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Sean Magee's Firehouse Chili

One of my favorite characters in Proof of Heaven is Sean—a firefighter, who is the life of the party. Inspired  by his character, I served Firehouse Chili at my book club party for Proof of Heaven. (I also did it because it was inexpensive and easy. In fact, I threw the ingredients in my Crock Pot before I left for work). When I came home I put out  bowls, spoons, wine glasses, and some bottles wine. ( I also made pitchers of lemonade and water for nondrinkers). I served the chili with small bowls of sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped onions and put out baskets of gourmet pita chips (in case people wanted to use the chili as a dip, rather than a meal).

(Be sure to put a large serving spoon on dish and let your guests serve themselves directly from the Crock Pot.)

Yields 12-15 servings

2 lb of ground meat (or you can substitute turkey or even soy, if you prefer vegetarian)
1 yellow onion
Salt/Pepper to taste
4 cans of chili ready diced tomatoes w/onions (I use Red Gold)
2 cans of Red Kidney beans
2 packages of chili seasonings (I prefer McCormick brand Original recipe, but there are plenty of other blends and brands)


In a pan, brown meat and onion together over medium heat––when completely brown, remove from heat and drain fat.

Add browned meat and onions to and the rest of ingredients to a crock pot. Mix, cover, and set to low heat. You can serve as early as 4 hours later, or you can let cook all day. (I find the longer and slower it cooks, the better it tastes).  

Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped onions––and chili pepper, for those who like to add more heat.


The author served Firehouse Chili at the book club party for Proof of Heaven.