Children are notorious for not liking onions or food that is too spicy. The ingredients that make an adult say “Yum”, makes a child say, “Yuck”. And for those adults who suffer from acid reflux disease, chili can cause pain. This recipe makes both cases happy…and when I serve it I set out the chili powder and salsa for those who like it hot.


1 can Tomato Juice

1 can Chili Beans

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 Tablespoon Minced Onion

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 Tablespoon Sugar

Salt and Pepper

Pour tomato juice in a Crock-pot or pan. Stir in chili beans. You may brown the ground beef if you desire, or let it cook in the Crock-pot with the other ingredients. If you use the second option the ground beef breaks down into tiny pieces, not browned clumps. Sprinkle with onion, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.  Cook in Crock-pot on low all day, high for four hours or in  sauce pan for an hour.

There is enough chili powder in the chili beans to flavor it for children. You can always make it spicier. It is harder to cool down the heat.

Three main ingredients.


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