

Old Fashioned Chili Recipe

This holiday season, I’m partnering with Mirum to bring you a delicious recipe from my family to yours. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

This summer, we had our first annual BBQ with neighbors.  I pulled out the grill, grabbed a cooler full of drinks and all my neighbors headed to my backyard with a dish to pass.

We had the absolute best time talking about our plans for the summer, sharing stories of travel and upcoming plans and laughing as my kids ran around.

Let me say: I have hands down, the absolute best neighbors. I truly hit the neighbor lottery. Not only could I borrow gallons of milk and buckets of sugar from them, they love my kids oh-so-good. They aren’t freaked out by conversations at the fence where I burst into tears about how hard adulting is.

They always dole out solid advice and get me laughing again with their stories. If they made it, so can I. There is a peace of mind that comes knowing that I could pick up the phone at any hour and they’d show up. Truly, they crazy bless my heart.

As we prepare for the holidays, I got all mooshy gooshy and thought about how much I love my neighbors. That made me reflect on how much I enjoyed our summertime BBQ together.

And it got me thinking how wonderful it would be to do something like that again. Minus the backyard though… because really, it’s cold here now. And I don’t feel like icicle is my best look.

Tomato Sauce for Chili

That’s when I decided a dinner inside was the thing to do. I could make a big pot of my favorite chili, some cornbread muffins and invite everyone over for a gathering before Christmas.

Hunt's Chili Recipe

This old fashioned chili recipe will make you think of meals at grandma’s when you were little. It’s hearty and filling. The flavors are perfect.

Hunt's from Scratch

My boys always scrape their bowls clean and then come back for seconds. And sometimes thirds. That’s how good it is. Meals from scratch should never be underestimated.

Hunt's Diced Tomatoes

I always use Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes when I make my chili. I feel good knowing I’m serving something high quality to my family. The quality and flavor can’t be beat!

Easy Cornbread Muffin Recipe

And did I mention that the cornbread muffins have cheddar, bacon and jalapenos in them? They do. And they’re ridiculously good. You should be baking them right.this.second. And eating them with butter and chili until you’re full and happy.

Cornbread Muffin Recipe

You’ll want to make this delicious old fashioned chili recipe over and over this winter. Enjoy!

Chili and Cornbread


Old Fashioned Chili Recipe

  • Author: Layne Henderson
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10


  • 2 pounds ground beef/turkey
  • 2 small green peppers (about 2 cups diced)
  • 1 small yellow onion (about 1.5 cups diced)
  • 2-15 ounce cans Hunts Diced Tomatoes
  • 1-15  ounce can Hunts Tomato Sauce
  • 1-6 ounce can Hunts Tomato Paste
  • 1-15 ounce cans water
  • 2-15 ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a large dutch oven, saute diced peppers and onions until translucent and they start to caramelize.
  2. Add seasonings (minus the baking soda) and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously.  (Make sure they don’t burn.)
  3. Add ground meat and brown until just done.  It’s okay if it still has some pink in it before you add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste.
  5. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat and cook for about 15 minutes.  Then add the drained beans.
  6. Stir in the baking soda.  The sauce will start to bubble up.  Stir over medium heat until the bubbles have gone away.
  7. Remove from heat and serve with cornbread.

Ridiculous Cheddar, Bacon, Jalapeno Cornbread

  • Author: Layne Henderson
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10


  • 3 box corn muffin mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp white cheddar
  • ½ jalapeno, diced
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives


  1. a mixing bowl, mix together the corn mix, milk and eggs.  Stir in cheese, jalapeno, bacon and chives.
  2. Line a jumbo muffin pan with liners and fill each 2/3 full with batter.
  3. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.


When baking for kiddos, I divide the batter into two, cook half of it plain then put the mixins in the remaining batter.  This particular recipe made 10 muffins.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.