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It feels like it’s 10,000 degrees outside… and you know what’s going on outside at the farm?


This current heat wave is just miserable.   Do you see the forecast with 50’s next week?!?!   We are definitely in KY!!

Kentucky weather screenshot


But… the tomatoes

This week, I seriously thought about just calling it quits on the backyard garden for the year.   After canning another 5 quarts of tomato sauce last night, I reminded myself that I would regret not giving all those green tomatoes a chance at ripening!    So, we pulled out the sprinkler, and we will keep those tomatoes watered until we are blessed with rain again.

fresh garden tomatoes and jalapenos

Homemade tomato sauce is something we go through very quickly at our house, most especially during the fall and winter months.   Any guesses why?

One word:   C H I L I

Brian loves chili, regardless of the temperature outside.   Me?   I’m a fan only when the weather is cool.

How about you?   Is Chili year round or is it temperature dependent?

(I’m working very hard at channeling my power of suggestion to convince myself that it’s actually not as hot as it truly is outside right now!!)


What started as a funny holiday pun a few years ago is now a yearly tradition for us at the Hardin County Farmers Market.  So many customers either (a) have never tried lamb or (b) were served not very good lamb.    This easy recipe changes opinions on eating lamb!   It is so easy and delicious, full of flavor, and with the surprising use of ground mutton imparts amazing taste to a non-traditional spin on a traditional dish.

bowl with lamb chili and spoon

S & B's #LAMBorDay Chili

Using ground mutton amplifies the flavor of this easy to make, and absolutely delicious chili!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 8


  • 1 large pot
  • 1 stirring spoon
  • 1 colander
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 sharp knife


  • 1 T. avocado or olive oil
  • 2 lbs S&B Bell Farms ground mutton
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 each bell peppers (any color), chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. salt
  • 2 T. ground black pepper
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. celery seed
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 3 15.5 oz cans chili beans **drain and rinse optional**
  • 2 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 quart tomato juice (homemade is best!)


  • Brown the ground mutton in the pot, and then drain
    raw ground mutton in pan with blue spoon
  • Chop the onion, garlic, and bell peppers and set aside
    chopped onion, garlic, and bell peppers
  • Return the mutton to the pot, and then add the chopped vegetables and stir. Let the vegetables sweat for approximately 5 minutes.
    ground mutton and onions, bell peppers, and garlic in pot
  • Add all seasonings, and stir well to combine. Continue stirring for a few minutes to be sure all the seasonings get warmed and fragrant.
    all seasonings added to pot
  • Add beans, stewed tomatoes, and tomato juice. Stir well and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. You could also put this in your crockpot on low for a few hours. Just remember that chili always tastes better the next day, once the flavors have time to marry!
    tomato juice jar adding to chili pot


For a little more heat, try adding 1 t. crushed red pepper to the spice mixture
Garnish with jalapenos, sour cream, cheese, or any of your favorite chili toppings!

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Christopher Wright

    Susan, it was a great privilege to run into you today at the farmers market on Peterson Drive. The sample of lamb chili you provided me was amazing and beyond my expectations and I have already shared my thumbs up approval with my daughter. The bonus was the recipe you made available which I hope to soon, knowing that it will fall tremendously short of that which you prepared. Knowing that you are the daughter of one of the best people I have ever had the honor to know will definitely go a long way in convincing me that I have now tasted the best lamb chili I will ever eat. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to trying your next amazing and delicious recipe.
    Respectfully I remain,
    Christopher Wright

    1. susan

      Chris, it was so wonderful to see you this weekend!! So glad you enjoyed the chili. I told mom you said hi 🙂

  2. Lisa

    Hi. Do you drain and rinse the chili beans before adding? I normally rinse my pinto and kidney beans when I make chili. But the recipe did not say drain chili beans first and since I don’t normally use chili beans., I did not. But now I’m hoping I didn’t mess up . I would recommend adding this to the Recipe if so.

    1. susan

      Hi Lisa – I didn’t 🙂

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