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Homemade‎ Chili‎ Recipe

Updated: Dec 25, 2023

This delicious Chili recipe is perfect for the chilly fall and winter months. It's straightforward to make, and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking and tailor it to your preferences. The great Chili debate is whether or not to include beans in the recipe, and it all comes down to individual taste. But before we get into that, let's delve into the history of this popular dish.

While many food historians attribute chili con carne to American cuisine with Mexican roots, the Mexicans deny any association with it. The origin story of Chili is shrouded in myths and legends, with many historians believing that the poorest people made the most prominent versions of Chili. According to JC. Clopper, the first American to comment on San Antonio's Chili in 1926, "When they have to pay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for a family; this is generally into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat – this is all stewed together." 

Corresponding to an old Southwestern Native American legend and tale (several modern writers have documented – or maybe just passed along), Sister Mary of Agreda of Spain.  

"She was oddly known to the Natives of the Southwest United States as "La Dama de Azul," the lady in blue.  Sister Mary would go into trances with her body lifeless for days.  When she awoke from these trances, she said her spirit had been to a faraway land where she preached Christianity and counseled others to seek Spanish missionaries. "By the 20th century, chili joints had made their debut in Texas and became familiar all over the West by the roaring '20s. In fact, by the end of that decade, there was hardly a town that did not have a chili parlor, which was often no more than a shed or a room with a counter and some stools. It has been said that chili joints marked the difference between starvation and staying alive during the Great Depression since chili was cheap and crackers were free. 

So, what do you guys think about the myth of Chili? I find it crazy and more fairytales on how Chili came about. Today, I’m sharing the Hubby Chili Recipe; he does not add beans to this chili dish. Dwayne has his version of why beans were added to Chili. He said people could stretch the food out and get full on the beans. Since he makes his Chili for good comfort food, he doesn’t add them to his recipe. If you are a lover of beans, you can add them to this dish, and if you hate beans, you can go straight ahead and follow the hubby's recipes. There are many ways you can make this chili dish. You can substitute the ground beef for turkey meat, lamb, or pork. It’s all up to you.

I hope you guys enjoy the hubby's recipe.


1.‎ ‎ 2‎ pounds‎ of‎ ground‎ beef

2.‎ ‎ one‎ large‎ yellow‎ onion‎ (diced)

3.‎ ‎ one‎ bell‎ pepper‎ (diced)

4.‎ ‎ 1‎ Jalapeno‎ pepper‎ (sliced)‎ with‎ seeds‎ included

5.‎ ‎ 3‎ garlic‎ cloves‎ (minced)

6.‎ ‎ 3‎ tablespoons‎ chili‎ powder

7.‎ ‎ one‎ teaspoon‎ ground‎ cumin

8.‎ ‎ one‎ teaspoon‎ dried‎ oregano‎

9.‎ ‎ one‎ teaspoon‎ paprika‎

10.‎ ‎ 16‎ ounces‎ of‎ tomato‎ sauce‎ (I‎ used‎ two‎ eight-ounce‎ cans)

11.‎ ‎ 16‎ ounces‎ of‎ beer of choice (does not have to be expensive brand)

12.‎ ‎ 3‎ tablespoons‎ cooking‎ oil‎ (I‎ used‎ canola‎ oil)

13.‎ ‎ 15‎ ounce‎ canned‎ kidney‎ beans‎ ‎ drained‎ and‎ rinsed (optional‎  and‎ I‎ prefer‎ without‎ the‎ beans)

14.‎ ‎ Salt‎ and‎ coarse‎ black‎ pepper‎ to‎ taste

15.‎ ‎ Red‎ pepper‎ flakes‎ or‎ ground‎ cayenne‎ pepper‎ to‎ the desired‎ level‎ of‎ spiciness‎


If you want to whip up a delicious homemade chili, here's how to start. Begin by heating some oil in a Dutch oven saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped green pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan. Sauté the vegetables for 7 to 10 minutes or until they are soft and tender. Stir the veggies occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the pan.

While the veggies are cooking, you can prepare the ground beef in a separate pan. Cook the beef until it is completely done, then drain any excess grease or fat. Once you've cooked the beef and sautéed the veggies, you're ready to move on to the next step in creating your tasty homemade chili. To start making the Homemade Chilli, heat some oil in a Dutch oven saucepan over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion, and garlic to the saucepan and sauté for 7 to 10 minutes until soft. Be sure to stir periodically to avoid sticking to the pan.

In a separate pan, cook the ground beef until fully cooked. Then, drain as much of the grease as you can from the ground beef.

‎ The‎ ground‎ beef‎ is‎ ‎ added‎ to‎ the‎ sauteed‎ green‎ pepper,‎ onion‎ , and‎ garlic‎ in‎ the‎ Dutch‎ oven‎ saucepan.‎ ‎ Next,‎ the‎ chili‎ powder,‎ ground‎ cumin,‎ dried‎ oregano,‎ ‎ and‎ paprika‎ are‎ added‎ to‎ the‎ Dutch‎ oven‎ saucepan‎ , and‎ all‎ contents‎ are‎ stirred‎ until‎ evenly‎ mixed.‎ ‎

The‎ tomato‎ sauce,‎ beer‎ , and‎ sliced‎ jalapeno‎ pepper‎ are‎ ‎ added‎ to‎ the‎ chili‎ . The contents‎ are‎ then‎ remixed‎ until‎ evenly‎ combined‎ (at‎ this‎ point,‎ you‎ would‎ add‎ the‎ kidney‎ beans‎ , but‎ I‎ omitted‎ this‎ step‎ because‎ I‎ prefer‎ without‎ the‎ beans).‎

The‎ chili‎ is‎ then‎ brought‎ to‎ a‎ boil‎ ,‎ ‎ lowered‎ to‎ a‎ low‎ simmer‎ , and‎ cooked‎ uncovered‎ for‎ 40‎ to‎ 50‎ minutes‎ (periodically‎ stirring‎ ‎ with‎ a large‎ spoon‎ to‎ avoid‎ sticking‎ to‎ the bottom‎ of‎ the pan).‎ Toward‎ ‎ the end of cooking,‎ add‎ salt‎ and‎ coarse‎ ‎ black‎ pepper‎ to‎ season‎ to‎ taste‎ and‎ red‎ pepper‎ ‎ flakes‎ or‎ ground‎ cayenne‎ ‎ pepper‎ for‎ spiciness.‎ ‎ At‎ this‎ point,‎ you‎ can‎ transfer‎ your‎ desired‎ serving‎ of‎ the‎ cooked‎ chili‎ to‎ a‎ bowl‎ and‎ enjoy‎ as‎ is‎ or‎ topped‎ with‎ sour‎ cream,‎ Cheez-It/or‎ cheese‎ , or‎ scallions‎ ‎ depending‎ on‎ your‎ ‎ preference.

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