Spice, spice, baby….

Many of my friends are sad that Heidi Klum and Seal are divorcing and so very shocked as they seemed so happy (with the exception of my delusional guy friends who think they have a shot with Heidi now…hahahaha). A lot of people seem to be a lot of things. I firmly believe that people have three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life.

People always tell me how open I am on here and what not, I can assure you that there are many a thing you don’t know, and well that’s okay. You don’t need to know everything about me. We don’t need to know everything about celebrities. I am not sure what happened along the way but it’s not our right to know what celebrities are doing at all times. I don’t care if they pump gas just like me. Or that they eat ice cream. They carry their own groceries. They aren’t like me. You know why? Because no one is following me around with a camera trying to take photos of me at the grocery store. Thank goodness too. If someone saw me today, I took the dog out in pj bottoms and gigantic sweatshirt with my hair being some sort of throwback tribute to Duran Duran. The only thing following me is a hungry cocker spaniel when I have food in my hands.

Of my friends who have gotten divorced (and even including me), they all seemed to be sooo happy. Partially because if things work out you don’t want your friends judging your spouse and partially because people don’t really like to hear people complain all the time. I honestly think that as a general rule most people in your life would be shocked to learn something about you.

This chili in a way is like people a lot of different layers that make you who you are. This is not a throw it all in one pot and leave it for hours kind of chili. It’s one that requires not only hours of cooking, but four layers of seasoning and four different times. This is how you build depth in food. It’s how something goes from good to really good. I sent this with my BFF to for him and his co-workers to eat. One of them asked for the recipe so I figured I would put it up. It would be great for a cold night or a Super Bowl party.


Lots O’ Spices Chili

1 pound Cubed Beef Roast
1 pound ground beef
1 can kidney beans (14 ounces)
2 cans Beef Broth
2 cups Water
2 cans Tomato Sauce (15 ounces each)
¼ cup ground Masa
Vegetable Oil

1st Spices
2 Tbsp. onion powder
2 tsp. Beef granules
1 tsp. Chicken granules
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. season salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. Hot Mexican chili powder (McCormick makes it)
1 Tbsp. ground chili pepper

2nd Spices
2 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. season salt
1 Tbsp. Hot Mexican chili powder
1 Tbsp. chili powder

3rd Spices
1-1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. Hot Mexican chili powder

4th Spices
1-1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Brown ground beef in 2 tsp. oil. Then add cubed beef and brown that.

Add 2 cans beef broth, 2 cups water, 1 can Tomato Sauce and 1st spices.

Bring to boil, cover and cook at medium boil until beef is almost tender (2 hours).

At the end of two hours add 2nd spices, kidney beans, ¼ cup ground masa, and 2nd can of tomato sauce. Bring to boil, then turn down and simmer for ten minutes.

Add 3rd spices and bring to a boil. Turn to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add 4th spices. Adjust to taste for salt and for heat add Tabasco Sauce.

Adapted from the International Chili Society

1998 Chili Cook Off Winner Kathy LeGear


  1. This sounds so spicy, I’m afraid to try it, but it ooks so dang good!

    And I agree with you, stars are not like us and those stupid pages in magazines that say they are annoy me to no end. Especially the KIDS they’re just like US! when a 4 year old is getting a manicure. I don’t know any normal 4 year old that gets a manicure.

  2. Wow! That’s a chili recipe! As much as I love drooling over all your *sweet* concoctions, I am always excited when you post a more savory dish. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Comfort food at its best! This chili looks scrumptious.



  4. This looks delicious. :) I love chili! Especially leftovers heated up with velveeta cheese and eaten with nachos.

  5. I can honestly say I rarely have a clue what is going on with celebrities unless someone tells me, and even then I don’t really care. It has zero impact on my life. As for the chili, look at all of those spices! I really want to try this but I have to get through the batch I just made haha.

  6. *drooling* That is all.

  7. I have never understood why people care about the life of celebrities. I really couldn’t care less.
    Now eating a bowl of that chili…that is something I care about!!!

  8. Some like it hot and I am one of some fo shua!! Living under a rock as I do I was unaware of Heidi and Seal’s decision to divorce. I don’t follow celebrity gossip but I have been divorced and I know that it is not something most of us undertake without a lot of heart wrenching. I feel for them having to go through it under a microscope.

  9. hot and spice food are my favorite! they energize my tastes bud.

  10. What is ground chili pepper? Is that the same as ground red pepper/cayenne?

  11. @Lezlie- chili powder

  12. I want to try this recipe! The layering of spices is very different from anything I do now with my chili.

  13. This definitely is one for me! I think the kids will load on sour cream to soften it but oh sounds good!

  14. HOLY CRAP! That is good! I saw some of Laura’s lean ground beef on sale today and immediately thought of this recipe. I stood in the grocery store for 20 mins trying to get the website to load on my phone so I could buy the rest of the ingredients. I used 2lbs ground beef instead of cubed beef. I also used 1 tsp of chili powder every time it called for 1 tbsp, which was plenty of heat for me! Because I wasn’t using cubed beef I cut the original cook time from 2 hrs to 45 mins, and I was surprised that even in that time every drop of liquid had cooked off, even with the lids on! I added several more cups of water and kept going, which was just fine. I was worried about the multitude of spices because it could have turned out gritty and bitter but this was cooked just enough with the right blend to make it incredibly rich tasting. Delicious. For once I’m happy to be single and living alone so I don’t have to share a spoonful this week!! Thanks!

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