Monday, November 28, 2011

Classic Chili

I’ll be the first to admit to you that there isn’t really anything special about this chili recipe.  It’s (with a few adjustments) the chili that I grew up eating.  It’s comforting.  It’s part of my childhood in a bowl.  The smell of this chili simmering on the stove all day on a Sunday reminds me of home.  There are many wonderful chili recipes out there that include great ingredients like beer, fresh herbs, various kinds of beans and other fancy additions but there’s nothing fancy here.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why post it then?  When I started this blog I wanted a place to electronically document my recipes.  It has turned out to be so much more than that.  It’s easy to get caught up in site stats, SEO, and ad clicks which cloud the reason that I’m really doing this.  I didn’t start my blog to be concerned with how many people read it every day.  I started my blog to share the foods that I love with the people that I love.  I’m so blessed that people actually do read it.  I’m actually shocked that so many people read it!  I love it is so much, I love YOU so much!

Sometimes it’s just nice to get back to the basics.

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Classic Chili Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4-8 hours

A simple and hearty recipe for classic chili that I grew up eating - ground beef, beans, tomatoes and spices.


1 1/4 pound ground beef
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (10-ounce) can Ro-Tel, drained
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
2.5 Tbs. chili seasoning mix (store-bought or homemade)
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 (46-ounce) container tomato juice

Sliced green onion
Cheddar cheese
Sour cream


Crumble beef into a large stock pot and cook until the meat is fully cooked. I always drain the beef and wipe out the pan simply to cut out some fat. This is optional. Set aside the beef.

Heat the oil and butter in the same pan, add the onions, garlic and bell pepper and cook for about 6 minutes, until the pepper is softened. Add the ground beef back to the pot.

Add in the Ro-Tel, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili seasoning and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Slowly add in the tomato juice. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer on low heat at least 4 hours, up to 8 hours.

Ladle into soup crocks, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy.

Cassie's Notes:
My homemade chili seasoning recipe can be found by clicking here.

Make this chili a little healthier by using ground turkey or ground chicken in the place of ground beef. Or, skip the meat altogether and double the beans for a thick and hearty vegetarian chili!


44 Responses to “Classic Chili”

  1. #
    Kathryn — November 28, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with going back to basics and I for one think this chili looks wonderful!

  2. #
    Blog is the New Black — November 28, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    Basic recipes are A OK with me!

  3. #
    Liz — November 28, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    It sounds like the perfect, classic, comforting chili! I think I’ll put this on our menu this week…we’re all turkeyed out…and this would be a welcome change! Thanks, Cassie~

  4. #
    Katherine Martinelli — November 28, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Way to go back to basics! And I have to say this chili recipe looks absolutely perfect. Really delicious, especially with all those toppings!

  5. #
    Curt — November 28, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    There’s just something about chopped green onions! The recipe sounds great, and the picture looks awesome!

  6. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — November 28, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    I started the food blog for the very same reason Cassie. I wanted my recipes saved electronically and there are also so family recipes I wanted to document and share with other family members. This week I am posting my grandma’s cabbage roll recips. My mom came over and taught it to me a couple weeks ago. I have always wanted to learn the family recipe and have it documented.
    And regarding the chili. Love it. Simple but delicious. I could have a bowl of that with some grated cheese and nacho chips and I would be smiling from ear to ear!

    • Cassie replied: — November 28th, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

      Looking forward to that cabbage roll recipe, Steve!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 28, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    I love chili and I love that you’re bringing it back to basics 🙂 Also, COMPLETELY agree with you about the blog — I started mine because I began to cook a lot more and my mom was wondering what all I was cooking and all my relatives are in Taiwan and they wanted to see what I was doing and what I’m cooking too. What better way than to connect through the internet via a blog so everyone can see? I’m not concerned with followers, it’s whoever reads it, reads it. I’m happy with the friends I’ve made and the ones that do follow it (I’m thankful for you too, Cassie!).
    I feel the same with posting simple recipes..why always have to jazz things up? Everyone once started with the basics 🙂 <3 you so much too!

  8. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — November 28, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    family recipes…simple as they may be…are often the best!

  9. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 28, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Sometimes a basic and well loved family recipe is so much better! 🙂 I love hearing about recipes that people grew up with or were passed down generations.

  10. #
    Bev Weidner — November 28, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Why do I feel like sticking a straw in this chili? IT LOOKS DEEVINE.

  11. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — November 28, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Perfectly comforting for a chilly autumn day!!!

  12. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 28, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Love the chili I grew up with, and it is completely basic! But that is what makes it so good! Looks absolutely wonderful!

  13. #
    Sandra's Easy Cooking — November 28, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    I think you did great job with this chili and there is nothing wrong with basic recipes..they are what we need sometimes!:) Love your photo and this recipe too!

  14. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — November 28, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Great chili recipe Cassie! I love classic recipes like this–everyone’s is always a little different and it is fun to change things up from the way I usually make things.

  15. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 28, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a delicious, yummy chili!

  16. #
    Bakeaholic — November 28, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Mmmm. Nothing beats a bowl of hot chili on a cold day. Now I’m craving soup!

  17. #
    Ramona — November 28, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    I had to really come and check out what was in a classic chili. I have reinvented the chili so many times I have no idea what a classic recipe would even entail anymore. LOL! Thanks for reminding me. 🙂 This looks great and we’re full swing into chili making weather.

  18. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — November 28, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    I love your thinking on this! Back to basics!! And this looks so amazing!

  19. #
    Anna — November 28, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    I grew up with a similar basic chili and always dreaded it…now I can’t get enough! Perfect on a chilly (haha) day 🙂

  20. #
    Lauren — November 28, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Sometimes chili just hits the spot! Mmmm…

  21. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — November 28, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Cassie…chili is actually one recipe that I like to try from others. We all have our own twists to it…and so I’m always curious to find what others do and like. Your post is so timely…my head has been in the same place! And sometimes the basics are where we need to be to be happy! Good for you! : )

  22. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 28, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    I love chili and I always love seeing everyone’s different take on chili so I’m glad you posted this!

  23. #
    Christine — November 28, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    This sounds and looks good. Love the photo.

  24. #
    Parsley Sage — November 29, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    I love the basic recipes! I’m still a new cook so this stuff is essential for me. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the hooty tooty stuff 🙂 Buzzed!

  25. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — November 29, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Love a warm bowl of chili!! Your version looks delicious, Cassie!

  26. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — November 29, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Delicious recipe! I love classic chili! I love your incorporation of Ro-tel. I’ll have to try that next time I make chili which will be very soon! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  27. #
    Italian Notes — November 29, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    There’s nothing quite like a proper chilli. Thanks for sharing.

  28. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — November 29, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    This looks like my kind of chili! And I agree with you about suddenly caring how many people are viewing your blog! It’s certainly not the reason I started my blog either, but it can take over at times! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  29. #
    The Elegant Eggplant — November 29, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Totally agree with you – thats why I started my blog too!!! And there is definitely something special about this chili – it reminds you of home!! Thats enough for me 🙂

  30. #
    Angie@Angiesrecipes — November 29, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    A perfect chilli dish! Nice colour and flavours combinations.

  31. #
    Baking Serendipity — November 29, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

    Perfectly said 🙂 My dad was the chili maker in our house…and I don’t even know his recipe! This makes me want to cook with him when I’m home at Christmas.

  32. #
    Mary — November 29, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    There are days when nothing will beat the taste of a good bowl of chili. Yours sounds delicious and demands to be tried. I love to visit here. I never leave empty handed and I always enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  33. #
    Alexis @ There She Goes — November 30, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    yum! i have yet to make chili this season- your recipe inspired me!

  34. #
    Alyssa — November 30, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    First, maybe I missed it, but I love the new look of your blog. I’m not imagining, right? You did change it? Anywawy, like many of your readers I too started blogging for the same reason. Sometimes you have to remind yourself of why you’re doing it. The chili looks like the ones I grew up eatting too! Perfect!

  35. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — November 30, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    It is so chilly here today that a warm bowl of chili sounds like heaven to me! Especially if it’s in a mug to wrap my fingers around!

  36. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 1, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    Your chili recipe makes us feel warm and it was just perfect recipe to share. We enjoy your blog which is why we are here! Keep up the great work!

  37. #
    kyleen — December 1, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    Mhmm this chilli looks so hearty and warming, perfect for the frigid temperatures in Toronto!

  38. #
    kita — December 11, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    I never had chili when I was little. I really didn’t have a bowl until I was in my late teens. How tragic is that? I am envious of your childhood days with this classic chili.

  39. #
    natasha — April 3, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Hi, this may be a silly question but what it Ro-tel?
    P.s love the blog its great you can share your recpies with so many people.


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