Aunt Paulette’s Chili

by | Feb 23, 2022

By Melissa Moyles

Happy February! This year has been a whirlwind so far. So much vacation and with it terrible eating. I came home from North Carolina this week craving some vegetables. Do you know what I mean? My family however are not big veggie eaters. That is unless I hide them well in their favorite chili!

This recipe is like a big hug from my childhood. My Aunt Paulette would make it when she came to visit from Michigan and now I will share it with you!

Ingredients for Aunt Paulette's Chili

I bet you have many of these ingredients already on hand!

browning the ground beef

I start by browning ground beef in a big cast iron pot but any pan will work.

diced onions, bell pepper, and celery

While the meat is browning, I dice up the Trinity: onions, bell pepper, and celery.

soften the veggies

Once the meat is brown, I remove to the side and soften the veggies in the same pot.

Pinto and Kidney beans

Aunt Paulette always used Pinto and Kidney beans but you can really use any canned bean you prefer. Sometimes I will also add black beans. Make sure you drain and rinse them well!

drained and rinsed kidney and pinto beans

Canned crushed tomatoes

Once the veggies are soft, I add back in the meat, beans, and a large can of crushed tomatoes. I will also fill the can halfway with water to rinse out the extra tomatoey goodness.

spices for Aunt Paulette's chili

I am not known for measuring my spices but use about 3 tbsp chili powder to 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp salt and cracked pepper.

chili simmering

Bring the chili to a boil and then lower to a simmer and cook covered for at least 30 minutes.

cornbread to serve with Aunt Paulette's chili

This Chili tastes best with Trashy Cornbread so if you’re feeling ambitious, check out this recipe while the Chili is simmering.

I like to top my Chili with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, onions, and avocado but use whatever is your favorite.

I hope you try Aunt Paulette’s Chili! Let me know how it goes in the comments and tag me on Instagram @3daughtersDIY.

Best, Melissa and Girls

Aunt Paulette's Chili and Trashy Cornbread

Aunt Paulette’s Chili

Melissa Moyles
This recipe is like a big hug from my childhood. My Aunt Paulette would make it when she came to visit from Michigan and now I will share it with you!
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced onions, diced avocado, hot sauce


  • Brown ground beef wirh oil in large pot, remove
  • Add diced veggies. Soften for 10 minutes over medium heat
  • Drain and rinse beans
  • Add meat and beans to veggie pot. Add can of crushed tomatoes and then 1/2 can of water. Add all the spices and stir
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for at least 30 minutes
  • Serve with toppings and cornbread

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Melissa Moyles

Hi! I'm Melissa

In the borders of being a full time Marketing VP and a full time wife and mom, I strive to build a beautiful home for my family… 1 DIY Project at a time. Join us on this journey!