Easy Recipes – Chili

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

Jan 13th, 2014

This easy chili recipe is the best one out there! It is a unique blend of cincinatti and traditional chill and has won MANY chili cookies! Give it a try and let me know!

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!

And like I said – this is easy.

Chopping Onions

Chopping the onions is probably the hardest part.

Onions in Beef

One of the most important steps is to cook the onions as the ground beef cooks. Add a bit of salt at this step to soften the onions.

Cooking Beef

After the onions are soft and the beef is cooked, add the garlic and cook for another couple minutes. Drain the beef, and then add everything else except for the kidney beans and simmer for an hour or so. And yeah – even add those chocolate chips and cinnamon (you will thank me).

Then add the kidney beans and cook for another half hour. Top with cheese, serve corn bread or whatever you’d like!

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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.

  • Christine says...
    Posted at 5:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Christine
    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I just made the chili. The recipe from the meal set I bought has 2-28 cans of water. Now, I have a watery mess for dinner, and the Leftovers will not be much good for hotdogs, as I planned. That typo should be fixed!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 1:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Dec 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      I’m so sorry Christine! I will fix this right away. However – you can boil the water off… it might take an hour or so, but you can get it back to the right consistency.

  • Alex says...
    Posted at 1:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Alex
    Jan 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This chili was amazing!, I use to make my traditional recipe always but today I decided to try this one with the chocolate chips and cinnamon: EXCELLENT! Everyone should try it… Thanks for sharing it! This is going to be my new traditional chili recipe

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 1:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Jan 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Alex! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Christy The Simple Homemaker says...
    Posted at 6:43 pm by I am THAT Lady: Christy The Simple Homemaker
    Christy The Simple Homemaker
    Jan 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    This was delicious! Thank you.

  • Tammy says...
    Posted at 5:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tammy
    Jan 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    BEST. CHILI. RECIPE. EVER. Made various chili recipes for many years. Throwing them all out. Serious- this is BEST CHILI RECIPE EVER. Made first pot last night. To say it was perfect is an understatement… BEST.CHILI. RECIPE. EVER.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 5:26 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jan 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Tammy – so glad that you love it!

  • Annette says...
    Posted at 8:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Annette
    Jan 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    If I only want to use 1 pound of ground turkey do I need to use less ingredients?

  • Meckinzie says...
    Posted at 10:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Meckinzie
    Feb 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Some of the recipes are confusing when talking of doubling. Some I can’t tell if you need to double everything or if the recipe is already for 2.

  • adel says...
    Posted at 2:09 pm by I am THAT Lady: adel
    Feb 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Loved this recipe I used venison and added habenero and jalapeno for extra spice. So good

  • Diane C. says...
    Posted at 10:03 am by I am THAT Lady: Diane C.
    Diane C.
    Feb 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I have a question. Could I cook the hamburger, onion, garlic, drain and mix it with the rest of the ingredients and freeze it then cook it in a slow cooker for 6 hrs?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:19 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Feb 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

      You sure could!

      • Diane C. says...
        Posted at 10:25 am by I am THAT Lady: Diane C.
        Diane C.
        Feb 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Thanks. It sure looks interesting and I can’t wait to try it. Although the cinnamon in it I think I’ll cut in half. I had a really bad experience with cinnamon and hamburger once and I’d rather not do that again :)

  • Camille Rogers says...
    Posted at 11:16 am by I am THAT Lady: Camille Rogers
    Camille Rogers
    Feb 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Do you use milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Feb 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      It doesn’t matter what you use, but we usually use semi-sweet because that is what we have on hand.

  • A says...
    Posted at 12:40 am by I am THAT Lady: A
    Mar 09, 2015 at 12:40 am

    This turned out really great, perfect consistency and interesting flavor that is well balanced. I ate it with sweet potato tortilla chips. Thanks!

  • Ron says...
    Posted at 6:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ron
    Mar 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm


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