Chris' Ultimate Chili

Chris' Ultimate Chili Recipe

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Laura Michaela Banse


My husband, the inspiration and occasional author, of the recipes I share is a very picky eater. He does not mind the tomato juice in this recipe, but does not like actual tomatoes.

This is our basic recipe. It absolutely can (and should) be modified to add onions and tomatoes if you like those vegetables in your chili. I do; he does not. This is one of those "wars" that was easier to give in on than not.

Chili is not something we reserve only for fall and winter, although we make it more often then. I hope you'll enjoy this as much as we do!


★★★★★ 1 vote

5 to 6
15 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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  • 1 lb
    ground chuck, cooked
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato juice (64 oz or so - the big ones)
  • 1 can(s)
    chili beans (15 oz)
  • 2 can(s)
    black beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can(s)
    red beans (15 oz)
  • Tbsp
    chili powder
  • ·
    cayenne pepper (1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder

How to Make Chris' Ultimate Chili


  1. Brown the ground chuck, drain oil.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large pot and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer for one hour.
  4. Top with crackers, cheese, sour cream, et cetera... The toppings for chili are endless. (I enjoy white onions and ranch dressing occasionally.)

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About Chris' Ultimate Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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