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Classic Chili Recipe
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Classic Chili Recipe

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"MOM'S CHILI was the best! She knew just the right ingredients to put her 'stamp' on it. I could eat it with my eyes closed and know it was her recipe! It amazed me that she could put it together in so little time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 50 min.
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 50 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Tortilla chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 228 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 540 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, saute green pepper, onions and celery in oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until browned; drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add kidney beans. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer. If desired, serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 10-12 servings (3 quarts).
If Cooking for Two: Freeze in serving-size portions.
Originally published as Classic Chili in Reminisce Extra December 1994, p47

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"So far, it is very bland, and oregano taste isn't pleasing. Will have to doctor up with a little zip,"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"Very good, mild chili!I like the fact that I have all the ingredients on hand so I don't have to go to alot of expense for special ingredients. Froze the leftovers and they were just as good the second time when I used it for chili dogs."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"Awesome recipe! I love it. So easy to make. I used meatloaf mix in place of ground beef and cut the chili powder down to 1 teaspoon which gave it a nice hint of heat."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"My family and I truly enjoy this recipe!! The flavors are fantastic and the amount of chili powder that you use is up to you!! I like chunky chili with plenty of onions and I found the perfect recipe!! I always make this with sweet corn bread and sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top! :) YUM"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This was a good, filling chili, however it had far too much diced tomato. When I make it again I will use less tomato. Also, I did use beef broth instead of the water, which I am sure helped, but it could still you a tad more flavor. I will try modifying the seasonings. Overall tho I liked the consistency and it was easy."

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