Monday, November 23, 2009

When it is Chilly have some CHILI!

Grandma's Chili Recipe

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it was made back in the day on "wash day" by my great grandmother. Picture a cold day in the winter when you didn't have a fancy washer and dryer. Imagine not being able to just throw your clothes in and leave, but rather make it an all day event! This recipe was made on those Wyoming, winter days. I think that a bowl of this with a tall glass of milk would maybe make it a good day even on an all day "wash day!"

2 lbs hamburger browned well.
3 lg. onions to be browned with burger
salt and pepper
1 large can tomato juice (those big ones over a quart)
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp powdered sage
1 or more tsp chili powder ( to taste)
2 tsp celery seed
sugar to taste ( I use about 1 tbsp or more)
7-8 cans beans of preference. (I used half kidney beans and half pinto beans)

Brown burger and onions together until really browned, not just until the pink is gone. Add tomato juice and seasonings and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the drained beans and simmer on low heat for about 20-30 minutes to let the flavors combine. Watch so it doesn't burn on the bottom during this process. A thick pan is best for this. Light aluminum is not too good. Serve and enjoy with bread and butter and/or crackers and ice cold milk. Grated cheese is good on top. But remember, the burger needs to be really browned. The flavor is different. This is yummy the next day too.


  1. How funny!

    My sister in Phoenix told me over the weekend they were making chili!

    I love to mix my beans when I make chili - I grab a can of just about all I can: light and dark kidneys, pinto, black, northern/cannelonis, garbanzos, etc etc etc!

    I'll keep this recipe in mind and work from it soon!

    I'm still on a potato soup eye! I made it twice - and more than a few of my friends have made it too! I added some yellow AND white corn to my last batch - and plan to add some shrimp the next time!

    Please keep the good stuff coming!

  2. Mmmm, I love chili! I love to make it in the crockpot.

  3. Yumm-O...I love a big bowl of hot chili,it really is the best thing to have on a cold and wet Beaverton night.

  4. Your post really makes me thankful for my washer & dryer! The chili sounds delicious!

  5. I mix up the beans in my chili, too! And you're absolutely right...Chili is awesome the next day!

  6. The first dip in temps means chili on the menu EVERY SINGLE WEEK. I love it: easy, filling, cheap, and tasty.


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