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 cup cooked kidney beans (or 1 can)
- 1 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or 1 can)
- 2 tbsp chili powder*
- 1 tsp cumin*
- 2 tsp cocoa powder*
- 2 tsp garlic powder*
- 1 tsp salt*
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper*
- 1/2 tsp black pepper*
- 1/2 tsp allspice*
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes*
- Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper in a large sauce pan or stock pot. Drain.
- 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.