Grandma's Chili

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by kelly jean

The "new" Recipezaar has cut off about half of my directions after step 3 during the switch. sad. sorry to any new readers. Maybe I'll have time to come back and make corrections someday, though I rarely frequent this site now because of how much more difficult it is to navigate. this is a passed down, tried and true chili recipe. i always get a ton of compliments on it. serving ideas: cheese, fritos, cornbread, saltine crackers (we love them all -- depending on our mood!)... note -- this is one of those recipes that comes from my brain and test tastes. :) so a couple of notes: -- i have found that Lawry's chili seasoning gives the best overall taste. and plus, that's just the way grandma made it! -- i use any where from one to two pounds of meat and adjust the ingredients accordingly. -- i often use nearly 1 and 1/2 packets of chili seasoning, especially if the meat portion is on the heavy side. -- i often use some of the stewed tomato juice and chili bean juice to help add flavor.

Top Review by Chef shapeweaver

I made this recipe on 10/23/10 for mine and my SO's dinner.When browning the beef and onion a bit of seasoned salt was added along with black pepper.After draining, the rest of the ingredients were added.For the tomatoes, a can of Hunt's Fire Roasted Diced tomatoes were used( better flavor ). But instead of the packaged chili mix,I made a recipe and a half of Recipe#38719 and that was used( I find it has a better flavor for chili). Instead of simmering for the stated 30 minutes, I added another 15 for a deeper depth of flavor. And I decided to add the Fritos,sharp chedder cheese, and some chopped onions. It was a very good basic chili that will be used again.Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. brown hamburger and onion.
  2. add salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. add chili seasoning, and a dash of chili powder; stir.
  3. transfer to a large pot and add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, beans, water (to desired thickness, about 1/2 cup), flour (about a tablespoon), and sugar (about a tablespoon).

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