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Good Chili Recipe

Updated on August 28, 2012

Cooking Chili From Home

I live in the Midwest and was brought up eating chili. If it was Sunday and a football game was on we were going to be eating chili. That was just how it worked in my house. It didn't help that my Dad didn't know how to cook anything besides frozen pizza and chili.

Over the years, many Sundays have gone by and so have many giant pots of chili. I have had good ones and I have had bad ones and overtime I have learned what works and what doesn't work. Below is my personal recipe for chili that is sure to impress.

Homemade Beef Chili Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1lbs Savory Pork Sausage
  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 4 oz Carrot
  • 4 oz. Celery
  • 4 oz Green Pepper
  • 8 oz. Onion
  • 1 Jelapeno Pepper
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Chili Powder
  • 4 TBS Cumin
  • 2 TBS Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Cans (31 oz) Kidney Beans
  • 6 oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 42.5 oz. (Big Can & Small Can) Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Cups Chicken Stock
  • Fritos, (Garnish)
  • Sour Cream, (Garnish)
  • Cheddar Cheese, (Garnish)
  • Season to Taste Salt/Pepper

Visual Guide to Ingredients

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Meats: I like to use Jimmy Dean's Savory Sage Sausage and a lean ground beef. However, you can choose which ever brand you have or even make your own sausage.Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly.Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly. I don't like to step too far out of the box when I season my chili, but I always use Chili powder and cumin. If you want a really hot chili you can increase the cayenne pepper. Plus, I use a lot of salt when I cook my chili. Be sure that when you buy your canned goods, you buy brands that you have tried and know are good. I have found that some canned tomatoes can be awful. You can also try making your own chicken stock, I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.Try making your own chicken stock, If you do I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.Extras: Everything here is totally optional, if you want to cut calories, then skip this section. I enjoy Fritos, sour cream and cheddar on my chili. Some people, feel its weird to put Fritos in chili, it might be a Midwest thing, I'm not sure.
Meats: I like to use Jimmy Dean's Savory Sage Sausage and a lean ground beef. However, you can choose which ever brand you have or even make your own sausage.
Meats: I like to use Jimmy Dean's Savory Sage Sausage and a lean ground beef. However, you can choose which ever brand you have or even make your own sausage.
Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly.
Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly.
Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly.
Vegetables: I like to make my chili with lots of different types of vegetabels, but you can switch them up if you want. I always use carrot, celery and onion for my vegetables base. Using a mirepoix is chili works perfectly.
 I don't like to step too far out of the box when I season my chili, but I always use Chili powder and cumin. If you want a really hot chili you can increase the cayenne pepper. Plus, I use a lot of salt when I cook my chili.
I don't like to step too far out of the box when I season my chili, but I always use Chili powder and cumin. If you want a really hot chili you can increase the cayenne pepper. Plus, I use a lot of salt when I cook my chili.
 Be sure that when you buy your canned goods, you buy brands that you have tried and know are good. I have found that some canned tomatoes can be awful. You can also try making your own chicken stock, I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.
Be sure that when you buy your canned goods, you buy brands that you have tried and know are good. I have found that some canned tomatoes can be awful. You can also try making your own chicken stock, I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.
Try making your own chicken stock, If you do I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.
Try making your own chicken stock, If you do I would recommend roasting the chicken parts.
Extras: Everything here is totally optional, if you want to cut calories, then skip this section. I enjoy Fritos, sour cream and cheddar on my chili. Some people, feel its weird to put Fritos in chili, it might be a Midwest thing, I'm not sure.
Extras: Everything here is totally optional, if you want to cut calories, then skip this section. I enjoy Fritos, sour cream and cheddar on my chili. Some people, feel its weird to put Fritos in chili, it might be a Midwest thing, I'm not sure.

Variations of Chili

Chili is a unique dish because you could ask 10 people to make it and each person would make something very different. This is a great recipe to get you started, but I recommend that you experiment with chili and try different ingredients.

Instructions

Preparation of Chili

  1. You will need to dice your carrots, onion, celery and green pepper.
  2. Then mince you jalapeno pepper and garlic cloves.
  3. You can also go ahead and measure out your chili spices. Place the cumin, chili powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
  4. Open the kidney beans and wash them under cold water to remove the juice from the can.
  5. I like to open all the canned goods as well, so they are ready to be used.
  6. You should also be certain that your meat is completely thawed and not frozen.

Cooking the Chili

  1. Set up a large saute pan on one burner and a large stew pot on another burner. The saute pan should be set to medium heat and the stew pot should be set to low heat.
  2. Add the pork sausage to the saute pan.
  3. Then add the canned tomatoes with juices, tomato paste, and chicken stock to the large stew pot and stir.
  4. When the tomato paste is mixed in well you can add the beans and stir. Try not to break the beans when you stir.
  5. After the beans you can add the dry chili spices and stir carefully until the spices are mixed in well.
  6. When your pork has browned in the saute pan you can add it to the stew pot. Do not worry if it is not cooked through, it will continue to cook in the pot. Keep the grease from the sausage in the saute pan.
  7. Now add the beef to the saute pan and cook till it is browned.
  8. When beef is browned, add it to the stew pot and stir.
  9. Now add the onion, carrot, and green pepper to the saute pan. If there is too much grease in your pan you may get rid of some, but it is a good idea to have some grease in the pan. If you do not have enough grease you can add some vegetable oil to the pan to ensure your vegetables do not burn.
  10. When the onions begin to brown add the celery, garlic and jalapeno pepper. Mix the ingredients together and transfer to the stew pot.
  11. You will no longer need the saute pan and will need to let the stew pot cook for 1 hour while covered. You may stir every 20 to 30 minutes as the liquid comes to the top.
  12. When the chili is done, you can serve it right away with sour cream, cheddar cheese and Fritos. However, you could also store the chili in the refrigerator and eat it the next day. Chili is always better the next day.



Visual Guide: Step by Step Instructions

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1.  Add the pork sausage to the saute pan.2.  Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken stock to the stew pot. Then stir.3.  Add your beans to the pot and stir.  Try not to break the beans.4.  Add your dry seasonings.  Mix the seasoning into the tomatoes.5.  Your chili should look a lot like this at the moment.6.  When your sausage is browned you can add it to the stew pot.7.  Then begin to cook your beef.9.  When your beef is mostly cooked you can add it to the pot.10.  Your chili should now look like this.11.  Now start cooking your onion, carrots, and green peppers.12.  When the onions are starting to brown add the garlic, jalapeno and celery.  Stir the ingredients a bit and transfer to the stew pot.13.  Your final chili should look like this, now let you cook on low heat for an hour or even longer.14.  When you ready to serve your chili, you can add Fritos, cheddar cheese and sour cream.15.  Enjoy!
1.  Add the pork sausage to the saute pan.
1. Add the pork sausage to the saute pan.
2.  Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken stock to the stew pot. Then stir.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken stock to the stew pot. Then stir.
3.  Add your beans to the pot and stir.  Try not to break the beans.
3. Add your beans to the pot and stir. Try not to break the beans.
4.  Add your dry seasonings.  Mix the seasoning into the tomatoes.
4. Add your dry seasonings. Mix the seasoning into the tomatoes.
5.  Your chili should look a lot like this at the moment.
5. Your chili should look a lot like this at the moment.
6.  When your sausage is browned you can add it to the stew pot.
6. When your sausage is browned you can add it to the stew pot.
7.  Then begin to cook your beef.
7. Then begin to cook your beef.
9.  When your beef is mostly cooked you can add it to the pot.
9. When your beef is mostly cooked you can add it to the pot.
10.  Your chili should now look like this.
10. Your chili should now look like this.
11.  Now start cooking your onion, carrots, and green peppers.
11. Now start cooking your onion, carrots, and green peppers.
12.  When the onions are starting to brown add the garlic, jalapeno and celery.  Stir the ingredients a bit and transfer to the stew pot.
12. When the onions are starting to brown add the garlic, jalapeno and celery. Stir the ingredients a bit and transfer to the stew pot.
13.  Your final chili should look like this, now let you cook on low heat for an hour or even longer.
13. Your final chili should look like this, now let you cook on low heat for an hour or even longer.
14.  When you ready to serve your chili, you can add Fritos, cheddar cheese and sour cream.
14. When you ready to serve your chili, you can add Fritos, cheddar cheese and sour cream.
15.  Enjoy!
15. Enjoy!

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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love chili hanks for cold days. Thanks for this great recipe. The photo directions are fantastic. Voted up and useful1

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      Kevin Galarneau 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      Great hub. I love chili. Ratet up.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yummy. I like your idea to use something other than chili to add flavor interest. Voting this Up and Interesting.