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.
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!
I can almost smell it cooking away on the stove…yum!
Sure hope you enjoy it!
- 1½ lbs. ground beef
- 1 large brown onion, chopped (go ahead and have yourself a little cry)
- ½ 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
- ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 3 TBSP. chili powder
- 1½ 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)
- In skillet, brown ground beef, chopped onion and green pepper. Drain off grease.
- 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)
- 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.
- When ready to serve, garnish each serving with grated cheese, a small dollop of sour cream and a sprig of cilantro (optional).