Spicy Chili

In the past, my sisters and I may or may not have had eating competitions on Thanksgiving Day. With so much delicious food, it never sounds like a bad idea, right?! That is, until you can’t keep a buzz off wine or holiday cocktails due to a massive carb-overload from the last 5 hours…

I didn’t have that problem this year. But we did still have yummy food. Although you will probably be astonished at the menu of my very non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Admittedly, this is probably the first year that I didn’t have some sort of dessert for breakfast on Thanksgiving. Even last year when we were at Kyle’s parent’s, we had donuts. I was plenty fine with Cheerios…. although if we’d have had cookies or pie or something I probably would have gone for that instead.

Snack, lunch, and dinner were all piled into one, along with some delicious white wine selections we enjoyed. Kyle and I got out the cheese tray for ourselves around 11:00 AM on Thanksgiving, which we snacked on while watching football until we headed to our friend’s place around 3:00 PM. It wasn’t long before the chili bowls were laying around the house.

If you are not a vegetarian and you like spicy foods, you should pin this recipe and make it this weekend to enjoy while you’re watching football.

I ate this stuff for three days straight. I kinda wish I had more of it at home. This recipe makes a HUGE batch of chili, and we probably could have gotten away with freezing some of it.

P.S. I did  have a pumpkin muffin and a small slice of pumpkin pie after the dinner round of chili. Somehow I forgot to take the most Thanksgiving-esque food of the day!

Spicy Chili


  • 5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 2 16 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 16 oz cans chicken broth
  • 2 16 oz cans beef broth
  • 1 can Rotel (Hot if desired)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 oz salt
  • 1 oz cumin
  • 1 oz cayenne pepper
  • 5 oz chili powder


  1. Brown the ground beef and sausage in a large pot. Pour out all grease from pot.
  2. Dump in all the other ingredients and let simmer for 2 hours.
  3. Top or serve with: cheddar cheese, diced white onion, tortilla chips, sour cream, corn bread

Tell me…
What dishes do you make on Thanksgiving that are unusual? Do you like your chili spicy or mild?

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