This is my family recipe. It's great for kids, potlucks, and it's really flexible. Hope you all enjoy! I would add 1/2 to 1 cup of water to the chili after all the other ingredients to make it a little more like soup. If your kids absolutely do not like spicy things, you could add sour cream and cheese to it. Serve with corn chips or corn bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Break the ground beef into small pieces into a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir green bell pepper, onion, seasoned salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground annatto seed, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes through the ground beef; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, about 10 minutes.

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  • Pour diced tomatoes, pinto beans, black beans, and red beans into the pot; season with chili seasoning, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground annatto seed, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 12.9g; carbohydrates 21.2g; fat 5.5g; cholesterol 22.9mg; sodium 941.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
This recipe turned out amazing. Everyone enjoyed it. I made a few small changes based on what I had in my pantry. I left out the annatto seed and added more paprika. I left out the red beans and included a can of corn. I served it with shredded cheese and blue chips. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/12/2014
Cynthia's Famous Chili Haiku: "Dropped the pinto beans. But the rest I kept the same. What's up with spices?" It was hard to tell if the spices were accidentally duplicated in the ingredient list but I didn't see much point to seasoning the ground beef w/ all of that followed by adding everything to the pot while measuring all the spices out again so I just added it all at once after the meat was browned and drained which incidentally the recipe doesn't indicate to drain. I can't say that this chili blew our minds but I thought it would be way more flavorful w/ all of those spices not to mention also including a McCormick packet of chili seasoning; if anything the packet plus the 1 TB seasoning salt made this awfully salty so we didn't get as much enjoyment over dragging Frito Scoops through it. Maybe w/ some changes here and there I'd make it again but otherwise won't live on as a famous recipe in our house. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/12/2014
Cynthia's Famous Chili Haiku: "Dropped the pinto beans. But the rest I kept the same. What's up with spices?" It was hard to tell if the spices were accidentally duplicated in the ingredient list but I didn't see much point to seasoning the ground beef w/ all of that followed by adding everything to the pot while measuring all the spices out again so I just added it all at once after the meat was browned and drained which incidentally the recipe doesn't indicate to drain. I can't say that this chili blew our minds but I thought it would be way more flavorful w/ all of those spices not to mention also including a McCormick packet of chili seasoning; if anything the packet plus the 1 TB seasoning salt made this awfully salty so we didn't get as much enjoyment over dragging Frito Scoops through it. Maybe w/ some changes here and there I'd make it again but otherwise won't live on as a famous recipe in our house. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
This recipe turned out amazing. Everyone enjoyed it. I made a few small changes based on what I had in my pantry. I left out the annatto seed and added more paprika. I left out the red beans and included a can of corn. I served it with shredded cheese and blue chips. Read More
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