& My Top Ten Harvest Recipes

I love sitting down to a bowl of chili in the middle of a brisk afternoon!  I also love eating the leftovers with nacho chips…
The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.

Searching high and low for the perfect chili recipe?  Tempted to just throw some kidney beans into your spaghetti sauce?  STOP RIGHT THERE. 
This chili has just a smackerel of chil.  Not too spicy, but most definitely warm. 
The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.



  • 2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped.  Blanching them is the key here. 
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 litre tomato juice
  • 2 cans red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
And since I am a huge advocate for using what you have on hand, substituting canned tomatoes ( one large can), and dried spices in place of the fresh is totally fine – so make that 1 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. dried basil, and 2 tsp. dried oregano.
 The perfect chili recipe made with fresh from the garden tomatoes, and just the right amount of chil.


1. Lightly brown the ground beef in a hot cast iron pan.  Don’t cook it until it has no colour in it, you will be cooking it some more with the remaining ingredients.  When it is lightly browned, add it to a large pot or sauce pan.  I use a dutch oven sized stainless steel pot.
2. Peel and chop tomatoes, and add them to the pot with the ground beef.
3. Add the tomato juice, kidney beans, and dry spices if you’re using them, to the beef and tomatoes.
4. Finely chop the onion, garlic and the fresh spices if you’re using them, and add everything to the pot.
5. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until you’re ready to serve.

Top Ten Harvest Recipes

What is a harvest recipe you may ask?  Well, anything that uses a significant amount of an ingredient that was harvested.  I have also chosen to include recipes for harvests of things that are fairly easy to grow, and also fairly common.  Such as pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, and carrots.

Be sure to check out our Gardening page for all of your gardening needs.

Top 10 Harvest Recipes - fresh from the garden recipes from relatively easy and commonly grown vegetables.



Even More Top Ten Harvest & Thanksgiving ideas….

Top Ten Harvest & Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Top 10 Turkey Crafts for Thanksgiving from Craftulate

Top 10 Simple to Make Harvest Crafts from Peakle Pie

Top 10 Things to do this Harvest from Witty Hoots

Top 10 Harvest Sensory Fun Activities from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Thanksgiving Table Decoration Crafts from Play & Learn Everyday

Top 10 Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers from P is for Preschooler

Top 10 Thanksgiving Time Savers from Sunny Day Family

Top 10 Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas from Our Good Life

Top 10 Harvest Recipes from Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Thanksgiving Printables for Preschoolers by Living Life and Learning

Top 10 Thankful Trees from Rhythms of Play

Top Ten Thanksgiving Sensory Activities from Crafty Kids at Home

Top 10 Corn Crafts for Kids from Artsy Momma

Top 10 Turkey Themed Fine Motor Activities from School Time Snippets

Top 10 Thanksgiving Books for Preschoolers from Something 2 Other

Top 10 Harvest Sensory Bins from Study at Home Mama



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