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XTrema 4 Quart Covered Ceramic Soup Pot Giveaway and My Chili Con Carne Recipe

It’s winter time, the perfect time of year to make delicious soups and hearty chilis, especially if you face cold New York winters like we do. This week I had the opportunity to try out Xtrema Ceramic Cookware (specifically the gorgeous, retro-looking Xtrema 4 Quart Covered Ceramic Soup Pot) and used it to make my favorite chili recipe.

healthy ceramic cookware

I usually use stainless steel cookware, and was very interested in trying out XTrema Ceramic Cookware because of our healthy lifestyle. Xtrema Ceramic Cookware is the healthiest cookware available, because no trace metals or chemicals leach from the ceramic cookware into your food, and it has a non-toxic, no-scratch ceramic glaze. The unique shape of the ceramic cookware makes for a beautiful set in your family kitchen and the 4 Quart Ceramic Soup Pot makes it easy to serve directly from the pot on your dinner table (just be sure to lay the pot on an oven mitt so you don’t burn or scratch any surfaces- it’s hot and you were just cooking in it!). It has thick, easy carry handles on both sides to make carrying it easy, and a matching ceramic cover to keep your soups and chilis warm.

Great features of XTrema Ceramic Cookware

  • Safe and healthy cookware No heavy metals or chemicals leaching into foods while cooking
  • Beautiful cookware From the unique shapes to the non-toxic ceramic glaze that gives it a high-gloss, scratch-proof black finish
  • Very versatile Can be safely used to cook food in the oven, on the stovetop, in the microwave, toaster oven, or broiler, and can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator. It can even used to serve food directly on the dinner table. Xtrema Ceramic Cookware is built to withstand extreme temperatures so you can take it directly from the oven to the freezer
  • Long lasting and durable
  • Takes advantage of far-infrared heating method to cook food evenly inside out, and the ceramic material helps food stays hotter longer. The handles on the lid and pot do not heat up, and the even heating of the pot allows food to cook evenly with minimal stirring/work
  • Environmentally friendly Handcrafted Xtrema cookware is made of inorganic non reactive natural minerals
  • Easy to clean Microwave save, non-scratch surface means you can cook with and clean your XTrema Cookware with any utensils or products and it will not scratch, or flake into your food
  • Here is my own original homemade chili recipe that I made this weekend in our ceramic cookware soup pot. This Chili Con Carne recipe tastes incredible on its own, with some tortilla chips and sour cream on top, or served in crunchy taco shells with sour cream and shredded cheese. Like Xtrema cookware, it’s healthy and versatile. Enjoy!

    Penelope’s Chili Con Carne Recipe

    2 pounds ground beef
    1 cup organic diced tomatoes
    1 cup tomato sauce
    1 cup onion, chopped
    1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
    1/2 cup green olives, pitted and chopped
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon coriander
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup water or broth
    salt and pepper

    1. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive and brown the beef over a medium heat. Add in onions and seasonings and stir together. Cook for another 10 minutes.
    2. Add beef mix and all remaining ingredients except for beans into the XTrema 4 Qt. Soup Pot. Stir together and simmer for 30 minutes.
    3. Stir in beans and cover, and cook on low for 30 additional minutes.
    4. Remove from heat and serve. We love to add tortilla chips and cheese or sour cream, but you can add whatever toppings your family loves. Enjoy!

    chili con carne garlic tortillas

    Win an Xtrema Ceramic Cookeware 4 Qt Soup Pot

    Ceramcor is generously offering a reader of Penelope’s Oasis a chance to win one of the beautiful 4 quart soup pots featured above, a $119.99 value. For a chance to win, enter using the rafflecopter below. Can’t wait to win? From now until the end of the giveaway, you can buy a 4 quart covered ceramic soup pot using the Xtrema promotional discount code oasis20 (all lower-case) for $20 off your purchase. Coupon code expires Feb 3rd.

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    • Kristie

      I like Chicken Tortilla Soup.

    • Penelope I’m not entering the giveaway just want to say your chili sounds scrumptious!! I love Xtrema and may just have to get this pot. Looks fab!

    • Brittany G.

      My favorite chili recipe is a lowfat one I found a few years back. Really simple. Brown ground turkey, add chili seasoned diced tomatoes (or add your own chili seasoning to taste) add 2 or so cups of water. Simmerfor 30 minutes. Add a can of corn and a can of black beans. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

    • Charlotte C

      My husband makes a cream of chicken soup with boneless, skinless, fat less chicken breast, a bullion cube, tons of fresh or frozen veggies, fresh cream, salt ,pepper,Cavenders spice>>> and it is fabulous!!!!!!!!!! Makes it for me every time it snows!

      I love that pot, my Mom had one like that before I broke it>>thank you for the chance to win it!

    • Mary Beth Elderton

      I make a spicy Tomato-Veggie soup using V8 tomato juice as the base. The recipe is 1 can of V8 Tomato Juice (or any brand) add onion, garlic, veggies (any, I often use frozen,) can of any beans you like (I use what’s on hand) and season with red pepper to taste. It’s also easy enough to add browned meats, if you like–ground or chunks.

    • ruth ramos

      My favorite soup is a seafood soup called 7 powers in spanish is called 7 potencias and it is delicious. yummy

    • jose gueits

      i have not make chilly never but will like to know how to do it i like it a lot but never try to do it

    • Marilyn Wons

      Split Pea Soup is my favorite soup!

    • Alicia

      Very interested in these pans as well…thank you!

    • Alicia

      I love beef chili or made with venison!!! Yum!!! Thanks!

    • I love turkey chili!

    • Maureen G

      I really like minnestrone – with lots of spices. So good! Sometimes, I add pasta right to it and that makes a great meal.

    • deb

      I made White Chicken Chili last night..it was delish!

    • Aimee W


      1.5 lbs Ground Beef
      1 lb Breakfast Sausage, Hot
      1 Onion (sweet or white)-Chopped
      1 Green Pepper-Chopped
      1 32oz can Brooks Chili Beans, Hot (they’re really not)
      1 10oz can diced tomatoes
      2 12oz cans V8
      1 12oz can beer (preferably dark, not lite beer)
      1 pack chili seasoning
      ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (this is where the heat comes from. Adjust to your liking)

      In stock pot over Med-Hi heat:

      Cook beef and sausage together until brown.
      Add everything else.
      Bring to boil

      Reduce heat to Med-Lo
      Cover and simmer for 45 min, stirring occasionally.

    • Heather!

      I like to add corn to a basic chili recipe, and I always do it in the crock pot. Another great twist is to add a can of baked beans! It gives the chili a sweet accent, which is nice because the rest of it is quite spicy!

      h4schaffer at gmail dot com

    • domestic diva

      I like chili with lots of beef, no beans, and as many peppers as I can find. We like it hot!

    • alyce poalillo

      My favorite soup to make is butternut squash soup- I roast the squash, carrot, onion with nutmeg, salt, pepper then add it to stock and add a little cream-wonderful on a cold day.

    • Marci

      I like White Chicken Chili.

    • Katy P

      I love chicken and dumplings or homemade noodles!

    • Penny Snyder

      Love White Chicken Chili! grammypenny@frontier.com

    • Jill L

      I love Taco Soup

      1 lb ground beef
      1 onion, chopped
      1 package taco seasoning
      1 package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
      1 can kidney beans
      1 can pinto beans
      1 can tomatoes
      1 can Mexican tomatoes
      1 can corn

      brown ground beef and onion and drain, add taco seasoning and hidden valley dressing mix, mix together. Add rest of ingredients and bring to boil, lower to a simmer for an hour and serve.

    • Jody Sisson

      My family loves my homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

    • Ann F

      My favorite soup is Chicken Corn Chowder.

      abfantom at yahoo dot com

    • Laura Chipman

      Thank you for the recipes and telling us about the cookware. I can’t wait to go to their website and check them out!


      My favorite soup is vegetable beef soup.

    • Natalie J Vandenberghe

      I’m a little embarrassed to admit this…but, I’ve found a couple good mixes for making homemade chili. I also love to make potato soup.
      This cookware is beautiful and your recipe sounds delicious (I think I’ll make it soon).
      Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Christina A

      My favorite chili recipe is called Hoosier Chili and I got it from allrecipe.com

    • Tina M

      I like beef veggies soup

    • debbie

      I like just old fashioned potato soup.

    • Kelly D

      I really enjoyed a Veggie Dumpling soup that I saw on The Chew. I found it online and made it.

    • Aubrey B

      My favorite soup recipe is for tortilla soup! mmmm!



    • Sandie Curnow

      My favorite chili recipe is very similar to yours, but adding the olives is the thing that I will definitely add to my recipe as of right now.

    • tracy davis

      I love homemade tomato and rice soup

    • Jen

      I love to use my moms deer chili recipe!

    • Amanda

      I love making baked potato soup from scratch!

    • Stacy

      I like homemade potato soup

    • Patrice

      My favorite is Rice and Endive Soup.

    • Rebecca Graham

      I like white chicken chili.

    • My favorite is Chicken and Dumplings

    • Auriette

      I don’t like my chili too spicy, so here’s what I do (adjusting a little according to taste or how soupy I’d like it that day).

      One can tomato sauce
      One can tomato paste
      One pound hamburger meat (scrambled)
      One can favorite beans (black beans, kidney beans, red beans)
      Spoonful of chili powder (more or less to taste)

    • Debbie Welchert

      I love my vegetable beef soup.

    • Megan

      I love white chili! You can’t have enough cream in your life, IMO. 😀

    • karen b

      Our familys favorite is Chili and here is my recipe.

      1 lb ground meat and 1/2 lb ground pork
      2 cans tomato sauce
      1 32 oz can of V-8 juice
      chili powder to taste
      1 pck of goya sazon
      2 cans of busch chil beans
      we just love it, thanks for the fantastic giveaway


    • Rust

      My favorite soup is baked potato soup – chunky and rich.

    • clarissa

      my family loves loaded baked potato soup.

    • Laura Jacobson

      Oh I guess I am not a very good cook. LOL. I use the McCormick Slow Cooker Chili Packet from the store, and add two extra cans of kidney beans. Nothing too exciting here…but we love it!

    • nannypanpan

      i like my brothers chili,. have no idea how he makes it but it’s spicy
      nannypanpan at gmail.com

    • Cindy H

      My favorite soup is won ton.

    • Cynthia C

      My favorite is my mom’s wedding soup.

    • Katharine D

      I love making homemade chicken noodle soup – SO much better than anything I can buy in a store

    • Carolyn G

      I make something called Caro’s willy-nilly chili because I don;t use a recipe and put everything i can find in a pot. It is delish. I want to try your recipe!

    • Monique Rizzo

      I like homemade turkey chili with white beans.
      Thanks for the chance.

    • clynsg

      I like a good beef vegetable soup.

    • Nicole C.

      My favorite is my tortilla soup recipe with cheese on top and eaten with tortilla chips.

    • I love my beef soup.
      I cube a roast.
      Fry it with mushrooms, onion, and garlic.
      Dump a couple of beef stock in big stock pot.
      Add fried meat.
      Add fresh veggies (whatever kind you have on hand)
      If you do not have fresh use frozen.
      When it’s done I take some out (enough for dinner) and add egg noodles.
      When noodles are cooked you are good to go.

    • Lynnette Stirling

      Potato and Ham, yummy

    • Derk Thomas

      Tomato soup is my favorite and I like vegeterian chili maybe I will try your recipe and leave out the beef.

    • patricia skinner

      I love Split Pea Soup with loads of carrots.

    • Elena

      My favorite is turkey soup.

    • Annmarie W.

      I love making Italian Wedding soup, with my homemade meatballs (altho you can used the frozen bag kind instead), with chicken broth and frozen spinach (dethraw & squeeze out) and small bit of carrot and those little alphabet pastas!

    • Gaye M

      This KopyKat recipe is my family’s favorite and I make it frequently during cold weather:

      Bennigan’s Ultimate Baked Potato Soup

      Yield: 8 servings.

      3 pounds all-purpose potatoes, scrubbed and pierced in several places
      1 tablespoon stick butter or margarine
      1 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
      2 tablespoons minced garlic
      1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
      3 cups milk
      1 teaspoons salt
      1/4 teaspoons pepper

      TOPPINGS: shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon & chopped scallions

      Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake potatoes 1 hour or until tender when pierced. Peel when cool enough to handle. Melt butter in a 4 to 6 quart pot over medium low heat. Stir in onions and garlic, cover and cook 10 minutes until soft, but not brown. Add 2/3 of the potatoes and mash with a potato masher. Add broth, milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Season to taste before serving. Cut remaining potatoes in small cubes. Add to soup and stir gently to reheat. Sprinkle each serving with toppings.

    • Rondah

      I like homemade chicken noodle soup with chicken breast meat, noodles, carrots and celery

    • Rachel Miller

      I had a really delicious chicken chili recipe from Food Network…I can’t seem to pull up the link for it right now tho…..I hope its still there – I don’t know if I printed it or not! I will definitely give your recipe a try tho!

    • Lorraine

      I don’t really have a “favorite” recipe. I toss in whatever I have in the cupboard that sounds good. Lots of garlic is always a must, however!

    • Kelly

      pumpkin ginger soup!!

    • kimberlee

      Green olives in chili?! I’ve never heard of that! I love my ceramcor skillet. 🙂

    • Tanya

      I love Stuffed Pepper Soup

      2 pounds ground beef
      2 quarts water
      1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
      1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
      2 cups cooked long grain rice
      2 cups chopped green peppers
      1/4 cup packed brown sugar
      2 teaspoons salt
      2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
      1 teaspoon pepper
      In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

    • tanya

      I like meatless chili with lots of beans and spices

    • katfam

      My mother’s Chicken & Rice soup is the best!

    • Jennifer H

      tomato soup or chicken noodle

    • Jason

      My grandmas Chicken and wild Rice recipe is the greatest thing ever!

    • Ryana

      My fave is homemade veggie soup. I cook a roast in the crockpot for tender meat then add veggies

    • Debbie C

      My favorite soup recipe is just pinto beans, starting from dry, soaking and then slow cooking with salt pork. I serve it with cornbread and finely chopped onions. I would love to have this bean pot though for baking beans in the smoker outdoors this summer.


    • Alison

      I love a nice potato soup!

    • Teh Doll

      chicken and rice soup


    • Lindsey Mertz

      I love Beef and Barley soup

    • erma

      I love homade chicken noodle soup.

    • carol y l

      I take rump roast, a large onion, paprika, and salt and pepper and cook till tender. Then I take it out and cu it up, put it back in the liquid, reduce it some. Serve over organic fresh green beans and add sour cream. Grain/gluton free eaters.

    • Marianna

      My favorite chili recipe is one i tweaked from Jamie Dean. I add extra meet for my carnivore husband.

    • Jen Harriman

      I love a good spicy chicken chili!

    • Valeen N

      I love Potato Corn Chowder! Yum!

    • laurie

      i love vegetable soup

    • Heather M.

      I love vegan three-bean chili.

    • Lisa L

      Allrecipes.com has a Delicious Ham and Potato Soup recipe that my whole family loves. Yum!

    • Michelle Tucker

      Our favorite soup is Indian Tomato soup. So yummy.

      2 cans of progresso tomato soup and then we add indian spices, like garam masala and curry powder. It’s yummy.

    • Reejen

      My favorite soup is Chicken Tortilla Soup with lots of avocado slices on top.

    • Sarah L

      I like a hearty stew.
      Thanks for the contest.

    • Brittney House

      I love new england clam chowder

    • Beverly M

      That’s a pretty soup pot. My favorite homemade soup is beef barley. Thanks for having this contest!

    • tallcapp

      My favorite is slow cooker chili–Browned Ground Turkey, onions, cumin, chili, tomato soup and plenty of variety of beans.

    • Breanne

      I like broccoli cheese soup.

    • Sand

      I add chocolate and coffee to my chili.

    • Terri Martin

      I love my homemade potatoe soup.

    • Chris N

      I make a killer black bean soup. It has black beans (if course), ham, jalapenos and cumin. It is one of our go-to meals because it is really tasty and you can keep the ingredients on hand at all times.

      ezmerelda at mail dot com

    • trixx

      I make Tyler Florence’s French Onion Soup all the time and love it!

    • debra p

      I love minestrone soup

    • Oooh this looks delicious!!

    • Michael K Riley

      hmmmm,, yummy 🙂
      what a delicious chili recipe!

    • Jiji Amin

      Love this pot. I wise I win this soup pot. Thank you!