recipe roulette.. pop's chili

we had a wonderful time this thanksgiving weekend and i hope you did too.. the saturday after thanksgiving i do a dinner at my house for all the family and have done so for many many years.. it's kinda turned into chili night the past several years and that's always a hit with the family..

this year i decided to make my grandpa's chili {not sure why i've never made it before}.. usually for recipe roulette i will pull out one of grandmommy's 1000+ recipes but this time it was pops turn!! now unbeknownst to me she actually had the recipe written down a few different ways.. not sure why..but the recipe i actually used was a  from a different one  and you can see that hand written recipe here.. they are basically the same ..  i also  had to make a few tweaks basically because of what i had on hand.. but let me tell you it was some of the best chili i've ever had..

it's so rich and hearty!!

grandmommy and pop's restaurant was pretty popular for it's chili!!

pop's chili

prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 2-3 hours
servings: 6-8


2 lbs. ground beef
2 {16 oz} cans of crushed tomatoes {i used the hunts chili ready}
1 can of tomato paste {instead of the tomato sauce}
2 {16 oz} cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of water {i used chicken broth}
1 onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced
2-3 peppers, diced {i used a pasillo, jalapeno and poblano pepper)
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tblsp. chili powder
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsps. sugar
salt and pepper
canola oil


in a large stock pot or dutch oven heat 2 twirls around the pan with canola oil over medium heat.. add onions, garlic and peppers.. cook until soft and onions are translucent.. add meat and cook until no longer pink.. add tomato paste and cook until well incorporated.. add crushed tomatoes and water..stir to incorporate.. add beans.. add chili powder, crushed red pepper, sugar, salt and pepper.. stir to incorporate.. reduce heat and cook for several hours.. checking to make sure it's not getting to thick {if it does get to thick add 1/2 cup of water or beef broth}.. for more kick add some cayenne pepper.. ours was plenty hot enough with the peppers that were added.. when done serve in bowls with all the usual toppings.. sour cream, cheese, onions... it was soo good!! and i loved that i got to share one of my grandpa's recipes!!

enjoy and get cook'n!!


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