Let’s warm up your kitchen with some Chili for a chilly day!

Untitled design 16Do you ever find yourself wondering what to cook while you don’t really feel like cooking, especially on a chilly day? I come across that feeling quite often. That’s when I like to make some comfort food. Something like Chili is one of those meals that you can make ahead of time or first thing in the morning while forgetting about it when it’s simmering in your crockpot. It also makes a great dish for meal prepping. I like these kinds of meals as I don’t have to think about what to cook for dinner all day, plus I can go on with my day after preparing it in the morning or the night before. Once dinner time comes around, it almost feels like I had my personal chef slaving away in my kitchen while I was hard at work at the office.

Having a large family makes it one of these perfect chilly day dinners, as I can make large amounts of comfort food, and everyone loves it, especially with some yummy cornbread.

For my Youtube Instructional video, please click the link here https://youtu.be/YnAQB3C9oZ4

So before we start, let’s warm up your crockpot in case you decide to eat this deliciousness the same day you prepare it.

Let’s warm up your kitchen with some Chili for a chilly day!

For the chili, you will need and cut into pieces:

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 small or 1 large carrot
  • Some jalapenos if you like them, I use the ones out of the jar

After dicing these ingredients, brown them in a large pot with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat until they get glazy.

  1. 2. Then add:
  • 1-pound ground pork
  • 1-pound ground chicken — or any meat of your choice. I do recommend using two different types of meat as this will complement the flavor of the chili. I also like to suggest using meat that is hormone and antibiotic-free. If you can, grass-fed is the best or organic.  This is important for our gut health.

Stir well

  1. 3. While browning the meat mixture 
  • add the 7 small or 4 normal size cloves of garlic (minced with a garlic press)

Continue stirring

  1. 4.  Add:
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne
  • Turmeric

Please note that I don’t have exact measurements on my spices, so please add as much as you think will taste good to you.

  1. 5. Add:
  • Jalapenos
  • 2-16oz. Cans of organic beans your choice. I used one can of Kidney and one can of Cannellini Beans
  • 2-32oz. cans of organic or NON-GMO diced tomato’s

Stir well and let simmer for about another 5 min.

If this chili is meant for the day you are cooking it, add it to your crockpot and forget about it until you are ready to eat.

If this is for the following day, you can keep the chili in your fridge overnight. In the morning, heat the chili in a normal pot until hot, then add it to your crockpot. This will save you some time getting the chili to the right temperature before adding it to the crockpot and then turning the crockpot to a low setting while you are busy doing important things.

I decided to make cornbread with my chili but didn’t have my usual out-of-the-box gluten-free cornbread on hand made by Stonewall Kitchen, which btw is my favorite. Therefore I decided to look up a quick recipe on Pinterest, and I decided on the cornbread by “What the Fork.” (Click the link below to find it)!

Cornbread on Pinterest by ‘What the Fork”. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/624241198328447993/

I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I substituted some of them:
  • Instead of Avocado oil, I used Coconut oil.
  • Instead of sugar, I used Maple Syrup that’s because I prefer that over table sugar.
  • Instead of Buttermilk, I used regular milk with a heaping tablespoon of sour cream.


I hope you will try this recipe. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Leave me a comment below if you like. Thank you so much for stopping by. Below find the link to my Chili YouTube video. Enjoy this comfort food as much as my family and I do. Nothing better than good comfort food on a chilly fall day.

For information on how I may be able to help you adjust to your gluten-sensitivity while focusing on a healthier digestive system, please visit my website at http://www.healthyforfood.com

Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day. Smile and be happy you deserve it! 

I cheer you, 

Xx Andi 🙂