Johnny Cash’s Chili Recipe

Johnny Cash’s sister Joanne presents his family-style chili recipe.

  • 5 pounds sirloin steak, chopped
  • Shortening
  • 3 pkgs. chili seasoning mix
  • 3–4 15-oz. cans red kidney beans
  • 3–4 16-oz. cans whole tomatoes
  • All
  • seasoning to taste
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Sage leaves
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped onions
  • Chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Chili con carne seasoning
  • 1 can tomato paste


  1. Brown the meat with a little shortening until medium. Add chili seasoning and cook 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, spices to taste, onions, chili peppers to taste, sugar, chili powder and/or chili con carne seasoning to taste. (If chili is too hot, add 1 to 2 cans tomatoes.) Add tomato paste.
  2. If chili seems too thick, add water. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.

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