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Old Fashioned Chili

By: Stephanie Keeping from
Old Fashioned Chili
Old Fashioned Chili

"This is the best ever chili recipe. It's hearty and filling and combines amazing flavor easily without spending hours in the kitchen. It combines ground beef, onions, green peppers, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste with the perfect blend of seasoning to create one incredible recipe! I love to make a big pot of it and serve with sweet cornbread for a meal that just can't be beat. There are rarely leftovers, it's so good!"


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time20 min


  • 2 pounds ground beef/turkey
  • 2 green peppers (about 2 cups diced)
  • 1 yellow onion (about 1.5 cups diced)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans Hunts Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Hunts Tomato Sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can Hunts Tomato Paste
  • 1 (15-ounce) can water
  • 2 (15-ounce) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  1. In a large dutch oven, saute diced peppers and onions until translucent and they start to caramelize.

  2. Add seasonings (minus the baking soda) and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously. (Make sure they don’t burn.)

  3. Add ground meat and brown until just done. It’s okay if it still has some pink in it before you add the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water and tomato paste.

  5. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat and cook for about 15 minutes. Then add the drained beans.

  6. Stir in the baking soda. The sauce will start to bubble up. Stir over medium heat until the bubbles have gone away.

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Chili is a favorite of ours and this Old Fashioned Chili recipe is good. We left out the baking soda (it seems to have confused many of us readers judging from the comments below) and we used fresh chillies and garlic from our garden instead of the powdered stuff. It was full of good flavors and we will definitely make it again.

Baking soda in chili? Until I read the actual instructions to this recipe and only looked at the ingredients I was thinking this is pretty close to how I make my chili...other than the many different types of beans I like to add as well as jalapeno peppers but reading the comments, has me a little confused. I've never heard of using baking soda in chili before...what does it do?

Ditto on the missing baking soda. There is also no oil/fat to start the onion pepper mix to saute. The recipes sound good, but seriously needs a good proofreader before posting. This happens frequently, missing information. This is the second recipe I looked at today, the first was a copycat Frisco melt and never came up on the linked website.

Very good Chili! There is a slight problem in the recipe - there is no indication in the ingredients list of how much baking soda should be used. We left it out altogether and the chili was absolutely great without it. Our family loves this type of meal and we will definitely be using this recipe often in the future.


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