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Bryan Hansen's Famous Chili Recipe

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Bryan Hansen's Famous Chili Recipe

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  • Makes: 8 to 10 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Bake 15 mins
  • Cook 40 mins

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Lean ground beef, canned tomatoes, and canned beans are used to make this simple chili recipe. Cumin and chili powder add spicy heat.


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 - ounce cans chili beans with chili gravy
  • 2 14 1/2 - ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Toasted Garlic-Parmesan Bread (see recipe below)


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender; do not drain. Cook, covered, over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain fat, if desired.
  2. Stir in undrained chili beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato juice, chili powder, sugar, red pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with shredded cheese, if you like, and Toasted Garlic-Parmesan Bread. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Toasted Garlic-Parmesan Bread


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound French or Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a small bowl, stir together butter and garlic, minced. Cut bread loaf in half lengthwise. Spread butter mixture on each half. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place, spread side up, on a large baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Bryan Hansen's Famous Chili Recipe)

Servings Per Recipe 8, vit. C (mg) 45, cal. (kcal) 351, pro. (g) 28, sodium (mg) 1037, carb. (g) 32, Fat, total (g) 12, vit. A (IU) 1166, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 5, fiber (g) 8, chol. (mg) 71, sat. fat (g) 4

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