Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Cold nights and chili. No better match.

Chili is without a doubt one of the most controversial comfort foods.

Everybody thinks their chili is the best.

Some people like it spicy, some people use tomato juice instead of real tomatoes, some people skip the ground beef and use all beans.

This is my version of chili & any time I make it a different way, I am always disappointed.


1 # ground beef

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 - 14 oz can of kidney beans (or 1 1/2 cups)

1 - 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes

1 - 14 oz can tomato sauce

2 T chili powder

Chives and/or green onion, garnish


1. Brown hamburger, onion and red pepper together in a pot.

2. Once the hamburger is slightly pink, transfer all ingredients to a colander. Strain and rinse. Add back

to pot.

3. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce & chili powder to pot.

4. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes with lid on.

5. Garnish with green onion and/or chives.

6. Serve & enjoy!


- The most important thing about what makes this chili bomb, is the San Marzano tomatoes. DO NOT

REPLACE THEM, especially for tomato juice or V8. They are hands down the best.

- Straining your beef is optional, it is something my Momma Bear taught me and it stuck. I don't like that

oily look at the top of the soup when you don't.

- I believe green pepper is *traditional*, but we mix it up depending on what we have. & we normally don't

have green peppers in our fridge.

- Personally, I don't believe chili powder is spicy, but if you are sensitive to spice you may need to adjust

to 1 tablespoon.


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