Family Recipe – Dad’s Homemade Hearty Chili

Another family recipe that has been passed along from father to son is my husband’s chili!  He learned how to make his Dad’s chili and has been making it for our own family for the last 32 years!

This is another great recipe for cold weather or anytime you want a hearty chili that can be as spicy as you like!

When I’ve had a busy week, my husband is sweet enough to make his chili for us, and I add a pan of homemade biscuits to go along! This recipe makes enough for a family of 4-6, or enough for 3 meals for the 2 of us!

Dad’s Homemade Hearty Chili

2 pounds ground beef (browned and drained of grease)

1 medium onion diced

2 “Chili-o” or chili seasoning packets

1 can chili beans (hot and spicy)

2 cans tomato sauce

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. chili powder

Your favorite hot sauce (to add to taste)

Shredded cheddar cheese (add to the bowl)

Brown the ground beef in a large pan or soup pot.  Drain the grease and add the diced onion, the chili seasoning packets, the chili beans and the tomato sauce. Stir to mix well and cook on medium to combine for a couple of minutes. Add additional chili powder and cayenne pepper, stir and set the temp to low to simmer for about 45 minutes.

Dad's Chili simmering on the stove!

Dad’s Chili simmering on the stove!

While the chili is simmering, I prepare our biscuits so they will be hot and ready when the chili is done.

Dad stirring his chili!

Dad stirring his chili!

Serve up in bowls and add your own hot sauce if you like it very spicy, and feel free to sprinkle on some shredded cheese on the top! Hope you enjoy!

Dad's finished chili ready to garnish!

Dad’s finished chili ready to garnish!


Dad’s Chili topped with hot sauce and cheese!



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