grandpa johnson's (ward) chili con carne

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By Fran Murray
from Fountain Hills, AZ

My Dad loves to experiment in the kitchen. He learned to cook by spending hours in his mom's kitchen (Grandma Johnson) watching her. Dad is a believer that beans DO NOT belong in chili. This recipe is his own concoction.

serves 6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For grandpa johnson's (ward) chili con carne

  • 1 1/4 lb
    lean ground beef (93/100 or 90/100)
  • 1 lg
    yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1
    green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 can
    (14.5 oz) hunt's petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 c
    water
  • 1/4 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper (more if you want it spicier)
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seed, crushed
  • 1 sm
    bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp
    dried basil, crushed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • tabasco sauce, if desired

How To Make grandpa johnson's (ward) chili con carne

  • 1
    Brown meat in Dutch oven over medium high heat. Drain and put meat back into pot. Add remaining ingredients.
  • 2
    Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is as thick as desired, or about 3 hours. Add water as needed or desired.
  • 3
    Add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce to taste, if any (be careful!).
  • 4
    Serve with crackers, shredded cheese, chopped onions, etc. (whatever suits your fancy).
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