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Home Style Chili
Classic Northern chili recipe with beef and beans,
with a little cheese stirred in for that special touch.

Submitted By: Mary Kolling (Robbie's mom)
Prep. Time: 3:15
Serves: 12

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbls. minced garlic
3 sm. chili pepper - chopped
6 oz. can tomato paste
2 tsp. chili powder
15 oz. can kidney beans - un-drained
15 oz. can chili beans - un-drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry


-Brown beef in skillet; drain off and reserve grease; set meat aside.
-In large pot, cook vegetables in reserved grease until soft.
-Add tomato paste, chili powder, beans, and browned beef to pot.
-Simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours, then stir in cheese.

Make It A Meal: Serve with Corn Muffins.

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6 Visitor Comments About This Recipe
  • Way too many beans, try using 3 lbs. hamburger instead of only 1 lb.
  • i did it and all my friends love it . it's simple and tasteful. thanks!
  • I was so pleased with your site. I've looked everywhere for a spaghetti sauce recipe with fresh tomatoes ( ours are ripe now ) but couldn't find one. Plus, I may have found out why my chili tastes so bland. Your site will go in my favorites.
  • Right before you add the beans ask yourself, When was the last [or first] time I saw a Mexican eat a kidney bean? Then throw away the kidney beans and add RE-FRIED BEANS. You will have to increase the spices and maybe some liquid. I share this only with you. It's been my secret for 20 years.
  • I noticed that the comments asked about Mexicans eating kidney beans. I just wanted to state for the record that it is immaterial whether residents of Mexico eat or do not eat kidney beans. Chili is a Texas innovation from the trail ride days and is not a Mexican dish. Mexican cooking has tremendously influenced cooking in Texas and that is nowhere more apparent than in chili but that does not make it Mexican food. You won't find chili much in Mexico. Now, as to whether there should be beans in chili. Beans were added during WWII when meat was in short supply. Beans and other fillers were not found in original chili recipes and still are not permitted in chili cook-off competitions. If you like it that way, fine, but here in the Lone Star State we prefer our chili the traditional way - no beans.
  • This recipe more closely resembles the authentic taste of Wendy's Chili than the Chili Like Wendy's recipe does. I've been eating Wendy's chili for years and hands-down, this is a winner!

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