Dice the onion.  You can do a big dice or a fine dice depending on how you like onion in your chili.  I split the difference and did a medium dice.


Add onion to large pot.

Chili184Add ground beef.  Cook over medium-high heat until both are brown. Drain any excess fat that may have cook off the meat.


Chili188While the meat is cooking, pour kidney beans into a colander and rinse well.  You definitely don’t want that gunky stuff in your chili.


Once meat is brown add the beans and the tomatoes. Mix well.

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Starting with 1 tablespoon add chili powder to pot.


Mix well and let cook for at least 20 minutes before adding more chili powder.  You want to taste it after the 20 minutes is up to see if it’s spicy enough.  It gets more pungent the longer it cooks in the pot.

Chili194Chili powder has this great knack of sneaking up and biting you in the butt if your not careful so go slow with the additions.  I would only start adding 1/2 tablespoon from this point until you have it perfectly spiced.


Once it is spicy enough for you let it simmer for at least an hour.  The longer you leave chili the better the taste since the flavours are taking their time and getting to know each other, having a little party in the pot…..ahem….you can even make it a day ahead of time.

Chili196Once it’s ready scoop a large helping into a bowl, top with a little cheese if you so please….I’m a poet…..sorry must have inhaled the chili powder.


And some fresh crusty bread on the side.  Enjoy!!!


Serves 1/8

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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion,diced
  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • chili powder, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, saute beef and onions until browned. Drain off excess fat.
  2. Add kidney beans and tomatoes.
  3. Add chili powder 1/2-1 tbsp at a time in 20 minute increments stirring well and letting simmer between additions. After each 20 minutes taste chili to see if it is at the degree of spiciness you want.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Type: Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

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