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Farmer's Chili ~ Flashback Friday

Let's guess....did you have snow last night?  I'm not even looking at the weather anymore.
Can you see the low snow line on the mountains?  That tells me that many of you may be thinking about heading out to the slopes, skiing, or sledding over spring break with your families.   Flashback Friday takes us back to the winter ski holidays.  Here's a perfect recipe to take with you.   This recipe has a smoked taste, which will guarantee you that there will be no leftovers.  
  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (half a ring)  farmer sausage cubed.
  • 2 medium onions,  chopped fine.
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine.
  • 1 can of canned tomatoes (28 oz.)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (14 oz.)
  • 2 cans tomato paste (6 oz.)
  • 1 can kidney beans drained (19 oz)
  • 1 can beef broth (10 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili
  • 11/2 cups salsa
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Brown ground beef and saute onions and garlic together.
  2. Drain off the extra liquids and pour the contents into a large pot.
  3. Add all your canned ingredients and spices in order.
  4. Simmer and cook for 2 hours on medium heat.
Add a loaf of artisan bread and a fresh salad and you are set to go.


  1. I love all the chunky goodness in this recipe!

  2. Sounds yummy! I had to google Farmer's sausage. I don't believe I have ever seen that in an Alabama grocery store. I'm guessing that regular or turkey kielbasa might work? We have Conecuh Sausage made in Alabama that is very good :-)

    1. I'm sure you can use any of those sausages as it will take on the flavors. Farmer sausage is made of high quality pork cuts and the finest spices. It can be smoked raw or cooked. I tend to always use the cooked sausage.

  3. No snow here! Our A/C is running but Texans LOVE chili!!! Sounds like a GREAT recipe!!

  4. Is it cooked farmer sausage or do you cook it with the beef?


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