Grandma's Chili

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1 large onion (chopped)
3 or 4 stalks celery (chopped)
2 lb hamburger meat
1 16 oz. can chili beans
1 15.5 oz. red kidney beans
2 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce
2 14.5 oz. diced or stewed tomatoes
2 or 3 tbs. chili powder
salt and pepper (generously)
10 c water
1/2 lb or 1/2 (small) box of spaghetti

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Cindi Rushton Recipe
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Ninety Six, SC (pop. 1,998)
Member Since Dec 2010
Cindi's notes for this recipe:
This is a chili recipe my grandmother always made, and has been handed down through the generations. It's more of a chili soup, than chili beans. Very warming, wholesome, and good on a snow day! Makes a large pot to serve many, or to have as leftovers. My family always eats it all though! Good for reheating if you have a busy week ahead. Let me know what you think? *I do everything in 1 LARGE pot. You can also use 2 cans of the same beans. It originally called for the kidney beans, but I like the added chili flavor of the chili beans.
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saute chopped onion and celery in small amount of water until tender.
Add hamburger meat, salt and pepper generously. Cook til browned.
Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT spaghetti.
Bring 'soup' to a boil. Add spaghetti noodles by breaking them up into 1/3's. Should be about 4 inches in length. Let come to a second boil and cook until spaghetti noodles are tender. About 10 mins.
Serve with oyster crackers or saltines.

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user Doreen Fish dfish - Jan 17, 2011
What are chili beans Cindi???
user Cindi Rushton Carush40 - Jan 18, 2011
I used Bush's "Chili Beans". That's what it says on the can. :)
user carole mcarthur lLuvbaking - Sep 8, 2011
This Chili looks like my chili really good!! I also make it with spaghetti!! I pour the chili over the spaghetti. I have not made with celery but will try it, I also use tomato paste.
user Frances Bohn fmbohn - Sep 22, 2011
I have so many variations on chili but not this one! I am really excited about trying it soon - have all the fixings except celery. Can celery salt or seeds be substituted or can I just eliminate celery?
user Kim Biegacki pistachyoo - Dec 9, 2011
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