Jane Austen Chili

If life — and chili — were predictable, they both would be without flavour.

~ Jane Austen (slightly modified by Curt)


  • White onion
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper
  • Carrots
  • Mini potatoes
  • Can of black beans
  • Can of corn
  • Can of crushed tomatoes
  • Can of tomato paste
  • A little beer
  • Can of chickpeas
  • Optional: ground beef


In a small bowl mix together

  • 1 part BBQ sauce
  • .25 part dijon mustard
  • .25 part soy sauce
  • .5 part maple syrup
  • .25 part balsamic vinegar
  • A handful of jalapeno peppers chopped
  • Lots of rosemary and oregano
  • Plenty of pepper, paprika, salt
  • As you are inclined: your fav hot sauce or chilli powder


  • Cook the onion in a pan until translucent
  • Add garlic and cook until soft
  • Add cooked veggies to slow cooker
  • [If using meat, cook ground beef in same plan and pepper generously. Drain and set aside]

  • Also add good-sized chunks of red pepper, carrots, baby potatoes
  • Drain and add black beans and corn
  • Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste
  • Mix flavour ingredients in a separate bowl. Don’t overthink the ratios. Decide if you want hot or sweet and build around that. Remember this is chilli so so with your gut!
  • Stir well and add beer
  • Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring once an hour

  • 1 hour before serving drain and chickpeas and turn to high
  • Serve with fresh cilantro, grated cheese and ground beef (if that is your thing)

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