My Award-Winning Chili



  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Brown the hamburger, and then mix all the ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. We usually serve it with cooked elbow macaroni.

This is my mother-in-law’s awesome chili recipe. I love it because any recipe based on canned food is my favorite.

And yes, it actually won the church chili cook-off once. FIRST PRIZE. Although we may have cheated just a bit.

Not intentionally. Much.

But it turns out than in a vote-based competition, placement is paramount. We were chili number one on the ballot  that year, having by some miracle arrived early. Being number one in line ensures more exposure and garners more votes.

Also it doesn’t hurt to have seven people in the family to stuff the ballot box.

And now I can call this recipe “AWARD WINNING!”


On a side note, this recipe is in a handwritten book my mother-in-law gifted me and my sisters-in-law with.

It is a real treasure for grown children to have their mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes in handwriting form.

So I recommend this as a gift to all you grandmas out there.

And if you want to put this chili recipe in your recipe book, remember to call it AWARD WINNING.

That’s very important.


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