Monday, November 2, 2015

The Best Freezer Chili


I love my mom's chili. There is just something about the delicious combination of beans and flavors that always make me happy. The best part of my mom's chili isn't just how good it tastes, but how good it tastes after being frozen. This chili is seriously the best freezer chili. Make a large batch now, freeze half and you a meal for tonight and a night in the future. I love to make extra now because I know the holidays are going to be nuts!

You will need: 


  • 2 lbs of ground beef. browned and drained
  • 4 8oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 15.5 oz cans of kidney beans, with juice
  • 1 15.5 oz cans of pinto beans, with juice 
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. diced green chilies 
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (only add for a spicy chili)

Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Serve with warm bread. If you are making a freezer version add the chili to several containers and freeze. When you are ready to serve, run the container under hot water to loosen the chili from the container and then add the chili to a crockpot or pot and cook over medium heat until the chili is hot. Serve the chili with cheese, sour cream and green onions. This chili will keep well in the freezer for 2-3 months. 

What is your favorite freezer meal? 

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22 comments:

Cynthia said...

My hubby loves fall because he thinks of it as chili season! I'll give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing

Erin Shebish said...

Oh I love Chili! Especially when its a freezer meal. I need to remember this!

StayWithMeonThis said...

I love chilli! You can always tell where a person is from by whether they eat their chilli with bread or with crackers!

Hodge Podge Moments said...

This sounds like the perfect recipe for fall. I love how cute it is in the bread bowl as well!

ana de jesus said...

I absolutely love chilli it is one of my favourite dishes nom nom

Scraps said...

One of the few foods my ex-husband would make from scratch was chili and he'd always make a ton of it at once. His method of measuring the chili powder was to sprinkle it so that it covered the entire surface of the chili (he always used the same pot)--he liked his chili hot, I had to drown it in sour cream and cheese :)

Chili sounds really good right now with it being foggy and rainy down here.

Marissa said...

Freezer meals are the best! I'm going to add this to my list of freezer meals to have ready for when the baby comes!

Jen K said...

Chili is one of my favorites! We have it every other SUnday.

Ourfamilyworld said...

That looks so delicious. I love chili! It's one of my favorite dishes.

alexandria waning said...

chili is always a good, quick meal. great for freezing. i never know what i can freeze and what i cant.

Janet Krugel said...

My husband loves finding new ways to make chili so I'm going to have to show this to him. It looks amazing!

Trish @AlmostSexyMommy said...

I love all freezer meals and my family definitely loves chili!

blythe32 said...

Fall and winter are the perfect seasons for chili. This recipe sounds delicious. I bet it work great with ground turkey too.

Ashleigh Walls said...

This is so creative! I love chili, it's so great and to do this in the freezer, how interesting.

Kiersten Millican said...

This is such a great idea. I always seem to want chili but either don't have the ingredients or don't want to make a ton. This is a great way to have it when I want it!

Melissa Latimer said...

This seems easy enough and looks yummy.

Lexie said...

Oh wow! That sounds so yummy and I love how you put it in a bread bowl! I have never thought of doing that at home! Thanks for the recipe! Yummy! LifeAsLex

Food Marriage said...

I need to make more freezer meals and plan ahead. This looks delicious!

Kid Minds said...

My favorite freezer recipe is borscht. It freezes very well. Love your bread bowl!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg nothing better than a bowl of chili on a cold fall night. I so need to give your recipe a try!

Lexie Pyfrom said...

This looks so yummy! We have yet to have chili this year I cant wait!

Esther Freedman said...

This looks truly awesome! Delicious and great presentation!

 
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