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Favorite Basic Chili Recipe

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Mona Bunting
Added: Thursday, September 18, 2008


3 C. washed chili beans (Soak overnight. Do no drain)
1 small onion chopped fine
1 T. salt
1 qt. tomato juice*
1 can tomato soup
1 C. catsup
2 lbs. ground beef, browned with 1 minced onion
*Spices mixed in small amount of water
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. cumin
1 T. chili powder
1 bay leaf (remove before serving)

Cook beans, onion & salt at slow boil until tender (about 3 hours) adding water as necessary to 1 inch above the bean level. *Original recipe cooks all together, but I found that some beans don't soften when tomato juice is added at first so now I add after beans are tender. Then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer 1 hour or longer to bring out full flavor.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
If you like a spicier chili you can add a dash of Tabasco or Habanera sauce.
If you like a sweeter chili, add 1 or more Tbs. brown sugar.




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