Classic Chili Recipe

Today I am sharing my mom's classic chili recipe.  I thought for sure I had shared this recipe on the blog before, but when I went to look it up when making my grocery list, I realized I hadn't.  

This is the chili my mom made for us growing up.  Eating a bowl definitely takes me back to those nights sitting around the kitchen table.

It's your classic red chili with onions, beef, tomato sauce, beans, and of course, seasonings.  It comes together in just a bit over an hour, and the most of that time is spent with it simmering away on the stovetop, giving you a bit of your evening back, while making your house smell oh so good.  And it's absolutely perfect for these chilly, rainy days we have been having!

Classic Chili

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 46 oz. can of tomato juice

3 teaspoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika

2 16 oz. cans light red kidney beans

Brown meat & onion.

Stir in tomato juice, chili powder, cayenne red pepper, and paprika.

Heat to boiling.

Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.

Drain & rinse beans.

Add to chili, heating for 15 minutes.



  1. Yummmmy!! I LOVE chili and grew up eating it but nobody in my little fam of four will eat it. :o( This recipe sounds very similar to my mom's. I haven't had it in ages and it sounds so good right now. Easy and delicious!

  2. This is similar to my dad's chili recipe that we had growing up, and that I make for my family today! We are not a fan of kidney beans and use chili beans instead. It's so simple, but so good!

    1. Oh, I have never thought to try chili beans - I bet that is good!

  3. I love chili! So delicious every time. We use Ranch Style beans in ours!

    1. I don't think I have ever heard of ranch style beans - I will have to look for them next shopping trip!