Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is my garandmothers PERFECT chili recipe. It isn't awfully spicy, but it has a zing to it. To be honest, I really don't like chili very much, but this takes the cake. This is the perfect chili for chili dogs, too. It is very easy & you will love it! Serves 4.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown beef, onion, garlic, bell pepper, & celery (optional).
  2. Drain.
  3. Mix tomatoes, salt, pepper, chili powder, & water.
  4. Add beans then simmer 30-45 minutes.
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The following rules and regulations for cooks at the World's Championship, TX State, Regional and District Cookoffs are as follows:

1. Traditional Red Chili is defined by the International Chili Society as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.

The second rule of the official Chili Cooking Rules of Chili Appreciation International, the organizers of the Terlingua Chili Cookoff says:

2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI - Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted.

Very good chili.

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ol-country January 08, 2012

i made a whole pot and unlike other chili where u some how have enough 2 freeze this chili was all gone so thank u!!!!

slimjohnson187 November 29, 2009

This is a very good chili. I didn't use the celery. It does have a nice heat to it without being over the top. Thanks for posting!

BamaBelle30 January 03, 2008