I am going through family recipe boxes for dinner inspiration. My Mom’s Chili Recipe is a childhood favorite that I know you’ll love.
Growing up I knew my Mom’s chili was different. It was more like a sweet tomato soup with ground beef and kidney beans. Like really sweet. I’ve been going through her recipe boxes recently. Her chili calls for 1/2 cup of sugar! That is kind of crazy. But as a kid, I really loved her chili.
So I decided to make her chili. But alter it a bit to make it more universally appealing. 1/2 cup of sugar became two tablespoons. So there’s still a hint of sweetness. I think you’ll really enjoy my lovingly updated version of my Mom’s chili.
Ingredients in My Mom’s Chili Recipe
- Ground Beef
- Light Red Kidney Beans
- Crushed Tomatoes
- Tomato Juice
- Chili Powder
- Chipotle Chili Powder
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Bay Leaves
What to Serve with My Mom’s Chili Recipe
- Use a non-stick soup pot for cooking
- Be sure to drain the beef after it cooks
- Brand of crushed tomatoes I use
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My Mom's Chili Recipe
I am going through family recipe boxes for dinner inspiration. My Mom's Chili Recipe is a childhood favorite that I know you'll love.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 sweet onion chopped
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 (15 oz) cans light red kidney beans drained and rinsed
Melt butter over medium heat in a large soup pot.
Add the onion and cook for few minutes until starting to soften.
Add the ground beef and cook, breaking into small pieces, until no longer pink.
Drain the fat from the cooked beef and onion and return it to the pot.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, and all the seasonings (sugar through bay leaves).
Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer the soup for at least 20 minutes or up to one hour.
Stir in the kidney beans about 5 minutes before serving. Remove the bay leaves.
Serve the chili topped with shredded cheese, sour cream and sliced jalapeño peppers if desired.