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Easy Homemade Chili

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This Easy Homemade Chili recipe combines beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices into a delicious, hearty warming stew. Perfect for a tailgate or Super Bowl party!

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Let me just start off with a warning to any Texans tuning in – this chili has beans. I know “true chili” doesn’t include beans, but I think outside of Texas, most people throw them in. So, please don’t crucify me.

I grew up – and still live – in the Southeast. My mom made a very similar chili while I was growing up and I’ve developed my own version over the years that my family and I love. This easy chili recipe is perfect for cold and dreary days.

What You’ll Need for Easy Homemade Chili

  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • 28 Ounce Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • Chicken or Beef Broth
  • 1 Can of Pinto Beans
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Salt
  • Large Pot

Tips

  • Chili is one of those things that gets better with age, so this recipe is great to make ahead of time. When you’re ready to eat, just reheat as many servings as you need on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Chili also freezes well. Simply thaw it overnight and then reheat on the stove or in the microwave. It should keep in the freezer for several months.
  • This chili is great on its own or you can top it with sour cream, cheese, green onions, or avocado.
  • This chili recipe doubles easily if you need to feed a crowd, which makes it a great addition to any tailgate or Super Bowl party.

Easy Homemade Chili

This Easy Homemade Chili recipe combines beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices into a delicious, hearty warming stew. Perfect for a tailgate or Super Bowl party!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beans, Beef, Chili

Equipment

  • Large Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced or Crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 28 Ounce Can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Broth (Beef or Chicken)
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans, Drained
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef.
  • Add the onion and green pepper and saute until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the spices are fragrant.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste for salt and adjust as needed.

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