Beef Chili


You need a classic chili recipe like this in your tool kit to fight back against the fall and winter chill! This easy chili recipe can be made in a Dutch oven or slow cooker.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 ½ pound lean ground beef

  • 2 cup chopped onion (2 large)

  • 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 large)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 15-16 ounce can kidney beans, pinto beans and/or black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • Dairy sour cream (optional)

  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, sweet pepper, and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender; drain fat. Stir in kidney beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, basil, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, top each serving with sour cream and/or cheese.

Slow-cooker directions:

In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onions, green sweet pepper, and garlic as above. Drain fat. In a 4- to 5 -quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water, chili powder, basil, and black pepper. Cover and cook on the low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Makes 8 servings (about 10 cups).

Chipotle-Steak Chili:

Prepare Chili as above, except substitute 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef shoulder top blade (flat iron) steak for the ground beef. Cut meat into 3/4-inch pieces. In a Dutch oven brown meat, half at a time, in 1 tablespoon hot cooking oil. Remove meat, reserving drippings in pan. Cook onion, sweet pepper, and garlic in drippings until tender; drain. Return meat to Dutch oven. Stir in 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce. Continue as directed except reduce water to 1/2 cup and simmer, covered, about 1 hour or until meat is tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 702mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 26mg 130%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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