Mom’s Homemade Chili

*My mom passed away in April of 2017.  Nothing has been the same since and there is a huge hole in my heart and in my life without her.  This was her recipe and I know it by heart.  Sure wish I could make it for her today. 😦  This post is dedicated to her, with love, respect and my forever admiration.  

Southern Baked Beans; Paula Deen

My mom used to make this for my dad all the time.  She’d put the normal amount of chili powder in then he would dump a whole lot more into his bowl!  He said if your eyes and nose aren’t running it’s not chili, LOL!  Mine’s not quite that hot, but feel free to kick it up a notch if you want it hotter!
1/2 lb hamburger
1/2 lb ground sausage (I use mild Italian)
1 bottle Campbells tomato juice
2 cans dark kidney beans (I use Bushes)
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup chili powder
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Cumin  (the spices I’m not sure how much I use, I just sprinkle it in, maybe 1/4 teaspoon each??)
Brown the hamburger with the onion, I put all the spices, with a dash of chili powder into the hamburger as I cook it.  Brown the sausage in a separate pan. Drain grease from hamburger & sausage.  Drain and rinse kidney beans (some people don’t do this but I do)  Put all ingredients into your crockpot, including your spices  – this is when you want to put in the 1/4 cup chili powder.  You can use more or less chili powder depending on how spicy you like it.  Cook on high 6-8 hours.  Serve with corn bread on the side.  


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