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Basic Not-from-Texas Chili

Heat up the table with this chili made with beans, tomatoes and beef.

Chili made with beef, beans and tomatoes, garnished with sour cream and onions, served with cornbread
Photo by Nicole Sipe


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped (substitute hot peppers to your liking)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 15 ounces red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 29 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 to 3 T. chili powder (to taste)

In large kettle, warm olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and pepper, and sauté until onion starts to turn translucent. Add meat, breaking it up with fork, and cook until no pink remains. Add remaining ingredients and heat until mixture starts to bubble. Reduce heat to low. Cook 1 to 2 hours to blend seasonings.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Amanda, West Palm Beach, FL
Posted: 1/30/2015 10:38:13 AM
My supper for tonight!!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/10/2013 3:46:47 PM
Appears hearty!! Have to give it a try.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 1/11/2013 4:52:24 PM
I like it - nice and simple. Easy on a night after work.
Melanie, Hopetown, ON
Posted: 12/28/2011 11:51:20 AM
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