Happy Friday! One of my absolute favorite things to do when it’s cold outside is to make a big pot of soup or chili! You simply throw all the ingredients into a pot, let it cook for a little and voila! – dinner is served and you will probably have leftovers for lunches or dinners 😊Last night, Cory and I had chili for dinner. This recipe is now one of our favorites, we will for sure be making it again! If you are looking for a good fall/winter meal, then look no more!



  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1 oz packet of chili seasoning
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, fully drained and rinsed
  • 2 16 oz jars chunky salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 -2 bay leaves – optional
  • optional garnishes: sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, crackers, or chopped onions


  1. Heat beef in a pan over medium/high heat, try to crumble it as it cooks
  2. Once beef is crumbled, stir in the chili seasoning and let beef continue to cook
  3. When the beef is no longer pink, stir in the broth, beans, and salsa –you might want to transfer to a larger pot before you add everything in
  4. Stir all ingredients together
  5. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes
  6. Put in bay leaves for the last 5-8 minutes of simmering
  7. Remove bay leaves
  8. Serve with garnishes of your choice and enjoy!

Once dinner was ready, we made up our bowls and watched our first Christmas movie of the year – Home Alone. It was a cozy night in with a hot meal, the Christmas tree plugged in, and a great movie to top everything off!

After dinner, we made hot chocolate and coffee to sip on. The perfect ending to a perfect evening💚 If you have any favorite fall/winter recipes, please let me know! Comment or email me, I’ll try them and make a special blog post 🍵🥰

Have a great weekend – Michelle

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