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The Last Chili Recipe You Will Ever Need

Written by Cool City Chicks

Okay, so maybe that is a bit of a bold statement. But let me tell you…I have tried a TON of chili recipes. Some with really weird ingredients too, like peanut butter (yuk), jelly, and all kinds of other things.

When it comes to just regular chili, nothing out of a can will compare to this easy home-made recipe and it is very easy to do. No magic. Just simple ingredients.

This recipe was given to me and I’m sure something similar can be found on the web. I’ve adjusted it to fit our needs and you should do the same.

The original recipe called for green peppers. I don’t care for green peppers and actually find jalapenos to be much better. Gives it the right flavor and when I take out the seeds and rind, it’s not hot. I like my chili only a little bit of heat. David prefers his to burn his mouth off so I let him add in his own pepper dust to turn up the heat.

Almost everyone I know loves this recipe, but I will say that the brand of tomatoes makes a WORLD of difference! I never knew that canned tomatoes had so many different flavors but they do. I usually try to buy organic tomatoes and tomato sauce. This year, we’re going to try to grow and can our own San Marzano tomatoes. They are supposed to be the best for sauces.

The latest one I tried was Hunts Organic tomato sauce and organic diced tomatoes. I would only recommend those IF you like REALLY tomato-ey type of chili. We didn’t care for this brand for chili so I’ll be saving it for another sauce.

What my stand-by favorite is Kirkland Tomato Sauce and Kirkland Diced Tomatoes. Those have been my favorite, but use what’s available to you.

Sometimes, we like our chili with crackers, other times with organic tortilla chips, shredded cheese or other yummy toppings.

Darn Good Chili Recipe

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, cored and diced or one whole green pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) will add heat!
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) will add heat!

Brown the ground beef along with the jalapenos/pepper, onion and garlic. Drain beef if necessary. Add all other ingredients, stirring to mix. Allow to come to a soft simmer and turn down heat. Let cook on very low or simmer heat for at least 1/2 hour. Longer to get better flavor. For thicker chili, do not cover. For thinner chili cover with lid while cooking.

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