Monday, September 17, 2012

Family Chili recipe

Oh so many good things cooking this week, but I do believe my favorite has to be the homemade chili. It is SO good and yummy on a brisk fall day.



  • 1lb of Hamburger meat
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Chili seasoning mix of your choice OR 3 tbsp of Chili Powder
  • 4 cans of dark red kidney beans (my favorite by far!!!)
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar


  1. Brown the hamburger meat in a skillet, my preference is a cast iron seasoned well.
  2. Once cooked completely, drain and place back in skillet.
  3. Add Chili seasoning or Chili Powder  (Optional, a little garlic salt or your favorite seasoning can be added at this point too.
  4. Then add the 2 (8oz) cans of Tomato Sauce (I really like to use just 12 ozs....but if you use all 16oz's it doesn't change much except thickness of chili.
  5. Add the 1/4 cup of sugar and mix all of this together in skillet....over a medium to low heat.
  6. While that is simmering enough to get hot, I add my 4 cans of dark red kidney beans to my slow cooker (without draining them) and add the brown sugar to it.  Go ahead and start it on low.
  7. Once the skillet all mixes well and gets hot, I then add it to my slow cooker and stir it together well.  
  8. Cook on low for about 3-4 hours....can cook as long as you like on low, but keep stirring and making sure sides don't burn.  I usually turn mine to warm around the 4-5 hour mark if I am having a party where I want and need to keep it warm.  

I love to serve my chili with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, scallions, and sour cream.  So good and hearty for the fall and winter months.  This chili is a little sweeter than most chili's, but it is a great combination of spicy and sweet.  Give it a try!

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