“The weather report says it’s chilly outside…”

…so you better get a bowl!”- Kelson

He tells me this joke at least a few times a year.  I kid you not.

Since our kimchi is fermenting away, how else could we spice up our meals for the week?  Chilli.  It’s time to share the tried-and-true chilli recipe (while Kelson cooks this up for the week).

But first, what we love about chilli…

  1. It’s good right from the pot and even better the next day.
  2. I don’t like leftovers and Kelson can eat the same thing for days… the compromise?  Chilli.  Enjoys the company of rice, potatoes, hot dogs, and burgers.
  3. You can make substitutions in this recipe that make it inventive and new (while cleaning out your fridge!).

So whether you’re suffering from crazy humidity, high dry heat right now… or if you’re like us in San Francisco and are freezing your butts off in the middle of August, it’s always a good time for chilli.

Spicy Chilli Recipe


  • 1 white onion
  • 1.5 lb of ground turkey (beef gets oily, chicken gets dry)
  • 16 oz can kidney beans
  • 8 Habanero peppers
  • 6 jalapenos
  • 2.5 oz chili powder
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbl garlic powder
  • 1 Tbl oregano
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 Tbl olive oil

*Notes:  Not into spice?  Tone it down by leaving out the Habaneros.


  1. WEAR GLOVES when de-seeding the Habanero and jalapenos.
  2. Dice Habaneros, jalapenos, onion and red bell pepper.  Put in a bowl.
  3. Brown the meat in a frying pan.  Pour out the excess oil and fat.  Set aside.
  4. Put olive oil in pot for the chilli on high.
  5. Sauté the diced veggies in the pot.
  6. Mix in the meat with the veggies in the pot.
  7. Pour the tomato sauce in. Fill the tomato sauce can with water, and mix it in.
  8. Mix in oregano, garlic powder, and chili powder.
  9. Rinse beans and throw them in.
  10. Bring to a simmer and stir every 10 min.  Keep covered for first hour.
  11. Remove cover and let simmer until desired thickness is achieved (can be up to 2 hours).  Keep stirring every 10 min.
  12. Serve up the deliciousness!  Our favorite ways is either plain with diced raw onions or over baked thick cut steak fries and parmesan (photographed above). Better get a bowl!




9 thoughts on ““The weather report says it’s chilly outside…”

  1. Just am going through all these posts now. On edge about the Kimchi (will it work?!) and experiencing serious mouth-watering reading about the chilli. Amanda and I share tr same feelings you both have re: reason #2 you love chilli.

    Keep it up!

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  4. i just made this tonight and YUMMMMM!! i didn’t have chili powder so i used korean chili powder, lol. and no habaneros, we don’t dare. haha. john loved it. thanks for the recipe!

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