Mom’s Chili

25 Jan

Nothing says comfort food like a hot bowl of chili.  I definitely start craving it as soon as winter is in the air.  I love my Mom’s chili recipe because it’s just about the easiest thing to make – a true one pot wonder.  Plus, it’s basically just a jumping off point – feel free to adjust seasonings and ingredients – and I promise it will be delicious no matter what.   And while you’re at it, make a double (or triple!) batch and freeze it in individual containers for a quick dinner all winter long!

Mom’s Chili

  • 1.25 lb ground beef (or ground turkey, or half and half)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can chili or kidney beans (or a mix)
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

Optional additions:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • Frozen or canned corn

Serve with any or all of the following toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • Avocado slices
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cilantro
  • Shredded cheese

In a large stockpot, brown the meat until cooked through.  Drain out the excess fat and set the meat aside.  Add the onion to the pot and cook until softened, over medium heat.  Add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds.  Add back the meat to the pan plus all other ingredients.  Simmer for a few hours, 1 at least, but the more the merrier!  It truly gets better and better the longer it cooks.   Last time I made it, it cooked for about 4 hours and it turned out fabulous.

Top with desired toppings and dig in!  Thanks Mom!

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2 Responses to “Mom’s Chili”

  1. Alice February 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was super tasty! I added the optional corn (great suggestion!). The level of heat is just right. I plan on freezing the leftovers. Do you have any tips for re-heating?
    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Amy February 3, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      I’m so glad you tried the recipe! To reheat it, I usually pull it out of the freezer 12 hours or a day ahead of time and let it thaw in the fridge. Once it’s no longer a giant frozen block, I would just zap it in the microwave or heat it gently in a pan on the stove. If you forget to thaw it in the fridge, I think you could use the defrost setting on the microwave, but I’d recommend a slower thaw if you have time.

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