Chili a la Ryan

RECIPES: Clear the Shelves Chili and Fast Weeknight Chili

Happy WandAS Chili Week! Every day this week we’ll be sharing our favorite chili recipes with you. For my recipe I had the grand plan of trying a brand new chili I saw the annoying Giada make on her show. (no seriously. she over-pronounces EVERYTHING. And I’m a tad afraid that her body can’t hold up her head) But, you guessed it.. the same ole “woe is me, ankle hurts, crutching sucks” excuse. Luckily it just so happens my husband’s chili has long surpassed my mom’s simple, fast weeknight chili. So I turned the limp up just a bit more, stuck out a pouty lip and it was a done deal.

That’s what Ryan usually looks like making his chili in the dutch oven, and when there’s a fire involved, I tend to lose myself in a book and I haven’t really watched the process of this chili up close before. All I know is that when we pack for camping Ryan stands with the spice cabinet open for a long time mixing up quite the concoction. So I shouldn’t have been shocked when I asked him to pull out the ingredients for chili this weekend.

Yowza. As soon as I saw this pile of stuff, I started to get worried. This lead to a discussion about our different cooking styles. I’m by the book. Engineer to the core. Ryan’s a cooking free spirit, and damn if that guy doesn’t turn out a fantastic meal every time. Not that it stops me from wringing my hands when I see something like this:

That’s the spices. Pretty much some of almost every spice from the spice cabinet. And then he added corn to the chili. CORN! In CHILI. Then, at some point after it was all mixed together, he stumbled across a jar of salsa in the fridge and threw that in the pot too. By now I was sweating bullets and Ryan had swatted my hand away from the spatula more than a few times.

Look at the smug smile on that guy’s face. I was probably nervously questioning the celery salt while I took the picture.

When the chili was done after a few hours, and the corn muffins warm out of the oven, I set up the meal to have its picture taken. I made sure to include my glass of wine (because a girl can’t take pain pills forever after all) and Ryan promptly grabbed it out of the shot and replaced it with his beer. “Chili should be eaten with beer. Hey… maybe I should have put beer IN the chili…”  We compromised by leaving both alcoholic beverages in.  The chili was… *sigh* amazing. As per usual. The corn added a great texture and some more color. The spices were perfect. How does he do it? Doesn’t seem fair. I’ve got his recipe (ish) below, as well as my mom’s super simple chili if you want to whip something together on a cold weeknight.

Clear the Shelves Chili
5.0 from 1 reviews
Recipe type: Dinner
Author: Ryan N
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 10 mins
Serves: 6
Use your instinct on the spices for this one. Can also add random salsa from the fridge, beer, whatever. Serve with corn muffins.
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can whole corn, NOT drained
  • 2 Tb chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  1. Brown beef in a French oven or Dutch oven.
  2. Mix in all other ingredients through spices.
  3. Allow to simmer for at least 2 hours.
  4. Serve with cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
Easy Weeknight Chili
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Amanda N’s Mom
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 6
Easy peasy!
  • 1 pound ground beef, browned
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, w/ some liquid drained
  • 2 Tb chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Cook in microwave for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
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One Response to Chili a la Ryan

  1. Dan says:

    It looks great, yumm,yumm and tasty!!!
    Im gonna try that, when I go camping or hunting.
    Thanks guys!!

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