Mom's Chili

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12 oz chopped onion
12 oz chopped green bell pepper
5 celery stalks, chopped
1 Tbsp salt*
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp chili powder*
1 can(s) (29 oz) tomato puree
1 can(s) (6 oz) tomato paste
2 lb ground beef
2 can(s) (15 oz each) dark kidney beans
1 can(s) (40 oz) hot chili beans
1/2 box ready cut spaghetti, cooked (optional)
2 c water (approximately)

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S I Recipe
Well Seasoned
Anytown, WI
Member Since Oct 2010
S' notes for this recipe:
This is a nod to my mom. She has been making this chili since I was a little girl. It's a pretty simple, fairly quick & tasty recipe.
My favorite variation is to add cooked, cut spaghetti at the end (spaghetti noodles that come already pre-cut to the size of macaroni).
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In a large Dutch oven or stock pot (5 or 6 qt size), add the water to about 1/4 full (you may need a little more than 2 cups). Add the salt, pepper and chili powder. Add the onion, green bell pepper and celery. Start cooking over MEDIUM heat and bring to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, add the tomato paste & tomato puree; continue to cook at MEDIUM-LOW heat until it starts to boil again (approx. 45 min - 1 hour). Turn the heat down to LOW.
*At this time, taste to make sure you have enough salt & chili powder. Add more if needed.
In a separate skillet, cook the ground beef; drain. Add the chopped ground beef to the tomato mixture and continue to cook over LOW heat for 1/2 hour.
Drain & rinse the kidney beans; add to the pot. Add the chili beans; stir, and cook for an additional 15 minutes. If needed, you can add additional water at this time. Also, if adding the cut spaghetti, put it in now; stir. Enjoy!

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user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 23, 2011
Hi Shirley! Great recipe! It is so much like my mom's! xo
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 23, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
user S I SyiLuvsPastries - Oct 23, 2011
Thanks Colleen!
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Oct 23, 2011
Shirlie... I eat chili almost every day.... really... I will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.... Usually once or twice a day...

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