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Zesty Homemade Chili by Gena Bessire

My Zesty Homemade Chili recipe gets rave reviews and is a hit whenever I make it. It is delicious, super easy to make, and made with supplies I keep in my pantry year-round.


From: Gena Bessire's Kitchen

Servings 6-8


• 2 lbs. cooked Ground Beef

• 1 large Onion or Dried Onions

• 1 large Green Pepper (diced)

• 2 cans of Italian Recipe Stewed Tomatoes

• 1 can of Water from can above

• 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

• ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

• ½ teaspoon of Black Pepper

• ½ teaspoon of Oregano

• 1 teaspoon of Ground Cumin

• 2 cloves of Garlic finely chopped

• 1 teaspoon of Salt

• 2 cans of Kidney Beans drained

• 1 can of Black Beans drained


1. If you have a pressure cooker:

2. Layer ingredients as listed above except beans and cook until pressure cooker starts rocking, turn to medium heat and allow to rock for 5 MINUTES and let cool on own (about 20 minutes). Add beans stir and let sit for 5 minutes or so until beans warm through and serve.

3. If you don’t have a pressure cooker:

4. Put all ingredients in a large pot on the stovetop and simmer for at least 30 minutes to an hour until ingredients are cooked well and serve.

5. If using a crockpot and allow to cook through.

*Garish with diced avocados, shredded cheese, a side of Doritos, if desired.

**Tip: This Chili is AMAZING with my Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.

***Tip: I often make a double batch of it, so that I have 2 meals worth.

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