Simply Good Chili

Adapted from the recipe from Brenda Master’s mom

Chili has become so intricate that sometimes it is difficult to recognize. Here is the perfect recipe when you are looking for a straight up good chili without any flashy ingredients.     

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  • 2 tbsp Olive Scene Harissa Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 lb ground chuck (or 1 pound each ground chuck and ground pork)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1- 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ - 1 cup water 
  • 14 oz can cannellini (white kidney) beans
  • 14 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp each: ground cumin, oregano, basil and black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup The Olive Scene Black Currant Balsamic Vinegar


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot. 
  2. Add the meat and sauté until brown. 
  3. Remove the meat from the pot with slotted spoon. 
  4. Drain the grease. 
  5. Heat another tablespoon oil in the same pot. Add onions and celery, and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Add garlic and sauté another 2 minutes until aromatic. 
  7. Add the meat back in along with the tomatoes, water, beans, salt and spices. 
  8. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. 
  9. Add the balsamic vinegar and simmer another ½ hour. Enjoy.  
  10. Especially good when made the day before serving.

*18 Year Traditional, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Jalapeño or Champagne Vinegar can be substituted for the Black Currant Vinegar