Mimi's Chili

READY IN: 3hrs 50mins
Recipe by Mimi in Maine

It is the best I have had and make it often. I also give it as gifts (see Note). It is actually my daughter's base for chili and my spices. The two combined make a delicious pot. NOTE: For gift giving just package up the first 4 ingredients in one baggie. In another baggie place the last 8 ingredients. Give with the recipe on how to prepare it printed on a pretty tag. Also, if you are feeling really lazy, you could substitute about 3-4 cans of kidney beans/pinto beans or a mixture of both in place of the dry beans.

Top Review by Kamark

This chili is meatier and quite a bit sweeter than we're used to, but we liked it. It's not very spicy, but we really like the subtle turmeric flavor. Because there wasn't much water left after boiling the beans, we kept the water and included it as there was so much flavor in it. If the beans weren't added to the meat mixture, the mixture would probably make great sloppy joes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash beans and place in pot with the next two ingredients--minced onion and minced garlic.
  2. Cover beans with cold water and boil for 10 minutes with lid on; turn off heat and let sit for 1 hour.
  3. Drain but do not rinse.
  4. Cover with fresh water and simmer for 60-90 minutes till tender.
  5. Drain and set aside.
  6. Saute the onions and then add the hamburg and cook till done.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Now you may put it in the crockpot on high for 1-2 hours and then on low for 4-6 hours stirring occasionally OR may be cooked on lowest setting on stove for 2-3 hours.
  9. Watch that it does not get dry.

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