This is the best and easiest chili I have ever had. I make it often and if there are any leftovers I freeze some to pull out for a cold winter day.

Recipe Summary

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

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until brown. Stir in celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, water and beans. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.

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Nutrition Facts

334 calories; protein 22.1g 44% DV; carbohydrates 31.3g 10% DV; fat 14.2g 22% DV; cholesterol 52.3mg 17% DV; sodium 681.7mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2006
Absolutely delicious! My husband does NOT like chili and when I told him that we would be eating this for dinner he was not thrilled. However he RAVED about this and told me to give it five stars. I made no changes to the recipe and even though some reviewers said it was 'bland' neither my husband or I like particularly hot dishes so I kept the chili powder as is - it was PERFECT. I only had one pound of meat but it was fine. And I dumped the whole thing in the crock pot and cooked on low for the afternoon. Thank you for a fabulous recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2010
Good base recipe but I like to substitute honey for the sugar and black beans (rinsed) for the kidney beans. A bit of hot sauce or cayenne will spice it up and a tsp. of worchestershire and soy sauce will give it some depth of flavor. Totally omit the water. Read More
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90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2006
Absolutely delicious! My husband does NOT like chili and when I told him that we would be eating this for dinner he was not thrilled. However he RAVED about this and told me to give it five stars. I made no changes to the recipe and even though some reviewers said it was 'bland' neither my husband or I like particularly hot dishes so I kept the chili powder as is - it was PERFECT. I only had one pound of meat but it was fine. And I dumped the whole thing in the crock pot and cooked on low for the afternoon. Thank you for a fabulous recipe! Read More
(72)
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2007
We are Minnesotan's. I love this recipe, although it is a little bland. I prefer a little more flavor. To start I wanted to do this in the crock pot, so I browned the Hamburger and then the veggies in a pan. I added the rest, plus a bit more chili powder, a little cumin, as well as a few glugs of worschestire, and a dash or two of cinnamon. Awesome, because we like the chili a little sweet I added 2 tablespoons of sugar rather then the 1. Good basic start to a great pot of chili. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
The chili was excellent! Thanks Judi for sharing the recipe! I did add a little gr. cumin and a little extra chili pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2006
Wonderful! I planned ahead and browned the beef and chopped the vegetables with dinner the night before and threw it all in the crock pot the next morning (left out the cup of water). I kept it on low all day and it turned out perfect. You do need the 6 quart crock pot though! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2010
Good base recipe but I like to substitute honey for the sugar and black beans (rinsed) for the kidney beans. A bit of hot sauce or cayenne will spice it up and a tsp. of worchestershire and soy sauce will give it some depth of flavor. Totally omit the water. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2010
I was really suprized whe I read this recipe this is allmost exactly the same chili My family has been making for years. The only thing I would recomend is draining the fat off the ground beef before adding the rest of the ingredients I also cook my onions first in the pot that I brown the ground beef in and add them after draining the fat off. Read More
(19)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2002
We loved it! I doubled the recipe and served it to 6 hungry friends on football Sunday. We had plenty of leftovers! This was a very simple chili for those who like the traditional. I added a lot of spice. It seemed a bit tame. I used red pepper flakes red pepper sauce and more chili powder. It needed that kick. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/22/2005
I'm sorry this is the blandest chili I ever had. Like a golf course... I had to add and add to make it have some flavor. Sorry for me I will not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2005
This was my recipe of choice for the Super Bowl. I used 2 cans of the diced tomatoes with onion celery & green pepper.(14 oz) (Same as stewed tomatoes- just pre-cut) I used my Zyliss chopper to make the celery & onion super fine- came out GREAT.(I don't like crunchy bits of celery either!) Next time I will do the green pepper that way too! I had already chopped it by hand & thrown in the pot- it was fine this way anyway. I did saute' the veggies in a little olive oil then added the meat. The only other thing: it was too mild- & I'm a wuss! So next time I will add more chili powder. I love the consistency of this chili. Read More
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