Howcroft’s Soon-to-be-famous Chili

Going to Kroger today to buy groceries, I realised that I had forgotten to look up a good chili recipe before going. So naturally I decided to wing it. How hard can it be to make some veggie curry? Anyway, what follows is the very simple recipe I came up with. (I’d also forgotten to look up a good curry recipe, and some others, but I’m not quite adventurous enough to take those on without instruction.)

The Recipe

  • Chili Beans (2 cans) – I figured I’d start with the obvious and go from there. I used Bush’s Medium Chili Beans, to get some built in seasoning.
  • Black Beans (1 can) – Just used the Kroger brand for this.
  • Kidney Beans (1 can) – Again, the Kroger brand.
  • Great Northern Beans (1 can) – You guessed it. (Kroger!)
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis (1 small can) – This worked out pretty well; just the Kroger brand.
  • Prego Traditional (1 24oz. container) – I used pretty much all of this as the tomato base for the chili.
  • Tone’s Garlic and Herb Seasoning (2 shakes) – Just from what I had lying around.
  • Salt (5 twists of the grinder) – Obviously adjust this to your taste.
  • Black Pepper (something like 15 twists of the grinder) – Again, adjust to taste.
  • Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste (a smidge) – This was just to make the recipe uniquely mine. I just scraped some from the top of the jar and used that spoon to mix everything thoroughly.

When it was all thrown into the pot and mixed together, I let it sit on low heat for 2-3 hours on the stovetop. I served it with saltines, and next time I think I’ll add some cheese.

What are your favorite chili recipes? Do you have any suggestions for future iterations of my chili?

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4 Responses to Howcroft’s Soon-to-be-famous Chili

  1. Bryan says:

    Sounds interesting. Did the chili beans have chili powder? I noticed you didn’t use any. Also, are you vegetarian?

    • admin says:

      I’m assuming that the Bush’s brand chili beans were so-called because because of some degree of chili spicing, but I didn’t actually check the ingredients. I’m not vegetarian, but I eat waaaaaay too much meat (like 2 meals a day, every day) and I’d like to cut down. Hence, I need some veggie cooking ^^

  2. Fred Mailhot says:

    Hi David,

    This sound simple & tasty. I’ve been trying to watch what I’m eating, so I may well give it a try. My own favourite chili recipe (the specific details of which are buried somewhere in my hard drive) involves cubes of beef, lots of kidney beans, several pieces of dark chocolate (>70% cocoa), a mug of strong coffee, and a pint of Guiness.

    It’s absurdly delicious, but probably an acquired taste. Definitely not an everyday meal!


    • admin says:

      That sounds mighty intriguing–if you can dig up the recipe, I’d love to try it sometime! (Or maybe I should just volunteer you to cook for some department event?)

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