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Grannie’s Chili

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It was a gorgeous one here in SoWega.  We laid extremely low this weekend.  We were just happy to be at home after a month of being out of town every weekend!

Friday night we did our usual thing: happy hour at the Bainbridge Country Club in hopes we might win the drawing (alas, not this week) and supper at Bonnie Blue House with friends and family.  Saturday morning, Wheat went hunting and killed a doe, which will result in a freezer full of sausage – hopefully sooner than later!  My friend Sarah had come up to hang out Friday night and spent the night, so when Wheat got back, all three of us went to The Bean for an awesome breakfast sandwich and coffee.  After Sarah left, my mom came up for the day and I made a big pot of chili that we ate on all weekend.

After having chili over at Maggie and Greg’s house on Halloween, Wheat and I have been craving more.  So more chili was made.  I use my Grannie’s chili recipe (always).  It’s delicious, a little different than other chili recipes, and it’s ridiculously crazy easy.  Plus, it brings back fond memories of her, as all family favorites do.

Chili Topped with Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese, & Fresh Jalapenos | Oysters & Pearls

So without further adieu, here’s a classic chili recipe that I’m quite sure will earn a spot in your recipe box.

Chopped Onions for Chili | Oysters & Pearls

Grannie’s Chili Recipe
serves 8 to 10, or maybe even 12


– 3 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
– 2 cans chili beans
– 3 cans beef consumme
– 2 cans diced tomatoes
– salt & pepper
– cumin (I use 1 tablespoon)
– chili powder (I use 2 tablespoons)


Brown the meat with the onions and drain.  Add the meat and onions to a large pot, then add the remaining ingredients.  I rinse out each can with a little water and add that, too.  You can add more water to cover the mixture if you need to.  Simmer for as along as you need to – I usually cook it at least 30 to 45 minutes, but up to a couple hours or more, on the stove.

Pot Full of Chili | Oysters & Pearls

Grannie's Chili Recipe with Cornbread | Oysters & Pearls

Garnish with green onions, shredded sharp cheddar, sour cream, chopped fresh jalapeños, pickled jalapeños. and/or whatever else you want!  Fritos and chopped avocado make tasty toppings, too.  But my favorite topping is crumbled cornbread!

Jalapeno Cornbread for Chili | Oysters & Pearls

This is the same baked cornbread recipe from my Aunt Lori that I’ve shared with you before.  But this past weekend I took a page out of my Mama’s book and added jalapeños and whole kernel corn.  Delicious!  But feel free to omit the jalapeños and canned corn.  It’s great without it, too!

Makings of Baked Cornbread for Chili | Oysters & Pearls

Baked Jalapeño Cornbread
serves 8 or so, depending on how you slice it


– 1 cup self-rising cornmeal (156 grams)
– 1 eight ounce carton sour cream
– 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 2 heaping tablespoons pickled jalapeños
– 1 can of whole kernel corn, very well drained


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8″ Pyrex Dish.  Mix all the ingredients until combined and pour into greased pyrex.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned (see picture above).  It may take even a little longer than 25 minutes because of the additions, but just watch it and make sure you don’t burn it.  It should be golden brown all over the top.

Bowl of Chili, Topped with Jalapeno Cornbread | Oysters & Pearls

Chili Topped with Cornbread | Oysters & Pearls

I also made Grannie’s chili for Wheat’s 30th Birthday party last October.  I made it all that morning, then kept it hot in crock pots – yes, that’s plural, it was a lot of chili!  I tripled the recipe for a party of 30 people or so, thinking that I’d end up with leftovers.  There wasn’t a drop of chili for me to bring home that night!  It’s that good.  It’s full of flavor and super comforting on a cold Fall or Winter day or night.

Chili and Jalapeno Cornbread | Oysters & Pearls

We spent the rest of the weekend having supper at our friend/neighbor, Richard’s house, a little Church, checking the pumpkin patch, I made a pumpkin pie, and played in my fancy (temporarily mine) Traveling Apron as part of a fun project my blogger pal, Aimmee came up with.  I can’t wait to share more about it with y’all throughout the week!

Happy Tuesday!

Until Next Time

Halloween Recap

All right, boys and girls.  This week’s posts are going to be full of recaps!  To start it off, I’ll recap Thursday night, aka Halloween, aka my birthday eve.  Maggie and Greg (aka The Smintzes) invited us over to hand out candy at their house.  They live in the GO-TO trick or treating ‘hood, and we figured it would be far more entertaining than the few trick or treaters we would probably get.  So we turned off our porch lights and headed over.  Maggie had the cutest painted pumpkins and porch decorations.  Very pin-worthy!

Pretty Painted Pumpkins at The Smintzes | Oysters & Pearls

Pretty Painted Pumpkins & Mums at The Smintzes | Oysters & Pearls

There were probably some scratches in the paint after a few kids ignored the existence of a sidewalk, stairs, pumpkins, and/or candles, and clambered up onto the porch.  But for the most part, they lined up politely to receive their Christmas candy from Greg.

Greg Handing Out Christmas Candy on Halloween | Oysters & Pearls

Yup.  He accidentally bought Christmas candy for the trick or treaters.  It was hilarious.

Children not wearing costumes or failing to say the requisite “Trick or Treat!” got Christmas Dots.  Do y’all hate Dots as much as we all do?  They are pretty much officially the grossest candy found in Trick or Treaters’ baskets.

Greg had an extremely adorable Good Witch as a helper.  She LOVED handing out the candy to other trick or treaters.  She was SO cute!

Cutest Little Good Witch | Oysters & Pearls

I went dressed as a witch, as well.  The Dollar General hooked me up with a tiny witch hat on a headband for $1, and of course, I had my Halloween/birthday eve crunk cup.

Drink Up Witches | Oysters & Pearls

Maggie made some delicious Halloween cocktails for grown up treats, which were fully documented for posterity (see also: Maggie’s Instagram).

A Picture of a Picture of a Halloween Cocktail | Oysters & Pearls

Halloween Bourbon & Apple Cider Cocktail with Cinnamon Meringue | Oysters & Pearls + The Smintzes

I guess that the trick was that it wasn’t whipped cream on top of the bourbon & apple cider.  It was cinnamon meringue!  They were really tasty, and super seasonal, yo.  I’ll link up if Maggie posts a booze recipe!

After treats for children and adults alike, we all sat down for a bowl of Greg’s chili.

Greg's Chili with All the Toppings | Oysters & Pearls + The Smintzes

Naturally, I had to have ALL the toppings on mine.

Greg's Chili, with All The Toppings | Oysters & Pearls + The Smintzes

It was really good!  And I absolutely loved the plethora of topping options.  Toppings included avocado, fritos, green onions, sour cream, hot sauce, shredded cheese, onions, saltines…. I think I got them all.  And  eating chili has Wheat and I in the mood for even MORE chili, so I’m making some this week.  It’s finally cold, so it’s appropriate.  Even if we did just eat it.  Maybe Maggie/Greg and I can do a super seasonal chili recipe link up later on.

We ended the night sitting around the table with more adult treats. :)

Halloween Round Table | Oysters & Pearls

It was an awesome way to spend my birthday eve!  So thanks for having us over, Smintzes!

Until Next Time