Basic Chili

Basic Chili Recipe

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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

How to Make Basic Chili


  1. Brown hamburger with onions, bell pepper, red pepper flakes & black pepper. Drain.
  2. Add meat & all other ingredients back to pot (except pasta). Stir to combine, turn on low & cover.
  3. Simmer for at least 1 hour stirring often (using a non stick pot is best).
  4. Cook 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.
  5. Serve with shredded cheddar, sour cream, crackers, or whatever you like.

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About Basic Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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