Homemade Chili I have been making this chili recipe since I got married, almost 52 years ago. It makes a HUGE pot, but I use the leftovers for my Chili-Frito Casserole (recipe is on Just-A-Pinch). I do not use red pepper flakes or cayenne as I do not like spicy.


  • 2 lblean ground beef
  • 2 conion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cgreen bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 can(28 oz) diced tomatoes (i used one can diced, one can crushed)
  • 4 ccooked kidney beans
  • 2 can(8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tspsalt
  • 2-4 tspchili powder (or to taste)
  • 2bay leaves
  • ·optional: red pepper flakes or cayenne, to taste
  • ·chopped onion, grated cheese

How to Make Homemade Chili

  1. Homemade Chili In large pan, cook meat and vegetables until meat is lightly browned and vegetables are tender.
  2. Homemade Chili Add remaining ingredients (including red pepper flakes or cayenne, if using), except beans, and simmer for at least 1 hour. Add beans and continue to simmer about 15 minutes or until beans are heated through.
  3. Homemade Chili Garnish with chopped onions and grated cheese. Serve with tortillas or crackers.


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