Katie’s Chili

by Katie on January 13, 2011

Is there anything more comforting on a cold winter night than a bowl of chili?

I have been making chili forever and have never thought of sharing my recipe on here. It seems like every family has their own recipe and they rarely stray from the security of their chili. If you fit into that category, it’s okay, you don’t need to try mine, but I thought there may be a chili newbie out there.

As I have mentioned before, I married at 20 years of age and I knew NoThInG about cooking!

(Somehow I managed to catch on pretty quickly and I can only think of one meal in the first year that went bad…gravy that tasted like flour…but we aren’t going to talk about that one today!)

Back in the beginning of my cooking days…I did know how to brown hamburger. I did know how to dice an onion, I didn’t have mad knife skills, but I could get the job done. One day I decided I mentioned to a friend that I wanted to make chili…she told me to buy a chili packet and go from there. I didn’t know there was such a thing, but decided to try it. The result wasn’t something that I would make again…crazy thick, over seasoned, and processed tasting. I decided to ask my mom how to make her chili since she makes a great chili, but she didn’t have an actual recipe and just said a pinch of this and a can or two of that.

Back then I wasn’t the least bit comfortable with straying from a recipe. I made her recipe for a few years until I was more comfortable in the kitchen and decided I needed to revamp it into my own recipe and add some of my favorite tastes. She uses tomato sauce, I like petite diced tomatoes in mine…you get the idea. I experimented with making my own recipe…and I have found something we love. I finally wrote the recipe down last week so I could share it with you!

1 pound hamburger
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 bell pepper (I use yellow), diced
1 cup water
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can hot chili beans, undrained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cubes beef bullion
1 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste

Brown hamburger in a skillet until no longer pink. Drain off all fat. Add to a large pot. Add in all of the other ingredients. Stir to blend. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve or refrigerate and serve the next day.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Misty January 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

I LOVE this post… Reason being is that I have a similar story of chili. Tim asked my grandma, Mingie, for her recipe and we have been using that for YEARS… a can of this and a can of that and just this week I made it and thought to myself "I am getting better in the kitchen, I can make chili on my own, without using help from canned products".

Definitely will be trying this out next time we make chili… I can't wait! I think I am going to just make it and see if the family notices a difference. :)


Katie January 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm


For sure, you have grown in the kitchen! You can try mine, or try to invent your own with you family's favorite tastes!

Let me know how it goes!


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