My Family’s Favorite Chili Recipe

Well, I think I have perfected my chili recipe. After the reorganization of my kitchen (check out the post), I discovered I had several (over 7) cans of chili beans.  Needless to say, I have been making a lot of Chili lately.  The good news is I have now found my families favorite chili beans recipe.


Best Chili Recipe

Chili recipe


There are so many great recipes out there for chili and I have tried several but this one was our favorite chili recipe that I have been making since my boys were young. It was the recipe on the back of the Bush’s Chili Beans can.


Bush’s Chili Beans Recipe


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 6


  • 2 cans (16 oz) BUSH’S® Chili Beans
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 pieces celery (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce


  1. Heat oil in skillet. Cook beef until lightly browned. Push to one side of pan.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and celery. Cook until soft.
  3. Drain excess fat. Mix in remaining ingredients. Mix well, simmer 30 to 45 minutes.

In Search Of The Best Chili Recipe

As my boys grew up and their tastes broadened a bit they still preferred this recipe.  My husband loves it too, so that is a big win, but with all these chili beans I got tired of the same old recipe so I decided to google “how to make chili” and “chili recipes”.  You can imagine all of the recipes that came up.  These days you can google anything.

After looking over several recipes and trying some along the way I came up with the Best Chili Recipe! I have made it twice and now I have to go shopping for more chili beans because I have finally used them all.  This recipe is the all-time winner for my family.


chili beans recipe

Best Chili Recipe


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 6


  • 2 cans (16 oz) Chili Beans
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 14 ounces of beef bone broth
  • 1 can of Rotel – diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbs chili powder
  • 2 tbs ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 2/ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  1. Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place on medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, ground cumin, sugar, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne pepper. Stir until well combined.
  3. Add beef bone broth, Rotel, ketchup, and chili beans. Stir well.
  4. Bring it to a boil and reduce heat to low to gently simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and let chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving

I actually made the chili early in the day and warmed it back up that night.  It is great to serve with grated cheese, sour cream, and avocado. My chips of choice are the Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips, Lime flavor.

Does your family have a favorite recipe?


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