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Grandma's Chili

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"This is a hand-me-down from my Grandma. I like it because it doesn't have kidney beans and it has a bit of a sweet taste. It's a brown chili not a red one - no tomatoes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes, or until browned. Stir in the onion and green bell pepper and saute for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Next, add the beans, mushrooms, brown sugar and chili powder to taste. Mix together well, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes to 1 hour or more, depending on how much time you have and how thick you like your chili.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 02, 2003

This was not the best chili I ever had but my boyfriend loved it! I just couldn't get over the fact that there was no "red" in it so I ended up adding 1 can tomato sauce. Also, I only used 1lb of hamburger AND added a can of northern beans. I'll make this again and send w/ my boyfriend in a crock pot for those fall weekends when he heads north to his cabin.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 05, 2003

Think recipe was great. We added a few things but it was a great weekend meal & great for left overs. Yummy!


10 Ratings

Jul 20, 2007

This was an absolutely delicious chili recipe. After I got over the fact that it was not a red chili recipe and tasted the finished product, it was very very good. Thanks for the recipe!

Apr 10, 2004

Yes to the northern beans...Plus I put a lot more peppers and onions in than the recipe called for. Plus some cilantro, jalopenos slices, red pepper and a couple splashes of Dave's Insanity Sauce-just right!

Jul 29, 2009

the chili for this recipe was very good, even though it wasn't red. I ended up adding a can of tomato sauce anyways.

Nov 14, 2011

This was the 1st time i've made chili and my pot was empty by the end of the night! I used fresh mushroom not canned and added extra chili's and spices to help the taste.

Oct 22, 2011

My fiancee and I enjoy this recipe. Tweaks we've made: more than double the beans (around 40 oz,) and substitute half the ground beef for sausage. We've also tried it with and without the onion. Adding more beans makes it feel more mealy, and it lasts twice as long. :)

May 18, 2014

We liked this chili a lot, and really liked that it used a ton of veggies so it makes for a good clean-out-the-fridge dish. I did only use one pound of ground beef, and added one can of black beans in addition to the can of baked beans. Turned out great, and I liked the fact that this wasn't tomato based just for something different. Definitely let this simmer for as long as possible to get the flavors to meld together well. Thank your for the recipe, scootegyrl!


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  • Calories
  • 832 kcal
  • 42%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.2 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 193 mg
  • 64%
  • Fat
  • 60.8 g
  • 94%
  • Fiber
  • 5.6 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 43.6 g
  • 87%
  • Sodium
  • 652 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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