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Thick and Savory Chili

Rated as 3 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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1 h 10 m servings 312
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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

Per Serving: 312 calories; 10.7 35.8 23.2 50 1497 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...