Grandma's Chili

90 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 93% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

This is my maternal grandmother's recipe for chili. It's not hot, but very flavorful and extremely easy to make!


1 pound ground beef; (ground chuck preferred)
1 cup onion; (about 1 medium) chopped
3 cloves garlic; (up to 4 cloves), minced
1 cup bell pepper; green or red (about 1 large) chopped
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes; (or two 14 oz cans)
1 can (8 oz) Tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder; more or less to taste
1 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 15.5-oz can kidney beans; drained and rinsed

Original recipe makes 4



Cook and stir ground beef, onion, garlic, and bell pepper in large dutch oven or stew pot set over medium-high heat until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Stir in remaining ingredients except beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans; heat through.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for 24 hours to allow the flavors to develop more. Serve with cornbread and bread -n- butter pickles, or top with your favorite chili toppings.

Makes 4 servings.


This is also an easy recipe to add to or change. You can add new ingredients, i.e. a small can of diced green chilis, a half stalk of diced celery, or change the type of beans, or turn up the heat by changing the chili powder to a hotter chili powder, or adding some crushed red pepper, or using more cayenne pepper.

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with cheese, sour cream and corn chip garnish.




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"An old family recipe handed down quite a few times. No bell peppers, but it's rich, hearty and has just enough spice to remind you you're alive!" — Firebyrd Firebyrd

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Great recipe!! I add some water, and extra spices because I don't such a thick chili but it is a wonderful recipe! My families favorite!!
KissableCupcake 3m ago

I need to say also. This is on of the best recipes I ever made of chili. My wife loved it and while I don't like spicy this was really good
aldrichmh 1y ago

My husband and I really enjoy this one to base our chili mix off of. We did change some things to the actual recipe as a whole, though: We recently added jalapeno rounds to the beef while browning and the flavor infused into the meat was amazing. Also used some smoked paprika with regular. Lastly, we use tomato juice instead of sauce/tomatoes. Chili mix is great though. YUM!
kellymcmullen 1y ago

Awesome recipe!! I've been on the hint for a good chili and I've found it!! My kids and husband love it!!
KissableCupcake 1y ago

Very good recipe! Tweaked it a bit - I like adding Rotel tomatoes - actually added in addition to what was in the recipe. No Cayenne or Paprika, adjusted the chili powder. Family loved it. Thanks!
Lifeimproves 1y ago

308wirenut 2y ago

Awesome base recipe!
bml2217 2y ago

Turned out pretty good! My 2 & 3 year old really loved it... They kept saying "it tastes good mommy" as they ate it
mrsepiphany 2y ago

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