Dad’s chili

My dad makes good chili(and soups in general). This is a basic, filling chili that can easily be changed up a little to suit anyone’s specific taste. I like my chili a little spicier, so I added some jalapeno to his recipe. And I always recommend serving chili with hot cornbread.

Dad’s chili(with daughter’s changes):


  • 2 pounds ground turkey(my dad uses beef)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 32 oz canned tomatoes, diced(do not drain), I used chili style
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce(I used Ragu veggie lovers)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can chili beans, do not drain
  • 7 slices of pickled jalapeno
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, and green pepper. 
Drain when meat is brown.  Stir in undrained tomatoes,  all 3 beans and  the seasonings.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer at least 20 minutes.  Makes many servings and can be frozen.
This is one hearty bowl of chili. It doesn’t take much of this chili to fill you up and warm you to the core. This recipe makes enough to feed the whole neighborhood. Definitely a keeper as it is so versatile and can be easily adjusted. Good work, dad.

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