Homemade Chili

It’s really cold here today so tonight I will be cooking something to warm up our innards.  Chili is always great when it’s cold outside.  I’ve had this recipe since I was a young bride in my first marriage.  The Kids Dad brought it home from work one day from one of his co-workers.  You can adjust the spiciness by adjusting the amount of cayenne pepper.  Hubby and I neither one like anything that is ‘set your mouth on fire’ hot so it’s pretty mild as I have it listed.  It’s great alone or over Frito’s for Frito Pie. 


1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1 16 oz. can pinto beans
1 16 oz. can refried beans
2 cups tomato juice
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes & green chilies (Ro-Tel)

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 tbs. chili powder
1 tbs. molasses

Brown meat with copped onion.  Drain & rinse and return meat to 4 qt. stew pot.  Add spices and stir.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to blend.  Cook on low heat and let simmer uncovered for a couple of hours.  Can also be placed in crockpot or slow cooker on low heat.


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