Cooking With Kids – Easy Chili Recipe


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It’s snowing… again here in Iowa tonight and that means even more cold and winter weather is on its way. Much like most of the country, we’ve had the winter that won’t end here, and that has meant lots of time snuggled up indoors with friends and family enjoying comfort foods and each other’s company. Hot soup, stew and chili is often on the menu and if you’re also looking for a great new chili recipe, here’s a tasty one from one of our contributors!




  • 1 Pound Ground Pork or Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (or to taste) 
  • 1 – 28 fl.oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 – 19 fl.oz. can Lentils
  • 1 – 19 fl.oz. can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1  – 19 fl.oz. can White Kidney Beans
  • 1/2 cup Real Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon



• Warm pan on medium heat

• Add ground pork and salt to taste.

• Cook pork the whole way through.

• Add tomatoes, lentils and beans

• Bring to a boil

• Add in the maple syrup and cinnamon

• Simmer for about 20 minutes until flavors soak into the beans.

• Tastes even better the next day!

• Serves approximately 10-12


  1. Looks delicious! I like your addition of ground pork, I wouldn’t have thought of that:) I’m in MN and I hear ya, this winter has been BRUTAL!

  2. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    We are suppose to have snow again Wednesday. This sounds perfect to keep the chill away. I would love it if you could share it on my Tasty Tuesday linky party going on now.

  3. thanks for the recipe. I love how easy it is and that the kids can help make it

  4. oh my love cooking with the little folks and chilli is for sure a fav
    come see us at

  5. Great recipe for the kids to cook for everyone! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Ya and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  6. Great flavours in this chili. Love that you added maple syrup and cinnamon. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  7. You have just inspired Friday nights dinner.

  8. This recipe sounds delicious. My kids would definitely be in for a chili night!
    Hope your nights warm up soon and thanks for a great recipe!

  9. What a fun recipe to make with the kids! Love it! Thanks for sharing at my Sunday Dinner Link Party!

  10. G’day! Reminds me of childhood!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  11. Hi Kim – this chili sounds wonderful! We are still having winter-like weather on the East coast, too, and am so ready for spring! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and will be pinning to our party board. Hope you have a happy and wonderful weekend!

  12. This looks great! I have never tried red maple syrup. I will have to check that out.
    Thanks for sharing,

  13. Add spaghetti to it,,kids love that,,that’s how my mom made it,,my kids loves it that way and make it for their kids

  14. I am featuring your recipe tomorrow on Tasty Tuesday! Thank you for linking up with us! Make sure you come by and grab a featured button and link up again!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

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