Laurel's Chili

"I've been cooking by the "eyeball and tastebud" method for so long that I can't share many of my tried and true recipes until I make them and write everything down, which is difficult! Anyway, this is my chili. This is the basic recipe. I add more "hot stuff" for hubby, and also anything that sounds good that I have lying around in the fridge, leftover salsa, etc. This makes a huge batch, I'd say 18-20 servings, but I make it and freeze it, as it freezes up so well. You may want to cut the recipe in half, though. Remember to soak the beans, overnight or quick-soak! Don't worry about the seemingly long list of ingredients, they come together quickly. The fresh lemon juice is imperative after the chili comes off the heat! Adjust the seasonings to your taste and enjoy!"
photo by Chef PotPie photo by Chef PotPie
photo by Chef PotPie
photo by Chef PotPie photo by Chef PotPie
Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Brown the ground meat, onions and garlic in large stock pot; drain fat.
  • Add next 7 ingredients, soaked kidney beans through bell peppers.
  • Bring to simmer and add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT lemon juice.
  • Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 2-4 hours, until beans are tender and liquid has reduced to make a pleasantly thick chili.
  • Remove from heat, add lemon juice and stir.
  • It doesn't hurt to leave this sit for awhile, but it's now ready to serve with a dollop of sour cream and grated cheddar cheese if you like.
  • This is even better the next day!

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One of the old time founding members of Recipezaar. I live in Port Orchard, Washington. I LOVE to cook and bake nearly everything! I HATE to see people join the site, have no published recipes, but rag on another cook in a review on a recipe they haven't even tried or didn't follow. Oh, and I hate cilantro, too. :)
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