Ground Beef Chili

"The best beef chili in my book. Freezes well."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • In a large Dutch oven, cook the beef and next 3 ingredients over medium heat until meat is browned and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the beans and remaining ingredients,except for additional onions and cheddar cheese.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer uncovered, for 30 minutes or until chili reaches desired thickness.
  • Ladle into serving bowls; garnish with chopped onion and cheddar cheese, if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Kathryn F.
    How many calories are there in a serving of this chili?
  2. jadubuque
    Is this better simmered for a few hours?


  1. ainsleydoll
    We raked and burned leaves all day Saturday. I made this chili the night before. We had worked up quite an appetite and it really hit the spot. Highly seasoned and very delicious. It makes quite a lot so I froze half for us to have later on. The only ingredient I left out was the browning sauce--not real sure what that is, but the flavor wasn't missing anything.
  2. cydney
    This chili is awesome. Best I have ever had. I had my brothers, sister and all their families over so I had a big crowd to feed. This was perfect. Makes lots. Spicy flavor and I set out bowls of chopped onions and shredded cheese for those who wanted to add that on top. Very yummy.
  3. jerri822
    Superb chili recipe. My family raved about it. I used 3 cans of kidney beans because we like a lot of beans in our chili. The seasoning was spicy and full-flavored. Very hearty and robust. This is a good recipe for cooking for the freezer too. Thanks for posting.
  4. ltdsaloon16r
    Very tasty Chili recipe, I made a few changes as I didnt have 3 lbs of ground beef. I used half the amount of beef, the 2 cans of kidney beans, a 300 gram can of tomato puree, a 300 gram jar of salsa, approx 3/4 cup beef stock, only 1 tsp chili powder (we dont like it super hot) and about 1/2 cup of water. And just used the grated cheese for one of the options. This fed 4 happy adults with enough left over for 2 lunches. Mine being one! Will definitely make this again and freeze as suggested (thought Id do a big batch and take it camping) Thanks for posting.
  5. sheriboren
    This is a wonderful chili recipe! I followed your recipe to a t- and it turned out perfect. For anyone that want's to know you can find the browning sauce near the steak sauce in your grocery store; it goes by the name kitchen bouquet and is used alot for gravy and bring the flavor out of meat.


  1. Dawn E.
    I didn't tweak anything. I made it as written.
  2. Sean F.
    I love spice, so instead of bell peppers, I used 2 jalepeños and it turned out amazing!
  3. Jason M.
    I didn't have salsa so I added a second can of diced tomatoes with chile peppers in it. I added some minced garlic with the meat as well. I added Fritos as a garnish too. Everything came out great tasting!
  4. michurd
    Very good blend of flavors. The only changes I made were to use chili beans instead of kidney beans. I also only used 2 lbs of ground beef and I did sprinkle in red pepper flakes per a previous post. I didn't have browning sauce either so I omitted.<br/><br/>Very simple to make without a lot of measuring. I will definitely be making again and try adding some fresh minced garlic next time.
  5. WildCook
    I just made this recipe tonight. Since my husband doesn't east chili, I was going to halve the recipe but I decided not to since you mentioned it freezes well. I made 3 changes. Instead of 1 medium green pepper, I chopped up 1/2 cup of various hot peppers (since I like the heat). Instead of a jar of salsa, I used a can of herbed diced tomatoes, with juices and added an extra 5.5 oz can of tomato puree. Finally, instead of kidney beans, I used mixed beans instead for variety. I also omitted the salt since there was some in the diced tomatoes. I loved it! I put a bit of grated cheddar cheese on top. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. It is definitely going in my book!



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