Hearty Thick and flavorful Chili

I love a good pot of chili in the winter!  I have cooked and tried a lot of different types of chili. There are many ways to prepare chili (with a lot of meat, no meat, thin, thick, with spaghetti, without spaghetti, sweet, spicy, bold, or even with a splash of chocolate).  Chili can be made many different ways!  If you like your chili thick, hearty and full of flavor you’ll love this recipe!  I have played around with my recipe for many years and as a result I have finally figured out the perfect recipe!  In conclusion, I have to share it with you all!  Trust me, you will love it!  Below I have included my thick hearty flavorful chili recipe that will awaken your taste buds and bring your belly much satisfaction!  Enjoy and bon appetit! *updated 1-13-18*


  • 1 lb ground hamburger
  • 1 yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can of rotel (with juice)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans (drained)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper *ONLY IF YOU LIKE IT SPICY*


  1. In a large pot cook hamburger, garlic and onion on medium-low heat (until onions and garlic are soft) and drain.
  2. Slowly add tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili power, cumin, salt, sugar, pepper, oregano, cinnamon and cayenne pepper (if you want it spicy).
  3. Slowly mix well and let it come to a boil (cover so it doesn’t splash and burn you), stirring occasionally.
  4. Lower temperature to a simmer and let simmer for one hour (covered).  Stir occasionally.
  5. Let cool and add your favorite toppings and/or enjoy with your sandwich of choice.

This chili may also be prepared in a crock-pot/slow-cooker!  Simply follow steps 1&2 and add to crock-pot for around 6 hours on high or 8 on low. 🙂