Chilli Days

January 13, 2011

49 out of 50 states are covered in snow right now.

Mine is no exception.

Yesterday afternoon morning, Roomie and I woke up to a blanket of snow and ice outside of our window and were thrilled to find out that classes were cancelled. Glorious. Sledding > studying.

Of course, being the cheap college student I am, I don’t have a sled. Or the proper footwear. Lucky for me, my RA is a genius and informed me to wear rain boots. She also provided me with a sled.


Yes, my ghetto ass sled was a box. No shame.


Come on, you didn’t think I managed to stay on, did you!?

My RA isn’t the only genius around here though. My brilliant neighbors discovered the most innovative sledding solution of this still very young century. Can you tell what it is?

No? Well, it’s a cookie sheet! I’ll tell you what, if you have a spare anywhere and you’ve still got snow on the ground, you need to get your toosh on that cookie sheet and find a hill to speed down. I am doubly sure that I would singlehandedly own any and all of my competition in Bobsledding. London 2012, anyone?

After two hours of intense sledding, we were pretty frozen. My hands were numb, my sweater was filled with ice, and I had muddy smears on my peacoat. I may or may not have looked like I peed my pants. I knew what was in order: a warm, comforting, warm, delicious, warm, and filling lunch. That was warm. Enter one pot chilli!

Chilli To Warm Your Bones

This delicious chilli is easy to prepare and perfect for heating yourself up after a romp in the snow. The spices are completely versatile, so you can adjust the heat to your taste and use whatever ones you want or have on hand. Serves 4-5.

You’ll need:

2 cans of beans, your choice. I used kidney beans.

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 cups TVP, hydrated*

1 can of no-salt added diced tomatoes, with the liquid

1 cup vegetable broth

1 tablespoon chilli powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil


*TVP, or textured vegetable protein, is pretty easy to rehydrate. Click here for the 411.

To start your chilli, heat up a large pot (large enough to fit everything) with a drizzle of good olive oil. I feel like Ina Garten when I say that.


Once your EVOO is heated (Oh God, now I feel like Rachael Ray!), toss in your onion and, if you’re feeling saucy, go ahead and toss in a tablespoon of minced garlic. Once the onion is translucent, add your TVP and bell pepper and cook for a few more minutes. Heck, you could even roast the pepper beforehand for even more deliciousness. Crazy talk.

Now you’re at the point where you need the TVP to absorb all of your spices, so go ahead and add them in before you add in your canned tomatoes and vegetable stock. If you want to be even more of a risk taker, you could pour in a bottle of Blue Moon. Hey, I won’t tell, especially if you live in a dry dorm. 😉

Once everything is in your pot, bring it to a boil. Then let it all simmer and hang out for as little or as long as you like. The flavors will intensify and meld and become the most comforting chilli you ever imagined. It’ll warm you up enough to go play in the snow some more.

Just be sure to wear the right shoes.

How did you spend your snow day(s)?

20 Responses to “Chilli Days”

  1. Cute post title! That chili looks goooood. I love soup/chili on a snow day! And that Ina Garten this is HILARIOUS. Going to post it on my friend’s fb wall bc I know she’ll appreciate it too!!

  2. Monique Says:

    This is fabulous!! I wish it was snowing near me so I could do fun things like this 🙂

  3. That sounds a lot like how my mom makes my “Uncle Larry’s Chili”. Isn’t it amazing? I hate canned chili! Its a disgrace to the name of Chili!

    Looks like you had fun!! I love the cardboard box Idea!

    We had a little snow a few days ago but the rain cleared that right up!

  4. Kayla Says:

    I think my state is the one without any snow! Haha, unless it’s snowing in way northern FL, but I doubt that!

    I just made a big pot of chili, too! Chili is just the perfect dish right now, so comforting and warm! Even though, it’s not really that cold where I am right now…!

  5. Ahhh this is so fun!!! I used to do that at my college (well, when we had snow, which was like once a year, ha thank you SC!) and we’d use trays from our dining hall. Priceless memories!

  6. I didn’t HAVE a snow day.. and I’m a teacher! What. The. Heck!!! It looks like you had a great day!

  7. goodeatsgirl Says:

    You have an awesome RA for helping you out! I love snow days….they are the best for laying around and making some comfort food!

  8. ahaha love the title! chilli on a chilly day!

  9. What pretty pictures of the snow! Looks like a great time sledding. Nothing wrong with using a box for a sled. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

  10. cardboard i’ve done. cookie sheet-genius! too funny. i’ve heard that a plastic trash can lid works, too, but i dunno….the snow would have to be pretty deep i think.
    love those Ina Garten graphs. totally made me giggle.
    chili rocks.

  11. I spent my snow day this past Wednesday inside, drinking hot tea with honey, playing with the pups, reading magazines and baking yummy treats!

  12. theflourishingfoodie Says:

    Sleddings looks like so much fun! I would have never thought to use a cookie sheet. I have seen people use plastic lunch trays before though. Nothing better than chili on a cold day! Looks delish!

  13. dmcgirl37 Says:

    UGH im sooo sick of the snow!!! I hate being stuck inside

    Dana xo

  14. Faith Says:

    YAY for Florida being the only state not covered 😀 I can deal with that! Although sledding looks like so much fun!

  15. Chili is the perfect companion for cold, snowy weather!! Haha, that barefoot contessa graphic made me laugh. 😛

  16. lol that Ina Garten thing was too cute! And when I was at school, we would grab the extra large garbage bags, cut a hole in for the head and arms and go body sledding! So so fun 🙂

  17. YUMMY CHILI! here we say “so good and hearty, it’ll stick to ya bones” hehe ❤

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