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Friday, February 19, 2010

Mom's Chili

Nothing warms and fills you up on a cold Winter's day better then a bowl of homemade chili. It's a dish I grew up eating often when I was a child, and one I continue to make often now. Especially during the cold weather months. This simple and easy chili was my mom's recipe, and I continue to make it the same way today, with just a few minor tweaks. I've tried other chili recipes before, but none of them ever matched up to my mom's.

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There are as many different ways of making chili, as there are cooks who make it. Some people can be down right passionate about it! But food is a personal preference, and not everyone will like something the same way I or someone else does. This is the recipe I was raised on, and to me is the best. It cant be beat as one of the easiest and most frugal chili's around.

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My family likes our chili mild, but you can certainly spice it up if you'd like. Add extra chili powder, cayenne pepper, chopped jalapeno peppers, whatever you like. I usually serve it with saltine crackers, but it's equally good with a warm slice of Buttermilk Cornbread. This is comfort food at it's best.

This chili is even better the next day after the flavors have a chance to blend together!

Mom's Chili


1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
3 - 4 cups beef broth {Depending on how thick you like your chili}
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces elbow macaroni {Optional-increase beef broth to 5 cups if you add macaroni to turn this into Chili Mac}


In a large skillet, brown onion with ground beef. Drain.
Add browned beef to a large sauce pan, along with kidney beans, tomato sauce, beef broth, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt.
Bring to a boil and add macaroni if using. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
Taste for seasonings and serve with your choice of toppings.


  1. Hi April,I can remember eating a similar Chili when I was a young woman at my friends house, I always just loved it. Your Chili looks very good and would sure bring back those memories for me. I am so excited that you entered it in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2011. Thank you so much for your entry and good luck with the Cook Off!Miz Helen

  2. Hi April! I saw your Chili Mac visiting Miz Helen's. I just love old recipes and traditions, and anything that includes macaroni..I'm on it!@ Now following and have a great week! Stop by Comfy Cuisine if you get a chance! xo

  3. This chili looks good. I'd like a bowl of this. Yum!

  4. Sounds like good memories and good chili!