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My Family's Secret Chili Recipe

Updated on September 27, 2014

This is one of our family's favorite chili recipes. It is a mixture between my great grandfathers recipe and my grandmothers recipe. This recipe is so quick, easy, and tasty so you will want to make it over and over again. We live in a cold weather state so we are always making some kind of soup and this one is one that gets made every week and no one gets tired of it.

This chili recipe is not like any other chili recipe, it has a sweet and a little spicy taste that is wonderful. Don't worry I don't like spicy foods at all so this recipe is defiantly not too spicy. The sweetness comes from the secret ingredient that my father never told me about until I was able to cook. He finally told me what it was and it was the cinnamon, the cinnamon gives it enough sweetness so you won't have to add any sugar.

So I know you are just itching to try this recipe so I'll stop talking and let you start cooking. One more thing that is very important, you can make this recipe gluten free by adding the gluten free noodles I have below, instead of normal noodles. Now all I have to say is, please enjoy my family's secret chili recipe and leave any comments or questions you have below.

Photo by TheCreative

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: About 12


  • 1 1/2 LB. Hamburger
  • 1/2 sm. Red Onion Chopped
  • 2 sm. Green Bell Peppers, Chopped
  • 1 qt. Tomato Juice (we use homemade but you can used store bought instead)
  • 1 qt. V8
  • 1 lg. can Homestyle Bush's Baked Beans
  • 1 can Peas
  • 1 can Pinto Beans
  • 1 can Kidney Beans
  • 1 bag of Elbow Noodles
  • 2 TBS. Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp.Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Curry
  • 3/4 tsp. Crushed Red Peppers
  • Sea Salt


  1. Brown hamburger with onions in a 8 qt. pot.
  2. Once meat is brown add the remaining ingredients except the noodles into the pot.
  3. Let the chili simmer while you make the noodles according to the directions, except don't cook the noodles all the way, live them a little bit firm ( they will soften a little after adding them to the chili)
  4. Turn the heat off on the chili and add the noodles.
  5. Let the chili stand for about ten minuets to let the flavors blend and then it is ready to eat.

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Good Cinnamon?

McCormick 100% Organic, Saigon Cinnamon, 1.5-Ounce Unit
McCormick 100% Organic, Saigon Cinnamon, 1.5-Ounce Unit

To make this recipe you will need some good cinnamon. Your probably thinking right now, theres no such thing as good and bad cinnamon. However there actually is. Good cinnamon has a very good and strong flavor. Bad cinnamon has a very weak flavor so you have to add much more than the good cinnamon to actually taste it. So with that being said this cinnamon is very flavorful so you can get away with using less of it. So try it out and you will notice the difference too.PRICE: $6.10


This is Not Just Any Pot, Try it Out for Yourself.

Calphalon (1767727) Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 8-Quart Stock Pot with Cover
Calphalon (1767727) Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 8-Quart Stock Pot with Cover

Calphalon makes some of the best pots out there. They are specially styled with a polished, stainless steel exterior and have a satin finished interior, Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel cookware are always made with three layers to ensure you will always have even heating.

This pot is oven and broiler safe which is very handy.

It is also made with handles that will stay cool.

You can also put this in the dishwasher for easier cleaning.

PRICE: $119.94


If You are Gluten Intolerant, You can Still Enjoy This Recipe!

Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta, Spirals, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta, Spirals, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12)

You can also make this recipe Gluten Free by using these noodles. I normally make it this way so I know the chili will still taste good. This is my favorite brand of Gluten Free noodles because they taste just like normal noodles. So if you can not eat gluten try this recipe with these noodles and this will surly be your favorite chili recipe.PRICE: $39.10


If you have any questions or comments please leave them below:

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    • asereht1970 profile image


      4 years ago

      Would love to try this one day. Love everything that has chili. Nice lens.

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Very good lens! Its featured to day on our Google+ page. Come and check it out!

    • delia-delia profile image


      5 years ago

      Well I guess it's not a family secrete anymore! Sounds like something to try...I have used cinnamon in stews, soups and other beans.

    • Rangoon House profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      This is definitely a meal in a soup!

    • evawrites1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your family secret!

    • georgepmoola2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Must have a go at this! Excellent lens.

    • esmonaco profile image

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Fantastic, like the cinnamon idea, have to give it a try!!! Thanks

    • Zeross4 profile image

      Renee Dixon 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      I love noodles in my chili, your recipe looks delicious. Would never have thought to put peas in the chili though, interesting!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Interesting combination of spices - your chili sounds good!


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