Super Simple Championship Chili! {church cook-offs count, right?}

championship chili 5I had such a fun afternoon yesterday! Not only did I get to meet some awesome up-and-coming bloggers (more about that later), my business partner and nephew Scott put on his chef’s hat and cooked us up a huge pot of his “Championship Chili”! I just love mixing business with pleasure. 

(In the spirit of full disclosure….Scott did admit that his “prize-winning” took place at church cookoffs…but in the spirit of being a nice Aunt, I’m going to humor him on the recipe’s name. lol.)

But honestly, this chili would win a cookoff at MY house for several reasons!

It’s super SIMPLE and FAST to throw together (great meal for those crazy, busy weeknights), it’s economical, and it’s a definite crowd-pleaser!

It’s also a great basic recipe that you could tweak in a myriad of ways to suit you and your family’s own tastes. Although all you Texans who say BEANS don’t belong in chili might not agree. :-)

Scott’s Championship Chili

28 ounce can Bush’s Baked Beans
12 ounce can kidney beans (drained)
12 ounce can black beans (drained)
20 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 packages McCormick’s chili mix (1 hot, 1 mild)
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
6 to 9 ounces brown sugar (depending on how “sweet” you like it)

Brown ground beef and onion together.  Transfer beef and onion mixture into a large stock pot, and add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix together and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes.  Serve with your favorite toppings.

Scott highly recommends throwing some crushed up nacho-flavored Doritos in it.  I’m more of a cheese and a little sour cream kinda girl.

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That’s it! I told you it was super simple!

Since we were feeding a pretty big crowd…Scott doubled this recipe. Doubling it makes a nice, BIG pot of chili!


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It went GREAT with this yummy cornbread recipe I posted about earlier this year. A winning combination!

I thoroughly enjoyed this chili…and I’m not just saying that because I’m related to the cook. My new friends over at were in agreement as well.


me and the girls


Emily, Nicole, Jenna and I “talked shop” while sharing a bowl on the back step of Scott’s home. (Jenna even “cheated” on her Paleo regime to join us! But don’t tell her I told you that!)  By the way, if you have kidlets you’ll definitely want to check out their blog. It’s a charming mix of all things cool, cute, and clever for little ones!



Thank you Scott for introducing me to the women of AND for the wonderful meal. So what’s on the menu for NEXT WEEK’S meeting? :-)


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  1. kjackson says

    I love reading your blog. My father in law used to make chili every time he thought about it. And it was family’s one of the favorite dish he used to create. He passed away in 2009, and since then, we haven’t have chili. (When you were spoiled by something great, you don’t want just anything… you know?) But your nephew’s chili sounds tasty like how I remember… I will try to make this recipe and hopefully I can win my family’s chili loving heart.

  2. says

    YUM- ours looks so similar to that. Only we don’t add the sweet stuff (brown sugar & baked beans) We do however add things like red wine, lots of garlic & a touch of habanaro. Oh I can’t wait for it to cool down a bit more so we can start making chili.

  3. Landon says

    That sounds tasty! I always put 2 cans each of pintos, kidney beans & dark kidney beans, diced tomatoes to a lb of ground beef in my chili. Never thought of black beans, but I love them. Beans are a great, inexpensive way to make chili spread much farther. The 4 of us can eat at least 3 meals off a crock pot of chili. And the brown sugar. I’m going to have to add that to mine & see how we like it. Thanks for the ideas for tweaking my own recipe. =)

  4. wendy H. says

    Sounds great! Only after browning beef and onions i would throw it in the crockpot and let it cook all day. Yummy!

    • says

      haha Mickell. You’re a good wife. ;-) But I did see you eat like 5 bowls! lol! J/K! You’re preggers…you can eat like that. ;-)

  5. KimH says

    All the Texans I know (and thats a lot!) use beans in our/their Chili… we only use pintos though.. not kidneys, black beans or white beans. Thats the only difference I’ve ever noticed regarding beans. ;)
    Love your blog & always enjoy it!
    Have a great day!