Chili Recipe

Crystal posted a picture of a pot of my chili over on the Très Bébé blog, and several people have asked about the recipe. So, here it is. Enjoy!


1 lb lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
2qt bottle of tomato juice, preferably low sodium
1 can chopped mild green chiles
2 14oz cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 14oz cans small white beans or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 14oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14oz can chopped tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
¼ c chili powder (adjust to taste)
½ tsp ground red pepper (adjust to taste)
salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and stir well.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for as long as you can stand to wait.
  4. Serve with toppings as desired. We like shredded cheese and sour cream. And corn bread on the side.


  • You could also do this with dried beans instead of canned. It would probably be even better, but we use cans because I don't typically have the time to soak and pre-cook beans.
  • This recipe is a modified version of the chili that I ate at home growing up. So, my Mom gets quite a bit of credit for this.

Posted by Greg on November 12, 2009 at 11:21AM.

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