Of course we knew the difference between chili and this, that is why this was always chili soup and chili was just chili. We used to eat a lot of chili soup and not much chili. Now we eat a lot of chili, but every once in a while you still need to break out some chili soup. When you do, be sure to have oyster crackers and cheese on hand. It's the only way to fix it!
You want to know the funny thing about chili soup? If you put a lot of macaroni in it, like I normally do, the leftovers are practically goulash. The pasta soaks up a lot of the "juice" and magically it turns into something new. Voila! It's like a whole different second meal with no extra effort.
I will have to ask my mom to confirm, but I am pretty sure this is the chili she grew up with as well. I know she refers to it as Maw-Maw's recipe, so that has to be the case! No matter where the recipe came from, it is sure to be a budge friendly family pleaser on a cold day.
Chili Mac Soup
1 small onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 cans chili beans or kidney beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 T chili powder
8 cups tomato juice
6 oz macaroni noodles, boiled and drained
- In a large stock pot, cook the ground beef and onions with a bit of salt and pepper until meat is brown and onions are soft.
- Stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder and tomato juice. Simmer for at least a half hour or as long as you'd like. Be sure to stir occasionally.
- Before serving, stir in macaroni noodles.
- Garnish with shredded cheddar and oyster crackers, if desired.
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