Grandma's Chili Recipe

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Categories: American, Bean, Beef, Chili, Main Dish, Soup

Submitted By: Jason from Sycamore.

Grandma's Chili Notes

This is my grandmother's recipe for chili. It's not hot, but very tasty. I've even served it to people who said they didn't like chili, but they all liked this dish.

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, chuck preferred
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 2 large cans peeled whole tomatoes, blended
  • 2 cans dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons regular chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • to taste, salt and pepper
Serves / Yields

5-6 Servings

Preparation Instructions

Season the beef with salt and pepper, and brown over medium-high heat in a 5-6 quart dutch oven or stew pot. Add the onion and green pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes, stirring about every 15 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate for 24 hours for a more complex flavor. Top with shredded cheddar, crackers, or your favorite chili topping.

Helpful Hints

To reduce the fat, drain the meat after browning. This is an easy recipe to add to or change. I continually add new things, i.e. a small can of diced green chilis, or change the type of beans, or even sometimes add a teaspoon of ground cumin (again from The Spice House, because I love the rich deep flavor it adds). I often saw grandma throw in a half stalk of diced celery. It wasn't part of her original recipe, but I do it as well. You can turn up the heat by changing the chili powder to hotter chili powder, or add more crushed red pepper, or even cayenne pepper.

Quick Shopping List

Chili Powder, Mild, Medium, Or Hot
Mild, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2.5 oz.
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Crushed, in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.5 oz.

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Justin S. Said:

My hats off to your Grandma!! Her chili is great. I added a little twist though. I used more of the red pepper and added more chili powder. I also added 1/2 Tbls salt to make up for the condensed tomato soup. It is a great recipe and I will be using it again!! Thanks for sharing.

Make it Again? Justin S. would make this recipe again.