Dam Good `CHILI

 I like Chili.

I’m picky though.

I like it just like this.

. . . simple.

 I didn’t think of the name . . . but it fits! Darn good, Really good, awesome or not half bad just wouldn’t cut it.  Just make it, and you’ll say:  “Gee that’s Dam Good Chili!  It’s not too hot or too spicy, and the Salsa gives it a good kick.  I used a bottle of the Salsa I made over the summer, and it’s just mild.  If you want hotter Chili, simply add Hotter Salsa, and toss in some Cayenne Pepper!  That will do the trick.

Gone are the days of soaking Chili Beans.  I much prefer the (undrained) red Kidney beans instead.  I also added 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar to the pot . . . it adds a nice flavor.  You can make this in minutes, and serve it with a tossed green salad and some toasted Cheesy Garlic Bread. I used Mozzarella cheese on top today, but cheddar is my favorite. Beans are very good for you, even though they might not do good things to you!  It’s brrrr COLD in Idaho, and warm soup sure tastes good.




*read notes below

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease well.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Notes:  I used 2 cans of dark red kidney beans (undrained).   I chopped the onion very finely, but you could also use Onion Powder instead.  I also added 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar as well.  Very good Chili! Top with grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese, and serve with Garlic Toast or toasted Bagels.


  • Leslie - 01/08/2011 - 8:21 pm

    I made this for dinner last night. It was fantastic and filling and hearty. Great flavors. Thanks for another hit.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - 01/09/2011 - 5:37 pm

    I wish I liked beans….cause it does look damn good.ReplyCancel

  • Tara - 01/25/2011 - 5:51 pm

    This chili is awesome. Entering it in a cookoff for work! Wish me luck even if it doesn’t win the contest it is a winner in our house.ReplyCancel

  • JoAnn Nef - 10/06/2011 - 7:04 pm

    Made it. Loved it. Thank Jonna for the coaching. You are, my darling, absolutely amazing. In soooooo many ways.ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 10/07/2011 - 9:23 am

      You are the sweetest. I think you are totally amazing!!!

  • Sarah - 09/28/2012 - 7:29 am

    This recipe was super easy and very delicious!!!! I used ground turkey instead of beef and it was still amazing! Also, added diced tomatoes:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth C - 01/30/2013 - 4:40 pm

    Just made your Dam Good Chili after a super long day of packing at my office… I was exhausted. I still had to make dinner, your chili I had planned. Made with cornbread… It was so fast and easy and dam good for sure. I did add the brown sugar too. Wow I have an old recipe with celery carrots beer.. It was nice not cutting all that up.. Very delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • machele - 02/07/2013 - 10:08 am

    What kind of chili mix did you use? I have chili original. McCormick mix.ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - 02/07/2013 - 3:09 pm

      Hi Machele,

      I think I used Albertson’s brand, but I’ve used others with success.
      Add just a small amount in the beginning. You can always add more, but can’t take away!