Kid-Friendly Chili! Because It’s Cold Outside!

Kid-friendly Chili Recipe

As parents, we all know how picky kids can be when it comes to eating. One day they will like something, and the next, not so much. They go through phases where they’ll only eat certain foods, and any attempt to make them eat anything else can result in a meltdown. It’s frustrating, we know.That’s why we’re bringing you this kid-friendly chili recipe that’s not only delicious and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, it’s fun to eat! All the ingredients were chosen for their obvious flavor combinations, but also for their color contribution. This chili from is flavorful – and colorful – without being too spicy for young palettes.  [photo via flickr]


1 tablespoon oil
1 lb lean stew meat, trimmed
2 -3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package chili seasoning mix (such as McCormick’s)
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons dark molasses

Salt and pepper to taste


Brown meat in oil on med. to med-high until seared on all sides. Add chopped garlic and sauté about two minutes. Place in Crockpot. Stir in Cumin.

Add diced peppers and onion to the same pan. Sauté on med-high just until wilted. Add cider vinegar and sauté until evaporated. Add to meat.

Stir in chili seasoning until well mixed.

Add corn, beans, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes, stirring after each addition. Add molasses, salt and pepper.

Place on high and slow cook until meat is tender – a few hours.

Serve with cooked rice, sour cream, grated cheese or any other accompaniment desired.

This recipe makes 8 to 10 servings.