Hoosier Chili Recipe
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Hoosier Chili Recipe

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This chili is a little sweeter than other recipes I've tasted, but I like it that way. It reminds me of the chili my mom used to make. —Jeanne Boberg, Muncie, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 230 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 268mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, brown beef until no longer pink. Add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic. Continue cooking until vegetables are tender. Add all remaining ingredients except last two; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, adding macaroni for last half hour of cooking time. Stir in the beans and heat through. Yield: 12 servings (about 4-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Hoosier Chili in Country Extra November 1991, p49

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scrapandstuff User ID: 1634182 42156
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"I made some substitutions because i was trying to keep the sodium as low as possible, used low sodium V8 instead of tomato juice, turkey instead of beef, and vegtable broth instead of beef, and it still came out really well, i kinda surprised myself!"

lucaswillisamsgrandma User ID: 4383533 28742
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"I did not see salmon fillets in the recipe. Everyone has a different way of making chili. I think the title is incorrect; as it implies that all Hoosiers make chili this way. Brown sugar should not be in chili-unless you are preparing Cincinnati 5 way chili."

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