The Best Beef Chili

The Best Beef Chili

This is hands-down the best beef chili, making this the last beef chili recipe you’ll ever need. Nothing hits quite as hard as a big bowl of this delicious chili on a cold winter night. 

Chili Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef 
  • 1 red onion, diced 
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced (optional )
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 1/2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced 
  • 14 1/2 oz can crushed tomatoes 
  • 14 1/2 oz can petite diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 19 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar 
  • 3 cups broth (beef, vegetable or chicken is fine – you can also replace 1 cup of broth with your favorite beer to kick this up a notch!)

Garnish, to taste:

  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Diced red onion
  • Cilantro


  • In a large stock pot over medium heat brown the ground beef until it’s completely cooked. Strain out any excess fat then transfer to a bowl.
  • Add a little oil to the bottom of the pot and brown the onions, green peppers and optional jalapeño for 4-5 minutes. Toss in the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute. 
  • Add the ground beef back to the stock pot along with the veggies, add in the spices and continue to sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Add in both cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, beans and broth/beer-  bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 40-60 minutes until desired thickness has been reached. 
  • Garnish and serve! 


This freezes excellently in mason jars should you have leftovers.

Recipe adapted from Spend wit Pennies blog

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