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Famous Chili

posted by Julie Evink on January 11, 2014

Famous Chili ~ Amazing chili to warm up to on a cold winter’s day!

Famous Chili ~ Amazing chili to warm up to on a cold winter's day!

It’s a bitterly cold winter here in Minnesota. I mean our winters are always freezing, but this winter well it’s beyond freezing. The pathetic thing is I think I’m begining to acclimate to it. It’s amazing how 30 degrees feels TERRIBLE in the fall and in the spring it’s a heat wave. Break out the shorts my friends! Summer is here!

Are a few of your nodding your head in agreement? While more of you are going, “Why on earth do you live in that tundra?” I might be with the latter of you. Family. That’s the only reason I’m here!

To combat the colder winter days and nights I have a few tricks up my sleeves….

#1. Dress appropriately – I’ve been wondering if I can find fleece lined dress pants lately…man the wind whips through dress pants

#2. Stay indoors – Yes, I’ve become a hermit. I’m ok with it.

#3. Build big, roaring fires – I love my fireplace

#4. HOT showers – Sometimes it’s the only way to take the chill out of your bones.

#5. HUGE bowls of Chili – Duh…you knew food was going to be in there sometime!

This amazing chili recipe came from a dear friend of mine, who got it from a co-worker and she kept raving about this chili. I figured I must try it right? I made the mistake of making it while I had morning sickness with Miss K. Let’s just say by the time I was done smelling it and making it I think I had two bites and couldn’t look at it. Fast forward two years later and I was finally able to stomach the thought of it again! WOW I’m glad I tried it again. It’s simply amazing. It will quickly become your family’s go-to recipe for chili! The secret….cumin.

Curl up in front of your fireplace with a big bowl of this Famous Chili and warm up!

Famous Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Famous Chili


  • 3 lbs hamburger, browned
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (30 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can chili beans
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano


  1. In a large pot mix together browned hamburger, tomatoes, onion, tomato sauce, chili beans and water. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. After a hour add chili powder, garlic salt, cumin and oregano. Simmer for an additional 2 hours. Top with sour cream and cheese if desired.
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  • Jess

    This looks delicious, you really can’t beat a good chili especially when it’s freezing cold outside! Love your photos too 🙂

  • Sinea Pies

    Wow…this chili should be famous! How beautiful is that picture…wish I had a bowl right now!!!

  • Sherlyn

    Julie – fleece lined tights under the dress pants!

    • Julie Evink

      YES! I need to do that!

  • Carrie

    I live in Sauk Rapids, and even though the cold gets old (really fast), I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else 🙂 So happy I came across your blog!

    • Julie Evink

      Welcome Carrie! Glad a local found me 🙂

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Oh yeah, cumin is a must in most chili recipes! Your chili looks so good, Julie! Pinned. Hope you all are staying warm. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Hey Julie! I was so excited to see that Tanya picked this for our meal plan this week! It looks AMAZING! Love that the recipe is one of those that gets bounced around. You know those are the best ones! Stay warm!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks so much for including it Heather!!

  • Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    Thanks for sharing this comfort food at our Marvelous Monday party! Pinned. PS – at least we aren’t in the negative temps today! Though the snow is coming… have a good week!

    • Julie Evink

      And the blizzard now! I’m bundling up tight tomorrow..not I have to go work. YUCK!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    Yes! I couldn’t agree more with your tips….especially staying inside and building giant fires!! I also sport my robe – often – all day long. Thanks for this delicious chili recipe!

    • Julie Evink

      Haha…I sport sweats, a hoodie and ponytail!

  • Tonia

    Of course, I totally understand about the weather! The school just called because the kids are getting out at noon today. Ugh!

    • Julie Evink

      Kids here didn’t even make it to school today! Sounds like it’s supposed to be nasty tomorrow too 🙁

  • jessica

    Do we use dry beans or canned? Do we drain cans of tomatos?

    • Julie Evink

      The beans are canned and do not drain the tomatoes!

  • Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    This chili sounds fab and easy too! Love it, Julie! Hopefully it warms up there soon!

  • Lisa

    Is the can of chili beans seasoned with spices?

    • Julie Evink

      My can just said chili beans!

  • Theresa

    Can you tell me about how many this recipe will feed??

    • Julie Evink

      Around 12 would be my guess!

  • Jess

    I loved this recipe last time I made it but now the page is telling me there is an error and the page can’t be found! I would love this recipe again!!

  • Mary Helen

    Could I leave out the onion? Also, could I just add everything together vs waiting the 1hr to add the spices and the another 2hrs before serving? Last minute pumpkin carving party left me with very little time lol

    • Julie Evink

      Yes you can leave out the onion and it’s fine to only cook 2 hours. Longer cooking just lets the spices meld a little better!

  • Kym

    If I brown the meat first, can I just throw everything else in the crockpot for a few hours instead of stove top??

    • Julie Evink

      Yes you sure can! I do it all the time!

  • Amber

    Hello Julie,

    This recipe looks great! I am going to try it on Friday. I am having about 6 people coming over. Is it okay if I just make it with 2 pounds of meat? If I do, do I need to reduce all of the other ingredients?

    • Julie Evink

      You can add less meat but the chili won’t be as thick and hearty. I’ve had other people adjust to just the two pounds of hamburger before and it’s fine!

  • lck

    I made this chilli yesterday it was so good. Entering it in a chilli cookoff tomorrow. But I tweeked it a little and instead of the second xan of chilli I added a can of rotel. It is awesome.

  • Janice

    could this be converted to a crockpot recipe?

  • Zoe

    How many does this serve?

  • Dori Pan

    Absolutely love this recipe! Have made it many times! Easy recipe & my family loves it! I add chopped red pepper and serve over rice.

    • Julie Evink

      I’m so glad you enjoy it Dori! Thanks for coming back and letting me know!

  • jazmine

    how would you suggest freezing this and reheating?

    • Julie Evink

      Hi Jazmine! I just freeze mine in containers the portion size of what I want and then either let it thaw in the fridge or heat it on the stove top from frozen!

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