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Farmers' Chili

Al Neenya says we are going to have a cold winter...I've heard others say that also in the past week. So, let's prepare ahead of time and I'll share with you this all-time favorite chili dish. Our family loves chilli any time, but as the kids sat down to supper tonight, one of my family members said, "Hm....this has a smoked taste." Yes, it does...tweak this with some farmer sausage, and you will have one hefty bowl of Chilli.
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 ring farmer sausage cubed.
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can of canned tomatoes (28 oz.)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (14 oz.)
  • 2 cans tomato past (6 oz.)
  • 1 can kidney beans (19 oz)
  • 1 can beef broth (10 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chilli
  • 1 1/2 cups Salsa
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Brown ground beef and saute onions together.
  2. Drain off extra liquids.
  3. Pour into a large cooking pot.
  4. Add all ingredients in order.
  5. Simmer and cook for 2 hours on medium heat.
Don't worry too much if all your ounces and milligrams don't match up completely...Just take whatever you have in your cupboard and I'm sure it will have just the right zest. Why don't they have a few standard sizes for cans instead of 5 different sizes?
Oh, by the way, add a fresh salad and don't forget to add some Health Buns.



  1. We had this yesterday! It is definitely soup weather today too; 40-55mph winds for the next two days....hang on to the hats!

  2. I love chili and am always looking for different ways to make it. This sounds good. Your healthy buns are probably better then my usual cornbread and honey butter or cinnamon rolls:) Thanks for the recipe. Hope the storm dosen't blow out the electricity so I can make it for supper.

  3. This looks perfect for this weather! Love your reference to Al Neenya. I'm going to steal that and make this chili! :0)

  4. Yum . . . nothing like a bowl of chili for these cold fall evenings. It's also such a great meal for having a crowd over.

  5. Sounds yummy! That silly Al...What are we to do about him? Hope that you girls didn't get hit to hard by this first big storm of the season.

  6. chili is my absolute favorite thing.....i could just dig in, looks sooo good.

  7. What is Farmer's sausage? I don't think I've seen anything with that name in our stores in the US.

    The chili looks wonderful - one of my husband's favorite dishes.

  8. This looks really good! About how big of a batch does this make?

  9. Wow, this sounds delicious. I printed out a copy and am going to try it on the weekend! Does this freeze well?

  10. Oh boy.....there is nothing better than Remple's farmer sausage. My mom used to make cream gravy from the drippings and serve it with spaghetti.

  11. This is a really good question. Sometimew we take things for granted.
    You've had me on a quest. I actually looked it up on Google...
    Farmer Sausage is smoked pork sausage of Mennonite origin. Another substitute might be chorizo, which is a combination of different types of pork sausages. These sausages need to be cooked before eating.

    This is a large batch and will feed up to a dozen people easily, especially if you serve a salad and bread. I also freeze this in smaller portions.
    Hopefully this has help all of you.

  12. Well, I made a version of this, and it is delicious. Using what was available, as any thrifty cook does. We had no farmers' sausage handy, and for tomato, I used only a can of tomato soup, and the salsa; also had a half can of pork and beans open, so threw that in... the result was delicious (I think, the brown sugar added something), with salad, and home made bread. Dairymary

  13. Sounds fabulous! I like the idea of adding farmer sausage to chili...must try that.

  14. I am definitely going to try this.

  15. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I was a little hesitant to try it because chili is the ONE meal my husband WON'T eat...but I made it anyways. It was delicious!! And the best husband came in and took one bite and gave a resounding MMMMMMM this is good!!! I am so happy to have a chili recipe that he will eat. Thanks again!!

  16. It's simmering in my crockpot right now and I have taste-tested it all afternoon- DELISH!! Thanks for the recipe.

  17. any chance i can use this recipe on our website, looks great!

  18. This is one of the best, if not the best chili I have ever tasted. I added a chopped green pepper and one chopped red pepper to it. I froze some so that's what's for supper tonight. Thanks so much! I've used many of your recipes. June

  19. going to try it out

  20. I love the flavour of this chilli! I had a lot of defrosted ground beef so left out the Farmer's Sausage but will definitely try that in the future. Thanks for a great recipe!

  21. great!!! how great it is if I can try and cook it


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