Sunday Around the Table: Mama's Chili

Sunday, November 4, 2012



Another week has elapsed and it's back to work tomorrow. If you have a busy schedule like, me it's hard to make elaborate meals, and even tougher when you have kids! This next recipe comes to you straight from my Mama. Growing up, my Mom was raising two kids by herself and working 40+ hours/week. It was really difficult to work, raise kids and make a hot meal everyday. Besides copious amounts of take out, my mom had a few recipes in her repertoire. The one I am sharing with you today, is super easy and fast! All you have to do, is brown the meat and chop the onion, so simple!

What you'll need:
2 - 15.5 oz cans Pinto Beans
2 - 15.5 oz cans of Chili Beans
1 - 15.5 oz can of tomato sauce
1 lb hamburger meat
1 Medium red onion
1 Clove Garlic
Salt, Pepper and Chili powder (to taste)

To begin, dice your onion and add half of it to a large sauce pan. Mince one clove of garlic and add that along with the hamburger meat to the pan. Brown the meat until cooked thoroughly. While the meat is cooking, I add salt, pepper and chili powder as seasoning. I don't have exact measurements for you because everyone's palate if different. If you're worried about too much heat, you can always season after the chili is done. Once the hamburger meat is cooked thoroughly, drain any extra fat.

Now comes the hard part... opening all the cans! Add in the two cans of tomato sauce, two cans of chili beans, one can of pinto beans including the juice and one can of pinto beans drained. Stir it all up and folks, you're basically done!

Allow the chili to heat up, but you can serve this immediately if you choose, or you can let it simmer for 20-30 minutes and let all the flavors develop a bit more.


I like to serve my chili with some raw red onion (from the one you minced earlier), shredded cheese and crackers! Other variations include, adding sour cream and/or corn bread to your feast.

This recipe is so easy and lend itself to personalization. For example, if you like kidney or navy beans, you could use those instead of one of the cans of pinto beans. If you're trying to be healthier, you can substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. And if you want more spice, you can add any peppers of your choosing!

I think this recipe is great for kids because it's not too spicy and you can make it for dinner one night with cornbread and then the next night you can make chili dogs with the left overs!

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