The Perfect Meal for a Cold Winter Day

8 Servings
1 hr 20 min

Do you want the perfect meal for a cold winter day? I’m cooking up a family favorite over at our small house. My Just Right Spice Chili.

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I love a snow day! It’s just so nice to be inside, a fire crackling in the fireplace and a pot of Turkey Chili on the stove. When the kids were little they would go out and build a snowman or skate on the river if it was frozen. They would come back in when they got too cold and they would warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of hot chili.


  1. Ice Skating/Hockey
  2. Sledding/Toboganning
  3. Skiing/Snowboading/Snowshoeing
  4. Build a Snow Man or Snow Fort
  5. Blow Frozen Bubbles


  1. Bake cookies, cupcakes, or bread
  2. Board Games
  3. Set-up a Hot Chocolate Bar
  4. Painting or Clay Projects
  5. Learn to Knit or Crochet

I personally like to snuggle up with a hot tea, a really comfy throw, and a good book! My spot in front of the fireplace is always ready for me!

Another great cold-weather meal is a dutch oven filled with Beef Bourguignon. When it’s a snow day and I can’t go anywhere I typically have time to cook up this beautiful stew.

A snow day is also a great time to catch up on my bullet journal and my next month’s meal planning. While a snow day can sometimes make your life inconvenient, it can also be a nice surprising change-up of your day!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Browning the ground beef

The Perfect Meal for a Cold Winter Day
Recipe details
  • 8  Servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey I use 2 pd of meat because we like our chili pretty meaty and we don't add beans
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt (less is optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional if you don't want it as spicy)
  • 1 16 oz can of red kidney beans (optional)

Heat oil in a large stockpot on medium heat, add diced onions, and cook until translucent, stirring continually so they don't burn. Then add ground meat and brown. Drain if necessary.
Add the garlic to the meat and onion mixture and stir for one minute. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and let cook for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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