Easy Beef Chili Recipe

Looking for a GREAT homemade chili recipe? Our homemade Easy Beef Chili Recipe is thick, rich, and full of lively flavors. This beef and bean chili is made in one pot and it’s ready to serve in 40 minutes! The best chili is loaded with ground beef, crushed tomatoes, bell peppers, spices, jalapenos, and beans. It is perfect to serve anytime and freeze some. Best of all, it is positively delicious!

Recipe for Easy Beef Chili…

There’s nothing better than having a large bowl of homemade chili on snowy, cold winter nights. Loaded with protein, fiber, and veggies, this chili is the best meal to serve. It’s even best served with a side of our cooked rice, easy homemade cornbread recipe, or cheesy mini biscuits to soak up every bit of it.

It’s so good… it’s quick, easy, and ready in 40 minutes! …Perfect.

A white bowl of beef and beans with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Ingredients for this Beef Chili Recipe…

  • GROUND BEEF: Choose lean ground beef, but you can make it with ground turkey, chicken, or pork. You can also use shredded chicken, shredded pork, and even shredded brisket, but you will need more time to cook and shred those meats.
  • VEGETABLES: The most important thing to a great and delicious chili – is the vegetables! You will need onions, garlic, some bell peppers (one green and one red), and jalapeno peppers to give this chili its amazing flavors.
  • SPICES: The second most important ingredients in a great chili are spices and seasonings. You will need some chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. And, of course, some salt.
  • BEANS: Choose red kidney beans and black beans for this recipe.
  • TOMATOES: Choose 1 (28ounce) can of crushed tomatoes for this recipe.
  • BROTH: You will need some water and some vegetable or beef broth.
A ladle filled with cooked meat and beans over the Dutch oven pot.

How to Make the Best Homemade Chili?

There are 4-easy-steps to making our chili:

  1. SAUTE THE VEGETABLES: To make a great homemade chili, it is best to use a large Dutch oven pot or a heavy saucepot. Sauté all the vegetables, onions, garlic, green and red peppers, and jalapenos for a few minutes.
  2. COOK THE MEAT: Next, add and cook the ground beef, and cook it until the meat turns brown, breaking up the large chunks with a large wooden spoon. *QUICK TIP! We prefer to use the best and most high-quality meat, about 90% lean ground beef, to avoid excess unhealthy grease and fat.
  3. ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Pour in the Italian crushed tomatoes, broth, water, spices, and seasonings.
  4. LASTLY, ADD THE BEANS: Toss in the beans and simmer for 30 minutes until the chili thickens. …and voila! ...it’s ready to serve!

Serve it with your favorite toppings…

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced green onions
  • chopped avocado
  • sliced jarred jalapeno peppers
  • and fresh cilantro
  • crushed tortilla chips

Options To Serve as a Side

Here are some delicious options to serve with a great chili, and here are some suggestions:

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

Notes, Tips, Questions & Answers…

Our recipe for easy beef chili will make a huge pot and enough to feed a crowd. So here are some ideas and options for chili:

  1. What Are The Best Beans To Make Chili? For the most part, you may use any canned beans for a delicious chili. We prefer to use red kidney beans and black beans. These beans cook very well, without dissolving or becoming too mushy.
  2. Can We Freeze It? Yes, freeze it for another dinner, it will freeze beautifully and for up to one month.
  3. Can We Jazz it Up for Dinner? Yes, you can serve it for dinner over a bowl of cooked rice, quinoa, or couscous.
  4. Turn Leftover Chili into Sloppy Joes, and serve it with toasted Kaiser rolls or buns.
  5. Serve With Hot Dogs: Use your leftover chili to make “chili dogs” and serve them with oven steak fries.
  6. Can We Serve it As An Appetizer? Yes, you can. Serve as a warm “chili dip” with tortilla chips or corn chips on the side.
  7. Turn it into another meal with our Loaded Beef Quesadilla, and an easy dinner later that week.

More Recipes for Chili You’ll Love…

Yield: 8 to 12 servings

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

A white bowl of beef and beans with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe is made in one pot and ready to serve in 40 minutes! Loaded with ground beef, crushed tomatoes, peppers, spices, and beans, this chili is perfect to serve anytime, and freeze some.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium-size onions - diced
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves - chopped or diced
  • 1 jalapeno- fresh or jarred (seeds removed)- chopped
  • 2 bell peppers (one large green, one large red) seeds removed- chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 pounds (90% lean) ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 28-ounces (794grams) of crushed tomatoes ( with liquid)
  • 1 cup (201grams) vegetable broth (or beef broth)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (15-ounces) (425grams) of red kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-ounces) (400grams) of black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. salt, and extra to taste


  1. Use a large, heavy Dutch-oven pot or a large saucepot. Heat the olive oil on moderate heat and add in the chopped onions, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers and saute for a few minutes to soften about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Next, add in the ground beef, and cook the meat, until it all turns brown, breaking up the large chunks with a large wooden spoon, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Pour in the Italian crushed tomatoes will all the liquid, the vegetable broth, water, spices, and seasonings. Stir to combine. Cover and raise the heat to bring to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the beans, toss them in. When the chili comes to a boil, lower the heat to low and simmer the chili for 30 minutes, uncovered, and until it thickens.
  5. Taste, and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Turn off the heat and serve. Or keep it covered until you are ready to serve. The chili will remain hot in the pot for several hours.
  6. Yields: 8 to 12 servings


Serve Beef Chili with any of these toppings ...

  1. sour cream
  2. shredded cheddar cheese
  3. chopped avocado
  4. fresh cilantro, and sliced green onions
  5. sliced jarred jalapeno peppers
  6. crushed tortilla chips

    Nutrition Information:


    8 to 12 servings

    Serving Size:

    1 cup

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 9.7gCarbohydrates: 40.6gFiber: 11.7gSugar: 7.5gProtein: 34.4g

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