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Best Ever Classic Chili Recipe

  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


The best classic Chili recipe! Loaded with ground beef, tender beans, tomatoes, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasoning, piled high with all of your favorite toppings.


  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder or homemade chili seasoning, divided (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (or more to taste)
  • 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 - 15 ounce cans kidney beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1-2 beef bouillon cubes, optional
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pan or dutch oven. Sauté the onion, celery, green pepper, jalapeno, and garlic until softened.
  2. Add the ground beef with half of the chili powder and cook until brown, stirring to break up the meat.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Or give it a long slow simmer. If you simmer it longer, keep the lid on and check it occasionally to add more water or broth if necessary.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add in any extra cumin or chili powder if you think it’s needed.
  5. Serve hot with your favorite toppings.


Homemade Chili Seasoning

  • ¼ cup paprika or ground chilies of your choice (I used New Mexico chilies)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake to combine.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Cuisine: American

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