Mom’s Chili Recipe

There are many chili recipes out there. My mother created this one to feed a crowd. People say that my mother was amazing. You see, I am the youngest of 12. Yes, 12. The first child died as an infant and my mother went on to have 11 more. So you see where the crowd came from. She was inventive in making meals that were cost effective, could feed alot, and, of course, healthy. Although sometimes the focus was just on feeding a crowd. I cannot imagine having so many mouths to feed. A picture comes to my mind of a robin with 11 babies in a nest and how it must keep her so busy just feeding them all.


My mother was tough. Not so much in the way that a woman today would be called tough. Our father wasn’t around much so it was up to her to keep things running and keep us kids in line. She always said that none of us ever had a broken bone.Some of her other sayings that have stayed with me are:

“Children are like butterflies. If you let them go they will return to you.”

‘If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all.”

“It is easier to catch bees with honey than with vinegar.”

And of, of course, I can remember hearing this on more than one occasion:

“If you slam that screen door one more time you will have to close it quietly 20 times.” LOL

Back to the chili……I hope that if you try it, you enjoy it. It is by no means difficult and it can easily be doubled (or tripled).

Mom’s Chili Recipe

1lb. ground beef
1 small can tomato paste
1 can tomatoes (I use the crushed kind)
2 cans kidney beans
½ onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. chili powder (or more to taste)
Brown the ground beef and add the onion. Cook until tender. In another pan cook tomatoes, tomato paste, and three small cans of water. Add the browned beef and the chili powder. Simmer for one hour.
And sometimes Mom would add macaroni to stretch it,
I hope you all have a great day!

5 thoughts on “Mom’s Chili Recipe

  1. Loved your post, and thanks for sharing your recipe. As the fourth of eleven children, I understand the zaniness that exists in a large household. But I wouldn’t change it for the world!

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