The Not-So Starving Student—DIY Southern Style Chili

Upon reflecting about the number of times I line up at Tim Hortons for their hearty Southern-Style chili, I finally mustered the motivation to attempt my own interpretation of the Southern Style Chili.

Chilies make a sumptuous, healthy dinner and meal option for students.  Particularly with the aid of an Instant Pot, the actual time spent in the kitchen can be minimized down to 10 minutes (see my previous review for the Instant Pot).  If you have 10 minutes to spare and want to make your own Tim Hortons style chili, this is a recipe worth trying at home.  Even without an Instant Pot, a crock pot or saucepan can do the job, albeit in a longer time frame.

Step 1

Gather ingredients:

1 lb ground beef
1-2 whole onions
4 cups dry Kidney beans (soak overnight or replace with 4 cups of canned beans)
2 cups canned black beans (optional)
2 cups white mushrooms (optional)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tomatoes (I used the equivalent in my homegrown grape tomatoes)
1 can pasta or tomato sauce
1 can beef stock
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground paprika
½ tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
2 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon sour cream
Grated cheese

Step 2

Use the sauté function on the Instant Pot for 5 minutes (or on your stove) and sauté your onions

Step 3

Add ground beef to the sautéed onions and cook until meat is light brown

Step 4

Add remaining ingredients to Instant pot (or sauce pan or crock pot) and mix thoroughly with the cooked meat and onions

Step 5

Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 20 minutes (alternatively turn crock pot on high for 6 hours or cook over the stove for 4 hours on medium heat)

Step 6

Allow steam to be released and serve with whole wheat or rustic bread

Chili dinner ideas:

Now that your chili is simmering in a pot, there are various dinner and meal prep options for this Southern delight.  It is a versatile dish that will leave you and your loved ones craving for more.  Whenever I follow this recipe, I am able to make full use of the leftover chili.  Here are a handful of ideas that can spice up your weekly meals.

Chili burrito: chili burritos provide the extra carbohydrates for a hearty lunch or dinner.  Add a drizzle of cheese whiz (cheese sauce) for a richer, creamier taste.

Chili nachos: chili nachos can be a fantastic appetizer for any house party or potluck

Chili dogs: if you’re ever bored of the classic hot dog for lunch, drizzle some chili and cheese for an appetizing twist to the traditional

Chili loaded jacket potatoes: My all-time favorite comfort food can be made all within 20 minutes.  While the chili is cooking, throw some potatoes into the oven and wait for both to be ready after 20 minutes.