Farmhouse Style Chili

My mom’s Farmhouse Style Chili recipe with tomato juice is a meaty and mild crowd pleaser! This stove top chili is juicy and perfect to crunch up your saltine crackers to make the ultimate bite!

Large pan on stove top of hearty Farmhouse Style Chili with tomato juice.

Chili Recipe With Tomato Juice

A warm hearty soup on the stove top is such a great way to keep warm inside when it’s cold outside.  Our family especially enjoys this chili recipe that is made with tomato juice and only has a few beans. 

The ground beef and tomato flavors are most prominent.  There is a small can of mild chili beans to maintain that classic chili essence.

Our Loaded Broccoli Noodle Soup and Chicken & Dumpling Casserole are classic cool-weather recipes, but we tend to eat more chili and Hamburger and Noodle Casserole with ground beef than anything else throughout the winter.

The full-time farmers in our family have long days of work outside in all kinds of conditions.  Farmhouse Style Chili is one of the recipes that they crave to warm up on a cold day.

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While we’re not planting or harvesting crops in the winter there’s still animals to take care of and lots of maintenance and repairs to do on the farm equipment.  So the need to keep working all year around is real.  And cold people need warm and hearty meals!  Our Farmhouse Meatloaf and Hearty Beef Stew are a couple other tried and true comfort food recipes that feature beef we raise on the farm.

Bowl of meaty Chili made with tomato juice piled with shredded cheese on top, crackers underneath and sitting on a brown placemat

Another recipe that we enjoy is our Farmhouse Crock Pot Chiliit’s a little different in that it is packed with beans and not nearly as juicy.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Hamburger or venison – We always use lean ground beef.
  • Tomato juice
  • Onion – White, yellow or sweet onion all work fine, just chop it up.
  • Petite diced tomatoes – A can works well, or frozen tomatoes from the garden are great.
  • Mild chili beans
  • Chili powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Sugar

What to Serve with Chili

My husband grew up eating chili with peanut butter sandwiches.  More recently he eats chili served with saltines and cheese.  Skyline style chili with spaghetti on top is a dish that he craves too!  I have several friends that have a tradition of serving cinnamon rolls with chili, but that’s new to me.

Chili For a Crowd

One of the best family parties we went to last year was a big family campout.  A couple people made chili over a campfire and other brought a pot of chili and then dumped them all together for the crowd to enjoy.  I would prefer to keep chili separate so that it can begin mild and people that like more heat or spice could easily add more to their bowl.

Collage of hearty Farmhouse Style Chili in a pot on a spoon and in a white bowl with cheese.

How to Make Farmhouse Chili

  1. Cook and stir hamburger and onion until hamburger is light brown; drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes (with liquid), chili powder, salt, sugar, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 45 minutes.
  4. Stir in beans.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered until hot, about 15 minutes.
  5. Note:  For thicker chili continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.

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Printable Chili Recipe With Tomato Juice

Dutch oven of Chili with tomato juice on a stove top

Farmhouse Style Chili Recipe

Servings 6 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Are you looking for a good hearty Farmhouse Style Chili?  My mom’s stovetop chili recipe is a meaty and mild crowd pleaser!  #easychili
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 large onion about 1 cup
  • 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 46 ounce can tomato juice
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 16 ounce mild chili beans

Instructions
 

  • Cook and stir hamburger and onion until hamburger is light brown; drain.
  • Stir in tomatoes (with liquid), chili powder, salt, sugar, tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 45 minutes.
  • Stir in beans.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered until hot, about 15 minutes.
  • Note:  For thicker chili continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 76gProtein: 16gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2036mgPotassium: 1511mgFiber: 11gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 3248IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 252mgIron: 8mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published February 11, 2019 and updated on February 4, 2022.

4 Comments

  1. Your chili recipe looks like a delicious bowl of comfort!

  2. linda bigue says:

    i am going to try the 3 musketeers cake and the chile
    Thank you

  3. 5 stars
    We call this Flatlander Chili where I live, Illinois. It’s pretty much the same but does add a bit of cumin. It certainly is delicious. I find it’s better the next day. It’s also great in a crockpot. I was going to make it this weekend but yours looks so good, I don’t know if I can wait until then!

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