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"Family Friendly" Chili Recipe

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A recipe for flavorful chili (without all the heat) that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

Chili recipes abound! There are recipes for super-hot "5-alarm" chili, white chili, vegetarian chili--if you can imagine it, there's probably a recipe for it. Our chili recipe is special because it's loaded with flavor (so the adults will like it) without all the "heat" (so the kids can eat it.)


  • 5 lbs ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 14.5 oz cans pinto beans, drained
  • 5 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh-ground black pepper

Brown ground beef with the onions in a large pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 2 hours, stirring frequently.

Serving suggestions:

  • Spoon chili over cooked rice
  • Sprinkle chili with shredded cheddar cheese and serve with tortilla chips
  • Bake a potato, split it and stuff with chili

Editor's Note: This makes a lot of chili. Fortunately, it freezes well. We recommend freezing the leftovers in meal-sized portions. If you defrost in the microwave, defrost in 5 minute increments using medium power (50%), stirring each time you add another 5 minutes. Total defrosting time varies, depending on such factors as individual microwave oven wattages and amount of chili being defrosted.

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