Homestyle Chili - Family Recipe - The Old Schoolhouse


Homestyle Chili - Family Recipe


I recently sat down with my mother-in-law and asked her to give me one of her family recipes. I do not know if it is like this in your family, but in ours she has some pretty yummy recipes, and they are all family ones.

She was generous enough to let me share it with all of you. I hope you can enjoy it with your family as much as we do.

Also with these cold winter months, what better way to warm your family up than with a nice hot bowl of chili.


Homestyle Chili - Family Recipe

Course Side Dish


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 large stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 can of mushrooms or 1 cup of fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 can of kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1-8 oz. can tomato sauce


  • Over medium heat, cook the hamburger, spices and vegetables together until the meat is browned and vegetables are cooked.
  • Add the can of kidney beans and stir.
  • Add the can of diced tomatoes and stir.
  • Add the tomato sauce and stir.
  • Simmer until it is nice and hot, at least 10 minutes or more.




Tammy is a homeschooling mom who also works for the Canadian division of The Old Schoolhouse®. She resides in Moncton, New Brunswick, in Atlantic Canada. She and her husband are currently homeschooling their teenage daughter, and she also has a grown 23-year-old daughter with a very sweet 4-year-old granddaughter. Her passions in life are serving the Lord, ministering to her family and reaching out to the homeless community.


"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).