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Basic chili con carne


This is the most basic recipe for chili. Chili keeps well frozen, so go ahead, cook extra and freeze some portions for future meals.


4 lb beef (ground beef)
2 c onion (chopped)
2 clv garlic (crushed or finely chopped)
1 T salt
6 t chili powder (or to taste)
2 t paprika
2 t pepper (freshly ground black pepper)
8 c tomato (canned tomatoes with juice, equivalent to 2 quarts)


  1. Use a 5 quart heavy saucepan to brown the beef with the onions and garlic. Drain. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve warm, topped with cheese, crackers and chopped green onions.
Total time
30 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


Tex-Mex cuisine

easy, meat, simmer
main meal, dinner
Tex-Mex food recipes
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