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Everyone Will Love Mama’s Belly-Filling Chili Recipe

Chili Con Carne, Chili Pepper, Bean, Beef, Bell Pepper

Everyone Will Love Mama’s Belly-Filling Chili Recipe

There’s nothing like a spicy, hot bowl of chili to keep us warm. It’s filling, comforting, and it has a great spicy flavor that makes it somehow exciting and daring.

Anyone that has eaten or prepared chili knows that there are several ways it can be made. It can be made with or without beans, various vegetables and seasonings can be added… and the list goes on.

The recipe we have here is for a meaty, hearty chili that has a huge list of ingredients that are guaranteed to please the body and soul.

Hearty Chili Recipe

If you have any doubt of how hearty this chili is, here is the huge list of ingredients:

  • Ground round
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Celery
  • Kidney beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • Tomato sauce

And that doesn’t include the vast array of seasonings like bay leaf, chili powder, sugar, cloves, salt, pepper, and red wine. Oh, and don’t forget to top it all with a hefty helping of sour cream!


Although the recipe requires a lot of ingredients, it isn’t to difficult to make.

  1. Start by browning the meat. Prepare the veggies and add them. Then add beef and seasonings.
  2. Cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours, then add red wine and simmer another 30 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with sour cream and cheese.

Although these ingredients are enough to make a hearty chili, there are also many ingredients you can add that you may have never even thought of.

These include:

Chocolate: Chocolate can provide a deep, complex flavor and luxurious texture to your chili. Add cocoa powder or melt in an entire square of dark chocolate to achieve the delicious taste you are after.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they can also make the perfect addition to your chili. The sweetness contrasts with the heat and they thicken the chili without making it heavy or overly starchy.

Balsamic Vinegar: The acidity of the vinegar does wonders when it comes to waking up your chili and brightening the flavors. Just add a few splashes before you serve it to enjoy the touch of flavor it adds your meal.

Thick Chili Recipe

If you like chili that has a nice, thick consistency, there are several things you can do to thicken the texture. Here are some ideas:

Simmering: Simmering the chili will evaporate the excess liquids that can make your chili thin. It also gets you a stronger, more concentrated taste without jeopardizing the flavor.

Add Flour: There are several types of flour and they can all be used to add thickness to your chili. Start by mixing ¼ cup water with 2 tbsp flour. Mix them well so there are no lumps. Then add them to the chili until it comes to a boil, stirring regularly to ensure it doesn’t start lumping.

Cornstarch: Like flour, cornstarch should also be combined with water before being added to thicken chili. Mix 1 tbsp. cornstarch with 1 tbsp cold water. Stir until it boils. Let simmer to make sure the cornstarch dissolves completely and serve.

Cornmeal: To thicken chili with cornmeal, simply add 2 to 3 tbsp and let the chili simmer for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Emulsifiers: These are food additives used for mixing two or more liquids that usually do not mix well. If you use an emulsifier to thicken your chili, all you will need to do is add one or two teaspoons of it and stir for a bit.

Now you have all you need to know to make a thick, hearty bowl of chili for your family. Bon Appetit!

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Cheese Bread Recipe and our Blueberry Bread Recipe.

How to Cool Your Mouth Off After Eating Something Spicy

Eating spicy food can make your mouth burn like you wouldn't believe! Everyone's heat tolerance is different, and can depend on a variety of factors. One of the biggest factors that contributes to a person's heat tolerance is how often they eat spicy food. Those that eat spicy food more frequently are more likely to have a higher heat tolerance.

If you find that your mouth is on fire after eating this chili, the first thing you may think to do is grab a glass of water. After all, water will help wash away the spice, won't it? Nope! Water can actually make the heat worse. What makes your mouth burn is oil-based, so it resists water.

Instead, grab a glass of something dairy or something acidic. You may have heard that milk can neutralize spice, but not as many people know that something acidic can do the job, too. If you don't have milk on hand, any other dairy product will do. A yogurt-based drink is a great alternative.

If you don't have either type of drink available, you can also try to brush your teeth or rinse with mouthwash. This may be successful at cleaning off your tongue and cooling your mouth off. Just remember to avoid rinsing with any water after; if there's any spice that remains, the water will just make the heat in your mouth flare!

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Chili Con Carne, Chili Pepper, Bean, Beef, Bell Pepper

Mama's Belly Filling Chili Recipe

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  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes


The recipe we have here is for a meaty, hearty chili that has a huge list of ingredients that are guaranteed to please the body and soul.


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds chopped ground round
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (14 ½ ounce) cans diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Grated cheddar cheese for serving
  • Sour cream for serving


  1. Sauté the ground round in the vegetable oil until browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, onions, peppers, and celery and cook until the vegetables are soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the beans, tomatoes (with juice), tomato sauce, bay leaf, chili powder, sugar, cloves, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  4. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 ½ hours.
  5. Add the red wine and simmer another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve in large bowls topped with grated cheese and sour cream.
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 Hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
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