Grandma's Chili

"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."
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  • brown hamburger and onion.
  • add salt and pepper, seasoning to taste. add chili seasoning, and a dash of chili powder; stir.
  • 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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  1. 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 :) "
  2. I was skeptical with there being so few ingredients that it would not have much to it and boy was I wrong. It is very hearty and filling. We loved the sweetness as well which is different from you typical chili. We also topped it with onion, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  3. This is *pure* comfort food! Made recipe exactly as stated only added some shredded cheese and onions on top for garnish. This is a wonderful recipe... so easy to put together and the results just warm you inside. Thanks for passing this great recipe on. I will definitely make this again and again. This was enjoyed by my whole family and goes into my Favorites by Zaar. (Made for Fall PAC '08)


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