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Homemade Chili Recipes

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Chili is a favorite hearty cold weather meal, it can cook for hours or be ready in minutes and can be tailored for every family's tastes. This page contains recipes for homemade chili.


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September 26, 2011

This is a quick, easy, and flexible chili. You can vary the type of ground meat used, the varieties and amount of beans used, and the level of spiciness.

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November 2, 2016

What's football season without chili? In my house of three sons, 1 son in-law, and a husband, and whoever they tag along with, I find keeping them chewing keeps the noise to a minimum. So I keep on cooking during football. It also saves on the furniture and my hardwood floors... how? They like to pound their fist on the arm of my couch and chairs, and stamp their feet on the floors. Did you say *anger management?* No, I did! :)



  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium or 1 large onion, minced*
  • 4 stalks celery, minced
  • 1 large green pepper, minced
  • 1 red pepper, minced
  • 6 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 lb sweet or hot Italian sausages, remove casings
  • 2 cans (14 oz) stewed tomatoes, Blended
  • 2 cans (28 oz) crushed tomatoes with basil
  • water
  • 1 can refried beans with green chilies (helps thicken the texture and extra flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, thyme, parsley, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, season salt or Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 6 cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

*I used a food processor to mince all the vegetables.



  1. Using a large soup pot on medium, add the olive oil first and then all the minced vegetables. Saute these until golden.
  2. Add the ground beef and loose sausage meat, stirring and breaking down all the meat until it is crumbled. Cook and mix well with the vegetables. Drain off any excess fat.
  3. After blending the stewed tomatoes, add them to the pot. Then add the large cans of crushed tomatoes. Add one large can of water and one small can of water, by rinsing these cans with hot water.
  4. Stirring while this comes to a boil. Add all your seasonings. Let this boil, then turn down to a medium and cover. Simmer for about three hours, stirring frequently. If it starts to stick, turn down a bit more. If it seems too thick, add a 1/2 cup of water (each time it gets thick).
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  6. Then add the cans of drained beans. Stir them in. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. I put this on a lowest simmer all night long. If you don't have an option of a simmer plate on your stove, you can simmer a pot overnight in a warm oven. At 225 degrees F. It acts like a crock pot.
  7. I serve my chili over a bed of white long grain rice, or on a bed of tortilla chips and topped with chips. You can also top your chili with shredded Mexican cheese.
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November 12, 2012

This is a great, sweet-tasting chili!

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September 28, 2012

Fast, easy, and good chili my family likes! It is fast because the salsa is your chopped veggies. Easy because everything goes in the skillet.

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September 8, 2011

A fall and winter favorite of our family.

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January 5, 2010

I like "Chili 5 Ways" but can't make a large amount from scratch, so my version is "almost instant". For those that don't know, "Chili 5 Ways" consists of meat with chili flavor/sauce, beans, onions, pasta, cheese.

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November 5, 2007

Puree the tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Brown the beef in the olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, the cumin and caraway seeds, and the chopped onion.

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November 20, 2012

A great, different chili recipe!

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January 23, 2012

This is a great recipe! I do leave out the Tabasco sauce, though. This feeds a large group.

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October 5, 2011

My favorite winter soup!

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August 29, 2011

A simple recipe that is also inexpensive to make.

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March 29, 2011

Brown hamburger, onion, and garlic. Drain off fat. Add rest of the ingredients. Simmer 30-45 minutes.

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November 18, 2008

Brown ground beef, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain grease and add meat to the slow cooker. Brown sausage, drain and add to slow cooker. Using the same pan, saute the onion and green pepper (add butter if needed) for 3-5 minutes (still crunchy) and then add to the crockpot.

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December 3, 2007

Cut up bacon; cook slightly, then set aside. Brown ground beef. Add other ingredients, after first draining and mashing tomatoes so they will blend with rest of ingredients.

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March 19, 2011

I make a huge batch of chili with no beans. I split the batch in half and add beans to one half, leaving the other half with no beans in it (don't add beans until after the chili is made). Everyone has their own favorite chili recipe, so I won't give mine. Either serve it as is, or use the variations I have listed:


A perfect accompaniment to either one is a nice grilled cheese sandwich.

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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October 18, 20050 found this helpful

When I make Chili, I start with 5 pounds of ground chuck, 2 (gallon) cans of red beans or kidney beans, and 2 (gallon) cans of tomatoes. Add onions and bell peppers according to your taste. Also add chili powder to your liking. Or, if you are like me and don't care for chili powder, use crushed red peppers for a little bite. This makes a huge soup kettle full.


Enjoy a meal from it, then cool the rest. Pour enough for a meal into gallon ziplocks. Lay the bag down and let the chili fill the bag nearly to the ziplock edge to eliminate as much air as possible. Seal the bags and lay on cookie sheets in the freezer until they are frozen. Once frozen, set them on edge in your freezer inside a plastic shopping bag. This keeps them handy and also protects them from getting holes rubbed in the bags.

This is a great way to feed unexpected guests on a cold winter's night in the minimum of time. You can thaw them quickly in warm water in the sink, then heat in a pot or the microwave.

By Harlean from AR

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August 18, 2009

Can someone please give me a recipe for chili? Thanks.

By Joyce Lambert from Atmore, Al


August 19, 20090 found this helpful

I use my family chili recipe handed down four generations.
Cincinnati Chili (where my g.grandmother lived)
2 lg. cans Franco American Spaghetti
1 large cut up onion
4 cans dk red kidney beans
4 cans tomatoes (I prefer stewed)
2 lbs. ground beef (cooked and drained)
Sugar to taste

In one large kettle, add all ingredients and stir together. Cook until onions are clear.
If you use stewed tomatoes, it has bell peppers in it and that tastes extra good which is modifying the recipe to suit myself. I add sugar to taste in my own bowl as some members of family likes to add chili powder for variety in their own bowl. The leftovers are even better the next day.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

This a chili recipe that my mom handed down to me and everyone loves it! What's even better is that it is so easy and the ingredients are simple:

3 cans of beans of your choice (15 oz. and you can even substitute canned corn for one of them, I prefer dark red kidney beans)
2 15oz. cans stewed tomatoes
15oz. can tomato sauce
pinch of red chili pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
1- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion
2 tbsp. chili powder (you might need to add more so do a taste test)
salt to taste

Cook hamburger and onion in deep pan. Reduce heat to simmer and drain fat. Add salt and chili powder. Add beans, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce and stir. Let simmer. If the sauce is too thin, I bring it to a boil and add cornstarch.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

1 lb. Ground Beef and 1 large Onion. Brown then add 1 6 0z. can tomato paste and fill that can with 3 cans water. 1 tbsp. Chili powder, salt to taste and spaghetti spices. Cook till thick and then add 1 can Red Kidney Beans. Quick and easy. I serve over Rice or Elbows. My mom always doubled the recipe and had first with rice and a few days later over elbows. Delish. Quick and Easy.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

This is our favorite. Brown ground beef, adding in chili powder and cumin to taste. You can saute your diced onions in with ground beef if you want.

Put browned meat into crockpot along with 2 big cans of tomato sauce, one can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos, 3 to 4 cans mild chili beans, package of chili-o, more cumin and chili powder till right taste for your family. Let simmer in crockpot 2 hours on high 4 on low till tastes have melded.

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August 21, 20090 found this helpful

I think my Mom's is the easiest of all, and I love it. I serve it with rice, spaghetti, or plain in a bowl with cornbread.

Brown 1/3 to 1 pound ground beef, then drain and rinse with hot water to take away all fat. I use less, Mom used more.
You can also chop and saute an onion, that's optional. Add one can of chili beans (same aisle, same price as other beans, sometimes marked "beans in chili gravy") and one can of chopped tomatoes.

Cook till it's all hot and you're ready to eat. Try this one, I think you'll like it. A friend of mine just mixes the chili beans and the tomatoes, then adds rice. No meat at all.

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February 15, 2007

I am looking for a recipe for chili like the kind Junior's puts on its burgers and fries.

GK from Winnipeg, Canada


By Annie (Guest Post)
September 21, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a Winnipegger living in California and Junior's is one of the places I miss the most ! Hope someone out there has that recipe !!!

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Good luck, folks... I'm down in the US Southland and have never heard of Junior's, but if I could taste it I could probably come close to duplicating it. What can you identify in it? Is it sweet, hot and spicy, is there a hint of vinegar? Heavy on tomato or mustard? Is the meat all beef, or does it seem to contain pork or chicken or something? There's a guy near my town who makes hotdog chili without meat using potatoes, and a lot of folks like it (I was not impressed, but then I make the best hotdog chili on the planet).

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April 11, 20090 found this helpful

Junior's chili

30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
2 yellow onions, finely minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 kg (2 lbs) lean ground beef
30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin
15 ml (1 tbsp) dried oregano leaves
10 ml (2 tsp) unsweetened cocoa powder
10 ml (2 tsp) salt
5 ml (1 tsp) celery seeds
5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon
2 ml (1/2 tsp) hot red pepper flakes
500 ml (2 cups) tomato juice
500 ml (2 cups) canned beef broth
60 ml (1/4 cup) cornmeal
Heat oil in Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook until brown, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes.

Combine chili powder with ground cumin, oregano, cocoa, salt, celery seeds, turmeric, cinnamon and hot red pepper flakes. Mix into ground beef and stir for 3 minutes. Add tomato juice and broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/3, about 1 1/2 hours. Add cornmeal and stir for 2 minutes.

Can be prepared ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and freeze in airtight container up to 2 months or refrigerate up to 3 days. Warm over medium-low heat.

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October 28, 2011

I am looking for a white chili recipe. Can someone help me out?

By Marie G W.

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May 16, 20181 found this helpful

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This page contains recipes for chicken chili. Using chicken in chili recipes can provide a low fat, healthy, and delicious alternative to beef.

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March 29, 20110 found this helpful


  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Brown hamburger, onion, salt, and pepper. Mix beans, tomato paste, chili powder, and 2 cans water. Bring to a boil; add meat mixture. Simmer 30 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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