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My Simple Chili

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"If you want a good, basic chili recipe, this is it. No odd vegetables, or secret ingredients, just ground beef, tomatoes, red kidney beans, and the usual spices. Simple and delicious."
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1 h 55 m servings 371
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Combine ground beef, onions, and garlic in a large stockpot; cook and stir over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease. Add celery and carrot to beef mixture; cook and stir until celery and carrot are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, Italian seasoning, and salt into beef mixture, breaking up tomatoes while stirring. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover stockpot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 1 hour. Stir beans into chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Add extra chili powder or hot sauce to bring up the heat, or if you have a mixed crowd leave it mild but put some hot sauce on the table at serving time.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 371 calories; 17.5 31.6 24.5 68 1501 Full nutrition

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My Simple Chili Haiku: "4 cans tomatoes, to only 1 can of beans, was just way too much." I really, really wanted to like this chili b/c it WAS simple, and it didn't have any funky ingredient tha...

Basic recipe, but good flavor. I added some beef broth and used chili beans instead of kidney beans.

I was pleased with the result , I would recommend it

Yes, I will make it again...very yummy. I used pinto beans instead of kidney beans. I left out the celery because I don't like celery. I added two small cans of mild green chiles to replace it. ...

I cut the recipe in half and used 1 can of stewed tomatoes and 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. I subbed chili beans for the kidney beans because this was going over hot dogs. Everything else stayed...