My best chili ever (stovetop recipes)

It’s another cold winter day as I write this recipe out for you, but you’ll read it tomorrow as I’ve already posted twice today. I’m taking a couple of days off from writing in my novel to catch up on some housework. And boy, today was a productive day!

I got all my dishes done, weekly food prep is finished, I vacuumed, organized my kitchen, got the towels washed. Still have to do some tidying up and change the bed sheets. Living alone is great, until you realize how much upkeep a condo is!


I had some beef in the freezer and zucchini to use and so I thought I would whip up a delicious beef chili. I kind of overdid it with buying beans this month and so I wanted to try a new recipe. This made a ton of food.

Note: if you want to make this a vegan recipe – just omit the beef. Use something Vegan friendly instead.

This batch made enough to eat for 2 servings, 2 servings of leftovers and I was able to freeze about 2 more servings. It’s a lot of food!

Cooking Tips

  • To prepare the veggies, wash them ahead of time and dice into smaller pieces.
  • If you prefer vegan or vegetarian recipes, just omit the beef.
  • For a really smoky chili, use fire roasted tomatoes
  • For a really spicy chili, use chili powder and hot peppers
  • Using some tomato paste will thicken up the sauce really well


  • 1 package of lean ground beef (or pork) (about 1 kg)
  • 2 cups of celery
  • 2 cups of zucchini
  • 1.5 cup of mushrooms
  • 1.5 cups of diced onion
  • 1 cup of crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can of tomato paste (small can)
  • 2 cups of black kidney beans
  • 2 cups of red kidney beans
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive or avocado oil

Seasoning: taste as you go!

  • Mix together 1/2 teaspoon of each: salt, black pepper, oregano, thyme and garlic salt. Sprinkle a little of this mix as you go through the prep.
  • Optional: add about 1 teaspoon of soy sauce (or a few drops)


  • In a large pot or skillet, heat up some olive or avocado oil. Add in the diced onions and garlic and cook until the onions start to tenderize. Add in some seasoning.
  • Add in the mushrooms, celery and zucchini. Give it a good stir. Let cook for a few minutes.
  • Transfer to a large pot and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet, brown the ground beef until beef is brown (no longer pink). Add the tomato paste and mix well with a spoon.
  • Add in the diced tomatoes and beans (rinse them first). Stir well.
  • Pour the meat mixture into the pot with the vegetables. Stir well.
  • Add more seasoning to taste if desired. There is no right or wrong with seasoning – use your favorite blend of spices.
  • Bring to a boil. If you need to thicken up the sauce, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of flour and mix well. Let cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Lower heat and simmer 30 minutes with lid on. Turn off heat.
  • Remove lid, give it a good stir. Let settle for a few minutes before serving.
  • Note: the sauce will thicken up a lot in the fridge overnight.

Inspired by:

This recipe was inspired by this delicious recipe by Downshiftology. I was missing some key ingredients so I improvised.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Bloglifenstuff says:

    I love chili!! And this looks awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. It was delicious and makes so much food. I just had some for a late lunch. Always better the next day.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bloglifenstuff says:

    With just a little hot sauce and cornbread!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. or garlic toast and cheese!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Bloglifenstuff says:

    I wouldn’t turn it away 😂


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