Beef Chili Recipe

Beef Chili Recipe

Although my family with just my husband and I and our cat and dog is by no means large, I still love large family recipes. Growing up, I got used to my own mother making large batches of food that she either served as leftovers the next day or that she froze for future meals. As a woman who works outside of the home by choice, I also love working mom recipes. Chili is one of those large family recipes that also fulfills the role of a working mom recipe. My favorite recipe for chili is easily frozen and tastes just as good reheated as when first made. Just ask my husband! I made chili for him when we started dating, and he had plenty of extra for the next couple of months.


  • 1 15.5 ounce can of chili beans
  • 1 15.5 ounce can of red beans
  • 1 15.5 ounce can of light red kidney beans
  • 1 15.5 ounce can of dark red kidney beans
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of tomatoes
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion
  • chili powder
  • cheddar cheese
  • Fritos original corn chips


  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet until brown.
  2. Drain the fat from the cooked ground beef.
  3. Place the cooked ground beef in a large soup pot.
  4. Peel and slice the onion.
  5. Puree the sliced onion and canned tomatoes in a blender.
  6. Pour the puree into the soup pot.
  7. Open and drain the beans.
  8. Add the beans to the soup pot.
  9. Add chili powder to taste.
  10. Cook the chili over low to medium heat until hot and bubbly.
  11. Serve hot with grated cheddar cheese and Fritos original corn chips.
  12. Refrigerate or freeze any uneaten chili. To serve the frozen leftover chili, simply allow the frozen chili to thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat on the stove in a soup pan.

Beef Chili

In addition to freezing and thawing well, making my recipe one of my favorite large family recipes, I also love that chili is so high in protein. (Both beef and beans are high in protein.) Because adequate protein intake is so important for a developing baby, my chili is also a great recipe for during pregnancy. I also particularly love eating chili during the cold winter months. Nothing is better than spooning up a piping hot bowl of chili while sitting in front of a warm fire on a snowy winter day. Bon appétit!

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Beef Chili Recipe © 2012 Heather Johnson
Beef Chili © 2012 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, homemaker, homeschooler, and mother.

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