What’s the difference between Texan chili & other chili recipes?

I had no idea until I went to a friend’s house for dinner one night as a kid.

I’m the very first Texan in my family - the rest of them are from upstate New York.

My mom has always made her chili with beans in it, and apparently that’s only a Yankee thing?

Texan chili also doesn’t usually use a tomato base. So… they’re kind of two totally different dishes and I’ve been believing a lie my whole life??

If you don’t eat beans because they bother your digestion or you’re sticking to a strict Whole 30 / Paleo regimen right now, I’ve already got this awesome chili recipe that’s perfect for you.

You can even sneak in my secret ingredient to that one, too - it doesn’t change the flavor, but levels-up the health benefits of this chili!

A savory superfood mushroom recipe

It’s absolutely insane to me that people keep cranking out these recipes using superfood mushrooms, but they’re all sticking to drinks or sweets.

Sure, I’ve made a Flu Season Mocha and a Healing Bone Broth using superfood mushrooms. But we don’t eat sweets nearly as much as we think (especially if we’re trying to be healthier) and you can only drink so much more stuff when you’re trying to stay hydrated with enough water, too.

So since I’ve been playing around with healing mushroom supplements, I wanted to make some more-applicable recipes with them.

Mom’s chili is absolutely PERFECT for this!

Before we dive into the recipe - a quick recap on the benefits of mushroom supplementation…

Why superfood mushrooms are so great

There’s a full blog post about the top 5 most-researched benefits to eating mushrooms right here. But if you’re looking for the short & quick, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Some mushrooms have the power to stop and reverse tumor growth.

  2. Mushrooms are strong antioxidants.

  3. Certain strands can improve athletic performance (more on that below!)

  4. Some mushrooms can prevent diabetes.

  5. Many mushrooms can improve immune function.

When I first figured out how easy superfood mushrooms are to add to recipes, I was shocked there isn’t more out there.

Why are we sticking to things we wouldn’t normally eat if we can add them with no consequence to things we DO already eat?

That’s what this recipe is all about.

None of the flavor was compromised and the immunity benefits & tumor fighting were added.

That’s what we call a win-win… whether you’re in New York, Texas, or anywhere else. ;)

 The Best Ever New York Chili

Prep time: 1 hour, 25 minutes . Cook time: ~1 hour Total time: 2 hours, 25 minutes (from scratch)

Yield: 6-8 servings



  1. If you’re using dry beans from scratch, prepare them first, according to package instructions. They’ll take about an hour to soften.

  2. In a large pot, add your ground meat & heat on medium. Cook until thoroughly brown. Add 1 Tbsp chili powder & 1/2 tsp garlic powder.

  3. Add garlic, onions, and green bell pepper & sauté for about 2 minutes

  4. Add canned tomatoes, purée, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili flakes, remaining chili powder & garlic powder, Chaga extract, and beans. Mix thoroughly.

  5. Allow to sit & cook for about 30 minutes, marrying the flavors. Serve in a bowl or on a high-quality hot dog and enjoy while boosting your immunity!

2 lbs ground red meat of choice (grass-fed beef, venison, Italian sausage)

8oz dried red kidney beans* OR 2 15oz cans pre-made red kidney beans (drained)

1 yellow onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 15oz can tomato purée

1 10oz can diced tomato + hatch chilies (drained)

1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes (drained)

3 large cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp powdered Chaga extract

2 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp garlic

1 tsp red chili flakes

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (this gets REALLY hot with 1/2 tsp!)

*keep in mind you need an extra hour to prep raw beans!