Grandma’s Homemade Chili is the ultimate comfort food! She had a way with her recipes that brought everyone to the table and left them happy and satisfied. She even converted a die-hard chili hater with this recipe!
How to Make Homemade Chili
This recipe is easily adaptable. For instance, when grandma would have a good tomato crop she would can until her pantry was overflowing. Instead of buying canned tomatoes she would use her canned whole tomatoes, juice and all, in this recipe. (Just be sure to break up large tomatoes with your hands or a masher). When grandpa would get a deer she would make this with venison. When she would have a great pepper crop she would add green peppers, jalapenos, even habanero. (Although, she only did that once. Grandpa did not like it too hot!)
If you find that the chili is too thick, you can fill up the tomato jar or can with warm and add it to the chili at any time. No need to add more seasoning if you do that.
Homemade Chili Recipe
If you were a young wife like I was, you may have wondered, “How do you make Homemade Chili?” To be more accurate, I asked, “How do you make Homemade chili fast?” 😂 I am so thankful Grandma was willing to share her award-winning recipe! But a few extra tips and tricks really helped me to perfect it and streamline the process.
Can you use this for hot dogs?
Yes! This homemade chili actually tastes amazing on hot dogs. (We like to have our hotdogs made by the butcher when he is processing our cow or deer!)
Can this be made in a slow cooker?
Absolutely. Simply brown ground beef or venison in large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain fat.
Place cooked beef, seasonings, tomatoes, and beans in slow cooker. Stir until well mixed. Cover. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Stir before serving.
Try this chili with Homemade Corn Bread!
Try my Slow Cooker Turkey Chili too!