Crazy Mary's Chili

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by ellie_

This chili is quick, easy, and not too hot. It is great for a middle-of-the-week family dinner served with sliced sourdough bread and salad. It originally was printed in Bon Appetit (December 1983) as a request for the chili served at Grandma's Saloon & Deli in Duluth, Minnesota.

Top Review by Mirj2338

Somebody is giving Mary a bad name, she's not crazy at all! This chili is certainly different then any other chili I've had before. It's got mushrooms in it, and it's really good. For religious reasons I left out the cheese and the sour cream. I served it with mashed potatoes, which really soaked up the sauciness of the dish. A plain Israeli salad on the side, and it was a great weekday meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine chili powder, salt and pepper in cup; set aside.
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add mushrooms, onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is transparent (about 10 minutes).
  4. Add ground beef and about 1/4 of chili powder mixture.
  5. Cook, breaking up meat with fork, until browned.
  6. Stir in remaining chili powder mixture, tomatoes, water, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.
  7. Cover partially and simmer 15 minutes.
  8. Add beans and simmer 10 more minutes.
  9. Ladle chili into broiler proof serving bowls.
  10. Sprinkle each serving with about 2 tbsp shredded Cheddar cheese.
  11. Broil until cheese melts.
  12. Top each with dollop of sour cream (optional).
  13. Serve immediately.

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