Cheese Curd Chili

This entry is part 30 of 31 in the series Grow Your Own Challenge

Cheese Curd Chili

Each year that first nip of cold in the beginning of fall gets me in a chili eating kind of mood. This time of year is when you start thinking about hot soups, crock pots, and good old fashioned comfort food. Today, the FourKidsAndAChicken.com blog whipped together a crockpot chili we call Cheese Curd Chili. If you like this idea, come check us out!

cornbread and chili

This chili is served with a side of cornbread and fresh honey right from our hives. This hearty meal will keep you warm as the “good sleeping” weather tip toes in.

Serisously consider making our Cornbread recipe to go with your chili. It’s a great pair!

jalapeno cornbread

I should also point out that this meal used our canned Homemade Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce! For more about how we grow and preserve our garden, check out our Grow Your Own Challenge series. If you are interested in learning to can or want to expand your gardening and preserving, I researched and picked my favorite products and put them in affiliate links below. I highly recommend the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving at FreshPreserving.com. It will teach you everything you need to know about canning safely. I use it all the time. The 200 page book contains over 500 recipes for canning, pickling, dehydrating, freezing and more. It’s also a great resource and a good place to buy equipment. Just beginning? I suggest getting this starter kit: Ball Fresh Preserving Kit at FreshPreserving.com. Our meals taste like summer all year long.

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 1/2 quarts Tomato Juice (We used our Homemade Tomato Juice we preserved from our own garden)
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 can maple flavor baked beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown the ground beef, jalapeno and the onion.

brown ground beef

 Combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot.

This is all of the ingredients without the tomato sauce.
(This is all of the ingredients without the tomato sauce.)
Add tomato sauce until you get the consistency you desire. Err to the side of being a little too liquid because a small amount will evaporate off.
(Add tomato sauce until you get the consistency you desire. Err to the side of being a little too liquid because a small amount will evaporate off. If you find it is too thick at the end, pour in some hot tomato sauce or a little water if the amount is not large.)

Cook on low heat for 4 or more hours in the crockpot.

Serve hot with cheese curds and sour cream. You can thank me later…

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The Suburban Homestead

If you liked these recipes and meal idea, please check out my other blog FourKidsAndAChicken.com. We are suburban homesteaders in St. Paul, Minnesota. We are a family of four kids, a chicken, a dog and some other stuff. Come on over. We’re fun.

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