Favorite Chili Recipe?

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I dont like big, elaborate chili. I think chili is just a straight up kind of dish.


But I make mine kind of weird, apparently. At least my mom and everyone I know says so.




I brown the beef in the same pot that I’m going to use for the chili and dump the grease out.


Instead of tomato juice, I use spicy V8.


Add half a small can of tomato paste, to thicken it a little bit.


Add chili powder, onion powder, and pinto beans.


Let simmer for about an hour.




I hate cooked tomatoes, so I dont add in any diced tomatoes. You totally can if you like them, though.

Oh, and check out pinterest. If you type in crock pot chili, they have tons of recipes.

Post # 4
3156 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Made this last weekend.  AMAZING.  I used turkey meat instead.  Next time, I’ll probably use less than 1qt of tomato juice because I like mine chunkier.  



Post # 5
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Okay, this isn’t knock your socks off but it is super easy and in the  crock pot.




Taco Chicken Chili




3-4 chicken breasts


1 can black beans


1 can kidney beans


2 cans diced tomatoes


16oz tomato sauce


1 pack taco seasoning


A tablespoon or two (or three) of chili powder


 Toss in the crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Yum!


Post # 7
1234 posts
Bumble bee

My family usually just uses ground beef, chili powder, bell pepper, onion, diced tomatoes, chili beans. Cook the ground beef in a seperate pan with a small sprinkle of chili powder or some taco seasoning; also add diced onions and bell pepper. Drain the grease off really well and toss it in the pot with several cans of chili beans and diced tomatoes (don’t drain all of them, depending on how chunky or soupy you like your chili). Let simmer for an hour or two, adding chili powder and salt to your liking. We usually serve it with tons of saltine crackers and shredded cheese. We normally make one HUGE pot and eat off of it for about a week. It’s easy to heat up and toss in a thermos to take for lunch.

Post # 8
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am a northerner… so up here Chili is most often seen made with JUST Red Kidney Beans vs an assortment of other Beans.

Here is the TTR family recipe… enjoy.


Makes a large batch, enough for BOTH leftovers & to freeze.

I store it all in Tupperware type containers for Leftovers & Freezing… typically seperating it out into groupings that are good for 2 People, or just 1… that can be reheated as we need em.

We use two large pots to make it in… in our case they are 5 Litre Dutch Ovens that came as part of our Cookware Sets.


  • 2 Lbs of Lean Ground Beef (500 grams x 2)
  • 4 Italian Sausages OR Loose Sausage Meat… if you can find it at your Grocer’s (Hot, Medium or Mild, as you like them)
  • 1 Celery
  • 2 Peppers (at least one should be Green)
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 4 Large Cloves of Garlic
  • 4 Cans of Tomatoes (19 oz x 4)= (540 ml x 4)
  • 3 Cans of Red Kidney Beans (19 oz x 4) = (540 ml x 4)
  • 1 Tsp of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 or 3 Packages of Pre-mixed Chili Spice (Hot or Regular, as you like them)
  • 1 Can of Heinz Tomato Juice (19 oz) (540 ml)


  • 1 Can of Tomato Paste (5-1/2 oz) = (156 ml)
  • 1 Can of HEINZ Condensed Tomato Soup (10 oz) = (284 ml)


1- Clean and Chop / Dice Celery (need 2 Cups)

2- Clean and Chop Peppers (need 2 Cups)

3- Clean and Chop / Dice Onion (need 2 Cups)

4- Brown Hamburger in the 2 Pots (1 Lb each)

5- Remove Casing from Italian Sausages

6- Brown Sausage Meat in the 2 Pots (2 sausages each)

7- Drain off any “excessive” fat

Add to the meat mixture:

8- 2 Cups of Celery (1 Cup each pot)

9- 2 Cups of Peppers (1 Cup each pot)

10- 2 Cups of Onion (1 Cup each pot)

11- Clean and Press 4 Large Cloves of Garlic, Add to meat mixture (2 Large Cloves each)

Stir In:

12- 4 Cans of Tomatoes (2 Cans each pot)

13- Drain 3 Cans of Kidney Beans, Add to meat mixture (1-1/2 Cans each pot)

14- 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes (1/2 tsp each pot)

15- 2 Packages of Pre-Mixed Chili Spice – HOT (1 Package each pot)


16- 3 Packages of Pre-Mixed Chili Spice – REGULAR (1-1/2 Package each pot)


17 – 1 Can of Heinz Tomato Juice (divided = 9.5 oz each)

18- Adjust Seasoning to Taste – Pepper plus Sea Salt (with Garlic & Chilis)


1 Can of HEINZ Condensed Tomato Soup (divided = 5 oz each)
If you choose to add this IT MUST BE HEINZ… as no other Tomato Soup will render the same taste or consistency !!

1 Can of Tomato Paste (divided = 2.75 oz each)

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NOTES – Everyone’s taste buds are different.  So the Seasoning & Optional items are something you kind of have to experiment with.  The kids like it when I add in the Tomato Soup (which results in a bit “sweeter” chili)… Mr TTR likes it when I leave it out.  And some in the family like it with the Tomato Paste (thicker & sweeter that without)

Mr TTR has also been known to just go hog wild on his own in the Kitchen and add in more of the GOOD STUFF (his words).  So he’ll often add:

  • Another Can of Tomatoes
  • Another Can of Kidney Beans
  • Another package of Hot Chili Spice


OR even on occasion he’s left out the Tomato Juice (typically when he adds another can of Tomatoes to the mix)

Lol, so I’d have to say as in the same way as many Moms & Grammas cook… and add a pinch of this or that, this recipe is quite the same.  So how it ends up has a lot to do with both who is cooking it… Me, Mr TTR or both of us in the Kitchen… and also who is going to be our primary audience (just us, kids home, extended family visiting etc)

Hope this helps


Post # 10
5818 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I use the Wick Flowler 2-Alarm Chili kit (but dont use the red pepper, so mine is 0-alarm). But I do it slightly differently than the kit directions. 

I use 28oz whole tomatoes (break them up with a knife or my hands) with the juice and a can of tomato paste. Might add some water if it’s a little too thick. 2lbs ground beef (or turkey or half and half). I add onion(saute), green and red bell pepper(saute), 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of black beans. Make on the stove top or crock pot. 


I tried various recipes, but the effort and complication out weighed how good they were. This is simple and my DH and FIL says it’s the best chili they’ve ever had. 

Post # 11
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Chili is my speciality!!!! DH loves when I make it and raves about it so I know its pretty freaking awesome!

1.25 – 1.5 lbs ground beef

two cans diced tomatoes (sometimes i get one petite and one regular)

1 can rotel green chili and tomatoes

2 cans kidney beans (ususally get one light and one dark just for some color difference)

1 packet of McCormick chili seasoning

Then I put in extra spices, Lots of chili powder like at least 2 tbs, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder.  If i want it a little spicier that night I add in 1-2 Tsp cayanne pepper.  Thats it!

I top it with sour cream and shredded cheese 🙂 DH likes to put corn bread in his.

Post # 12
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012


My husband LOVES chili, and he makes it from All Recipes (and it is a crockpot recipe). It is absolutely delicious, the best chili we have ever found. It has a lot of ingredients, but I promise if you make it you will not be disappointed. You can skip the beer and bacon bits (at least we always do). You could even skip the Italian sausage. Otherwise, it doesn’t have 5 stars and over 3000 reviews for being an average chili!

Post # 14
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is by far my FI’s fav chili recipe…and mine too!

6 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup beer (recommended: Budweiser)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (24-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
Lime wedges, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Shredded Cheddar, for garnish
Sliced scallions, for garnish

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/pats-famous-beef-and-pork-chili-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Post # 15
33 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine is a lot like Jessamessa’s above, and it is SUPER EASY!


I take 1-1.5 lbs ground beef or turkey and brown it on the stove, then drain and dump into the crock pot. 


Add 2-3 cans of petite diced tomatoes (can have green chilis – Rotel-style if you’d like).


Add 2 cans of beans, I use light kidney, rinsed.


Then for the seasoning, I use Carol Shelby’s. It used to come in a little paper bag, but now it is a little box. It is with the other seasoning mixes. It has individual packets inside, so you can customize it, which is what I like about it. I add all of the chili seasoning, then I toss the flour (I don’t like to add flour I don’t need) and the salt. I add about the same amount of salt, but I prefer sea salt, so I use that. Then I add a bit of the cayenne packet, maybe 1/5 of it. Let it simmer all day. 


Last week I made this up on Sunday, then Sunday evening put it into containers, added a huge dollop of shredded cheese, and that was much lunch for the week. 


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