Recipe for National Chili Day February 22, 2018


The fourth Thursday of February is National Chili Day!  This year, that falls on February 22nd.  Time for one last pot of chili before the weather turns warmer!

Here’s my recipe that came from my mom.  It can be doubled or halved to suit your needs.

Mom’s Traditional Chili Recipe

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 or 2 packets of chili seasoning mix (hot or regular – matter of preference)
  • 3 cans chili beans (not drained)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 large cans and one regular size (15 oz) can of tomato sauce (about 60oz total tomato sauce)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • chopped red onion (optional – either cooked in chili or for topping.  I like mine as topping because they stay flavorful and crunchy)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (for topping – I prefer sharp for the chili)

Brown ground beef and drain.  Combine in a pot  with next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2 hours or so.

Top with onion and cheese and serve with crackers or fritos.



Looking for a different style of chili?  Check out these recipes!

Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili use dark and light kidney beans in this twist on traditional chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili if you’re feeling like a totally different take on chili!

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