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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato, chopped
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • dash of paprika, to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper, to taste


Sauté onions, green bell pepper, and garlic in oil. Add beef and brown. Add everything else. Simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. For condiments use grated Cheddar cheese, onions, and sour cream. Serve with cornbread.


Very good

Served this at a dinner. Every single bit was finished. I had no leftovers. Used 15 oz can of tomato sauce and added 1/2 bottle of beer and an extra can of black beans. Great recipe!

-ChiliMaker, on 10/5/14

Loved it!

It is sooooo good! It's really easy and quick! A very nice out of the hat dinner!

-janeureeh, on 9/8/14


Now, my new chili recipe! Did not deviate from the recipe-except I used 3 fresh tomatoes in place of the canned tomatoes. Used canned tomato sauce.

-Tina, on 3/25/14

Classic Recipe

I use this same basic recipe. But I add a little cumin and a bottle of dark beer.

-B8hoven, on 2/11/14

Vegetarian version

I substituted 2 large, peeled sweet potatoes, that were chopped in cubes for the ground beef. Wonderful!

-Jan, on 1/22/14


It's the way I've made it for 70 years, and my mom before that!

-Barb, on 1/17/14

Simply the Best

This is so much like my own Chili recipe, except rather than 8 oz of tomato sauce I substitute 8 oz of Chili Sauce and a tablespoon of cocoa powder. We love our chili on the spicy side - so extra chili powder, garbanzo beans and a pinch of cumin round it out. Great on a 'chilly' afternoon! Served wih OTC Oyster crackers and some sharp cheddar! WOWSA!

-BA, on 1/3/14

The Best Chili I have ever eaten!

This dish was awsome! Add some home made cornbread to the side with some Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, and Pickeled Jalapenos on top, and it is a meal fit for a King or Queen!

-Sgtsbud, on 11/5/13

Great Flavor Chili

I have tried many different chili recipes over the years and this recipe has a wonderful flavor. I actually needed to go to the store to buy the bay leaves before starting. I was also hesitating about slicing the onions, but I following the recipe exactly and the results were excellent. This recipe is a keeper.

-Luv4tennis, on 10/19/13

Great Recipe

The ingredients add just the right taste to this dish.

-praying diva, on 10/10/13

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