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2 Easy Recipes For A Hearty And Comforting Dinner

Jillee's Chili Soup

Holiday food traditions have always been a part of my life, both when I was growing up and after I started my own family. It’s a simple way to make lasting memories, and it makes the holiday feel just a little more special. On Christmas Eve we have meatballs to honor our Scandinavian heritage, on Easter we have “funeral potatoes,” but on Halloween we dig into a huge pot of chili soup.

Chili soup is hard to describe, because it’s not really chili and it’s not really soup. It’s just a delicious and comforting concoction of beef, beans, and veggies that warms you up from the inside out. It’s definitely more filling than most soups, which is great if you’re providing fuel for some eager trick-or-treaters. :-)

And what’s a good bowl of chili (or chili soup) without a piece of cornbread to go with it? I’m not devoted to any one cornbread recipe in particular, but one of my personal favorites is Paula Deen’s corn spoon bread. A warm bowl of chili soup and a piece of corn spoon bread is the perfect way to kick off an evening of spooky fun.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Jillee’s Chili Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz) can chili beans
  • 2 (15oz) cans sweet corn, drained
  • 2 (28oz) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 2 – 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 – 2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

A Note About the Size of this Recipe: The way the recipe is listed above is actual a double batch. It makes a large pot of soup. If you aren’t feeding a crowd (or a couple of very hungry boys) you can half the amounts and take out the cans of pinto and chili beans.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Directions:

Brown the ground beef, drain, and set aside.

Jillee's Chili Soup

In large pot, cook the onion and bell pepper in a little bit of oil until they become soft and translucent.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Add the remaining ingredients into the pot, as well as the hamburger.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Stir and let simmer on low heat for roughly an hour.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Mmm, it feels like Halloween already! But let’s not forget about that cornbread…

Corn Spoon Bread

Corn Spoon Bread

from FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, divided
  • 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cut in small pieces
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper flakes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Corn Spoon Bread

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, cornmeal, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.

Corn Spoon Bread

Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese, the corn, and the green onion.

Corn Spoon Bread

Temper the eggs by slowly whisking some of the hot milk mixture into the beaten eggs. Stir the tempered eggs into the milk mixture.

Corn Spoon Bread

Pour the mixture into a 9-inch pie pan. Top with pieces of butter and sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set and cheese is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Jillee's Chili Soup

Do you have a traditional Halloween meal?

Jillee's Chili Soup

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  • Any chance you can add an already-formated recipe with built-in print function for the Chili soup? I used https://www.printfriendly.com/ to reformat the page into just the recipe. But it is so much nicer to have a recipe with print/images built in. I use a print-to-PDF printer so I still get PDFs this way and a pre-formatted recipe with print options works really well for this. Thanks for consideration.

    • Sue, we have changed website providers and at this time, we cannot offer the “print-friendly” feature. We are working on adding something. For now, we suggest the site you are using. We do have a print-friendly option for our recipes.

  • I make a cornbread similar to this. But it has either ground beef of sausage (cooked), in it. And I use cream style corn, and use Mexican cornbread mix (2). It is a meal in itself.

  • I am not interested in printing 17 pages just to obtain another recipes for cornbread. And it is a WASTE OF PAPER!
    Please remove my name from your list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Sorry for your hassle Jim! If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you’ll se a big green button that says “print friendly.” When you click the green button, it brings up a preview where you can check “remove images” to make the post even shorter – it should fit on one page. Again, sorry for the trouble and I’ll be sure to remove you from our email list. :-)

      • I have not had any problems with the printing using the big green button at the bottom of the page thanks so much for all your ideas you save much time with research if it’s Jillee approved it is very good!!!!!!

  • Wonderful recipe! Looks delicious! When you refer to using a “large” pot, what size would that be? Thinking of making for our potluck, but would be using a rockpot to keep it warm. I would like to make the double batch. Thanks!

  • I can’t say enough about this site. I enjoy it so much. The ideas and creativity are amazing. Thank you fit sharing. Also the chili soup. It’s on my lunch menu for Halloween!!!

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