Yummy Chili Recipe

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


It is cold here (well crisp is probably more accurate) and that makes me think of warm chili.  I cannot take credit for this recipe at all. It is from a very popular cookbook but I think people underestimate this cookbook.  I will say that whenever I make this chili, people ask for the recipe and I always laugh because it is so easy and so basic.  

3/4 lb ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 16 oz can diced tomatoes

1 16 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

2-3 teaspoons of chili powder

1/2 teapoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, drained kidney beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, basil, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes.  Makes 4 servings.

My tips:

I chop the onion and green pepper in my food processor for ease and because my kids don't like big chunks of onion and pepper. This way, they barely notice them.  We serve this over rice (my husband claims that is the way to eat chili--I disagree).  Will and I do not add rice but the rest of our family does.  That really makes it a healthy meal though and more filling. I add grated cheese, tabasco and tortilla chips to mine.  I am so bad!  I almost always double the recipe so we have some leftovers.  It truly is only 4 servings the way it is listed.

Thanks for all of the GREAT feedback on the tortilla soup. I am glad you all loved it. Again,I cannot take credit for it but am happy to share my finds. One young man (and his Mom;) even won a recipe contest for it. Way to go!  If you have not made it, try it! 


  1. Kim,

    I had to take a minute to tell you that I inherited my grandma's copy of this cookbook...and EVERYTHING I make from it is fairly simple...and good! There is a sugar cookie recipe that always gains me compliments...and I am almost embarrassed at how easy it is to make!

    I will have to try that chili recipe...we are in a deep freeze here...and like you...I LOVE a pot of something cooking on the stove!!!

    Keep warm!!


  2. i looovveee when you post recipes! i'm going to break out my red book and try this one!

  3. That sounds perfect for today...it is so cold! Maybe we'll change our dinner plans tonight because I am suddenly hungry for chili!

  4. Oh man I love chili! Will have to give this one a try...especially during these cool nights we're having in Houston!

  5. Sounds delicious -- will have to give it a try!


  6. Yum, I agree I love chili when it's cold and I have to eat it with Fritos and cheese!

  7. Jeff insists on rice with his chili too!

  8. Yum! I've never thought of using rice. We always do the tortilla chips and of course cheese and sour cream! I'll have to try this recipe! We've been trying to cook more lately, and I love left overs since I don't really enjoy the cooking part! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Well, after seeing this post...I had to go make me a pot of Chili also. I like chili on cold days, and today is perfect here in Ky. I just noticed I forgot to add the garlic and basil, when I came back to leave you comment. I had everything else on hand, and it's still very good.

    I've never heard of Rice in chili....hmmm, may try that some day. I just like crackers and cheese, and of course spaghetti (always).

    I also need to ask for that recipe book for birthday or Christmas one year. It looks like such a staple in everyone's kitchen but mine.

  10. Sounds yummy! This would be perfect for our snowy East Coast evenings. I've never had it with rice but I’m sure it’s a nice change.. I'm more of a cheese and sour cream (read added calories) kinda gal!


  11. Sounds yummy!!! I have this cookbook...: ) it's a good one!

  12. Kim served this when Becky & I visited in December. I got the recipe from here, have made it about 4 times since then & everyone loves it. The best thing about it is you can make it as spicy as you want.

    I also serve it over rice - which I am told is NOT the way to eat chili - but Becky had two baby size bowls of it on Sunday that way!

  13. Kim,

    Can't wait to try this recipe- I have this cookbook (doesn't everybody?) but have never tried this recipe. I seriously think every kitchen in the U.S. has the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I love when you post recipe's that ya'll love...


  14. sounds like a great recipe, I am going to try it. I actually just made your chx tortilla soup this week! we had it on monday and tuesday! I love that recipe! XO, C

  15. KIm, I will try this...we had the lasagna last night and all the boys loved it. My hubby liked it because he doesn't like ricotta. I used ground turkey and turkey breakfast sausage, and it was GREAT...thanks for sharing.

  16. A hot pot of chili sounds great. I'm with you tabasco and fritos...that's the way to go.

  17. I have this cookbook too....but have never tried the chili....sounds good and perfect for this weather!!

    My family likes their chili over little pasta...like elbows or ditalini!!

  18. I'm so glad you posted this today. I have to make a chili recipe for a chili bowl football game this Sunday after church. I can make it Saturday for Lambert to take with him since I will be at the URBAN MARKET!! Yippee!!

  19. might have to try this one...I have tried your tortilla soup and it was wonderful!!!! thanks so much again for posting the recipe!!

  20. I actually have two copies :)
    When I got married, my Mom gave me this cook book. Then when she passed away last Spring, I inherited her copy.... That being said, I forget that it really does have some great recipes. Sometimes I get "hooked" on some of my ones from the community and forget...

    We are having a "warm-up" here so I will be making this one as soon as we are "chilly" again :)

    Thanks for sharing!


  21. My recipe for Chili is almost exactly like yours. I haven't tried Basil in mine but that sounds really good. I'll have to add Basil next time I make it. I'm with you on the tortilla chips and cheese! It's the best.

  22. We are going into a "heat wave" here. But, I may try this anyway.. It sounds yummy!!! Rice? Really Dave?


  23. Kim,
    I just tried this recipe and my whole family was SO happy with the results. We are GFCFSF and good chicken nuggets are hard to find. I kid you not these taste JUST like Chicken McNuggets but better. I couldn't believe it! Thought I'd share with you since you give so much to all of us. If you like them post some pix of your kids enjoying them!

    "Mock" Chicken Nuggets recipe
    (adapted from "You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free")


    Pkg. of Chicken tenders
    Canola Oil

    3/4 cup potato starch
    1 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    1/4 tsp. baking powder
    1/8 tsp. xanthum gum
    1/8 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 cup rice milk (or other milk)

    Cut desired amount of chicken tenders into "nuggets." Set aside.
    Heat the oil in a skillet to med or a little higher. In a bowl,
    combine batter ingredients. The batter will thicken if it is allowed
    to sit or a minute or two. (You may want to add extra starch or milk
    as needed). Add the chicken and coat. Remove chicken pieces with
    spoon and place each into hot oil, dripping a little extra batter on
    each piece. Fry until golden on each side and chicken is done and no
    pink remains.

  24. I also forgot to mention. I doubled up the recipe for a whole package of chicken tenders (from Trader Joe's) that I cut into nugget size pieces. And another poster recommended increasing the salt by 1/4 to 1/2 extra tsp. I did and the extra saltiness made it seem more like McDonald's :)

  25. Add a bottle of dark beer and simmer for a few hours...even yummier!

  26. CMG's Mom---I LOVE your suggestion but beer has gluten so that is not an option for us:(


  27. This was my very first cookbook, given to me as a wedding shower gift and I have made many, many recipes from it over the years - including this chili. It is delish!


  28. Girl! I thought you were taking some time off?!? I haven't checked back in a while and I've missed so much!

    I was actually browsing for chili recipes because we are going to an Annual Chili Cookoff Saturday! I won second place last year so I'm excited to try this one- I think simple is always best!

  29. I made this tonight and it was
    soooo good. I felt like quite
    the chef with the family! I, too
    have that cookbook, which is saying
    something as I don't have many
    cookbooks. I just looked it up
    and sure enough, there it is! I
    had kind of forgotten about that
    cookbook, and looking through it,
    see that there are many things
    that look pretty good. Thanks so
    much for pointing this recipe out,
    would likely have never tried it
    otherwise...now it will be a staple. Love easy, tasty, and
    (pretty) healthy. : )


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