This is a simple recipe for Texas chili I learned from my mother. I like my chili with a little fire to it, but you can adjust this recipe to your liking. This is a chili that only gets better the second day so don't worry about using a large pot and having more than your family can eat the first night because you can have it a couple of nights later. ENJOY. I know I do every time I make this chili.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
20
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir the beef, onion, and bell pepper in a large pot over medium heat until the beef is brown and onion and pepper are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain grease from beef.

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  • Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapenos (if using), chili powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Bring mixture to a slow boil; cover and reduce heat. Simmer chili at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick. This chili can be simmered for several hours; the longer you simmer, the more flavor you will get.

Cook's Note:

For the 3 cans pinto beans, you can substitute 6 cups homemade cooked pinto beans with juice.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 14.9g; fat 7.3g; cholesterol 27.4mg; sodium 605.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2008
I'm going to try this in the slow-cooker--has anyone done this yet and how did it turn out? Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2008
ok... first i must say that real texas chili does not have beans.......not bad for a starter.... but i made these changes.... i used extra lean chili meat instead of ground beef, 2 cans of rotel tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and the tomato sauce,1 galic clove chopped instead of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin powder, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 can of beer..... Read More
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  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2008
ok... first i must say that real texas chili does not have beans.......not bad for a starter.... but i made these changes.... i used extra lean chili meat instead of ground beef, 2 cans of rotel tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and the tomato sauce,1 galic clove chopped instead of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin powder, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 can of beer..... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2008
I'm going to try this in the slow-cooker--has anyone done this yet and how did it turn out? Read More
(82)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2008
This was as billed: easy delicious and classic. I omitted the chopped chili for the younger members of the family and left it simmering on low for the afternoon and it was delicious. Perfect for a rainy Seattle fall day. Not that it rains here... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2008
Love this chili----Easy recipe ---- Did not add anything---- Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/20/2011
this ain't texas chili! we do not use beans! it may have been made in texas, by a yankee! Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2009
I added fresh garlic cloves and a beer. Simmered for about 4-5 hrs. Best chili i've ever made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2008
Awesome starter chili recipe! I love to use this recipe as a base and then change it up! For example change out a pound of the ground beef for a pound of ground spicy or sweet italian sausage (without casings) I also love to mix up the type of beans used to give the chili some character. I made this for an event and used one can of butter beans one can of kidney beans and one can of pinto beans (same sized cans). It was a hit! Don't be afraid to make small changes to this great base! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2008
I've never been a fan of chili but this was amazing. I did need to make a few alterations out of necessity. I substituted the jalapenos for 3 hot cherry peppers and only used 3T. of chili powder. This was a great half time meal for my family/guests Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2008
I won't say this is the BEST chili recipe but it certainly is easy to make and requires little effort for a nice end product. I browned my meat and threw everything into the slow cooker while I was making holiday cookies and it was a nice warm treat when I was finished with my baking. This goes great with some cheese and sour cream on top! Read More
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