Rick’s Easy and Tasty Chili

Rick Gray’s recipe for Chili made Easy:


This quick and tasty chili recipe is a family favorite on a cold winter’s day. It’s also the recipe that my hero in Deep Cover makes for the heroine’s young sister.



  • ·        1 pint (500 ml) sweet chili sauce (see below *)
  • ·        1 lb (500 g) ground beef
  • ·        1 onion
  • ·        1 jar of spicy spaghetti sauce
  • ·        2-3 tins of baked beans (or kidney beans)
  • ·        1 tbsp (15 ml) chili pepper (or to taste)
  • ·        salt and pepper to taste



Brown onion and ground beef in the bottom of a large pot. Pour off excess fat. Stir in all the other ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes or with tea biscuits.

*Homemade sweet chili sauce [makes 4 1/2 quarts (4 liters)]

12 large tomatoes                   2 large onions

4 green peppers                      4 apples

1 stalk celery                           4 ½ c brown sugar (1.125 L)

1 tbsp salt  (15 ml)                  1 tsp dry mustard (5 ml)

½ tsp black pepper (2.5 ml)   ½ tsp cayenne pepper  (2.5 ml)

1 tbsp cinnamon (15 ml)        1 tsp ground allspice (5ml)

1 pt. cider vinegar  (500 ml)

Skin tomatoes using boiling water. Mash tomatoes and chop all ingredients. Combine in pot with spices and vinegar. Simmer 1-2 hours.  Put in sterilized jars and seal with heated lids.

Here’s a fun clip from the story in which Rick has just offered to make supper for the heroine’s sister, Lori, and asked what she’d like…

Lori pulled a tin of beans from the cupboard. “Like chili.”

He laughed—a laugh filled with memories of weekends in the kitchen with Ginny concocting outrageous combinations of food, but none as peculiar as the birthday cake Lori had made for him. When the bottle of whipped cream she’d been using to ice his cake had run dry, she’d thought the picture on the aerosol tin in her mom’s bathroom looked like the same stuff. He worked his mouth, still able to taste the lemony-scented shaving cream. “Okay, chili it is.”

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