Posted by: lifewithbs | February 5, 2010

Snowpocalypse + Chili

We are getting slammed with snow! Although it’s been snowing since 11 am, the blizzard officially just started, according to the weather people. Metro shuts down in less than an hour, and bus service has already been suspended. We are very excited for all this snow! It’s being called Snowpocalypse 2010 by all the locals.

Izzy thinks she needs to eat ALL the snow, which means our walks take a bit longer than normal. She also thinks she needs to run when there is snow on the ground. Since she’ll soon be moving to Texas and most likely won’t be able to play in the snow we’ve been trying to take her out as often as possible to enjoy all the white stuff.

We’ve already made snow angels, had a snow ball fight, and attempted to build a snowman. Hopefully I’ll get some good pics tomorrow. Here’s what our street looks like right now.

Since everything basically shuts down here when it snows, and people have bought out all the grocery stores, we’re thankful we stocked up over the weekend and we now have plenty of food in the freezer.

We made this chili a few nights ago… it’s delicious and awesome! It comes from the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook. If you have any interest in recipes or food blogs, I highly suggest you check out her blog. It’s definitely my favorite blog, I’m kind of obsessed with it.

The Pioneer Woman’s Simple, Perfect Chili

adapted from the Pioneer Woman Cooks, pages 82 + 83

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon ground oregano

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 pounds ground beef

One 8 ounce can tomato sauce

1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can diced tomatoes (or Rotel brand tomatoes + chilies)

First, find a handsome assistant to help you out.  🙂

Measure out all the spices into a small bowl, and mix together.

Place the ground beef in a large pot, and add in the garlic. Cook the beef until browned.  Drain out the extra fat with a spoon, if desired.

Pour in the tomato sauce, the spice mix, and the salt. Stir together, cover, and reduce heat to low.

Cover the pot and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixtures becomes overly dry (which it never has for me, and I’ve made this several times) you can add in 1/2 cup of water at a time, as needed.

At this point, Ree (the PW) suggests you mix 1/2 cup masa flour with 1/2 cup of water in a small bowl. I’ve never been able to find masa flour at any of the local grocery stores, so we never add it. If you can find this flour and want to add it, dump the masa flour mix in at this time, and mix into the chili.

Taste the chili and adjust the seasonings. We usually add a bit more cayenne, more chili power, and a bit of cinnamon. Brett is usually in charge of this step.

Add the beans and diced tomatoes, stir, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with corn bread, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, fritos, chopped onions, or however you like! I prefer mine with fritos, cheese, and sour cream. Brett likes corn bread and sour cream with his.

You can freeze the extra chili into individual portions. It reheats really well, we usually get at least 3 dinners out of this.

Stay warm and safe!



  1. I have been thinking about making chili for the past week… yours looks like a good recipe, which I’ll use when I finally do make some. I’m with Brett vis a vis the sour cream and corn bread.

    I may have to buy some chili for tomorrow’s Super Bowl…or maybe a stromboli from Pranzo!!!

    Make sure you shovel your car out of the parking lot this time.

    Love, Dad

  2. Dad, you should definitely try this recipe! It was super easy, I think we spent only about 10 minutes in the kitchen chopping and stirring.

    I’ll have to send you guys the pictures I just took of all the snow. My car looks like a Prius, there’s no way I’m driving anywhere soon! The snow is above my knees and they haven’t plowed the parking lot yet.

    You should ask the guys at Pranzo if they’re interested in opening up a second location in Austin, TX. 🙂

  3. Look at all that snow! We only had an inch or so in Brooklyn yesterday. You guys needed a snowstorm like this before moving to Texas!

    The chili look amazing and how can you go wrong with a Pioneer Woman recipe?! I’ve never had fritos with my chili before. I will have to try it out! xoxo

  4. […] prepare for the baby, hopefully all my cooking and freezing will pay off. I made a lasagna and some chili for the freezer, to save for when baby gets here and we will need quick and easy dinners. I also […]

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