Easy Homemade Beef Chili

By Rena |

A Homemade Beef Chili Recipe that’s healthy, hearty, filling, and so delicious! Made with lean ground beef, beans, diced tomatoes, and chili spices. This easy beef and bean chili make for a perfect weeknight dinner recipe the whole family will enjoy.

Easy Homemade beef chili

This homemade chili recipe is easy to put together, thick, hearty, and can be made on your stovetop or slow cooker. This protein-packed chili recipe is made with lean ground beef, beans, and the perfect blend of seasonings. Also, this recipe may be a bit spicy for some and for children. So, for a mild version, we recommend skipping on the cayenne pepper and use one tablespoon of mild chipotle powder or some paprika and cumin.

Also, we have included a substitution for the chipotle peppers in the recommended substitutions further down. Make this homemade chili and enjoy it for lunch or dinner any day of the week! They are perfect for those who love to meal prep.

Why you should make this homemade beef chili

  • Healthy and filling: This beef chili recipe is perfectly hearty and healthy with clean ingredients. Made with lean ground beef and beans for added protein and fiber. A perfectly complete meal that will keep you full and satisfied for hours.
  • So easy to make: making this chili is so easy. Whether you choose to cook it on your stove top of slow cooker. It will take little prep time and just let it cook.
  • Delicious: Robust and Bursting with flavor. Hearty and delicious.
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Ingredients you will need to make this chili

  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • White Onion 
  • Garlic Cloves 
  • Tomato Purée (paste)
  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Chili Powder
  • Broth
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Oregano
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Bell Peppers 
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 15 oz Kidney Beans, one can, drained
  • 15 oz Chopped/Diced Tomatoes

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CHILI

Making this homemade chili recipe is quite easy. It can be made either on your stovetop or slow cooker.

BEEF CHILI ON STOVETOP

  • First, cook onions and garlic: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste and beef:  Next, add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Then add the minced beef and cook, breaking the meat up into smaller chunks, for 8-10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Drain the fat from the beef and return the pot to the heat.
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  • Next, stir in seasonings: Next, add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne (if using), and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes to toast the spices.
  • Add the bell peppers, kidney beans, and chopped tomatoes, chipotle peppers, and bring to a
    boil over high heat. Add the broth, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve: Taste the chili and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Finally, serve the chili in bowls and top with freshly chopped cilantro/ parsley, grated cheddar, sour cream, and sliced spring onions.
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HOW TO MAKE BEEF CHILI IN A SLOW COOKER

  1. First, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Next, add the onion, garlic, minced beef, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the meat is browned (it doesn’t need to be cooked through at this point). Drain the fat from the beef and stir in the tomato purée.
  3. Then, transfer the beef mixture to a 6-qt slow cooker, and add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne (if using), bell peppers, chipotle peppers, kidney beans, and chopped tomatoes. Add the broth, season with another pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 5-6 hours. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  5. Finally, serve the chili in bowls with grated cheddar, sour cream, and thinly sliced spring onions.
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SUBSTITUTIONS FOR THE BEEF CHILI

  • Meat: You may use other types of meat like ground chicken or turkey.
  • Vegetarian Version: Skip the meat and add more beans like white or black beans.
  • Beans: We used red kidney beans, but other beans will work just fine like white kidney beans or Cannellini beans.
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce: This may make the chili spicy for kids. Skip and add a bit more smoked paprika. You may be able to find mild chipotle powder.

BEEF CHILI TOPPINGS

  • freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocados
  • Jalapeños
  • Thinly sliced spring onions
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FAQ’s

Can you use beef broth in chili

Using beef broth is not necessary for this easy homemade chili recipe. The diced tomatoes along with the other ingredients will make enough broth. Plus you need the chili to have a thick consistency. Also, if the chili is too thick and you would like to add broth, any broth will work whether you add beef, chicken, or vegetable broth. Careful not to add too much broth. About one cup should be enough.

Do you drain beans for chili

We prefer to drain and rinse beans regardless of what we are preparing. Rinsing beans is a personal preference since the starchy liquid it comes in is harmless. When using the beans on salads, we would say definitely yes do rinse them! The slimy liquid contains starch and is high in sodium. Also, rinsing is a better practice that will also remove that metallic taste of canned beans.

How to store beef chili

Place the leftover beef chili in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. You may freeze for up to 3 months. To serve again, reheat in microwave or pot over your stovetop.

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Easy Homemade Beef Chili

Homemade chili recipe made with lean beef, beans, diced tomatoes, and chili spices.
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

For the chili:

  • 1 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ Large White Onion chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Purée (paste)
  • lbs Lean Ground Beef
  • Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Bell Peppers diced
  • 3 Cup Beef or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 15 oz Kidney Beans, one can drained
  • 15 oz Chopped/Diced Tomatoes

For serving:

  • Freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Thinly sliced spring onions

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomato purée and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute.
  • Add the minced beef and cook, breaking the meat up into smaller chunks, for 8-10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Drain the fat from the beef and return the pot to the heat.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne (if using), and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes to toast the spices. Add the bell peppers, kidney beans, and chopped tomatoes, chipotle peppers, broth, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste the chili and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Serve the chili in bowls and top with freshly chopped cilantro/ parsley, grated cheddar, sour cream, and sliced spring onions.

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic, minced beef, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the meat is browned (it doesn’t need to be cooked through at this point).
  • Drain the fat from the beef and stir in the tomatopurée. Transfer the beef mixture to a 6-qt slow cooker, and add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne (if using), bell peppers, chipotle peppers, kidney beans, and chopped tomatoes. Add in the broth.
  • Season with another pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 5-6 hours.
  • Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve the chili in bowls with grated cheddar, sour cream, and thinly sliced spring onions.

Video

Notes

Substitutes:
  • vegetarian option skip the beef. For vegan options also skip the cheese and sour cream.
  • Beans: use either red or white kidney beans, cannellini beans, or any other beans you have on hand.
  • Beef: Use lean ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken.
  • olive oil or avocado oil
Storage:
Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4mg
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Comments

  1. Brian Hellickson says

    One the stove now. You need to edit the stovetop instructions, it never mentions when to add broth. And 1 cup isn’t even close to enough. More like 3 cups

    • Rena says

      Hi Brian. I just fixed it. You are right about the broth. Human error on my part. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Let me know how it turns out.

  2. shelby says

    4 stars
    This was my first attempt at chili, and overall am very pleased with the results. I noticed mine seemed a little low on liquid and ended up adding an entire additional can of diced tomatoes… tastes great. But, I am noticing now in watching the video that she adds broth at the end, which isn’t listed in the ingredients. I am going to try to add about a cup of bone broth at the end next time to see if that helps with the lack of liquid issue I was having this time.

  3. Alexis Diaz says

    5 stars
    Made this for my family tonight- this is my first time making chili and it was amazing! I left out the Adobo because they only had whole chipotle and I was just trying to get dinner done. But none the less amazing, and of course I added lots of water just because I Wanted it juicier. Super perfect thank you!!!

  4. Alia says

    5 stars
    This recipe is great. The only thing is that there isn’t much sauce so it is very chunky. Still giving it 5 stars for the great flavor of peppers and spices combined.

    • Rena says

      Thank you, Alia. Always feel free to add more water for a more liquidy texture. It won’t hurt the overall flavor. So glad you liked it.

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