Best Homemade Chili Recipe

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Introduction

This recipe is great for a cold day when you're craving something hearty and delicious! It's quick to make, too. All it takes is 30 minutes from start to finish. The best chili has the perfect blend of spices so it's not too spicy or bland - just right!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can of tomato sauce (about 15 oz.)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (about 15 oz.)
  • 1 can of kidney beans or black beans or pinto beans (about 15 oz.)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic or 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or ground chipotle peppers / jalapenos for a spicier version of the recipe.

Directions

  1. In a large pot, cook onions in olive oil on low heat to medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to pot with onion then salt, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Brown for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Drain grease from meat before continuing to cook it, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add all of the remaining ingredients, including chili seasoning, to the pot.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring often.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool then serve with your favorite toppings, like tortilla chips, corn chips, and / or green onion.
  9. Enjoy!

Tips for making a classic chili recipe

  • You can use a slow cooker or an instant pot to cook instead of using the stove top.
  • Add brown sugar to the recipe for a secret ingredient that adds a little extra sweetness.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator.
  • It's possible to make vegetarian chili by removing the beef and adding extra beans.
  • There's a version of the recipe called white chicken chili that uses rotisserie chicken, chicken broth, and green chiles.
  • Exclude the beans and use stew beef instead of ground meat to make a traditional Texas chili.
  • Can add lime juice to give it a unique flavor.

Final thoughts on this chili recipe

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