Our Favorite Chili

Chili is one of those dishes that can be made a thousand different ways, and as long as you let me top it with shredded cheese and corn chips, I’d likely eat any variation!  Here’s our favorite chili recipe.

Our Favorite Chili

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1/4  c. chopped onion
  • 1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz.) can Ro-Tel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans light red kidney beans (rinsed and drained), or 4 cups cooked kidney beans
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chili beans (don’t drain)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt

In a large pot, brown hamburger with onion.  Drain.  Add all other ingredients.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Alternatively, brown the hamburger and onion, then dump everything in the crockpot and cook on low all day.  Delicious!

We generally eat our chili topped with corn chips and cheese… how do you eat yours?


  1. When I was single and lived with roommates, one of them served it over rice, with cheese on top.

    Now, I LOVE it that way.

  2. When you say chili beans do you mean already prepared like Brooks Chili mild beans or some other type??

  3. Sounds delish!
    We love chili served with rice or pasta, shredded cheese is a must. I like sour cream with mine. Dad, hubby and I all like some pineapple cubes on the side too!

  4. Hi Amy, Your chili recipe sounds good & similar to mine.
    When I serve I put cooked spaggetti & diced onions in the bottom of the bowl, then the chili & top with a few more onions. My family loves it this way. Thanks, Thea

  5. I like my chili with corn bread. 🙂 (Hubby grew up eating it over spaghetti, though!)

  6. I cannot enjoy chili without pasta. I always eat it with either macaroni or spaghetti. Here’s how I make mine: http://athankfullheart.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-easy-peasy-chili-recipe.html

  7. Love to each chili on top of Fritos, topped with cheese and baked. Frito Pie. Total Texas thing! 🙂

  8. When I was in college dating my now husband, I tried to be “the gourmet cook of his wildest dreams” by serving it over cous cous. he always asked for seconds, so I still served it that way when we got married– until I overheard him telling someone at church that he missed having chili over cornbread. guess when it ain’t broke…… 🙂

    • Ha! Yes, I’ve tried to make a thing or two more complicated than it needs to be. My husband nearly cheers when we have SANDWICHES, for heaven’s sake!

  9. I love chili and most soups with sour cream. So good. And adding rice or pasta is such a great way to make a pot of chili last a lot longer!

  10. My family loves this recipe, thanks for sharing! The first time I made it with hot rotel (bought on accident) and it gave it quite a kick. If you ever want to “spice” it up that is an easy way to. 😉

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