Glatz’s Game Day Chili

For the St. Louis area, the chill in the air (and the pennant race) signifies the beginning of fall. Fall also means football. Whether you’re a college fan or an NFL fan, knowing how to make a good bowl of chili is key to surviving the season. No one knows this better than my dad.

Like clockwork, the first 60-degree day results in me begging my dad to make his famous chili for the upcoming weekend. My dad is a chili purist – meat and beans only, and he has passed on this purity rule on to me. Now that I’m no longer living at home, this past weekend proved a key moment in my adulthood – replicating my father’s delicious recipe.

Game day without chili? Unheard of.


  • Edmonds Chili Brick (you can find this near the bacon in most grocery stores)
  • 1lb ground beef (not that chili is really a healthy option, but I used turkey to save a few calories)
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large can of Brooks chili beans
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 8 oz of water
  • Cheese (for topping – I prefer American, but my guests topped it with Shredded Sharp Cheddar)
  • Aw Shit Seasoning (for those of us who like it hot)
  • Oyster crackers


  1. Brown your beef or turkey in a skillet.
  2. Throw everything into a crock pot.
  3. Let cook for 2-3 hours
  4. Top as you please
  5. EAT.

I didn’t say it was hard – it’s just hard to get my father’s approval on such a time-honored tradition. Lucky for me, I got two thumbs up from him.

Also, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Aw Shit and it’s counterparts, Special Shit from Big Cock Ranch is a product of the great state of Texas, and I would highly recommend their four-pack of seasoning (I use the special shit on chicken regularly).

Does your family have a famous chili recipe?

Guest appearance by O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer – the greatest of fall brews. 

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