Bethany's Chili

Whew! What a weekend! Even though we took a break from school this week, I found myself without a whole lot of time to spare. Yesterday, I got to MOPS and realized that I didn't have anything for dinner planned, nor did I have any leftovers. Not good. Bethany's Chili to the rescue! I try to keep an eye open for the basic ingredients when they go on sale and stock up just for moments like this. I called my husband and asked him to check the pantry and I had all the essential ingredients. I did! Woo hoo! Not only did it feed our family after a full day, but it was on the table fast and yielded dinner for another day as well! Everyone in our family loves this hearty chili (even Jonathan!), which you can eat plain or if you want to stretch it a little further, serve it with some type of starch, like rice, cornbread or biscuits. Thanks, Bethany, for sharing this recipe with us! It has become  a family favorite!

Bethany’s Chili        

 Yield: 8-12, depending on who you’re feeding! 

1-1.5 lb. ground turkey or beef, browned (saute with 1 medium onion, diced, if you like)

1 horseshoe link of kielbasa sausage, sliced and browned

1 large can brown sugar flavored pork and beans (not the tomato based one)

2 small cans chili, with or without beans

1 large/2 small can diced tomatoes, drained slightly

1 packet chili seasoning

Optional: 1 small can mushrooms, 1 can kidney beans, chopped celery and/or diced green pepper.


Cook meats, drain if necessary.

Mix together with canned goods, seasoning, and any optional ingredients.

Heat chili either on the stove top or in a crock pot: low, 6-8 hours or high, 2 hours. Because everything is cooked, all you need is for it to heat thoroughly.  

Serve over rice or with cornbread. Once I made biscuits because I had neither on hand.

If you'd like the pdf, here it is: Bethany's Chili