I have been making this homemade Dad’s Favorite Chili recipe for at least 20 years, and it is my husband’s favorite.
He likes his chili a little on the spicy side. Me—not as much. So I add the Tabasco to suit my taste and give him the bottle at the table to suit his taste. In my opinion, the secret ingredients are the beer and taco seasoning packet. No worries–The alcohol content cooks out, but it gives it that special flavor that I just love (and I do not like beer to drink). In summary, try Dad’s Favorite Chili soon. End your meal with my Pretzel Cookies.
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Dad’s Favorite Chili:
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- 1 lb, ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 15 oz. can chili hot beans
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons water, divided
- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 can beer
- 1/2 package taco seasoning
- Tabasco to taste
Brown the ground beef with the onion in a stock pot until no longer pink.
Drain off any grease.
Add the chili hot beans and tomato soup and simmer for 10 minutes.
Make a paste out of the chili powder, flour, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons water and add to the pot, stirring to incorporate.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer, taco seasoning, remaining water and Tabasco to taste.
Simmer covered for 45 minutes stirring often. Enjoy!
Optional: Serve with shredded mild cheddar cheese
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