Family Favorite Chili Recipe

I’ve been hesitant to post our family’s favorite chili recipe for quite awhile. Just like spaghetti, chili is a truly personal meal. What one family enjoys may be vastly different from what another family enjoy. In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s a matter of individual taste for each person.

When I was growing up, my mom made a chili that was very mild and without beans. It was always good and I loved it then.

However, once I started cooking for my own family, I knew I wanted a chili with beans. And I wanted the taste to be a bit spicier.

So it’s taken me a few years to really get the recipe down, but now I think it’s at a place where our whole family loves it. We like our chili with an intense, well-developed flavor but not a burn-your-tongue level of spice. And we like more beans and less meat. Top with cheese, sour cream and some corn chips and we all dig in!

Family Favorite Chili Recipe

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked kidney beans (or 1 can)
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked garbanzo beans (or 1 can)
  • 2 T. chili powder*
  • 1 T. cumin*
  • 2 t. cocoa powder*
  • 2 t. garlic powder*
  • 1 t. salt*
  • 1/2 t. cayenne pepper*
  • 1/2 t. black pepper*
  • 1/2 t. allspice*
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes*

1. Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper in a large sauce pan or stock pot. Drain.

2. Add all the remaining ingredients, bring to a slow boil, cover and reduce heat. Let simmer as long as desired, but at least 15 minutes. The longer it simmers the more the flavors will develop.

*NOTE – All spice measurements are an approximation as I just dump and stir. Adjust to taste as you go.

So, there you have, my favorite way to make chili. What’s yours? Do you like your chili with beans or without? Do you add any other veggies? Do you use cocoa powder? How do you top it?

8 thoughts on “Family Favorite Chili Recipe

  1. I’m impressed that you can get that close to a recipe. I am definitely a cook as I go person when it comes to chili. We are bean people too. In the next couple of weeks I want to make a lamb chili. Can’t wait!

  2. A long time ago I had a recipe for chili. I used to cook it a lot as a teenager for our family since both of my parents worked outside of the home. It was so yummy! While I don’t still have that recipe I can tell you that I put LOTS of beans in it and also a can of sloppy joe sauce. It added the perfect amount of sweetness to the chili. Nowadays, I just find whatever sounds good and throw it in the pot. I like my chili with cheese, sour cream and saltine crackers.

  3. We top ours just like you… love the cheese and and the cool sour cream on top with the corn chips! I have never used garbanzo beans and cocoa though… will give it a shot, we love garbanzo beans,they are a staple in my pantry.

  4. LOL – I posted my chili recipe today too. Looks like our seasonings are pretty similar, but I have little little ones, so its mild in our house.

  5. My chili has different things in it depending on how much of my fridge I am emptying when I make it! It’s actually what was for supper tonight.

    Tonight it was:

    1.5 lbs ground beef
    1 sm onion (about a half cup)
    2 large stalks of celery
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 can red kidney beans
    1 can white kidney beans
    1 can baked beans
    1 can stewed tomatoes
    1 jar of chili sauce
    1 can tomato paste
    enough water to get the last bit of chili sauce out of the jar
    2 TBSP of chili powder

    Sometimes I add chopped carrots, mushrooms,whatever veggies happen to be in my fridge!

    We usually eat it with tortilla chips or buns.

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