Basic Chili Recipe

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Basic Chili

Kellie Simpson


This is just my basic chili. It's quick and easy. We like spicy food at my house so sometimes we add jalapenos, sometimes we add hot sauce, sometimes we add my Mama's dried red peppers from the garden. Sometimes we add mushrooms or leave out the macaroni. It's a good easy basic recipe to work from.

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2 lb
2 can(s)
dark kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 large
can tomato juice
2 can(s)
tomatoes, diced with juice
1 can(s)
green chilis, diced with juice
1 medium
green pepper, diced
1 large
onion, diced
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 pkg
chili powder seasoning mix (i like save-a-lots)
2 tsp
1 c
dry elbow macaroni (or other short-cut pasta)
salt & black pepper to taste


1Brown hamburger with onions, bell pepper, red pepper flakes & black pepper. Drain.
2Add meat & all other ingredients back to pot (except pasta). Stir to combine, turn on low & cover.
3Simmer for at least 1 hour stirring often (using a non stick pot is best).
4Cook macaroni (or other short-cut pasta) according to directions. * I usally don't add my pasta till the very end of the cooking process so it doesn't get over cooked.
5Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream, crackers, or whatever you like.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chili
Other Tag: Quick & Easy