Family Friendly Chili

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Great chili for the whole family including kids. Not too spicy and has the right amount of beans. Also "hides" a lot of veggies. Add more chili powder to make it more spicy. This is a big recipe, so great to make ahead and freeze for future meals

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 1. Place a large pot over med-high heat.
  2. 2. Cook meat until browned, drain in a colander and put aside.
  3. 3. In same pot, sautee the onion in the oil for 3-4 minute.
  4. 4. Add garlic, celery, green peppers and zucchini and sautee for another 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. 5. Mix the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and onion powder together.
  6. 6. Add the spice mix to the veggies and stir to combine well.
  7. 7. Add the meat back into the pot and stir.
  8. 8. Add the remaining ingredients (kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar). Still to combine.
  9. 9. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.


Most Helpful

I cut the amount of Chili powder in half. Used crushed tomatoes instead of diced and substituted a 1/4 cup of Pacific creamy tomato soup for the tomato soup. Perfect for my 5 yr old!

rayla157 November 10, 2015

This recipe is very good, and the directions made it very easy. I have 4 boys and it was a big hit with them, except that they thought it was a little too spicy. So, next time I will either add 1/2 the Chili Powder, or stir in some sour cream to their portion if I don't want to adjust the recipe. I left out the green peppers, because I knew they would reject the chili if they tasted them. I also peeled the zucchini. We enjoyed this recipe very much! I would definitely make it again. Thank you, mccu.

MissChrisss January 14, 2013

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