Monday, October 4, 2010

Renee's Chili

This is my mom's chili recipe. I LOVE it. What you need to know is that I grew up in Sheboygan, WI where it is common to find noodles in your chili. Some may consider my chili a "chili mac" or a "goulash". Call it what you want, here's the recipe.

1 (46 oz) can tomato juice
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 onion (chopped)
1 green pepper (chopped)
1 pound ground beef
elbow macaroni OR ready cut spaghetti (cooked and drained)
salt, pepper, garlic salt, chili powder
1/2 stick butter

brown ground beef with onion and pepper, season with salt, pepper & garlic salt
drain grease

in soup pot OR crockpot, add juice, sauce, tomatoes, beans and ground beef mixture
season with salt, pepper, garlic salt and chili powder (if I want it a little spicier, I add a few tablespoons of Salsa....shhhhhhhh, that's my secret ingredient)

simmer until onions & pepper are tender

add butter

add noodles just before serving and heat through (if you add noodles too soon, they soak up all the broth)

top with cheese, onions, sour cream, etc.


  1. Looks easy. With 90 ounces of tomatoes and beans, approx how much chili powder do you use?

  2. My mom didn't give an amount. She sprinkles it lightly over the top until the entire top surface is dark red with chili powder and then mixes it in. That is what I do too. It is not really very spicy. Personal preference?