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Grandma's Chili

Grandma's Chili

This is my grandma's chili recipe. 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.

Submitted by: Jason from Sycamore, IL
Yield: 5 to 6 Servings


Featured in this Recipe

Chili Powder, Mild

Mild Chili Powder


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 2.6 oz.
Chiles, Crushed Red Flakes

Crushed Red Chiles


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 1.7 oz.


  • 1 and ½ 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 to 2 cloves garlic
  • to taste, salt and pepper

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Season the beef with salt and pepper, and brown over medium-high heat in a 5 to 6 quart dutch oven or stew pot.

  2. Add the onion and green pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring about every 15 minutes.

  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for 24 hours for a more complex flavor.

  5. Top with shredded cheddar, crackers, or your favorite chili topping.

More About This Recipe

To reduce the fat, drain the meat after browning. This is a simple chili 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.


Based on 3 reviews

Customer Reviews

Rico Medina

I switched to spocy chili powder and did everything else the same…Maaaan, Your grandma knew her stuff…I had to make more. With Rice? This is dinner every Thursday. Thank you!!!


This was the first time I made chili for my family because my children are the picky eaters! I have to say this chili was awesome! I did use a little more chili powder and I omitted the red chili flakes because our pallets are a little whimpier! But FANTASTIC recipe! Thank you!

Justin S

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.

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