Chili con Carne

"This recipe is based on Emeril's Chili con Carne recipe. It is my most favorite chili recipe so I thought I would share. The best thing about this recipe is that you don't use beans, but if you must have them, they can easily be added. "
photo by Sandi From CA photo by Sandi From CA
photo by Sandi From CA
Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the meat and stir to break up the pieces.
  • Cook, stirring, until the meat is brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, green bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, Essence, salt, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Put the whole tomatoes in a large mixing bowl and squeeze them with your hands to break them into pieces.
  • Add the squeezed tomatoes and their juices, the tomato paste, sugar, and water to the pot.
  • Stir well and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, ladle into a large bowl and top with the shredded cheese and serve with Crackers or tortilla chips.

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  1. Great chili! I was a little more generous with the spices, especially the chili powder. We like things hot! And my husband will like the lack of beans which I usually add to my chili. I like them, but he doesn't. Thanks for posting this recipe!
  2. Absolutely ouststanding! I'm Australian so of course I added beans (we couldn't imagine a chilli con carne without them!) and used Lennie's Essence recipe as you can't get this spice mix over here. I cooked this for around 1 1/2 hours to get the consistancy we like and have already made it twice. I left out the salt as it didn't need it for our tastes. Thanks so much for this excellent recipe!
  3. Hard to know if this is the correct rating because I made it with veggie granules, tofu, and kidney beans and didn't have Emeril's Essence. Tasted great :)
  4. Fabulous! I usually search & try recipes until I find the best version, and my search was over the minute I tasted this one. Even my friends who claim not to like chili like this recipe. I add one can of drained, rinsed kidney beans to the mix and think it is perfect. Also, it is just the right blend of spices and heat. I didn't change a thing on the recipe requirements. Love it! Thanks!
  5. I have been using this recipe for years now i just love Emril. The only things i do differently is I add kidney beans, and I use stew steak. I also put everything in the crock pot for 6-8 hours on low and it is pefect everytime. i love to serve it in a bread bowl with a little cheddar cheese on top. It also freezes well.


  1. Three words for this chili.....FAB U LOUS ! Run to your grocery store and buy all the ingredients......and make this as fast as you can! It was so easy to put together....definitely outshines my old chili recipe! I didn't have Emeril's essence but that didn't seem to matter as I added a tsp. of Texmex powder instead. I like a thicker chili so I did add a cup of red wine instead of the 2 cups of water. WOW ! Hubby had 3 bowls! Have to make this again soon....but I'm making the Emeril essence first to add to this winner ! Thanks so much.....loved it !


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