As I was cooking this chili today, I started wondering about the history behind this tasty dish. Indeed, chili has a long history with many tales & fanciful stories that fill books & internet pages. I found it all very fascinating. Of particular interest is a fact that I was quite surprised by. Of course, chili recipes vary by the maker, but traditionally chili does not include tomatoes or beans in the recipe. Some really cool facts & details about the history of chili can be found here….


This recipe makes a generous amount of chili & to ensure that it is bursting with flavor, the recipe calls for an abundance of delicious  spices & of course plenty of chili powder!

Chili Ingredients

  • 24oz diced tomatoes
  • 24oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz water
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 7 oz of corn (1/2 can)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • spice mixture for ground beef or turkey (below)
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 6 tsp chili powder

Spices for Ground Beef or Turkey

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cumin


  • In a large pot, combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, spices & onion.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes or until the onions have softened.
  • Meanwhile, coat a pan with oil and add ground beef or ground turkey & spices.
  • Saute until ground beef or turkey is fully cooked.
  • Add ground beef or turkey, beans, corn & jalapenos to pot.
  • Let simmer with lid, on medium heat for 15 minutes.


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