5 Hours Later Chili

basic chili recipes

Yesterday I mentioned it felt like winter here, with snow on the ground. Luckily it headed east, but is unfortunate for my east coast friends who are piled up with tons of snow and without power. Chili is one of those recipes I make often in the winter. While I usually double this recipe to make more and to enjoy leftover chili recipes later in the week, this is a basic chili recipe that will serve 8 or less depending how hungry your family is. Everyone has their own recipe for chili and well this is mine. After I make this, it gets put in the fridge for at least 5 hours or overnight. I truly believe the flavor is much better letting it sit for a few hours, and then reheating. Of course your welcome to eat right away. I do not use kidney beans in this recipe as my family are not big fans, so instead we use chili beans. My aunt from Baltimore brought me this Sun of Italy Italian Spice Mix which is truly amazing.  sun of italy italian spice mixI use it with everything.  I would highly recommend purchasing some:) Top with onions and shredded cheddar cheese and serve with corn muffins, and you got a warming meal the entire family is sure to enjoy.

basic chili recipe

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Basic Chili Recipe
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A basic chili recipe using chili beans and ground beef with spices and placed in the fridge for 5 hours before serving.
Type: Entree
Serves: 8
  • 1.5 lbs ground sirloin
  • 2 cloves garlic-minced
  • half medium sweet onion-finely chopped
  • 29oz can tomato puree
  • 14.5 oz can chili style diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz can chili beans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sun of Italy Italian Spice Mix or ¼ teaspoon each grated parmesan cheese, basil, oregano and garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • a few shakes of hot sauce(Cholua is highly recommended)
  • onions and cheddar cheese to garnish-optional
  1. Brown ground sirloin with garlic and onion. If using a fattier beef drain. Add to a large pot with all the rest of the ingredients. Simmer uncovered stirring frequently on low heat 1.5-2 hours. Add to a large dish and place in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours. Reheat and serve with onions and cheese if you choose.
Serves 8 one cup servings

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  1. I’m not even really a chili person, but this looks so good! Definitely just the thing for the cooler weather we’re having!

  2. Oh yum! My 2 1/2 year old daughter is standing next to me and said: “I want THAT!” when she saw the photo. We love chili around here.

  3. Sounds delicious! I love chili. I use black beans because they are my favorite.

  4. Yum! It finally got cool enough down here for me to make some chili! That what we had for dinner last night…with fritos and cheese:)

  5. This looks delicious! Especially on a chilly day like today. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. I love chili-I’ve not made it in forever, I think I’ll try this recipe when I make it next, which is gonna be REAL soon!

  7. This looks great! I could use a recipe for chili – sometimes I just toss the basics together and hope for the best!

  8. That looks so, so good! I had my last freezer portion of chili yesterday, so I need to make some more. Good timing!

  9. The weather is finally getting cooler in Texas and I can’t wait to start making some soups and chili’s.

  10. Looks really good!


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