I love chili. So, now that fall is here, it’s time to make a big pot. Chili is a versatile stew that can be made slightly different every time and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. Put it on top of hot dogs, spaghetti or polenta. Make a pot pie. The possibilities are endless and delicious. Here is my base recipe for a delicious chili.

Warning: I don’t measure my spices.

Sometimes I like to add stew meat or ground Italian sausage instead of ground pork.

Sometimes I add chopped garlic , a can of corn or turn down the heat.

Whatever I decide to change, the base recipe pretty much remains the same.

One more note: I don’t add any additional salt.

What do you like to add to your homemade chili?

Simple Homemade Spicy Chili
Serves: 10 servings
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with habaneros or jalapenos (drained)
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans in spicy chili sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 serrano peppers, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. canola oil
  • Cheddar cheese and crackers
  • Homemade Chili Seasoning Ingredients (to taste):
  • 2 tbsps. Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Hot paprika
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  1. Chop onions and peppers.
  2. Add canola oil to large pot and turn on low-medium heat. Wait for oil to heat up, then add onions and peppers.
  3. Saute onions and peppers until onions are translucent.
  4. Add chili seasoning spices to taste and stir/mix for about two minutes. I don't measure my spices, but the majority of your mix should be chili powder, followed by cumin then equal parts of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and black pepper. Remember: this is all to taste. If you think it needs more chili powder, add it. If you can't handle that much heat, the cayenne can be optional.
  5. Open cans of beans, chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce and add to large pot.
  6. Cook meat, drain and add to pot. Stir to mix ingredients.
  7. Keep heat for large pot on low-medium heat and let everything simmer for a couple hours, stirring occasionally - the longer the better.
  8. Spoon into bowl and top with cheese and crackers.


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