Kosher Chili Con Carne

Kosher chili con carne is a zesty, hearty, one-pot meal that’s perfect for weeknights, the big game, or fall and wintry get togethers.

The Backstory: Okay, I know what you are thinking, what is a Mexican dish like Kosher chili con carne doing on a Jewish food site? Truth  be told, chili con carne can be found in many cultures. This tasty Kosher version has been served for decades in many observant homes. I first got this recipe in a cookbook that was sent to me as a wedding gift. I made it once or twice in the early years of my marriage. Friends liked it, but my husband was so-so on it, as he was never one to try anything new. When I think of all the things he missed out on! This is truly a delicious comfort food recipe.More of the Backstory after the recipe

Kosher Chili Con Carne

Rich in flavor and colorful to look at this well seasoned hearty dish is a delight to the palate.
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 lbs. Kosher ground beef or turkey
  • 2+ tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup minced oniond
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp. chili powder mix with 1/4 cup hot water to dissolve
  • 1 large 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 cup corn, drained or frozen, defrosted
  • 2 cups kidney beans do not drain
  • Dry red wine for adults only


  1. Heat oil in a large deep skillet. Saute onion and garlic, for about 2 minutes. Add the ground beef. When the beef is browned (about 5 minutes), add the tomatoes, salt, basil and chili powder.
  2. Lower heat and cook for about 1 1/4 hours. Stir often, make sure nothing is sticking to the pot. If more liquid is need, you can add some water or some dry red wine.
  3. Add the beans and the corn. Cook until the beans and corn are heated. Serve with your favorite chips and salsa or bulkie rolls.

…The Backstory continues: Fast forward to the present.  My grandson and son-in-law love this type of hearty dish. Whenever they are watching sports on Sunday evening, my daughter makes this for them. Sometimes they have it as chili and sometimes they have nacho Sundays with the chili piled high on tortilla chips with salsa on the side. Listening to them carry on over the different sports plays is one hilarious experience, whether I’m witnessing it in person or hearing it over the phone. These two guys, one 52 and the other 10 years old–spread out on the couch in their New England garb, calling every play, and arguing with the television is truly one of my life’s greatest joys.  And you can bet there isn’t a morsel of food left at the end of the game.

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Myrna Turek

Myrna Turek

I'm a domestic goddess who got my 'PhD' in Home Ec in the early 1960s. I was married for 52 years and have six grandchildren. If it were up to me, everything would be fried. Including chocolate.
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