Beef, chili beans, and a special surprise ingredient give this chili a savory flavor unrivaled by other chilis. Serve topped with diced raw onion, sour cream, and shredded Cheddar cheese for a mouth-watering delight! Believe it or not, the secret is the ketchup (NOT catsup) that adds just the right flavor to the sauce; use more or less as desired. Use sauteed fresh mushrooms for a special treat! Seasonings may be added to taste. If you want it really hot, use hot chili beans and add more chili powder and cayenne pepper or include hot peppers!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
50 mins
1 hr 10 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, about half the sweet onion, and garlic powder in the hot skillet until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Mix tomato chunks, chili beans, tomato sauce, kidney beans, ketchup, and tomato paste in a large pot; bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Stir the ground beef mixture and mushrooms into the tomato mixture; season with chili powder, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Cook chili at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors blend, about 45 minutes. Top individual servings with diced sweet onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 23.2g 46% DV; carbohydrates 35.8g 12% DV; fat 10.7g 17% DV; cholesterol 49.8mg 17% DV; sodium 1496.8mg 60% DV. Full Nutrition

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Thick & Savory Chili Haiku: "This was good not great. Ketchup & sugar - too sweet. But I liked thickness." The consistency of this chili was perfect but the taste didn't really wow us. Between the 15 oz. tomato sauce and the 1 c. of ketchup it was heavy on the tomato taste and that coupled w/ the overall sweetness just put it into a no-repeat-stack. I love trying out different chili recipes and I can only imagine that this one would definitely appeal to many people who prefer that touch of sweetness but for us it just wasn't a success. Read More