Grampa Dave's Chili . . .


New Member
Jul 19, 2013
Raleigh, NC
Grampa Dave’s Chili

1 lb. - 80% Ground Chuck
2 Cans - Great Value "Chili-Ready" Tomatoes ( Wal-Mart brand name )
1 Can - Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 Can - Light Red Kidney Beans
1 Can - Tomato Sauce
1 Green Pepper ( Diced )
1 Small Vidalia Onion ( Diced )
1 Tablespoon - Chili Powder ( "Safe" Starting Point )
4 Beef Bouillon Cubes
4 oz. - Sliced Mushrooms ( Optional )
Garlic ( As Desired )
Black Pepper ( As Desired )
Seasoned Salt ( As Desired )
Cayenne Pepper ( As Desired - Use Sparingly )


(1) Combine ALL Ingredients, EXCEPT the GROUND CHUCK and the ONION in a large pot and heat over Medium-High heat, stirring occasionally.

(2) Brown Ground Chuck and DRAIN THOROUGHLY ( Add a sprinkling of additional Seasonings as listed above, if desired, to add flavor during cooking ). Add to Ingredients prepared in Step 1.

(3) Place Diced Onions in a skillet and sauté them, until brown ( They are cooked separately to prevent an "overpowering" Onion flavor in the Chili ) Additional seasoning may be used, if desired . . . DRAIN THOROUGHLY and add to Pot.

(4) Add the GROUND CHUCK and ONIONS to the pot and stir until thoroughly mixed in. Add water, as needed ( it will simmer out during cooking )

(5) Cook Chili over MEDIUM-HIGH heat, until it comes to a BUBBLING Boil, stirring occasionally . . . REDUCE Heat to MEDIUM-LOW and allow to cook for at least TWO HOURS, stirring occasionally . . . DO NOT ALLOW Chili to RE-BOIL and LOWER HEAT, as needed.

(6) "TASTE-TEST" During Cooking and Adjust Seasonings . . . Then, add Toppings, as desired . . . SERVE & ENJOY ! ! !
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Veteran Member
Sep 6, 2008
Naperville Il
Chili is one of my favorite food, this recipe is close to how l make it.
l have found that after getting everything mixed up and cooking. l put my pot of
chili in the oven for the rest of the cooking it need. Never burns on the bottom of the pot
l set my oven for 350 degrees, cooking for one to two hours. l have found this helps with cooking the gas out of the beans, it might boil some but again never burns


Veteran Member
Oct 1, 2016
Waupaca WI
I love Chilli...I do have a recipe for Dave's (Wendy's) version it is awesome. Unfortunately i can't handle the nightshade foods. I could see making this in a instant pot.