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Spiced Chili

My father was a cook in the Army and taught me the basics in the kitchen. My childhood baby-sitter inspired my love of cooking, fact, she gave me this recipe. —Julie Brendt, Antelope, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (about 3 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, water and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Garnish with cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 236 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • xkorinnax
    May 19, 2019

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  • TSpahr
    Apr 1, 2015

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  • Anjin-san
    Dec 6, 2014

    Love the flavor - the recipe is heavy on Italian seasonings so we put the chili over noodles (Cincinnati style) and loved it. Will make again.

  • Green.devonna
    Oct 16, 2014

    Fallowed all directions and didn't like it

  • buster2005
    Mar 16, 2014

    Will make again!

  • Kbolinsky
    Oct 29, 2013

    I used venison chop meat, only 1 can of tomato sauce, added some garlic and onion powder, cumin, and some extra of the spices called for. It was delish!!

  • n0gxw
    Feb 4, 2012

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  • artistcook
    Feb 3, 2012

    I also added 1 rounded tablespood cumin and some red pepper to taste, depending on how hot you like it. At this point I remove about half of the chili for those who don't like it too hot.

  • marciaoakley
    Jan 16, 2011

    I used 3 cans of kidney beans and only 1 can of tomato sauce. I also substituted a 48 oz. can of V-8 for the stewed tomatoes and water. This is good...and spicy!

  • hawaii22
    Oct 19, 2010

    Making it for the second time tonight!! Outstanding taste, lots of great spices that blend together perfectly! We actually replace the beef with ground turkey. Highly recommend!