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Grandma's Chili

Servings 3 quarts


  • 1 lb lean ground beef, venison, or turkey
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 red or yellow pepper (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional, and either seeded or unseeded, I use unseeded, chopped)
  • Ground chipotle chili or other pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup (10 3/4 oz.)
  • 2 cans chili beans (16 oz., mild, medium, or hot depending on taste)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz.)


  • Brown the ground meat on low, and add the onion, red or yellow pepper, and jalapeño pepper.
  • Cook until the vegetables are slightly limp and add the chili pepper, tomato soup, chili beans, and diced tomatoes.
  • Stir together, add two soup cans of water and simmer uncovered (stirring regularly to prevent burning) for several hours to blend flavors.


This recipe can easily be doubled - almost always is at our house!