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**Also seen on the Café Zupas blog**

Did you know that October is National Chili Month? And what better way is there to welcome in the cooler weather than with ah steaming bowl of chili and a side of cornbread? This chili should have you ready to face the cooler temperatures!

We had snow last weekend in Utah. Yes – snow already. At 1pm on Sunday, I had to scrape about an inch and a half of it off of my car. I guess there’s a reason why they say that Utah has “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Too bad I’m not a skier! But with the snow and the cooler weather, it just gives me more of an excuse to make up comforting bowls of chili and cornbread!!

I’m also excited to announce that I am now part of a wonderful team of bloggers writing for the Café Zupas blog. Café Zupas is a wonderful restaurant here in Utah that features soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. In fact, I’ve even blogged about one of my favorite salads there!! The folks at Café Zupas are food lovers, so they’ve decided to start a blog to unite food lovers everywhere! There are some good changes in the works, and some great bloggers that will be contributing – so check it out and you’ll want to keep coming back for more!!

“Warm You Up” Chili
Inspired by Cooking Light

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalepeño, seeds and membranes removed, finely diced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
12-oz. beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream to serve

Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until browned. Remove half of the bacon grease and discard. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add in garlic and jalepeño and cook for 1 minute.

Add in ground beef and cook until browned, stirring to crumble. Add in beef broth; cook until liquid is reduced by about two-thirds. Stir in salt, pepper, chili powder, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes – until mixture thickens. Stir in the kidney beans and cook until the beans are warmed through – about 10 minutes.

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.

Spicy Jalapeño Corn Bread
from Cooking Light September 2008

Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups stone-ground cornmeal
1 cup fresh corn kernels
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeño peppers
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 large eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place a 9-inch cast-iron skillet coated with cooking spray in oven 5 minutes or until heated.

Combine cornmeal, corn, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk; make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, cheese, jalapeños, butter, honey, oil, and eggs in a small bowl; add to cornmeal mixture. Stir just until combined. Spoon mixture into preheated pan. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut into 12 wedges.

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47 Responses to "Warm You Up" Chili and Spicy Jalapeno Corn Bread

  1. Freya says:

    Ohh, one of our all time favourite dishes!! This chilli sounds sooo good and I adore cornbread!!
    Look forward to reading your new posts too!!

  2. Maria says:

    How exciting for you! I have never been there? Where is this place in Utah?? I better scout it out! Chili and cornbread are tasting extra good right now!

  3. Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow says:

    I’ve never heard of putting bacon in chili – now I’m going to have to try this! Thanks!

  4. kat says:

    how fun that you are contributing to another blog.

  5. Erin says:

    This looks so good! I love chili, especially during colder months! It’s always perfect with cornbread. It’s hard to believe that some places are getting snow already- I’m in South Carolina and it’s been in the 80s the past few days!

  6. Meeta says:

    while that shili looks warmy and soothing i am eying up the recipe for the corn bread. together this is simply perfect for cooler days!

  7. Cakespy says:

    Chili is my comfort food weakness! I love it, I am going to add this one to my chili collection!

  8. Debbie says:

    I love chili especially with cornbread on the side!

  9. Deb says:

    That chili looks and sounds delish! Even though we are now heading towards summer, it’s still not too warm for a bowl of chili. And how exciting to be writing for the Cafe Zupas blog. Will look forward to reading it.

  10. Peabody says:

    I did not know it was Chili month. I should make some…with bacon.

  11. noble pig says:

    I always host my chili contest in December, maybe I should change that!

  12. kimberleyblue says:

    I love chili and am always looking for new recipes to try out (still haven’t found “the one”) – I’m excited to give this one a try.

  13. Ari (Baking and Books) says:

    I did not know that October is National Chili Month! How cool & thanks for bringing it to our attention with such a yummy recipe.

  14. nicole says:

    I love chili. That sounds so good right now.

  15. Carla says:

    mmm, I love chili! I have yet to find the absolute best chili ever – it’s one of those things, you know? Sadly, I don’t even know if I know what I want from it. I will have to give this recipe a try, it looks awfully tasty an simple.

    Snow in October; normally I would have scoffed as such an idea. However, last weekend we had our first snowfall as well[North Dakota aka South Canada]. I have ordered a super coat for this winter in preparation.

  16. glamah16 says:

    Girl, how many blogs do you have! I love a good chili.

  17. Manger La Ville says:

    Wow – national chili month- but do we really need a reason to celebrate. Sounds hearty and delicious. Plus the cornbread sounds spicy and yummy.

  18. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A gorgeous chili! Highly comforting and so satisfying!



  19. TheKeilShpeel says:

    That looks delicious.. Thanks.

  20. Paula says:

    Did you say, National. Chili. Month.? Oh, I’m soooo there. Wow, you have snow already! This chili and cornbread would be perfect on a cold day!

  21. Suzana says:

    Oh, I love chili! The cornbread seems like a delicious one to have along with the chili in a cold day. Perfect!

  22. Chocolate Shavings says:

    A warm bowl of chili while it’s snowing outside seems wonderful

  23. Mary says:

    Chili and cornbread – a wonderful combo! Your cornbread recipe looks really fabulous.

  24. Rosie says:

    Oh this is a wonderful chili I must try this one out! I didn’t know it was national chili month either – I learn something new each day!

    How exciting for you Debs to be writing for another blog!

    Rosie x

  25. Mary says:

    I love chili! And this one looks really tasty. Who knew there was a whole month dedicated to chili?
    And I’m jealous you have snow. I don’t ski either, but I just like snow.

  26. Maria says:

    I love chilli con carne and make it often. Your recipe looks delish and I’m always open to new recipes!


  27. Happy cook says:

    Wow that bowl of chilli looks delicious.

  28. Madam Chow says:

    I’ve been thinking of making a pot of chili for my husband, and this one looks great! Hope you and baby are doing well, too!

  29. Patsyk says:

    Our weather has been so weird this month, that I haven’t thought about chili yet… but, your picture has me thinking it’s going to be time soon! I love the cornbread you made, too.

  30. Candy says:

    Love the chili! I wish it would cool down here so I could fix it.

  31. Katie says:

    Your chili spiced cornbread sounds great. I keep meaning to try and make this myself.

  32. kamailesfood says:

    I have to admit I was excited when it snowed. I love winter. Anyway, your chili sounds fantastic. I love that it has bacon in it. 🙂 The cornbread also looks fabulous.

  33. Prudy says:

    Congrats on your zuppa gig. I’ve got to get there and I bet your writing will just do the trick to get me throught the door. I love that cornbread recipe and the chili looks like a big warm hug.

  34. Darius T. Williams says:

    Looks good – really…and I’m LOVING that cornbread!


  35. ~Holly says:

    Perfect! Just in time for fall! 🙂

  36. Anonymous says:

    hi! I just stumbled upon your blog and i love it! thanks so much for the experiments. I too am a fellow experimentational baker and i appreciate your enthusiasm. (sometimes my husband gets mad because i can’t make the same recipe twice.

    I am going to make this chili as soon as it cools down. ok… maybe sooner!

    thanks for the excellent blog.


  37. Grace says:

    i sure didn’t know that about october, although it makes perfect sense. your chili sounds fantastic, and i’m even more smitten with your cornbread. ah, comfort. 🙂

  38. hot garlic says:

    Yum! I don’t really need much warming at the moment, but if I did I would dig into this like a mule eating an apple!

    Congrats on being part of the new blog! I checked it out, can’t wait to see more!

  39. Bellini Valli says:

    I can’t think of a better way to usher in a new season than with a huge bowl of chili!!

  40. Shari says:

    I saw this recipe the other day & knew I had to try it. I cooked up the beginning part early this am, before my husband got up. He came out & said "something sure smells good" I told him I was working on supper!!! It is now in the crock pot, warming away!!!

  41. Kevin says:

    That looks good! It has been too long since I last had chili.

  42. Sylvie says:

    Chili seems to be popular in the blog world this week and I have to say yours looks very, very tempting. I’d quite like to get my spoon and get stuck right in!

  43. Shari@Whisk: a food blog says:

    Oh, this makes me want to make a big vat of chili! Thanks for inspiring!

  44. Satisfying my Sweet Tooth says:

    I was so sad about the snow too. It’s way too early for that! But, on the bright side, I do love chili and I guess it’s a perfect month to make it.

  45. shweetpotato says:

    Ok YUM 😀 I am from Utah too, I think I have everything but the bacon for this recipe I need to give it a try , Carm

  46. Anonymous says:

    I made this a few days ago — SO GOOD!!! Thank you for posting!

  47. Chef E says:

    National chili month, I guess I just made it before it ended, with my Chai Lamb Chili recipe last night!

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