This Family Friendly Chili is my own recipe for chili I have made for years. The only change I made since the first time I made it is that I exchanged the kidney beans for chili beans. I know I could have just called this “chili” but it seems every chili I have eaten has a unique and different flavor. This is not a spicy hot chili, nor is it thick, but has more of a soup consistency. I tried to think of a name to describe this recipe. I was thinking of calling it “the best chili” but there are a lot of good chili recipes out there and I didn’t want to claim it as the best. However, I did get that name idea from a time I took a crock pot of this recipe to a Mission dinner at our church. Yup, every pot of chili tasted different. I was sitting across from a man who said “well, tonight I tasted every pot of chili and the one in that crock pot (pointing to mine) is the best”. I didn’t say that it was mine but I felt happy inside that he said that. Over the years, children I have served it to have liked it, so I thought using the title of “Family Friendly Chili” described it the best. Feel free to spice it up but I feel as it stands, it’s a great place to start.
- 1 and ½ pound Groumd Beef
- 1 medium Onion, diced
- 2 and ½ cups sliced Celery (about 4 stalks)
- 2 cans Chili Beans with their sauce
- 1 28 oz. can diced Tomatoes
- 1 46oz. can Tomato Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
- Brown the ground beef in a dutch oven, breaking it up
- Add the onion and celery as it is browning
- Drain off the grease
- Add the beans, tomatoes, juice and chili powder
- Bring to a boil, turn down to low and simmer for 45 minutes
Saltines with butter go so well with this recipe too!