Grandad's Simple Chili

My grandfather, Roland Helbert, was a simple, amazing cook.  I remember Sunday pancakes, watching birds and squirrels, garden fresh tomatoes,  and his best ever chili recipe.  


1.5 lbs of ground beef or turkey (I like to use a little of both)

I can of Cambell's Tomato Soup

1 cup of water

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of dark kidney beans

1 can of light kidney beans

1 large onion

2-3 Tbsp of Chili Powder , for an extra kick and a smoked chili flavor, try Chipotle Morita Chili Powder



1.  Chop onion and brown ground beef or turkey over medium heat.  Drain fat.  

2. Rinse beans in a colander until the white bubbles are gone.  Add beans and Chili Pepper (2 Tbsp for a milder chili, 3 for a hotter one) to beef/turkey mixture.  Stir to coat.  

3.  Add can of Campbells soup, water and diced tomatoes.  Mix well.  

4.  Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.  

Serve with toppings of choice:  sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, or baked tortilla chips.  

So good the next day over greens for lunch!  


- Original recipe from Roland Helbert, adapted by kaina @ SpicesForLess

Thank you Grandaddy!  My first memories in the kitchen were with you, and you inspire me always!