Chili

Chili

Even-bodied chili, slightly sweet and full of flavor; this is our favorite homemade chili!

Yield: 

4-5 cups

Ingredients: 

1 pound ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 clove garlic, minced
28 ounces tomatoes (diced)
8 ounces tomato sauce (use some tomato paste instead for a thicker chili with less cooking time)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt (or more; salt to taste)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
15.5 ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/8 cup brown sugar

For serving:

Shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, freshly chopped cilantro, corn chips and/or hot sauce!

Instructions: 

1. Cook and stir beef, onions, garlic, and green peppers in a skillet or stock pot until meat is brown. Drain grease.

2. In stock pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Or, simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes. If you use tomato paste instead of the tomato sauce, the chili will get thicker faster, and might only need to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

3. Serve hot with chips, cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, diced avocado, and/or fresh cilantro.

See more photos and read my blog post about this chili! :)

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Additional Notes: 

For variety, I sometimes add some salsa. I also like to put in a whole dried anaheim pepper while cooking the soup. I remove the pepper before serving, and it leaves a nice flavor in the soup. You can adjust the heat of this soup by varying the amount of cayenne pepper, or adding hot sauce (we like Tapatio) of your choice.

This soup seems to taste a little hotter the second day. :)

The brown sugar is just enough to counter the acidic tomatoes without making it super sweet. Perfect! :)

A chili dog, served with a delicious creamy cauliflower soup

Chili

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Cooking Time: 

1-2 hours

Tammy's Review: 

I love this chili! It cooks down nicely, and is so tasty! I like to dip chips in mine. I think the base recipe makes a nice chili that's not too hot, but do taste as you season. I tend to just throw spices in, and then when we go to eat the soup, it's way too hot. :) I think I've learned my lesson enough times though! :) My rating: 10/10

 

 

Leftover chili makes a great chili cheese burrito! Add sour cream and cheese and roll into a large flour tortilla. Yum!

Comments

Chili is one of those food items that changes a lot based upon context. On one extreme you have "get together" chilis that are hot and spicy, and then you have your typical meal chili that is intended to be tasty and satisfying. This falls decidely on the side of the later.

This savory chili is meaty with a an excellent balance of spicies and a nice, subtle sweet flavor thanks to the brown sugar. While it is full of flavor it is easy to get down and is very enjoyable.

For those with more spicier tastes I suggest adding more cayene pepper or something like Tapatio Hot Sauce. With these extra spicies I give this a 9/10, without I would rate it 8/10--but then again I like my chilies slighly spicy!

Rating: 
5

See my review above.

~ Tammy

Rating: 
5

I like the fact that it is not runny because I like eating my food rather than drinking it. It has a really good, spicy, almost sweet taste just like chili is supposed to be and I think I would rate it 11 if that were possible! I also like to dip chips in mine. :)

Rating: 
5

This chili was wonderful! It wasn't TOO hot but had just enough spice to it. (And if anyone wants it spicier, that's easy to do, too!) We loved it; I plan to make it a regular fall/winter meal here!

Rating: 
5

My 11 year old son is in love with chili and he said this is the best so far!Now if he says that you know it has to be really really good.I did not add the brown sugar.I don't care for sweet chili.I used two pounds of burger too.I rated it an 8 since I did not follow the complete recipe.I will be keeping this recipe to make from now on.Really good spice taste too.

Rating: 
4

This was a good chili, although it wasn't my favorite. It was the first time I had made chili with added sugar, and I think I'd prefer less sweet & more spicy, which is easy to change. :)

Rating: 
4

This was awesome. I used ground turkey and I made mine a bit too hot-n-spicy (I use homegrown ground up chilis)but it was fabulous anyway! Thick enough to eat with a fork. Next time I'm going to try freezing it. Great recipe!

Rating: 
5

Honestly, this was my first real attempt at a chili recipe, I just always used those little packet thingies because thats what mom did and I was clueless. Never again! Found a keeper!

Rating: 
5

I've just officially dumped my old chili recipe (which I was never happy with but was afraid to try something different)

This was great! Barry doesn't usually comment on chili, but he kept talking about how good this was.

Rating: 
5

We LOVE this recipe. We love it so much that I make the seasoning in bulk so it's a super easy meal to make when I need something fast. I combine the spices and sugar x 10 and put in a quart jar. When I need to make chili I combine the meat, onions, beans, garlic, tomatoes, and 1/3 cup of the bulk seasoning. Comes out perfect every time!

Rating: 
5

We had a bunch of company coming and I wanted to make chili.....but have never really been happy with my recipe. I came across your recipe and made a triple batch. I cooked it up on Saturday to be served on Sunday. Wow....wonderful!!! EVERYONE LOVE IT!!! I even gave the recipe to 2 people...along with your web address. The recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

Rating: 
5

Made this today for company and it was yummy! Another great recipe! :)

Rating: 
5

Love this chili...great flavor

Rating: 
5

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