Homemade Chili 

Now I know what ya’ll must be thinking it’s summer ,”who wants something hot ? ”  We do ! One of our family favorites and versitile dishes (or bowls rather ) is homemade chili.  Now my mom always made this for parties as long as I can remember but I took it and “puertoricanized it” with my own remix. And you will not see the extra stuff I added to it but you can appreciate that extra flavor that takes it to another level. 


3 cans of chili beans ( you can use regular small red or pink beans I use the Aldi’s brand)

1 large sweet onion diced

6 garlic cloves minced

2 cubes of sofrito (homemade or the one in the freezer section) 

 2 can of Rotel tomatoes or any brand of tomatoes and jalepenos 

1 cup of pasta sauce (I use my homemade one but you can substitute for a can of tomato sauce or ketuchup)

2lbs of ground beef (can substitute ground chicken or turkey) 

2 packets of Mccormicks chili mix Mild or Hot ( I use the low sodium)  or I make my own chili mix ( very simple if you want recipe leave me a comment below) 

Garlic salt and pepper to your preference to season the meat 

Tools needed

Cutting board


Medium to Large stock pot 

Can opener 


1. Sweat onions and garlic in the stock pot 

2. Add the ground beef ( or meat of your choice) season with garlic salt and pepper while cooking. Drain the fat, do not use water to wash it out. 

4. Add the chili mixes or add about 6 table spoons of the homemade mix. Stir until well incorporated.

5. Add the beans, Rotel , tomatoes sauce , sofrito, and stir and bring to a boil. Do not add water. It may look think but wait until it boils  because the condensation from the lid ads water. *If you like a souper consistency ….. We can’t be friends because that isn’t chili, that’s soup ! Lol *  you can add water but you will have to adjust the seasonings. 

6. Bring to a boil and let simmer on low or 2 for 1-2 hours , stir occasionally.

It comes out not to thick not to watery. Of course add more red pepper flakes or chayenne pepper if you want more heat. I sometimes add more tomatoes and green peppers towards then end for extra crunch and chunkiness. But I decided to keep it simple that day 🙂 

This can  be eaten on its own, with cheese, sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and chives. We like it over white rice with cheese and sour cream. You will have leftovers , most likely ; and you can use this to make chili dogs on another day. 

Enjoy !!!



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