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The Easiest Chili Recipe

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The Easiest Chili Recipe Ever

I’m really afraid to say this out loud but…. I think, we finally have fall weather in WNC.

Can you believe it? I’m still a little shocked. I really like warmer weather. Maybe someday I can live where it is an average 85 degrees with a soft breeze on a daily basis.  Do you hear that? Shhhh… Listen closely… It’s St. Thomas calling and asking where I am!

Well, I’m in Western North Carolina pulling my sweaters and boots out of the closet. Which also means, It’s time for my momma’s

Easiest Chili Recipe Ever to be made!

I have taken her classic recipe and added a different touch to it!

I added Barley!  You can make mom’s Easiest Chili Recipe Ever with it or leave it out but barley adds a nice touch because it  is a very versatile grain. Barley has benefits that will promote heart health, bone health and assist with keeping your gut healthy!

How to make The Easiest Chili Recipe Ever:

1- In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the oil, onions and minced garlic..

2- Cook until the onions are translucent.

3- Add in ground chuck and brown.

4- Drain any grease and return the pot to the stove.

5- Stir in worcestershire sauce, add your bay leaves, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, navy beans, black beans, and barley.

6- Add the cumin, chili powder, thyme, crushed red pepper, oregano, and basil.  

7- Stir until fully incorporated. 

8- Pour in chicken broth and sugar.  

You can add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring mixture to a boil.  Once your chili is boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for at least  20-30 minutes.

What Else Makes this Chili so good?  

Toppings… Here is a list of toppings that will help make this chili so delicious:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese
  • Corn Chips
  • Crackers
  • Jalapeños
  • Cornbread or Corn Muffins

The longer you let the chili simmer, the better it will taste.  

We like it best garnished with sour cream, cheese, corn chips and jalapeños. Or you can add a piece of buttered cornbread.

The Easiest Chili Recipe

This chili tastes like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day but in reality it was just 30 minutes!

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 cup onions, (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic, (minced)
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 1 15 oz can white or navy beans, (drained)
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, (drained)
  • ¾ cup Quick Barley
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 ½ cup chicken broth
  • ⅛ cup white sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the oil, onions and minced garlic.. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add in ground chuck and brown.
  2. Drain any grease and return the pot to the stove.
  3. Stir in worcestershire sauce, add your bay leaves, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, navy beans, black beans, and barley.
  4. Add the cumin, chili powder, thyme, crushed red pepper, oregano, and basil. Stir until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour in chicken broth and sugar. You can add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil. Once your chili is boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for at least 20-30 minutes.