Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska

Farm Moms: Sharing the Goodness of our Generations Old Family Recipes

November 7, 2014Beef, Farmers and Ranchers, Food

From Joan Ruskamp:


I love the change of seasons we have in Nebraska. The cooler temps and breathtaking leaf colors help me to quickly forget the heat of summer. As a cattle feeder, I am outside everyday taking care of my animals so I get the chance to experience weather changes on a daily basis. As a mom raising five children who loved to be outside, I came up with this simple chili soup recipe to help us stay warm.


Game Day Chili


• 2 pounds ground beef

• 1 46 ounce can tomato juice

• 1 27 ounce can Bush’s Chili Beans

• 1 tablespoon chili powder

• 1 tablespoon onion flakes



Brown the ground beef with onion flakes. Turn crock pot on high and pour in tomato juice and beans. Drain hamburger and add to crock pot. Sprinkle chili powder

on top and stir mixture. Leave on high for 1 hour or low for several hours. Toppings that go well are shredded cheddar cheese with crackers or corn chips. it is a tradition in our community to serve cinnamon rolls with chili soup.


This recipe has beef as an important ingredient. As a mom I wanted to provide meals that gave our children the best nutrients to help them thrive. As a grandma, it is important to me to see our grandchildren receive those essential nutrients found in beef so they, too, will grow to be strong, healthy and active adults.