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Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

We spent 3 years tweaking this chili recipe, and the basics of it still stick today anytime we make it, which is at least once a month. There are so many variations on it but I'm listing just the basic recipe. Feel free to add veggies or change the meat.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot; drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, cook the onion and garlic in a litte oil until softened. Return the beef to the pot.
  3. Add the tomatoes, salsa, beans, and chili powder and stir together. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to scrape the bottom of the pot. Add water if additional liquid is needed.
  4. Stir in brown sugar and cocoa powder, and adjust seasoning to your taste. If you prefer a thicker chili, stir in the cornmeal.
  5. Let simmer another 10 minutes or so and serve.
  6. You can also add diced carrots, celery, mushrooms, corn, zucchini, even diced eggplant to add more nutrients and make more servings.