Classic Homemade Chili

Hearty Classic Homemade Chili comfort food best recipe

This Classic Homemade Chili is the ultimate comfort food for this time of year! It’s one of my favorite recipes to make on cold fall/winter nights and I love that you can throw it all together and let the dutch oven work it’s magic. It’s so flavorful and has just the right amount of heat. We like ours pretty spicy but you can totally adjust that based on your preference and it will still be just as delicious. You definitely have to try this one! Don’t skimp on the toppings and enjoy!

For another delicious and hearty meal, check out my Mama’s Cocido (Beef and Vegetable Soup) recipe.

What You'll Need:

+ 2 tbsp Olive Oil

+ 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced

+ 2 cloves Garlic, minced

+ 1 tsp Granulated Garlic

+ 1 lb 90% Lean Ground Beef

+ 2.5 tbsp Chili Powder

+ 2 tsp ground Cumin

+ 1 tsp Paprika

+ 1/4 tsp Cayenne

+ 1 Carrot, diced

+ 1 red or orange Bell Pepper, chopped

+ 1-2 tbsp Tomato Paste

+ 14.5 oz. can Roasted Diced Tomato

+ 7.4 oz can Tomato Sauce (I like using Del Fuerte)

+ 1 1/4 cup Beef Broth (more if you prefer a thinner consistency)

+ Splash of Wine

+ 1 tsp Salt + more to taste

+ 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper + more to taste

+ 1 can Black Beans, rinsed well and strained

+ 1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed well and strained


1. Heat olive oil and sauté onion, carrot, garlic, and bell pepper until onions are translucent.

2. Place ground beef in pot, break apart and cook until browned.

3. Add spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne, granulated garlic, paprika, salt & pepper) and stir to combine.

4. Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, splash of wine, beef broth, tomato sauce and strained & rinsed beans. Stir to combine.

5. Bring to a boil then reduce and let simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Serve, garnish and enjoy!

Here’s a video of how I put the Classic Homemade Chili together!

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