Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of Mom’s old-fashioned chili (just how Mom made it), to serve for lunch or dinner on a cold day! Easy to make, and tastes delicious!Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of Mom's old-fashioned chili to serve for lunch or dinner on a cold day! Easy to make-tastes delicious!

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 forever! So easy. So GOOD! I think you’ll like it, too.

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It’s Easy To Make Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili Vegetarian!

The awesome part is that if you simply omit the meat Mom’s old-fashioned chili can be a totally vegetarian meal. I know this amazing tidbit because I’ve tried it (we have two vegetarians and a vegan in our family) and they loved this hearty chili, too.

So…grab the ingredients, a wooden spoon, knife, cutting board, a big stockpot (or crock pot) and make a big pot of Mom’s old-fashioned chili.  After tasting it, get ready to say “Thank You, JB’s Mom!!!!!!”

I make Mom’s old-fashioned chili year-round, but it is an especially good comforting and filling dish when it is COLD outside. I’ve even left the meat out of this recipe to make a completely vegetarian chili when family members (who are vegetarian or vegan) come over for dinner. It tastes wonderful, even without the meat!

It’s EASY To Make Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili

Making Mom’s old-fashioned chili couldn’t be any easier!  Ground beef, onions and green peppers are cooked until meat is cooked through. The meat, onions and peppers are then added to a large soup pot on the stove (or a crock pot) for cooking.

The rest of the ingredients are stirred into the pot, and cooked for about 1½ hours on the stove top, or for 5-6 hours in the slow cooker on low heat.  Once done, Mom’s old-fashioned chili is ladled into bowls, garnished with sour cream, cheese and cilantro, then served!

A big pot of Mom's old-fashioned chili, cooking on the stove.
Sometimes I change the recipe up and add different quantities of canned beans to this chili, based on what I have in the pantry at the time. You really can’t hurt this delicious chili! The printable recipe shown below is the standard recipe I use 99% of the time for making a big pot of Mom’s old-fashioned chili!

A bowl of Mom's old-fashioned chili, topped with sour cream and grated cheddar cheese.

I can almost smell it cooking away on the stove! It’s also really good garnished with some fresh cilantro, additional grated cheddar cheese, and a small dollop of sour cream!

A bowl of Mom's old-fashioned chili, garnished with cheese, sour cream and cilantro.
Sure hope you enjoy Mom’s Old Fashioned Chili! It is a great tasting, hearty, filling soup, and I really think you will love it! Have a great day! Thank you for stopping by, and please come back again soon.

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5 from 1 vote
Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of Mom's old fashioned chili (just how Mom made it), to serve for lunch or dinner on a cold day! Easy to make-tastes delicious!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Mom's old-fashioned chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 498 kcal
Author: JB @ 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.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Old-Fashioned Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 498 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 2179mg95%
Potassium 1574mg45%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 1400IU28%
Vitamin C 23.3mg28%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 8.5mg47%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Comments on Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili

  1. 5 stars
    First time canner with a pressure cooker, did tweak the recipe a smidge as we like lots of meat and zero beans appreciate the simplicity of the recipe and instructions. Many Thanks!

    • Hi, Joanne! If you go to the recipe card at the bottom of the post, there is the word PRINT directly under the small photo of the recipe. Click on that and you can print the recipe. Hope that helps.

  2. I used your How to Can Chili recipe which appears to be this same recipe. That recipe calls for canning in quarts at 90 minutes in pressure canner. After carefully following that recipe and making 7 quarts plus a couple of freezer containers, I have discovered that USDA does not recommend canning chili in quarts. Please tell me this delicious recipe is definitely safe in quarts. I love your recipes and this chili recipe was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

    • Hi, Mikki… been canning chili this way for years with great results. I also verified that quarts would be okay, by checking my Ball Complete Book of Canning and Preserving which also has a chili recipe that can be made in either pints or quart jars. Both mine and Ball Canning recommend 90 minutes of pressure canning processing for quart sized jars.

  3. Great chili but it only made 6 quarts instead of 8. I even added another large can of tomatoes.Thanks for the delicious “Moms Old Fashion Chili “.

5 from 1 vote

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