Maggie’s Simple Chili

This is my mother’s recipe for a simple chili. Since our heritage is Norwegian, we call it “Norwegian style chili” in our family. Basically, if you can open a can you can make this chili! I have added some fun garnishes that she normally would not have used, but I think they add a nice extra touch. 


2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1/2 of a yellow onion diced
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1 large garlic clove minced
1/4 cup of chili powder (more or less depending on your taste)
1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 – 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 – 15 oz. can kidney beans
2- 15 oz. can pork and beans (pork removed)
1 -15 oz. can black beans
Mild or sharp cheddar cheese
Fritos, oyster crackers or saltine crackers
Sour cream
Green onions, washed and sliced


In a large pot, heat oil over medium to high heat and sauté onion until tender. Add beef and brown, stirring often. Additional oil may need to be added. Add garlic when beef is almost browned and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring to a boil, stirring often and then lower heat. Simmer over low for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended. Ladle into bowls, garnish if desired and serve.

Suggested Beverage

Try a Corona with a wedge of lime, Modelo Especial (Mexico), Fireman’s #4 Blonde Ale by Real Ale Brewing Company (Blanco, TX), Saint Arnold Elissa IPA (Houston, TX) or try a margarita – Classic Margarita.

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