Easy Recipes – Chili

Posted at 10:23 PM on Jan 13, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Jan 13th, 2014

Are you looking for the best chili recipe? Here is my popular family recipe, the secret ingredients: Cinnamon and Chocolate...

What is better in the winter than a good easy recipe for chili?  From super bowl parties to chili cook-offs… chili is woven into the fabric of American winter culture.  And for good reason; it’s AWESOME and there are so many variations.

And if you’ve been searching for a good “standard” type chili that everyone will like, look no further!  This is it.  And it’s EASY!  My mom cut this recipe out of a newspaper in the early 90’s, and it’s been our ‘family chili’ recipe ever since.  There might be a few ingredients you are not used to seeing in chili, like cinnamon and chocolate chips (a Cincinnati chili influence), but trust me – they work!

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Serves: 8
  • 2 lbs. hamburger (or turkey)
  • 1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed (15 oz)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can of water (28 oz)
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional - depends on how spicy you want it)
  • 1½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
  1. Over medium heat, cook ground meat in a large pan with the minced onion until browned. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Drain the meat.
  3. In a large sauce pan or stock pot over medium heat, add meat (with the onions and garlic) and mix with all other remaining ingredients except the kidney beans.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until you've reached the desired thickness (or if using a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours).
  5. Add kidney beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Top with shredded cheese & sour cream and serve with a side of cornbread.


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  • Trish says...
    Posted at 4:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Trish
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    You really put chocolate chips in there? Kind of afraid to do that as it’s my first time making chili. What does it do for the chili?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 4:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jan 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Yes, chocolate chips are a must! They add a richness to it, you can’t taste the chocolate but it just adds a different flavor which is amazing!

  • Sandy says...
    Posted at 5:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sandy
    Jan 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    How many does this typically feed?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jan 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      This usually feeds around 6 – 8 ppl.

      • Sandy says...
        Posted at 1:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sandy
        Jan 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        Thank you! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Ashley says...
    Posted at 11:54 am by I am THAT Lady: Ashley
    Feb 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    How long does this all take?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 2:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Feb 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I can whip it up in 30 minutes but I prefer to let it simmer for 2 hours on the stovetop to let all the ingredients blend together.

  • Shelly says...
    Posted at 6:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shelly
    Feb 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I make homemade chili often. Then one sound delicious, thanks for sharing your recipe. I don’t think I would have ever thought to add chocolate chips.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 9:43 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Feb 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      The chocolate chips and the cinnamon are from a Cincinnati chili influence… and they work well in this. Hope you enjoy!

  • Jennifer says...
    Posted at 9:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer
    Jun 30, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Could this be made in the slow cooker? If so, what changes would I need to make to the recipe?

  • Kelli says...
    Posted at 4:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kelli
    Jul 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Trying this tonight, Lauren!

  • Elvira V. says...
    Posted at 1:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Elvira V.
    Elvira V.
    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I’m a little confused- 28 oz can of water? Do I just fill up the can of tomatoes I used? :-)

    • Elvira V. says...
      Posted at 1:38 pm by I am THAT Lady: Elvira V.
      Elvira V.
      Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Oh, and the printable version I bought has 2 28oz cans of water and the online version only shows 1, but some of the ingredients are still the same amounts (like meat).

  • Monica L. says...
    Posted at 6:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Monica L.
    Monica L.
    Sep 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    We loved this!! I loved the cinnamon and chocolate in this. Seriously, best chili I’ve ever made!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Sep 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Monica – great news! We are so happy to hear! We also put it over spaghetti sometimes and top it with cheese, crushed crackers, and sour cream!

  • Emilee says...
    Posted at 3:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Emilee
    Oct 08, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    It says you make once, freeze half. Do I double the recipe or keep the recipe the same and just freeze half. In other words, do I need 2 lbs of ground beef or 4 to make 2 meals.

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