Family Recipe: The Best Damn Chili

I’m giving you a recipe that is very close to my heart.

It is not glamorous or pretentious, requiring hours of technical precision.

It is my mother’s, and while I can list ingredients and walk you through how it’s made, mine never tastes as good as hers. Call it what you will, the woman just does it special.


  • 2lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 can condensed Campbell’s tomato soup
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder


Cook ground beef & onion over medium heat in frying pan, then drain fat.

In a large saucepan, combine beans, kidney beans, tomato soup, & spices. Stir well over medium heat adding ground beef slowly. Let simmer for 30 minutes, covered, on low heat.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Note: This freezes really well. You can portion them into Ziploc bags and freeze flat.

Happy Eating,



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