October 6, 2012

Classic Chili

On the Menu Today~
Classic Chili

This is our recipe for Classic Chili or
Wisconsin-Style Chili...
a recipe I have been making for many years.
I always made a big pot of this delicious, chili
every year on Halloween...

Nothing hits the spot better....
when you come in from the cold...
than a hot, steamy bowl of chili.

Serve with buttered saltine crackers and
a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

Classic Chili is great to serve
during or after football games,
tail-gating parties,
after a day of snowmobiling or
while your ice fishing~
It will warm you up and
it really hits the spot.

Classic Chili

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage, optional
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (46 oz) tomato juice
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes with diced green chilies
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cans (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 soup can water
  • 1 can (14 oz) beef broth
  • 1 can (16 oz) kidney beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans
  • 2 cans (16 oz) chili beans in chili sauce, hot or mild
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning mix, (McCormick)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cavatappi noodles or noodles of your choice, cooked and drained
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large soup pot, brown ground beef, sausage, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add tomato juice, diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chilies, diced green chilies, tomato soup, water, beef broth, kidney beans, black beans, chili beans, chili powder, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, brown sugar, envelope chili seasoning mix, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour or longer.
  3. Stir in noodles, cook, uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Before serving, discard bay leaves.

Soup, ChiliGround Beef,


  1. This sounds delicious. I love the idea of adding pasta. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  2. G'day! Your photo reminds me of the chili we used to have when I was little, true!
    Thank you for allowing me to relive that memory through your recipe too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Food Friends Friday Chili Party


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