Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Trails! Chili Seasoning Mix

With temperatures falling into the lower 40's, we're beginning to crave chili on the weekends. Linda usually cooks up 2 gallons or so for lunch and we eat leftovers all week long. Her basic recipe includes a little bit of this and little bit of that with some ground beef, garbanzo beans, chick peas, black beans, kidney beans, chopped onion and some diced tomatoes.

Earlier this month, I purchased a chili mix from hoping to get some ideas about how chili spices are supposed to taste from the perspective of a world champion chili cook.  The Happy Trails! Chili Seasoning Mix is marketed by Tom Hoover, a very successful ICS chili competitor and businessman. Tonight we decided to try it out.

I followed the recipe directions on the back of the package:
  • 2 lbs of ground beef (browned and drained)
  • 1 pkg of Happy Trails! Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 2 cups of water
  • 8 oz. of tomato sauce
  • I added two cans of beans (my aplogies to any Texans that might be reading this)
I brought it to a boil and simmered the chili for 30 minutes prior to serving.

I've got another package of the mix to experiment with. Next time I'm going to use top sirloin instead of ground beef.  If you want to try some for yourself, you can purchase it at


Unknown said...

So, was it any good?

The BBQ Guy said...

It was very good. I have enough leftover for lunch later this week.