Chili…for a Chilly Weeknight

This post is actually a recipe that I last made about a week ago. Usually, I try to post the day after I make a dish so that it is fresh in my head when I write about it but, as it always seems to happen, time got away from me last week. I am actually writing this post while I sit on hold trying to cancel a stolen credit card (a super fun Tuesday night, of course). I chose to post this recipe right now because it is a really comforting dish and I would so much rather be eating a big bowl of this chili than telling a computer exactly what my middle name is and where my mother was born just to prove I am a real person. Sometimes I just need some culinary comfort to get through the day! This chili is a great dish for that. I made this most recent batch on an unseasonably chilly night about a week ago and it was just right.

The view from Kalena (well, the trail going to Kalena)

The view from the trail to Pu’u Kalena – Oahu’s second highest peak

Koko Head Crater Arch

Koko Head Crater Arch

In better news, this weekend was filled with hiking and exploring! I managed to get in three short hikes over the course of two days. First up, Pu’u Kalena. Though a member of my hiking party got sick and we didn’t make it to summit, it was a stunning view and a great excuse to get outside. Roomie #1 has family visiting so Sunday was devoted to showing them the island. First stop, Lanikai Pillboxes. Then some beach. Finally, another quick hike up the Koko Head Crater Arch. It was exactly what I needed to get through the coming week.

Lanikai Pillboxes

Lanikai Pillboxes


This chili is a great option to fuel any adventures you may go on. It is an easy dish to make a lot of and keep in the fridge for the next day. It just gets better as the flavors meld together. Top it with some tart lime and cilantro for a fresh kick. You could very easily make this a vegetarian dish by just swapping out the beef for a meat substitute or just more beans.

Now, I am planning out my dishes for the rest of the week and the Fourth of July holiday. I can’t wait to make all sorts of good food! I hope you have wonderful adventures over the long weekend ~ Molly

Beef & Bean Chili

  • Servings: 6-8
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  • 2 14oz cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can black beans
  • 12 oz beer or stock
  • 1/3 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels cut from cob
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, for serving


  1. Toast cumin seeds in a large heavy bottom pot, approx 2 minutes; add olive oil; add and cook onions, garlic, and ground beef until the beef is browned; add spices; cook until fragrant, approx 5-10 minutes
  2. Add tomatoes and beer; simmer 15 minutes
  3. Add beans and corn; simmer 10 minutes
  4. Season to taste; add jalapenos; stir; cook an additional 5 minutes
  5. Serve topped with cilantro and lime juice

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