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 the onions is probably the hardest part.
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.
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!
- 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
- Over medium heat, cook ground meat in a large pan with the minced onion until browned. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
- Drain the meat.
- 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.
- 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).
- Add kidney beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
- Top with shredded cheese & sour cream and serve with a side of cornbread.
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