Lumberjack Chili

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lumberjack chili

My friend Stephanie shared this chili recipe with me and my family LOVES it!!  The name seriously bumps it up a notch…what boy wouldn’t be excited to eat “lumberjack” chili?!  It sounds so manly!  So much better than plain old chili, right?  Kids are so funny:)  Let me tell you though, even without the cool name this chili is fantastic!  This recipe has no sugar in it or ketchup, making it less sweet and more savory.  I like to use a combination of ground beef and ground pork and we prefer smaller beans like chili beans or pintos instead of Kidney.  Such a great hearty chili recipe for a cold winter night and so nice to be able to throw it in the crockpot if you want!

Lumberjack Chili
Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Cooking with Ruthie *if you don't want to use your slow cooker. Simply follow instructions but put in large pot on the stove and simmer covered for 1 hour or so until all the flavor meld and veggies are soft. Stir occasionally and serve!
  • 2 pounds of ground beef (or ½ ground pork)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 (46 oz) can tomato juice
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz) cans red kidney beans or chili or pinto beans (or a mix)
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Garnish:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • frito corn chips
  1. Saute onions and beef/pork, drain well.
  2. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  3. Cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and frito corn chips.
  5. Enjoy!



  1. Bunny says

    When I first had chili garnished like this it was at Festival in Grand Rapids, MI. It was called Puffer Bellies then. Still Puffer Bellies at our house.

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