Homemade Chili on a Rainy Day

Published On July 12, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Food, Recipes

Finally, we have rain here in Southern Nevada, much needed rain at that.  Today is perfect for a traditional homemade meal and Recess has a great one from the Organized Cook: Homemade Chili.  For some reason, soups, stews and chili remind me of rainy days so I often want to indulge with a nice bowl of one of these comfort foods when skies are gloomy.  So as the rain falls, I’m grabbing the shredded cheese and the Dutch oven, maybe tortilla chips too.  Yes, definitely tortilla chips….let’s live dangerously, shall we?

Homemade Chili

Homemade Chili courtesy of the Organized Cook

Homemade Chili courtesy of the Organized Cook


    • ground sirloin- 1 lb
    • dark beer- 1 bottle (optional)
    • white onion- 1, peeled and minced
    • chili beans – 1 28oz. can, not drained
    • dark red kidney beans- 1 14oz. can, drained
    • diced tomatoes – 1 15oz. can
    • garlic salt- 1 tablespoon
    • chili powder – 1 tablespoon
    • paprika- 1 teaspoon
    • onion powder- 1 teaspoon
homemade chili 2

Rainbow Goldfish Crackers


  1. In large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown beef over medium-high heat
  2. Add beer and let it simmer until foam is gone, approximately 5 minutes
  3. Season beef with all seasoning including garlic salt, chili powder, paprika and onion powder
  4. Add onion, chili beans, kidney beans and tomatoes
  5. Bring to boil
  6. Once boiling, cover pot and reduce heat to low to simmer until beans are tender, approximately 20 minutes
  7. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, Goldfish crackers for kids, and/or tortilla chips (my personal favorite)
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The kids will enjoy this, so will the adults!

What’s your favorite rainy day meal?  Share your ideas!

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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