clean out your refrigerator chili

Guys, I am obssssesssssedddd with my crockpot. Crockpots are amazing. It’s like having your own personal little chef who takes all your ingredients and makes them into something magical while you leave for the day. Yes, please.

This week has been especially crazy, so I wanted to make something today that I didn’t really have to put a lot of effort into but would still taste delicious. On today’s menu – chili!

On Sundays after church we typically like to go out with our friends to a restaurant in town, but tonight they are coming here for chili! I also got Baby Mama from the library because Andrew has never seen it, and that’s a flat out shame. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are amazing. I just finished reading Amy Poehler’s book and it’s hilarious.

yes please

But anyway. Back to chili.

I first learned to make chili from my mom’s cousin in Texas a few summers back. Since then, I’ve edited & tweaked, and it’s still ever-evolving based on what’s in my refrigerator. The nice thing about chili is that you can throw pretty much anything in there and it will taste delicious. I’ve even added cocoa powder before and it was surprisingly great!

Here is today’s recipe based on items I had on hand:

Ashley’s Clean Out Your Refrigerator Chili

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 12 oz. box bowtie noodles, cooked al dente
  1. Brown your ground beef in a skillet until there is no pink to be seen.
  2. Put all of your ingredients, except the noodles, in the crockpot and stir.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. (If you need to cook it a bit longer, it’s not a huge deal – you can’t really mess chili up!)
  4. When you are ready to serve, stir in the noodles. You want to add these last so they don’t get mushy as everything else is cooking.

Yum! Can’t wait to enjoy this later curled up on the couch watching Baby Mama!


What are some interesting things you’ve included in your chili and found that they work well?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew in the blog says:

    Not ashamed that I haven’t seen it.

    But at least it’s not mean girls.


  2. Genesis says:

    Dumb question here: what are “chili beans”? Will I find them by all the canned beans or by the canned chili?


    1. You can find them by the canned beans!


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