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simple chili

Simple Chili

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  • Author: The Hungry Waitress
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x


This recipe came from my Grandma, and it is perfection (just like her).


  • 2 1/2 onion
  • 10 small-medium size cloves of garlic
  • 3 lbs ground beef, chuck
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 12oz beer
  • 4 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 cans chili beans


  1. Start by heating up a large pot on the stove at medium high heat.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pot first, and break apart to brown evenly. Add the onions and garlic and cook down for about 2-3 minutes. Drain out the excess fat from the pan. (I use a spoon).
  3. Once the fat is drained add the chili powder, oregano, pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir around until the spices cover the meat which takes 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in 1 beer and scrape all of the brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Cook down for about 5 minutes.
  5. Dump the 4 cans of tomatoes and 4 can of chili beans into the pot, and bring the while mixture to a boil.
  6. Then turn the heat to low, and cover with a lid for at least 30 minutes. It is better if you can cook it for 1 hour to 2 hours.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste. Throw on your favorite garnish!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner