Chili Cook Off! Here’s the Recipe

It’s that time of year again!  My church has a Chili Cook Off each year to raise money for mission work.  My mom and I usually enter, of course.

So here’s MY Chili Recipe, created through meshing family recipes and adding what I love.  It’s only mildly spicy:

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  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can red beans or black beans
  • 1 large jar of tomato sauce (I use Prego Meat)


  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • between 1/4 and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Brown hamburger on the stove
  2. While it’s browning, dump all the beans into a strainer and rinse – helps get rid of the farts!
  3. Dump beans in large crock pot
  4. Add tomato sauce
  5. Add all spices
  6. Stir really well
  7. When hamburger is done, add it to crock pot as well and stir
  8. Turn the crock pot on – I like cooking on low for a couple hours
  9. It’s ready whenever it’s hot, but cooking longer does magical things for the flavor

And that’s it!

Unfortunately, I did too much the day before the Cook Off, and even though I made my chili I wasn’t up to attending.

More chili for me, I guess.


My mom won 1st place for her mild chili!  So congratulations to her.  *smile*

Do you have a family chili recipe?  Do you participate in any cook offs?  Do you like spicy or mild chili?  Inquiring minds want to know!

2 thoughts on “Chili Cook Off! Here’s the Recipe

  1. I can’t believe I won first place. I’m sure your chili would have been a close rival. I like your recipe!!

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