Grandma's Easy Chili Con Carne Recipe Is Hearty, Comforting & Budget Friendly by Ann Marie Patitucci

Grandma's Easy Chili Con Carne Recipe Is Hearty, Comforting & Budget Friendly

When my husband and I were dating I knew how to make exactly two recipes: macaroni and cheese and chili. My chili recipe was pretty good, if I do say so myself (my macaroni and cheese is another story). I have continued making the chili recipe and now my husband makes it, too. We’ve altered this recipe over the years and when my husband makes it he makes a spicier version than I do. But, frankly, we’re tired of it. We’ve been together for 22 years and married for 18. It’s time for a new chili recipe!

Lucky for us, my mother-in-law, Pam, whom my boys and nieces call Nana, makes an absolutely delicious chili. Her chili con carne recipe is quite different than ours, which is exactly what we needed. And we now have a new chili recipe! It’s comfort food and perfect on a cold winter day. We like to have it with Italian bread or rolls. If you need to switch up your chili or are just looking for a new recipe, Nana’s recipe is for you, too! Top bowls of this chili with shredded cheese, if desired. 

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 8 


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (19 ounces) dark kidney beans, drained (or your favorite beans)
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) light kidney beans, drained (or your favorite beans)
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • garlic salt, to taste

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink. Add peppers and onions. Once peppers and onions are a bit tender and meat has cooked all the way through, drain grease. 
  2. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, chili powder and garlic salt, to taste. Bring to a low boil, stirring as you increase the heat. Once you reach a low boil, lower the temperature and let simmer for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, if desired. 

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Kidney Beans $2 & Up
Diced Tomatoes $2 & Up
Chili Powder $3 & Up
Garlic Salt $3 & Up

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Donna John
Nothing like chili on a cold night! This sounds so good.
Makes me feel all warm and cozy!
Elisa Schmitz
Mmm. After all the holiday cooking, there's something so appealing about the simplicity of this comfort food recipe! #yum

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