Karen's Philly Chili

"This was a friend's recipe that I modified so much I now call it my own. It is great on chilly days, but we have it in the summer also. You can make it as hot as you like, but with 4 kids, I have to keep it on the mild side. With a nice warm loaf of home baked bread, it is a hearty meal."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Brown meat over medium heat in a large pot or dutch oven and drain grease.
  • Add Onion and Garlic and when transparent, add Chili Powder.
  • Cook about 5 minutes and then add remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer, uncovered for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.
  • Serve with cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings if desired.

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  1. Laudee
    Ya got a great little chili dish here, Karen! I used ground beef, great northern's, kidney's, and a few left-over chili beans. Made a tasty concoction!! Nice and easy to put together, then, let simmer till ready. We sure enjoyed. Thanks for sharing... Laudee
  2. sugarpea
    Excellent chili! Dh made a real pig of himself. Simmering it made all the difference between this and ho-hum chili. When I cleaned up after dinner, I noticed Dh's spoon hadn't been used. I asked him what he ate his chili with. "My fork," was his answer. Apparently he used the corn muffins to soak up the sauce. Thanks for a contented Dh.
  3. Bev I Am
    This chili just hits the spot on a cold January evening! I made exactly per Karen's perfect instructions, using cannellini beans, kidney beans and crushed red pepper. The shredded sharp cheddar, green onion and sour cream toppings make this chili over the top! Thanks so much, Karen!
  4. bmcnichol
    Yummy- very good. I followed the recipe as written other then I didn't add the cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes as I don't like things too hot. This was the perfect amount of heat for us. We topped ours with cheddar cheese.
  5. Wendy Shoemaker
    My whole family loves this chili! I think that the beef broth makes the difference between run-of-the-mill chili and this. I added a dash or two of cinnamon as it simmered. Thanks for a great recipe, Karen!


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