Chili Today and Tomorrow - New England style!

Beth M.


In the cold winter of New England, it is great to have a spicy meal to warm you up!

My cookbooks are helpful but I like to experiment a bit when making chili, so I make it slightly different each time.

As long as it's made with hamburg,tomatoes,onions,beans, and has spices like chili and cumin, my husband will eat it.

I like it thick and served with grated cheese and cornbread; he likes it with sour cream on top.

This can be doubled for a great number of servings.

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six or eight main course bowls
30 Min
Stove Top


1 lb
lean ground beef, broken up and browned; or leftover meatloaf cut into small pieces
1 medium
sweet onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced; or dried garlic chips/ ground;
1 can(s)
29 oz. can tomatoes chopped in juice
1 can(s)
29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can(s)
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 small
bell pepper, green, chopped
3 can(s)
chili beans, mixed beans like black beans and red kidney beans, or pinto beans
1 Tbsp
2 tsp
1 tsp
basil, dried
1 tsp

How to Make Chili Today and Tomorrow - New England style!


  • 1In a heated Dutch Oven, add the oil, brown the beef, and add the onions,green pepper and garlic. Cook until onions are soft.
  • 2Stir in the tomatoes,tomato sauce,sugar and herbs. Cook uncovered for perhaps fifteen minutes,stirring occasionally. Add the beans and heat for about another ten minutes.
  • 3This can simmer longer, but it is fine after about a half an hour. It's great with some hot cornbread, a little sour cream and or grated cheddar cheese for topping. It is even better the second day. *I used leftover meatloaf this time, and I put everything in the CrockPot, and covered and simmered it this morning, for "my husband's lunch-to-go" and made cornbread to go with it. It was great!
  • 4I like to vary the seasonings,and the measurements aren't always exactly as I've written. I check for the taste and add seasonings if needed; and they can be increased to satisfy your tastes. Salt and Pepper are also added as desired, but I use less now than I have in the past.

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About Chili Today and Tomorrow - New England style!

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy