Homemade Chili Recipes

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  • 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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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This is a great, sweet-tasting chili!

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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.

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October 18, 2005

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.

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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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