Grandma’s Homemade Chili is a classic Midwestern chili that 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! The secret is the homemade chili seasoning. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Spicy Steak Chili for a chili with a little more of a spicy kick!
Chili Dogs: A lot of people ask me if you can just throw this homemade chili recipe right on a hot dog. The answer is Yes! This homemade chili actually tastes amazing on hot dogs. The trick to a good homemade hot dog chili is that it needs to a be thick. If the chili is runny it will make the hot dog bun soggy. To give this chili the texture for hotdogs, just scale back on the liquids. Personally, I prefer chili to be on the thicker side anyway.
Slow Cooker: Cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat, drain any excess grease, and put the cooked beef, seasonings, tomatoes, and beans in slow cooker. Stir the mixture up really well and then cover and cook for about 8 hours. You will want to make sure it is on a low-temperature setting. Some recipes will tell you that it is ok to cook on high for only 4 hours, but personally, I don’t think this gives the meal enough time to develop the flavor.
Listen up, there is only ONE tool that you absolutely must have to make this chili. A dutch oven. I good dutch oven is a must. I love my Staub Dutch Oven. They are an investment, but they are SO worth it in my opinion. Now, if you go the homemade slow cooker chili route, you won’t need a dutch oven, but you might want to get yourself a good crockpot.
How to Freeze
Chili is usually made in large batches, so that means there will likely be leftovers. For best results, freeze the chili immediately after serving the chili (don’t wait until the day after). Put small portions of the leftover chili in freezer-safe containers, date it, and eat it within two months. When you are ready to eat the chili, simply heat it in a saucepan over medium heat.
Grandma’s Homemade Chili
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans, drained
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons chili seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat a large pot or Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes, breaking up the meat as you go. Drain any excess grease if necessary.
- Add onion and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add kidney beans, tomatoes, and chili seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are slightly tender and chili is heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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