Church Supper Chili Recipe
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Church Supper Chili Recipe

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This recipe was created specifically for church suppers. It's a simple meal when served with cheese and crackers. —Vera Tollefsen, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:100 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 100 servings


  • 21 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 9 cans (29 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 9 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 9 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 9 cans (15-3/4 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 3 pounds onions, finely chopped
  • 9 large green peppers, finely chopped
  • 7-1/2 cups finely chopped celery with leaves
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 9 bay leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 173 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in three large kettles; cover and cook over medium heat for 2-3 hours. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 100 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Church Supper Chili in Taste of Home February/March 1995, p54

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"Why are all the 'church' recipes from Wisconsin?"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"I made this recipe last week and really liked it. I did scale it down to serve 4-6. If I made it again, I would omit the pork and beans. I did not have kidney beans so used pinto beans. I also added about half of a 4 oz. can of chopped green chilies which I had left over from another recipe but you really couldn't taste them. I think next time I would add a whole can.Those are the only changes I made and we liked it very much. It was great on a chilly, rainy day."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I haven't made this ye3t but sounds YUMMO!!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I love this recipe! I plan on making it again and again. What I hate are people who are rude. If you do not like it, just say so and why. You can do this politely, too. This recipe is what I grew up on. Thank you for sharing this."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"This recipe is excellent. Made it for all the guys at work, and a few others and ourselves and everyone loved it. Thanks GrillLove"

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