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Pinto Bean Chili Recipe

I’m looking for a recipe for a pinto bean chili (with or without beef) with the flavor of a canned chili, or something like the chili sold at Steak N Shake. Thanks!


From the Hillbilly Housewife:

I found a copy cat Steak N Shake chili recipe. It’s made with kidney beans instead of pintos but I think it’s worth trying. You can easily replace the types of beans you use and even leave out the meat. I think the key is the addition of cola. It will give it that nice sweet taste you find in both a canned chili and this copy cat version.

Copycat Steak N Shake Chili Recipe
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons Cocoa
  • 2 13.5oz Cans Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 13.5oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup of Cola
  1. Start by cooking the ground beef in a pan on the stove. Cook it until it's nicely browned, then drain it and put it in a blow. Add all remaining ingredients, except the beans.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend everything together. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can also run it through your blender in batches as needed.
  3. Pour this puree into your crockpot. Add he beans and cook on low for 6 hours before serving.

 Do you have a recipe for Ali to try? Please share it in the comments below. Thank you! 

Copy Cat Chili Recipe


Advent Calendar Day 12 – Time For Some Chili

It’s getting cold down here in Dixie. Today I had to scratch ice from the windshield for the first time before taking my daughter to school. The cold weather has me adding more and more soups and stews to our weekly meal plans.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 12Something that’s making a regular appearance these days is Chili. I mix it up by fixing it in the slowcooker one week and on the stove the next. I’m making chili with ground beef, stew meat, chicken, turkey and vegetarian versions. With so many different recipes to choose from, we never get tired of eating it.

As today’s Advent Calendar treat, I would like to share my Kindle Cookbook of Chili recipes with you. It’s a free download on Amazon.

Free Kindle Book – 35 Chili Recipes – World’s Best (My Family Thinks So ) Chili Recipes 

35 Chili Recipes - Kindle CookbookChili is an easy and versatile dish. You can make it with all different kinds of meat such as beef, turkey, chicken or venison. You can also make it with or without beans.

You can also make it as spicy as you like. In other words, it’s a simple recipe that you can tweak to your liking.

Here are some of the recipes you’ll find inside:

  • Kid Friendly Chili
  • One Pot Chili
  • Fast and Easy Chili
  • Crock Pot Chili
  • Quick and Easy White Chili
  • Corn and Black Bean Chili
  • No Tomato Crock Pot Chili
  • No Beans and Tomatoes Chili
  • No Bean Chili Recipe
  • No Bean Meat Lover’s Chili
  • Cheap and Easy Crockpot Chili


Download the Chili Cookbook to your Kindle, computer, tablet or smart phone.

Let’s Talk About Chili

My question for you today is what type of chili do you like best? Leave me a comment below.

Easy Chili Casserole Recipe

This Chili con Carne casserole is easy to put together and the perfect meal for any chili loving family. Full of flavor with all the beans, chilies and seasonings and plenty of beef and rice to fill you up, this delicious casserole is a crowd pleaser. It’s quick and easy to throw together, perfect for busy week nights and fun-filled Saturdays. Give it a try. It’ll quickly become a favorite in your house… it already has in mine.

From The Casseroles Made Simple Cookbook


Chili Con Carne Casserole
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Recipe type: Casserole
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1¼ cup uncooked rice
  • 1¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 can (26 oz) kidney or pinto beans, drained
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • 1 can (4 oz) green chilies, drained and diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a large casserole dish.
  2. Arrange the onions evenly into the casserole, then add the rice and water, and smooth out evenly into the casserole.
  3. In a separate big bowl, place the black beans, beef, chilies, salt, cumin, and chili powder, and mix with a fork until beef is broken up and mixture is blended.
  4. Spoon evenly into casserole dish, then cover with zucchini, and finally the diced tomatoes.
  5. Cover casserole and bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until beef is cooked thoroughly and chili is bubbly hot.


Home Made Bowl Of Chili Con Carne Casserole


Green Chili and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Is there anything better than a nice breakfast casserole on cold Sunday morning? Here’s a new recipe I’ve been playing with that has some fun Southwestern flavors. The casserole is easy to put together and can sit in the fridge overnight. You just bake it while enjoying your first cup of coffee and by the time everyone’s crawled out of bed on Sunday, breakfast is ready.

This also makes a great weekday dinner. Just assemble it in the morning, stick it in the fridge and bake when you get home. Add a side salad and dinner is served.

Chili Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southwest
  • 6 slices bread with crust removed
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 4 cups Colby Jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cans green chilies
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, dry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Picante sauce
  1. In a 9x13 inch baking dish, place lightly buttered (on both sides) bread.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage and drain well.
  3. Sprinkle the sausage as evenly as possible over bread slices – make sure bread is covered. Sprinkle the cheese over the sausage layer and then place green chilies over the cheese.
  4. Beat the eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl and then add in the half-and-half, mustard and salt.
  5. Once mixed thoroughly pour over the casserole and cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. To prepare: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes and then serve with Picante sauce.


The directions above outline how to make the casserole the night before and then bake it the next morning. This is my favorite way to do things. If you want to do everything in the morning, just start by preheating the oven, assemble your casserole and bake it right away.

For more delicious breakfast casserole recipes, get a copy of my latest Kindle book. Inside you’ll find 35 recipes your family will love including:

Ham, Hash Brown and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
French Toast Breakfast Casserole
Sugar Free French Toast Breakfast Casserole
French Toast Breakfast Casserole – Syrup on the Bottom Version
Apples and Raisins French Toast Breakfast Casserole
Peach French Toast Breakfast Casserole
Sunday Morning Breakfast Casserole
Cheese Grits Breakfast Casserole
Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
All-in-One Breakfast Casserole

What a perfect way to start your morning. Get Breakfast Casseroles – 35 Recipes for Everyday & Special Occasions today.

Easy 3 Can Beef Chili

1 lb lean ground beef
1 14 oz can Ranch beans(undrained)
1 14 oz can Chili beans(undrained)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes(undrained)

Brown ground beef(do not drain). Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. To add a little spice, use Ranch beans with jalapenos instead.

This is great to use making frito pie.

Chili Casserole

I made this up years ago when I had not-enough of a bunch of things. It's basically an extrapolated tamale pie. I'm sorry this is so long. I promise it's not difficult.

  • 1 15-ounce can chili (2 cups homemade/leftover)
  • 1 pound ground meat, browned and drained (beef, turkey, whatever)
  • 1 15-ounce can beans, any kind, rinsed and drained (2 cups homemade/leftover)
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained a little (2 cups fresh, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 15-ounce can kernel corn or hominy, drained (2 cups fresh or frozen)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • your favorite recipe of cornbread batter, or 1 package mix (I prefer unsweetened)
  • jalapeños to taste (I use 2-3 pickled slices, squeezed through a garlic press)
  • cheese, if you wish

Alternative: Rice, cooked
**You can substitute cooked rice (or any other grain, really) for some or all of the ground meat. One pound ground meat made two generous cups of crumbled meat after browning, so substitute accordingly.

1) This is a very forgiving recipe and you can make lots of substitutions. Also, if you don't have the proportions c alled for here, it doesn't matter. It's basically stew in casserole form: You can't really go wrong.
2) No chili? Add extra tomatoes and beans, and season with chili powder to taste.
3) No meat? Add more beans (and/or cooked rice/grain).

Prepare cornbread mix according to directions on package, or make up a batch of batter.

Combine all the other ingredients except for the cheese. Mix thoroughly and spread into a 9 x 13-inch pan. Top with cheese, if you like, and then cornbread batter. Bake according to cornbread directions (everything else is already cooked, so you only have to heat up the filling and bake the topping).

This can be frozen. It works best if you freeze the filling only and add the cornbread batter before baking. You can freeze it with the batter but the cornbread won't rise and you'll get a flat crust. It still tastes fine but the texture is less appealing.

Take it out of the freezer the night before (i.e. if you need it for Wednesday dinner, take it out to thaw on Tuesday night). I thaw on the counter instead of in the fridge since it's made of pre-cooked ingredients.

Girls Scout Chili

I am submitting this because although it may not sound “holiday”, it sure helped ours.

One year I was crazy busy making our usual traditional Thanksgiving feast. In our new little mobile home kitchen, that requires 3-4 days of juggling what gets cooked when since. In our hectic dance of preps, cooking and cleaning only to repeat several times, we ate whatever we could sample, pop in the mic, or spread on bread.

On one of these manic days, my daughter and hubby were complaining they would like something hot on such a damp cold day. I looked around, feeling overwhelmed told them..look..if you can do it in one pot, in 15 minutes, go ahead or make another sandwich. My daughter’s face lit up. “Ok Ma..I’ll make Girls Scout Chili!” She did and every year now..Girl Scout Chili is part of our holiday preps.

  • 1 jar any flavor spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. meat..ground or diced..turkey, beef, sausage, chicken etc
  • 3 cans of “Pork and Beans” or baked beans.

Cook meat, add sauce and beans. Eat.

Crockpot Cooking and 4 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Chili – HBHW Newsletter

October 13th, 2010


Hello again and welcome to another edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter.

Most families share two things each fall:  back to school and dinnertime chaos.  One solution I have found for those busy days is to have dinner ready and waiting at home when we get there.  For that reason, my crockpot gets a workout each fall.  Want to learn more about how crockpot cooking saves you from dinnertime chaos?  Be sure to scroll down and read this week’s featured article.

Once you’re convinced that crockpot cooking will save you time and money, you’ll want all the details about how to get started cooking in your crockpot.  But, perhaps even more importantly, you’ll want the recipes!  Please take a look at our crockpot cookbook featured this week.

My efforts to get a meal in the crockpot several mornings each week got me thinking about goals, especially meaningful goals.  The inspirational quote and story I’ve chosen this week reflect my thoughts about goal setting.  I hope you’ll take a moment or two out of your busy day to read this week’s quote and story.

As a little reminder, I want to tell you about a fun little contest. Front Porch Ideas and More is hosting an Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest during the month of October. If you like decorating your porch this time of the year, you will enjoy all the ideas that Mary and Dave have for your porch. You could win a $100 or $50 gift certificate from Plow & Hearth. Learn more about their fun contest here: Autumn and Halloween Porch Decorating Contest.

Those are my thoughts this week. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to email me at

Warm Regards,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Inspirational Quote

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business… or almost anywhere else for that matter.
~Lee Iacocca~


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Picture no more stopping at the grocery store in a rush after work to pick up something to cook for your hungry family.

Picture the money you’ll save by not ordering out pizza or driving through the fast food place on your way home after picking up the kids from soccer, piano lessons, theater, or whatever your busy days require.

Now we’ve got you thinking,  “this crockpot cooking thing could be good.”  Yes, crockpot cooking can be very very good, indeed.  Now that you are thinking about dragging your crockpot down from the pantry shelf, or even buying a new crockpot, you need some information.

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  • what to look for in a new crockpot
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Once you have all these basics down, you’ll be ready for the fun.  Of course we mean the Recipes!  In this resource, you’ll find almost 500 recipes plus tips to make your crockpot meals come out perfect every time.

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  • Take It from the Pantry Soup
  • Stew Meat Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar, Ham and Broccoli Soup
  • Sautéed Curry Chicken Soup
  • Kid Favorite Alphabet Soup
  • Shepherds Crock Pot Casserole
  • Shoestring Potato and Tuna Casserole
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Featured Article

If you haven’t been convinced yet that crockpot cooking is the way to go, this article is worth a read.  You’ll find well researched and thought out reasons exactly how and why crockpot cooking works to save you time and money.  Please take a moment to read this week’s featured article to find out more:

How Crockpot Cooking Saves Both Time And Money

Recipe Sharing

When you’re ready to fire up the crockpot, you’re going to want a couple family-pleasing recipes.  Here is one recipe that my family particularly enjoys, and I like too because it’s super easy with only 4 ingredients:

4 Ingredient Chicken Chili In The Crockpot

  • 2 lbs of chicken thighs, bones and skin removed, cut into cubes
  • 1 small package Taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans Navy beans, drained
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes, chilies and garlic flavor – do not drain
  • 3 cans  water (use diced tomato cans)

In your crockpot (about 5 quart size) put the ingredients in and stir gently just to combine. Put cover on crockpot and set heat to low. Cook covered for 6 to 8 hours. Stir again gently to combine before serving.

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Inspirational Story

Meaningless Goals
~author unknown~

A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around.  As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.

One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?”

The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.”

Old joke with a meaningful moral:

Many people in life behave like that dog; they go about pursuing meaningless goals.

Set meaningful goals.  Then the work you do to achieve your goals will be just as meaningful.

Final Thought

That’s it for this edition of the Hillbilly Housewife Newsletter. I hope you’ve had as much fun reading it as I had creating it for you. I also hope that you have found the information helpful and useful. And by all means feel free to forward the newsletter to family and friends or even better, encourage them to subscribe to it.

Do you have a question, a tip, a recipe or a story you’d like to share with us? Email it to me and I’ll include it in a future issue. Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

Warm Wishes,

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

Homemade Chili Recipe

  • 2 1/2lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 packet chili powder
  • 1-46oz can tomato juice
  • 2 cans pinto beans or kidney beans

Saute ground beef,onion and garlic until brown. Drain off any grease. Return to stove and add chili powder, tomato juice,beans and salt and pepper. Cook for 1 hour.

You can also brown the beef, onion and garlic, then add all ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for several hours. This recipe makes a quick hardy dinner with a slice of homemade corn bread.

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Award Winning Chili – Crockpot

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb hot sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Brown the ground beef and sausage in the oil in large skillet, then put in crockpot.  In same skillet with meat drippings,


lightly saute all the vegetables, then add to crockpot.  Add all the spices to the ingredients in crockpot and stir.  In separate bowl, mix together the next 5 ingredients (Worcestershire, vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes).  Then pour into crockpot and stir to combine.  Cover and set crockpot temperature on Low. Cook for 7 to 8 hours (or more is fine).  During the last 30 minutes, stir in kidney beans and continue on Low.

Serve in bowls along with toppings like chopped green onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, black olives, crushed corn chips, etc.


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4 Ingredient Chicken Chili – Crockpot

Technically there are 5 ingredients if you count the water that has to be added. Never-the-less this is one of the easiest chicken chili crockpot recipes I’ve come across and of course very tasty.

Crockpot Chicken Chili

  • 2 lbs of chicken thighs, bones and skin removed, cut into cubes
  • 1 small package Taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cans Navy beans, drained
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes, chilies and garlic flavor – do not drain
  • 3 cans  water (use diced tomato cans)

In your crockpot (about 5 quart size) put the ingredients in and stir gently just to combine. Put cover on crockpot and set heat to low. Cook covered for 6 to 8 hours. Stir again gently to combine before serving.

Serve with a little shredded cheese if you’d like. Last time I made this I added some leftover frozen corn tot he chili mix and it turned out great.

4 Ingredient Chicken Chili made in the Slowcooker

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Chili From Scratch

this makes about 4 servings but more if you like yours soupier. I make mine htick enough to stand a spoon in so mine yields a little less. this one is also easily doubled or tripled.

1 lb of dry pinto beans
1 lb ground turkey, beef, or pork
1 medium onion
1 bag of frozen corn or 2 cans of corn
2 cans of tomato paste
salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, and chili powder
chipotle flavored tabasco sauce
liquid smoke

the night before put your beans and dry seasonings into your crock pot with plenty of water. you need about 3 times the amount of water as you do beans. if you don’t feel all that technical about precisely measuring your water you can also do like me and “eyeball” it. stir it yup so you don’t get seasoning balls and put it on low. Go to bed. When you get up in the morning taste a bean. It is probably still not done so turn it up on high. Test the beans every half hour or so until they are tender but not mushy. drain off most of the water and return the beans to low. now add the 2 cans of tomato paste and 4 cans of water. brown or microwave your ground turkey and throw it in too. I grilled my onion but it works fine saute’d. In to the pot it goes too. throw the corn in frozen. it will thaw quickly. Then when everything chunky is in add salt, pepper, tabasco and liquid smoke to taste. Also if it is too thick add some more water. Let it simmer until thick and delicious. Serve hot with corn bread, over rice, on a hot dog, or wrapped in a tortillia. This is also good without meat. at under a dollar a serving it is also a nice filling meal on a tight budget.


Makes 10 servings

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 2 onions medium, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 16-ounce can tomatoes whole, cut up and liquid reserved
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano dried leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin ground
  • 2 15-ounce cans chili beans chili beans in gravy

In a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook and stir beef, onions, and garlic until meat is brown and onions are tender; drain off fat.

Stir in tomato juice, tomatoes with liquid, tomato sauce, chili powder, salt, oregano, and cumin. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Stir in beans; simmer 1 hour longer.

Chili Beef with Sour Cream

Makes 4 servings

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound beef sirloin steaks
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

1. Heat grill. In small bowl, combine all ingredients except beef and sour cream; mix well. Brush both sides of beef with water. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over both sides; with fingers, rub into beef.

2. When ready to grill, place beef on gas grill over medium-high heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium-high coals; cover grill. Cook 9 to 12 minutes or until beef is of desired doneness, turning once. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

3. To serve, cut beef diagonally into thin slices. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.