Rich and Meaty Chili

  1. 2 pounds ground beef
    4 cups tomato juice
    1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce
    1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
    1 onion, chopped
    1/2 cup diced celery
    1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
    1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain.
  2. In a kettle, combine the cooked ground beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chopped onion, diced celery, diced green bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, sugar, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring often.
  4. Makes 16 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases