Quickie Chili



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Quickie Chili
Story and Photos by Troy Grohman

With quick company coming over for dinner and not much time for preparation, Tabitha Grohman, former biology major at St. Mary’s, knows exactly what to make: a nice bowl of quickie chili—a family recipe that has been passed down for generations.

“This dish was passed down from my grandma to my mom, to me, so I guess you could say this dish has been a family recipe for generations,” Grohman says.

Grohman’s taste in food reveals where she was raised.

“I’m a big fan of Italian food but I would say that my favorite type of food would be Tex-Mex simply because I grew up with it. I love pairing a good Tex-Mex dish with an ice cold sweet tea,” she says.

As a teacher at Savannah Heights in Somerset, Texas, Grohman’s schedule is usually hectic so it is nice to be able to make something so easy to make and yet so hearty and filling.

“I choose to make this quickie chili recipe because it was simple and something that would be easy for many people to cook,” she says

To her surprise this recipe won a cooking contest at Savannah Heights. “I also entered this chili in our schools first annual chili contest or “Souper Bowl” and my chili won the contest for best tasting chili,” Grohman says.

She encourages people to add to the recipe to make it their own, as the dish is very versatile and easy to personalize.

“I’ve added things like potatoes or peppers to it. You can really experiment with it,” Grohman explains.



1/2 lb. hamburger meat per 6 servings

2 tbs. of chili powder

1 can of ranch style beans

1 cup of water

1tsp. of salt

1tsp. of pepper

Cheese to taste

Sour cream to taste



1.cook ground beef in pan on high, season with salt and pepper

2. stir until beef is fully brown

3.Turn town pan temp to med-low

4.Drain off any excess grease in the pan

5.Once grease is drained, add 2 tbs. of chili powder to pan

6.Stir chili powder into beef until it turns slightly more orange in color.

7.open can of ranch style beans (save can for later) and add them to the pan

8.Stir until beans are fully mixed

9.Fill empty can of ranch style beans with water and add it to the pan

10.Stir pan for about 5-10 minutes

11. plate the chili in a bowl and add cheese and sour cream to taste.




Chili and Cornbread

Chili and Cornbread by Brandon Littlefield
Videography and Production by Troy Grohman

Brandon Littlefield, a former student at St. Mary’s, studied engineering at the university until 2006. In this video, Littlefield cooks a nostalgic winter-time favorite of his youth: chili and cornbread; it has been a family tradition to prepare this dish whenever it first starts getting cold.


For Chili:

  • 1 tbs. of olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ½ cup of carrots diced
  • 2 tbs. of cumin
  • 1 lb. of ground sirloin
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 can of kidney bean
  • 1 can of pinto beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • ½ tsp. of oregano
  • 2 tsp. of adobo sauce
  • 2 cups of water


For cornbread:

  • 1 bag of cornbread mix
  • 2 ½ cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of corn
  • cupcake wrappers
  • cupcake pan



To start the chili, begin by sweating the bell peppers onions and carrots for about 5-10 minutes. Once the vegetables are sweated and they become soft, add in the cumin and the ground sirloin, raise heat to high until the meat is fully cooked. Once the meat is done stir in the crushed tomatoes, water, adobo sauce and oregano and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the chili on low heat for 30 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then add the beans and simmer on low heat for another 30 minutes. Then the food is ready to serve.

To start the cornbread, mix in bag of cornbread mix with egg milk and corn stir in a mixer for about 3-5 minutes until it is smooth then pour in cupcake wrappers, in the pan. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until cooked all the way through (check by using a toothpick).