One thing that is undeniable is the fact that my mom is a amazing cook!  I grew up eating real food everyday!  I didn’t realize what a blessing this was until much later in life.  I am grateful for the foundation she gave me!  This chili recipe is adapted from hers.  I substitute any recipe that calls for sugar with usually coconut sugar, local honey, or local maple syrup.  All are still sugar, just healthier versions of sugar.  This is also slightly tamer on the spice level than my moms, she tends to cook a little hotter than my household can tolerate?. I usually double this recipe for plenty of leftovers and lunches for the week.


Mom’s Chili

  • 1-2 pounds of hamburger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4-5 cans of kidney beans, black beans, or mix of kidney, pinto, or black beans
  • 2 large cans of tomatoes
  • 3-4 tbs of chili powder
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of black pepper

Combine meat, water, garlic powder, and onions in large pot.  Cook until meat is broken up and onions are tender.  Add the beans of your choice.  I have used all combinations of the beans I listed above and feel you can’t go wrong any way:).  Add one can of tomatoes and pulse the other in your blender to make tomato juice.  Add chili powder, coconut sugar, ketchup, salt, and pepper.  Let cook for 2 -3 hours on low heat stirring occasionally.

Top with cheese, sour cream or whatever fits your fancy.  We almost always eat with organic tortilla chips and often enjoy guacamole with it.