Sep 20

My Easy Chili Recipe

Disclosure: I wasn’t compensated for this post.  This is a recipe given to my by my grandma that she made years before I was born.  I do not claim to be the creator of this recipe.  I’m just sharing old family recipes with my readers.

My Easy Chili Recipe

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Are you looking for a quick, easy, and cheap meal?  This is one for you!  My oldest daughter requests this chili about twice a month.  My grandma has been making this since my mom was a kid, maybe even before that.  I have made slight changes to match our taste.
1 pound ground beef, chicken, or turkey
2 cloves minced garlic
one small yellow onion, small diced
1 teaspoon oil
black pepper to taste
2-3 cans kidney beans or pinto beans, drained (I use low sodium)
2 small cans tomato sauce or one large can diced tomatoes (I use no salt added)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Put your oil in your pot.  Add onion and garlic to pot.  Cook at on medium heat stirring to make sure not to overcook garlic.  When onion looks glossy add ground meat and black pepper to taste.  You can add salt also ( I don’t add extra salt).  Cook until brown and drain any fat.
To the meat mixture add your beans, tomato sauce (or tomatoes), chili powder, and cumin.  I add about 1/2 cup of water.  Depending on how long you plan to simmer and your desired thickness you can add more or less.  Once I add everything to the pot I let it come to a boil and then lower it to low and put the lid on.  
That is it!  Very easy!  You can eat it right away or let it simmer for a few hours depending on the time you have.  
My family likes to top our chili with cheese, sour cream, and green onion.  We also like Frito’s or cornbread to go with it.


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  1. Terra Agueda

    This looks like a great recipe- easy and tasty! Thanks. It looks customizable also.

    1. heather baker

      It is very easy! The possibilities are endless, I hope you enjoy it like my family does!

  2. desitheblonde

    since im going to move by my self i m going to using it lot

  3. Jennifer Hiles

    this looks pretty simple (right up my alley). I’ve been looking for a different chili recipe. My husband has been asking me to make it for weeks.

  4. Dianna Davis

    Yummmmmmmmm– We eat a lot of soups and chili at this house. I never have put cumin in my chili before, that will certainly give it a different favor — thanks for sharing

  5. Terri S

    Your chili looks incredible! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.

  6. Maryann D.

    I enjoy chili, especially in the winter! I like to try different varieties and also use different beans and vegetables too.

  7. Dorothy Boucher

    I will have to try this out after the holidays, I love chili , I would have to try this recipe out , I am sure hubby
    will enjoy this very much, Great recipe you have here for chilli.

  8. Ann

    We like chili at our house, great for a cold day. This is a easy recipe to make for our dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Angela Lombardi

    Thanks for the recipe! We love chili at our place!

  10. Lauryn R

    Yum! This sounds like a delicious chili recipe, and really easy too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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