Grandpa Johnson's (Ward) Chili Con Carne

Fran Murray


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.


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10 Min
3 Hr
Stove Top


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

How to Make Grandpa Johnson's (Ward) Chili Con Carne


  • 1Brown meat in Dutch oven over medium high heat. Drain and put meat back into pot. Add remaining ingredients.
  • 2Bring 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.
  • 3Add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce to taste, if any (be careful!).
  • 4Serve with crackers, shredded cheese, chopped onions, etc. (whatever suits your fancy).

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About Grandpa Johnson's (Ward) Chili Con Carne

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

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