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Homemade Chili Recipe

Updated on July 31, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

This homemade Chili is great for a cold Winter's night...Yum!
This homemade Chili is great for a cold Winter's night...Yum! | Source

Grandpa Brown's Chili


My Grandpa Brown made wonderful chili. He had family from Texas and Mexico, and this recipe comes from them. Every year on Christmas Eve he would make his famous chili recipe for his family, and serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches. His family included my mother, her twin brother, and my grandmother. It started a family tradition. My mom made it for our family when my brother and I were growing up, and now I make it every Christmas Eve for my family. This brings backs great memories for me, so I have continued the tradition with my own family, and I hope they do the same with theirs.

This makes a great meal to serve on Christmas Eve because it's easy and you don't have to fuss much with it if you have Christmas presents to wrap or a church service to get ready for. But it's also a great meal to serve anytime during fall or winter on a cold night. And the chili is easy to prepare and bring in a crock pot to a potluck dinner.

This chili is easy to make, and the recipe was not written down, just handed down from generation to generation. It is great served on a cold Winter's night with grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese, and crackers, or cornbread.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground hamburger

1 16 oz. can light red kidney beans

1 16 oz. can dark red kidney beans

1 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes

1 medium to large onion chopped

Dash of garlic

Dash of chili powder

Dash of Tabasco Sauce

Salt (to taste)

Directions:

Brown hamburger and onions in bottom of a large pot. Drain fat. Add both cans of beans and the can of tomatoes with juices into the pot ( Do not drain cans before adding the contents). Add Tabasco Sauce, chili powder, garlic and salt to the mixture. Mix well with a large spoon. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring periodically for 1.5 - 2 hours. If chili tastes a bit bitter due to the tomatoes, add one tablespoon of sugar and stir in. Add more chili powder, Tabasco sauce and salt to taste before serving. This chili can be made mild or hot depending on your tastes. This recipe makes four large servings.

I double this recipe every time I make this chili and have lots leftover for another meal during the week. Personally, I think it tastes even better the next day!

And everyone who has ever eaten this tells me they love it. I think a big draw for this is that I make it mild and have hot sauce and chili sauce available for people to create the seasoning they desire. I know a lot of people who don't like really hot and spicy chili, so this works well for them. And for those who want to "bring on the heat" the extras are available and that keeps everyone happy!



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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      teaches12345,

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe and I hope you enjoy the finished product as well!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Love chili with a tomato base and just a hint of pepper. Yours is a hit with me! Thanks for sharing your recipe and it will come in handy for the weekend football events.

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      LOL, well, unfortunately my family doesn't like hot chili. We like it mild but you can make it as hot as you want by adding more tabasco sauce and chili powder. And we always leave both on the side when having company or serving this at parties so people can doctor theirs up to be as hot as they want!

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the vote scarytaff. It's SO easy and so good, and you can decide how hot you want to make it. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for dropping by!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      The thing I like best about this chili is that it's so easy to make, and youc an get a few meals out of it so I like to keep some in the fridge for leftovers.

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      wetnosedogs 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Chili is a great dish and your recipe sounds wonderful.

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      Derek James 

      6 years ago from South Wales

      This sounds really delicious and easy to make.I'll give it a try. Voted up and useful.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I love chili--the hotter, the better! With family roots hailing from Texas and Mexico--ay, chihuahua!--I bet the thermometer wasn't made that could measure the heat emanating from a bowl of your grandfather's chili! Could you make that TWO bowls to go, Karen?

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I live with the curse. Chili is the one thing I cannot cook.

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