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The Best Chili

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 by in Faith, Recipes | 0 comments

Friendship in adulthood is tricky.

We don’t have clubs or teams or organized activities to rely on like in our school days. Plus, we bring spouses into the equation and then children. The more people you involve, the trickier it is to gel and mesh.

Oh, it’s worth it, we all need friends and couple friends are awesome for your marriage, but it can be hard work. Much trial and error.

So, when you find friends that work, you hold onto them with all your might. Even if it means staying up all night to talk before the kids come crashing down on you or missing a big football game to spend a few more hours hanging out.IMG_2108

And then you enjoy the fruit of the sacrifice. Like seeing your friend whom you love holding your last baby. And laughing until your abdomen protests.  Taking couples photos that wouldn’t be nearly so fun with a professional.  And working together to invent the best ever chili recipe, even though you aren’t sure during the process what the outcome will be.  Because this is really how all of life is: a wonderful, delicious risk.

So, if you aren’t already, work on it! Find friends that work; work with the friends you have. And hold onto them.  Eat chili together, eat AT Chili’s together, do stuff.  Make memories. IMG_2100IMG_2033

And if you are curious, try this chili recipe.

The Best Chili


One onion, chopped

One carrot, minced

Olive oil, drizzle

2 lbs ground beef

One large can black beans, rinsed

Two packets Chili Seasoning

One 16 oz carton tomato sauce

Two cans diced tomatoes, processed in the food processor

One can salsa verde

One tablespoon brown sugar

Garlic powder

Beef broth


  1. Chop onion and carrot. I use a small food processor to mince the carrot. Put both together in a skillet with drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Saute and soften.
  2. Add ground beef. Brown and drain off grease.
  3. Sprinkle browned beef with two packets chili seasoning and stir.
  4. Add one carton of tomato sauce.
  5. Process the diced tomatoes in a small food processor. Add to the chili, along with the black beans.
  6. Add salsa verde. Stir well.
  7. Taste. Add garlic powder if desired and one tablespoon brown sugar.
  8. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with Fritos, shredded sharp cheddar, and sparkling apple cider.

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