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Classic Chili

"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
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze in serving-size portions.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 259 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Karen
    Aug 10, 2019

    No comment left

  • KristineChayes
    Jul 20, 2019

    Delicious and meaty, very flavorful. I mashed half the beans before adding them. My husband loved it.

  • Remenec
    Nov 29, 2017

    My family loved this recipe! It's flavorful, but not too spicy. I loved the additional of the Worcestershire sauce, which added a nice depth of flavor.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Mar 19, 2017

    This is a very good base recipe. Chili is one dish where there is a lot of personal preference. I halved the recipe, but used the full amount of tomato sauce, water and beans and it was exactly how my family liked it.

  • Hrhg2126USA
    Nov 12, 2014

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

  • gunslinger
    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.

  • mfranco378
    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.

  • warda
    Dec 21, 2011

    No comment left

  • emerald_Frog06
    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

  • hannahsmommy
    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.