Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Make Chili Like a Bates

At the request of our readers, we have a secret Bates family recipe to share. Who likes chili?

Bates Family Chili Recipe

Hamburger (about 2 pounds)
1 can tomato juice or V8 juice
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans beans (you can use cooked dried beans-pinto, kidney, navy, black beans, or another variety)
Optional other vegetables (diced onions, peppers, mushrooms, corn, etc)
1 bag chili seasoning (we use Brown Bag or Carroll Shelby)

Brown hamburger in large stock pot; drain cooked beef, and add all other ingredients.
Cook on low for 1 hour or place in crock pot. (The chili is ready and can be served sooner, but the longer it cooks, the better the flavor.)
Serve chili with corn chips, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes, or serve with spaghetti noodles and cheese.


  1. Sounds delicious! Will have to try it and so simple too. The Bates need to write a book like the Duggars have. There is so much wisdom and knowledge to glean from.

    1. Good idea. I would love to read a Bates book.

  2. Thanks for the recipe! Looks healthy and yummy.

  3. Sounds delicios.

  4. i will have to try that sometime soon and that sounds like something i could make to get me through rent season.

  5. WOW! i make it really close like them!!!!! i use cheese,ketchup,mustuard yellow, 6 kidney beans, 6 diced tomatoes,hamburger,2 tomatoe juice.