Easy Beef Chili Recipe

A bowl of Chili as one of our 10 Super Bowl Ideas. by 2sistersrecipes.com

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!

There’s nothing better than having a large bowl of homemade chili on snowy, cold winter nights. Loaded with protein, fiber, and veggies will make this chili the best meal to serve.

It’s even best served with a delicious piece of our easy homemade cornbread recipe, to soak up every bit of it.

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

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

Serve our easy beef chili recipe with your favorite toppings…

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

A ladle of chili over the dutch oven pot. by 2sistersrecipes.com

How to Make the Best Homemade Chili?

  1. To make a great homemade chili, it is best to use a large Dutch oven pot or a heavy saucepot.
  2. Then sauté all the vegetables for a few minutes: onions, garlic, green and red peppers, and jalapenos.

3. 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.

4. Pour in the Italian crushed tomatoes, broth, water, spices, and seasonings.

5. Finally, add in the beans and simmer for 30 minutes until the chili thickens. …and voila! ...it’s ready to serve!

Notes and Ingredients for this Easy Beef Chili Recipe…

  • Our chili recipe is made with 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.
  • The most important thing to a great and delicious chili – is the vegetables! The vegetables are sautéed and simmered with the meat to intensify their flavors. Vegetables like onions, garlic, some bell peppers (one green and one red), and jalapeno peppers give this chili its amazing flavors.
  • The second most important ingredients in a great chili are spices and seasonings. These spices are chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. And, of course, some salt.
  • ONE more thing, you must taste the chili! Keep in mind, you can increase the spices to suit your taste, from mild to spicy. ENJOY!!

What Beans are best to make Best Beef Chili?

For the most part, you may use any canned beans for a delicious chili. Always give a good rinse and drain them before tossing them into the pot.

We prefer to use red kidney beans and black beans. These beans cook very well, without dissolving or becoming too mushy. They also provide a great texture and flavor to the chili.

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

Great Options for Leftovers…

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

  • Freeze it for another dinner, when you are not in the mood to cook.
  • Serve it another night for dinner over a bowl of steamed rice, quinoa, or couscous.
  • Turn it into Sloppy Joes, and serve it with toasted Kaiser rolls or buns.
  • Top it over your favorite hot dogs, make chili dogs, and serve them with oven steak fries.
  • Serve it as an appetizer, a warm “chili dip” with tortilla chips or corn chips on the side.
  • Turn leftovers into our Loaded Beef Quesadilla, and have another dinner during the week.

What to Serve as a Side with our easy beef chili recipe

Here are some delicious options to serve with a great chili, but not it’s not required.

More recipes for homemade chili… try these!

Yield: 8 to 12 servings

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

Easy Beef Chili Recipe

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
  • 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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