Sunny-Side Chili

Sunny-Side Chili
Sunny-Side Chili
This image courtesy of Laura Ferroni

You can do chili slow and you can do chili quick. This is the quick version, which was my husband’s typical Thursday-night dinner growing up, served with a stack of toast on the side. Clearly, he isn’t from Texas, but that doesn’t make this chili any less delicious. You’ll want to use a really good chile powder for this recipe since that is the major flavor; I love the New Mexican Red Chile Powder from Rancho Gordo.

Makes2 bowls

Cooking MethodSauteeing



Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCooking for a date

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free

MealBrunch, Dinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureHot & Spicy, Savory


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 slices green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 (7-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 6 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat and add the onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until they’re lightly softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Increase the heat to medium-high and crumble in the ground beef. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the meat has browned. Add the salt and pepper to taste, Worcestershire, chile powder, and beans. Cook for about 2 minutes, then add the tomato juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes.

  3. While the chili is simmering, toast and butter the bread, and fry the eggs sunny-side up.

  4. To serve, divide the chili between two bowls and top each with an egg. Serve with the toast on the side; Cam and I always make a big stack with the buttered sides together.


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I never thought to put eggs in my chili before! I'll have to try this out!


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