Jersey Girl Chili with Beans

Helene Mulvihill


I live in Texas, where folks take pride in their chili, but I'm from NJ and Chili is not a regional dish there, so my earliest influences of chili were from eating it at the fast food restaurant, Wendy's. Now, authentic Chili, according to Texas definition is Peppers and Meat simmered in some type of moisture with spices. There are no tomatoes or onions ... or BEANS in real Texas Chili. The reasoning behind this is that true Texas Cowboys of the past likely had no access to tomatoes or onions, but of course, they had access to meat, and to peppers. I sure love true Texas Chili, but I don't try to kid myself into thinking I can make it, cause I cant! The chili I make now is similar in style to the Wendy's chili, with beans and peppers, tomatoes and onions, but I give it a kick with fresh hot peppers from our garden! I began making chili when we still lived in NJ with a recipe from a can, but have since tweaked it to make it my own. We eat it over rice with cheddar cheese on top.

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a party of 10


15 Min


3 Hr


Slow Cooker Crock Pot


2 lb
ground beef
1 large
yellow onion, chopped
2 Tbsp
minced fresh garlic (from a jar)
2 large
bell peppers, any color
finely diced habaneros
finely diced jalapenos
3 or 4
whole chili peppers, seeds removed
2 Tbsp
chili powder
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp
2 tsp
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
black pepper
2 to 3 c
chunky tomato sauce (i'm using sunday gravy)
3 can(s)
bush's best chili beans
1 can(s)
kidney beans

Directions Step-By-Step

fry meat until browned, add onions, garlic and peppers. cook for about 3 minutes then add spices and tomato sauce.
transfer to crock pot, add canned beans and simmer for 3 hours.
Remove whole chili peppers.Serve over rice with shredded cheddar cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American