Simple Chili Recipe (The Recipe I Grew Up On)

My chili recipe is a simple one, but one that you can’t go wrong with. Every family has a chili recipe laying around in a recipe book or two. It’s a staple in every household and there is so much you can do with it. From plain chili to chili dogs, to clean eating chicken chili the possibilities with chili are endless.


It’s safe to say that I love chili. I usually make a pot once or twice a month during the fall months to freeze or prep for healthy and protein-packed lunches during the week.

I have quite a few different recipes for chili on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen (recipes will be included below) but it all started with this simple chili recipe.

This very chili recipe is the recipe I grew up with, and the recipe my mom still makes to this date.

Chili Recipes on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Simple Chili Recipe

Whenever I ask my mom or family friends for recipes, I’m never given measurements. It’s never “1 tbsp of chili powder”, it’s “chili powder”. When I’m not cooking for the blog, I do that too – I never measure. It ticks me off sometimes though because I can create some amazing dishes with no idea with what I did. So I translated that to the best measurements I could for you.

However, for this recipe, I translated it to the best measurements I could for you. That being said, experiment and find what works for you and your tastes.

Note: My mom adds a can of sliced mushrooms (drained) but since my husband hates mushrooms with every bone in his body, I don’t add them. See how nice I am?

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Simple Chili Recipe

The simple chili recipe that I grew up on.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beans, beef, chili, tomato
Servings 8
Calories 471kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1-2 stalks of celery sliced
  • 1 can 28oz canned whole tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can beans and tomato sauce I use Heinz pork n beans with tomato sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne optional


  • Scramble fry some lean ground beef until done. Drain fat.
  • In a bowl microwave the cut up onion and celery in water to soften (I do this while meat cooks).
  • Add meat back to pot, and add veggies.
  • Add rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least one hour (smash the tomatoes with a potato masher), the longer the better! Taste and adjust seasonings. I hardly ever add cayenne, my mom doesn't. She hates spice. I add a little bit for flavor if I do.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 547IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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That is it! Simple and SOOO good! Serve with cheese over top if desired.

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