Sunday, September 15, 2013

Misty's Chili

I have struggled over the years to find a really good chili and I finally found one!!  My sweet friend, Misty, shared her recipe with me and it's fantastic!  For all of you yearning or feeling that fall season coming, this recipe will hit home because it calls for cinnamon and cloves.  I typically wouldn't think of putting a cinnamon stick and whole cloves in my chili, but this specific recipe is fantastic and has a wonderful taste for our approaching fall season!

This one if Gluten free and full of fiber. This recipe calls for 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix.  This is a Gluten Free product!  Read the labels to ensure your box says Gluten Free!

This recipe is super easy to make and my 4 year old son asked for seconds!  Now, what 4 year old asks for seconds when eating chili!!  That's how good it is!

Let's talk about the cloves for a minute.  These can be fun for your kiddos.  You want to ensure you dont eat the cloves.  If you opt to add water to this recipe (you can), the cloves will float to the top so you can easily pick them out when the chili is finished cooking.  But I like my chili on the thicker side.  If I dont see the cloves when serving the chili, I tell the kids to look for the "wishes" in the chili and if they find one they can pick it out and make a wish.  It's a fun way for the kiddos to eat :)

I love to eat my chili with noodles or rice (depending on my mood).  I typically put a 1/2 cup of cooked rice or Gluten Free noodles at the bottom of my bowl, pour my chili over it and top it with my favorite shredded cheese.  It's always best to use a fresh block of cheese!  My husband loves to top his off with a little sour cream.

Whatever toppings you like, you will love this chili recipe!  Enjoy!


  • 2 lbs Hamburger Meat
  • 2-3 Cloves of chopped garlic 
  • 1 Can Fire-Roasted Tomatoes - dices with chilies
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 2 Cans Chili Beans
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1-2 Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1-2 Cans Light Red Kidney Beans
  • 3 Small cans of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix 
  • 4-5 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Do Not Use Ground Cinnamon!)
  • Brown hamburger meat with onion and garlic.
  • Add can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes with chilies.  Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, chili powder to layer flavors.
  • Add chili beans and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse other beans and add to chili.
  • Finish by pouring in tomato sauce, adding Cumin and Hidden Valley Ranch Packet spices to taste.
  • Last - add the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  • Simmer for 1 hour.

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