Game Day Recipes: Grandma Beef Chili Recipe


Happy New Year. If you are like my boys, you will be watching bowl games today. There is nothing better on a cold winter day that to grab a bowl of homemade Chili, especially a recipe that dates back to your grandmother. Or maybe you are looking for game day recipes this it one for you. My grandmother, was not the best about keeping recipes, but my mom was good about getting my grandmother to write down when she made something as often as her Beef Chili Recipe, although I am sure there are at least a few different variation recipe cards floating around our family as she never made the same recipe the same.



Tomatoes make the recipe, and I try to use the best ones I can find and afford. I have really started liking the Tuttorosso brand. The better the tomatoes the better the end result of your recipe. So buy the best canned tomatoes you can afford, trust me you will taste the difference.


Since I like to have food already prepared before my game day guests arrive, I prepare this as a slow cookier chili recipe. I am not sure Grandma would approve but I think it tastes great.


For Game day, set out a buffet of chili toppings and allow your guests to serve themselves.
Game day parties are casual and everyone should feel they can just relax and eat when they are ready.IMG_0144

If you have leftovers, my boys made a large batch of Chili nachos, another great game day recipe idea.
I have also made this with ground turkey, but my family prefers the beef version, they may have not noticed if I had not told them.

So no matter what the occasion, enjoy this beef chili recipe with your family.

Grandma's Beef Chili

Grandma's Beef Chili

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A sweet chili recipe that is great in a slow cooker or stove top.


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/4/ c. Water
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 large can ground tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 5-6 stalks of celery
  • 1 /2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 T Fresh Parsley
  • 1 T. Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 T Chili Powder or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Bay leaf


  1. Saute ground beef with water.
  2. Add onions and garlic and saute' all together
  3. Add tomato paste and saute' a few minutes more
  4. Add ground tomatoes and celery. Add Bay Leave if desired. Cook 30-40 minutes
  5. (I add everything at this point and put it in the slow cooker)
  6. Add salt, pepper, basil, chili powder, sugar, parsley, chicken bouillon, and kidney beans. Coof for another 10-12 minutes
  7. Sever over noodls or saltine crackers. I like to add sour cream, cheese, green onions and hot pepper sauce.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 422Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 101mgSodium 560mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 37g

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