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If you ask me what is the recipe for the best chili you've ever eaten, I'm gonna' tell you I'm still looking. This is the recipe I grew up with and it's pretty darn close. This definitely falls into the "comfort food" category.


  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 Tb. fat (In this day & age I use olive oil!)
  • 1- #2 1/2 can (3 1/2 c.) tomatoes ( I usually use a couple of quarts of home canned tomatoes.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • pepper
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder


  • Brown onion, green pepper and meat in hot oil in dutch oven or soup pot. Add tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer 2 hours, adding water if necessary. Add beans last 1/2 hour and heat throughly.
  • When I make chili, I always have on the table a bowl of chopped onion, a bowl of shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. I also cook up a small amount of rice and have that available also. Then you can get creative!

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