Fall Food Inspiration - Chili Beans and Sourdough Bread


The nights have cooled, the leaves are changing and the toy sections in the stores have doubled in size.   It seems we have officially entered the last quarter of the year and the last three months in this decade!

While there is so much to love about autumn, being in the kitchen whipping up all the comfort foods is right there at the top of my list.  Soups, stews and slow cooked meals in the oven are among my favorites to make.  I put together a quick batch of chili over the weekend and the sizzle as the onion and bell pepper hit the pan nearly made me giddy.  It's amazing how many emotions are tied into cooking.  Certain aromas can take us down memory lane like nobodies business.

The wonderful thing about this kind of cooking is that it doesn't take much to throw it together.  All it takes are a few fresh ingredients, a little bit of prep work and an hour or two of cook time and you have something warm and satisfying on the table for your family to enjoy.  Add to it a fresh loaf of sourdough or french bread and you'll have them lingering at the table.

Here's my quick and easy take on Family Style Chili Beans.


One pound of ground meat (beef, turkey or sausage work fine)
Two 15 oz cans of beans, drained and rinsed (I use pinto and kidney but black beans work great, too.)
Two 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 cup of instant rice
1/2 onion chopped coarsely
1 bell pepper chopped coarsely (any color will work)
2 or 3 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 TBSP chili powder (to taste)
2 TBSP olive oil
Shredded Cheese for topping

Start by adding the oil to a dutch oven or sturdy soup pot along with the onions and bell pepper.  Cook until tender and add meat to brown (salt and pepper to taste) along with garlic.  Once the meat is browned drain any fat and return to the pot.  Add rinsed and drained beans and tomatoes including juice, along with two cans of water.  Add seasonings and bring to a boil.  Turn down heat and let simmer for 30 minutes minimum but up to an hour.  Add uncooked minute rice during last five minutes and cover with lid.  Serve in deep bowls and top with cheddar cheese.  Let cool a bit and enjoy!

XO, Patty


  1. I agree with you Patty. Fall/winter meals are some of the best. Last Saturday I made my homemade chicken and noodles and although it takes to mix, roll, cut and dry the noodles, boy are they worth it! My best friend had hip replacement surgery a week ago last Friday and I've been sitting with her every day as she can't be alone for two weeks because of fall risk. (She's only 60 and disgusted that she had to have surgery this young to begin with and they're already saying the other hip needs done in a year.) Anyway, Neal, her husband, loves my chicken and noodles so I made them along with homemade biscuits, fresh green beans and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Fall cooking at it's finest!
    We've been having dinner together every day for the last week and a half, although not all of them have been that labor intensive. :-)
    Wishing you a lovely day my friend. Oh, and we had snow again last night. Lots of damage to trees and homes because the fall leaves are still on the trees and the snow was too heavy for them.
    Blessings always,

  2. I have been making loaves of bread several times a week since April but never once sourdough. That loaf looks amazing!


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