Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili

On a cold, wintry day nothing tastes as good as a big bowl of Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili…just the way my Mom always made it for us growing up. The tradition continues, and I’ve been using this family recipe for evuhhhhh! So easy. So GOOD! I think you’ll like it, too.Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili / the Grateful Girl Cooks!

The awesome part is that if you simply omit the meat it is a totally vegetarian or vegan meal. I know this amazing tidbit because I’ve tried it (we have two vegetarians and a vegan in our family) and they loved it, too. So…grab the ingredients, a wooden spoon, knife, cutting board, a big stockpot (or crock pot) and get ready to say “Thank You, JB’s Mom!!!!!!”

I make this chili year-round, but it is especially good when it is COLD outside. I’ve even left the meat out of this recipe to make a completely vegetarian chili when family members come over for dinner…and it is wonderful!

Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili / the Grateful Girl Cooks!
I can almost smell it cooking away on the stove…yum!

Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili / the Grateful Girl Cooks!
Sure hope you enjoy it!

Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili / the Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Nothing like a hot bowl of homemade chili on a cold day to warm the soul!
Category: Soup
Servings: 8
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large brown onion , chopped (go ahead and have yourself a little cry)
  • 1/2 green pepper , chopped
  • 1 large (big, fat one)and 1 small can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 large can chili beans (or 2 regular sized)
  • 1 can kidney beans (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 can black beans (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 can pinto beans (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 TBSP. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-3 tsp. salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small can tomato paste (I've also used tomato sauce when out of tomato paste)
  1. In skillet, brown ground beef, chopped onion and green pepper. Drain off grease.
  2. If you are using a crock pot: Put the browned meat mixture in crockpot; add the rest of the ingredients...(cook on low for 6 hours)
  3. If cooking in a large pot on the stove top, add the browned meat mixture to the rest of the ingredients; simmer (uncovered) for about an hour and a half.
  4. When ready to serve, garnish each serving with grated cheese, a small dollop of sour cream and a sprig of cilantro (optional).
Recipe Notes
This recipe makes a large pot of soup. It will freeze well.




3 Comments on Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili

    • Bettye Greenwood
      August 12, 2017 at 7:53 AM (6 months ago)

      I love it. I been looking for this for along time

    • jb
      August 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM (6 months ago)

      Good morning, Bettye! I am so glad you like it! Have a great day.


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