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Canning Chili, Using Home Grown Tomatoes!

Updated on August 18, 2013

Start With The Garden

The best tomatoes to use when making chili are the ones you grow in your own garden. Pick them when they are large, but before they become ripe. Picking them before they are ripe is important, because it will prevent little " critters" from eating part of the tomato, and leaving the rest to spoil. After you pick a green tomato you can leave it near a window, so it can still receive sunshine, it will ripen very quickly.

Once the tomato has ripened, place it in pot of boiling water, just for a few minutes. This will take the skin off the tomato, after it has cooled you can cut the tomato and remove the seeds. Take 1/3 of the tomatoes and put them aside.

Then take 2/3 of the tomatoes, and smash them into a vegetable drainer. This will remove everything but the juice.

Next take the 1/3 left and cut them in half. Remove the seeds, and cut the tomatoes into tiny chunks. Now you can start to make chili with the tomatoes from your own garden!

Using Your Own Tomatoes

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Ingredients For Chili

  • All Tomatoes, Sauce/Chunks
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 4 Cans Black Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons/or more Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Packeges Chili Spices
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 45 min
Yields: 10

Canning The Chili

  1. When it comes to canning anything with meat in it, a pressure cooker is needed. This is according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Their instructions for keeping food safe is the reason I use their website each time use my pressure cooker.
  2. Canning chili with beef- Fill a clean canning jar ( quart size ). Put a new lid on the canning jar each time you use it. Then make sure the canning jar is shut as tightly as possible.
  3. After all the jars are full of chili, put them into the pressure cooker. Then fill the pressure cooker with water, and tightly shut it.
  4. Since the chili that is being canned has ground beef, the pressure cooker needs to keep it's pressure cooker number at 11 pounds This will kill any germs that might make a person sick
  5. The pressure cooker needs to keep cooking at 11 pounds for 90 minutes. After the 90 minutes have ended, you can remove the pressure cooker from the stove. When it is cool enough, you can open the pressure cooker.
  6. When you remove the jars from the pressure cooker, listen for the lids to make a clicking sound. The lids will click in towards the inside of the jar. That means the food inside is safe. If a lid doe not click in, or if a lid ever clicks open, the food is not safe. Just through that jar of food away.

Your Garden and Canning

This year was kind of fun. Our garden gave us beans, carrots, potatoes, and a lot of tomatoes. They taste so much better when you cook them right after you pick them.

So far, I have canned all the vegetables and have started with stew, soup, and chili. It is fun to give a jar to friend. It surprised me how much people liked jars of vegetables from my garden. It is not only fun to keep your jars, it is also fun to give them away.

My only hope now, is to learn how to can jam or jelly. But, maybe that is going to take me a while. Last time I tried, I turned our strawberries into jelly almost as hard as a rock.


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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Beef, beans and cinnamon? How can you lose with that stuff you use? I would love to taste your chili. You do realize that it against some people's religion to have both beef and beans in the same chili. I do not subscribe to that particular theological debate but there are some who will suspect all who use the "wrong" ingredients in chili to be a minion of the dark lord.

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      Agatha 2 years ago

      That's a smart answer to a tricky quitseon

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for your comment, it is fun to can. At least for me:)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love canned tomatoes and homemade chili. You have reminded me how much I love them with your recipe idea. Using a pressure cooker is such a great idea. I agree upon giving people canned chili as a gift, I know I would love it.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio


      Thank you, hope you like it!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for your comment Mh!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for sharing this one.

      Voting up and saving.


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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this idea.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you North Wind,

      I love tomatoes also, and would go to the store if I had to.

      I hope you like the recipe, you will succeed!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      MsDora I know you can cook this recipe.

      Thank you so much for your comment.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Michele,

      I love chili and this is a great idea but sadly, I have no luck when it comes to growing my own tomatoes as yet. Somehow I always end up with one lovely one and then that's it for my 'crop'. I find it quite annoying since I love tomatoes and would eat them nearly every day if I could. I'll have to go with store bought for your recipe until I succeed!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I bet I can cook this recipe if I put my mind to it, but I'll have to beg for the tomatoes, since I don't have any in my garden. It seems doable. Thank you for sharing.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks Bill,

      I love canning. When it comes to beans, my daughter hates the ones from the store, but will eat all of the beans that come from the garden.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well we have all the ingredients in our garden 30 feet from where I'm typing this; now, thanks to you, we have the know how.

      Thanks Michele.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Faith Reaper! It really is a lot of fun. The gardening part is amazing, it gives me a chance to thank God for all He has given me. The canning part reminds me of my childhood. Giving some of what I canned reminds me of H.O.W.

      Thank you again for your comment, and for your sharing!

      God bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Michele,

      You have been a busy woman! I really love chili, and to have it made with fresh, home-grown tomatoes, it doesn't get any better than that no doubt about it!

      I really need to try my hand at canning. Thank for sharing this useful and appetizing hub here. Your garden sounds fabulous and, yes, I know all would enjoy receiving your fresh vegetables. Your neighbors and friends must love you so much for sharing in the goodness.

      I am sure you will get the canning of the jam and jelly down in no time.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing