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Chili for 8

All ingredient amounts are just suggestions; add more or less. It's very free form. You might have your own secret ingredients. Go for it!

1 large onion, sliced/diced
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 tbs. Oil
2 lb lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
2 sm cans tomato paste
2 lrg cans tomatoes
3 tbs chili powder
2 cans kidney or black beans
Sauté onion, garlic, and pepper in the oil in bottom of Dutch oven until onions are tender.


Brown ground beef thoroughly, salting and peppering to taste. Drain off excess fat. Add: onions from above, tomato paste, cans tomatoes (you can substitute a large jar of spaghetti sauce for the tomatoes and paste). 3 tbs. Chili powder (or more, depending on how hot you like it).

Simmer uncovered for 45-60 minutes, cooking off some of liquid.

When thickened, add: Drained kidney or black beans (as many as you like)

Cover and simmer 15 or so minutes. .

Serve with rice or pasta, and salad. Use another Dutch oven to make corn bread. Hot sauce on side is good, too. Enjoy!


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