Grandma's Chili

October and Halloween always make me crave chili.  My Grandma always made this at Halloween time and now we make it every year on Halloween.  My Grandma's chili was always the best...so 7 years ago I called her up and asked her for the recipe.  She was very matter of fact in her response - "always double your meat, and always use tomato juice instead of tomato sauce, the sauce is too sweet."  I did just that and came up with this EASY tasty chili.  This is a cinch to whip up, and the results are fool proof.  I've even won chili cook offs with this chili.

Whip up a pot of this and watch a game, or serve it on Halloween like we do.  Try it with these breadsticks or with these cornbread muffins.

Grandma's Chili
2 LB lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
4 15 oz cans of chili beans in mild sauce
1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 chili seasoning packet (I like the chili kit)
1 cup (give or take) tomato juice - more or less depending on how thick you prefer your chili
salt to taste
Brown your beef along with the onion until cooked through.  Drain the fat and transfer to a 5 qt crock pot.  Add chili beans, kidney beans, seasoning packet, and tomato juice.  Cook on high for 1 hour and then turn to low for 4 hours.  Taste and add salt as needed.
*If you are using the Chili Kit like I do, I discard the thickening packet, use the entire seasoning packet, about 1/4 of the cayenne pepper, and about half of the salt.
Serve with saltine crackers, cheese, sour cream, onions, bacon or whatever else you like on your chili.

ALSO goes perfectly with these Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

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1 comment:

  1. Exactly what I was looking for today. I am taking part in a chili cook off for my church on Friday, and was looking for some fast and easy recipes. Thanks!



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