A bowl of comfort (Food Bloggers Support for Sandy)

I posted a version of this chili a couple of years ago.  But when Jenn and Barb put out the call to unite the food blogging community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy by asking folks to share a comfort dish – something you would make for someone in need – I couldn’t think of a better dish to post.  I updated this recipe a little from the original, based on the way I made it this time and am posting it today for you to enjoy, for you to maybe make and take to someone who needs a big bowl of comfort for whatever reason.

Chili con carne

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

A big bowl of comfort - chili con carne.

Yields 6


  • 12 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g lean ground beef
  • 500g stewing beef
  • 300g canned diced tomatoes
  • 500 mls beef stock
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 400g (1 tin) canned red kidney beans, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large heavy frying pan, heat 6 tablespoons of the oil.
  2. Brown ground beef, then the stewing beef and drain on paper towels.
  3. Heat remaining oil in a large heavy saucepan and sauté onions until translucent.
  4. Add garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the beef and coat well with oil, onion and garlic mixture.
  6. Sauté on medium-high heat until evenly browned.
  7. Add the tomatoes, stock and tomato paste and combine well.
  8. Add the seasonings (chili powder, cumin and oregano) and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.
  10. Add the beans and continue to simmer, uncovered for a further 20 minutes.
  11. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Serve with fresh cilantro, roughly chopped.



I know I’ve felt pretty helpless watching the hurricane’s destruction from the comfort of my home where I am enjoying warmth and power.  But we can help.  If you feel so inclined, please donate to help those in need.  There are several organizations helping the victims of hurricane Sandy.  Some of the larger ones include:

  • The Red Cross – providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims.  You can donate directly to the Red Cross, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations to storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.

On Twitter, follow the #FBS4Sandy hashtag to see everyone’s posts and if you post yourself, don’t forget to link up over on Jenn or Barb s blog posts.


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35 Responses to A bowl of comfort (Food Bloggers Support for Sandy)

  1. Jenn November 8, 2012 at 06:08 #

    Mardi, thanks so much for participating. I know I would love to have a taste of your chili. It looks like the perfect dish to offer up for a bowl of comfort. The devastation has been unreal, and I know all of us working together to get the word out can make a real difference to help those in need.

  2. Cindy November 8, 2012 at 06:22 #

    Good Day Mardi. What a great way to bring people together. I will post a Big Batch Chicken Soup tonight and link back to Jenn’s post. Thank you.

    “Just Me”

  3. Cher November 8, 2012 at 08:01 #

    Beautifully done, Mardi.
    This is such a great idea.

  4. 30A EATS November 8, 2012 at 08:12 #

    A beautiful bowl of comfort food to serve in Support for Sandy! I’m thinking I might have to make this today! I am suddenly in the mood for Chili! Glad to connect via the event!

  5. Paula November 8, 2012 at 08:54 #

    I love that Barb & Jenn have pulled #FBS4Sandy and the blogging community together. Your chili is a fabulous comfort food dish and you are wonderful for participating!

  6. phillijo November 8, 2012 at 09:13 #

    This is my family’s favourite chilli recipe! It’s the best I have ever made.
    Thanks for sharing it, Mardi!

  7. Stephanie November 8, 2012 at 12:17 #

    So glad you posted this! My sister and her bf live in the Bronx to go to med school and even though they had minimal damage from the storm it was days and days after with no power and no gas for their car. Then finally getting rationed groceries for a crazy price only to have the power disappear from their place again! worry, worry, worry.

  8. mjskit November 8, 2012 at 12:50 #

    I love a great bowl of chili such as this!!! In cold, winding weather like we’re expecting this weekend, there is nothing better. Pure comfort food!

  9. Amanda November 8, 2012 at 14:07 #

    Can I just say how much I LOVE chili? Throw a hunk of cornbread next to a bowl of it and I am a happy lady!

  10. Adina H. November 8, 2012 at 16:23 #

    Looks like a great comfort food.

  11. Don (@foodieprints) November 8, 2012 at 16:34 #

    Classic chile con carne. Yep, that’s quality comfort food to me! YUM!

  12. Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 8, 2012 at 16:47 #

    Hi Mardi! I don’t visit as often as I should but coming together for #FBS4Sandy is an awesome way to get reaquainted. Your chile con carne is stunning! I suppose that’s a weird way for someone to describe chile con carne but when I look at your photos, that’s the word that pops into my head. Oh, delicious too. I forgot to add delicious!!!

  13. Ann Mah November 8, 2012 at 17:05 #

    I love this initiative (and your beautifully vivid chili recipe, Mardi!) and it has already inspired me to donate to the Red Cross. Thanks for the post and the links.

  14. Sarah | Shine Food November 8, 2012 at 17:20 #

    I can never––never!––resist a chili recipe, and this one looks especially warming and hearty. It would be a great contribution to this month’s Shine Supper Club (our theme is one-pot meals). 🙂

  15. Purple Asparagus November 8, 2012 at 18:12 #

    That looks delicious. I wish I could send some to my mom. Fortunately, she finally found a hotel room from which to escape her disaster of a house.

  16. Viviane Bauquet Farre November 9, 2012 at 02:28 #

    Authentic, hearty, and filling. This is a beautifully rendered chili and definitely one to be proud of. So warming on these chilly post-Sandy nights…

  17. Caroline December 10, 2013 at 12:31 #

    This looks really great! Is there a way to make this in a slow cooker?

    • Mardi Michels December 11, 2013 at 10:47 #

      I’d say from step 7 you could put all the ingredients into a slow cooker, for say, 1 hour on high?

      • Caroline December 11, 2013 at 13:19 #

        Thank you! I’ll try that!

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