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The Best Ground Beef Chili (Quick and Easy Recipe!)

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This Ground Beef Chili recipe is easy, healthy, and spicy. It makes a tasty, hearty, and protein-rich meal that is perfect for cold days. Learn how to make the best homemade chili on the stovetop with this quick and simple recipe!

Overhead view of two bowls of Ground Beef Chili, garnished with shredded cheese, cilantro and sour cream, on a white surface.

Ground Beef Chili: An Easy Stovetop Meal

There are few things that are more comforting than a hot bowl of chili on a cold day. Made with ground beef, kidney beans, tomato, garlic and lots of spices, this Ground Beef Chili recipe packs tons of flavor in each spoonful. Best of all, this easy one-pot meal will be on your table in about a half an hour.

You can serve the chili alone or with cornbread, rice or tortilla chips. If you’re feeling fancy, serve it topped with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and some chopped fresh cilantro.

This chili tastes great (maybe even better!) on the second day, so feel free to prepare it a night in advance and keep it in the fridge before rewarming and serving it the next day. Leftovers can be used a hearty tomato sauce – pour it over a baked potato, pasta, spaghetti squash or nachos. You could also freeze a batch into smaller portions for quick dinners during extra-busy weeknights.

Close-up overhead view of a bowl of Ground Beef Chili, garnished with shredded cheese, cilantro and sour cream, on a white surface.

How to Make Ground Beef Chili

Here is a brief overview of how to make this classic ground beef chili recipe (detailed instructions included in the recipe below):

  1. Make the flavor base: Sauté the onion and garlic in a hot, oiled pot until softened and fragrant.
  2. Cook the meat and spices: Add the ground beef to the pot. Once it is cooked through, stir in the chili powder, cumin and oregano.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients: Stir in the broth, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Let everything simmer for 20-ish minutes.
  4. Taste, garnish and serve: Taste the chili and season liberally with salt and pepper. Ladle the chili into bowls, garnish if desired and serve.

That’s it! This is truly a simple one-pot dinner recipe that is absolutely bursting with flavor.

Possible Chili Recipe Variations

There are endless ways to customize this classic chili recipe to your liking, so please have fun and get creative! For example, feel free to…

  • Add some heat: To give your chili a spicy kick, feel free to add in some cayenne, hot sauce or a jalapeño pepper. However, if you’re serving this chili to a varied group of eaters, I recommend keeping it on the milder side. Then you can always offer hot sauce if people would like to spice up their individual bowls.
  • Add in extra veggies: I kept this base recipe simple, but if you would like to add in some additional vegetables, you have so many options. Anything from bell peppers to carrots, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, corn, kale or sweet potatoes would be delicious. Keep in mind that if you add in more vegetables, you may need to also add in some extra broth/seasonings to compensate.
  • Use Italian sausage: You could make this chili with half ground beef and half (hot) Italian sausage, which adds some amazing flavor to this recipe! A mix of beef and chorizo would also work great too.
  • Make it smoky: If you would like to add some smoky flavor to your chili, you can add in one or two chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  • Add cocoa powder: For a subtle yet rich undertone, try adding a few teaspoons of cocoa powder to your chili. I promise it won’t make the whole batch taste like chocolate, but it definitely rounds out the flavors nicely.

The beauty of homemade chili is that it can be tailored to your liking, making it an easily customizable dish for any occasion.

Overhead view of two bowls of Ground Beef Chili, garnished with shredded cheese, cilantro and sour cream, on a white background.

Where to Get Grass-Fed Beef Online

One of the main ingredients in this recipe is, of course, ground beef. I always prefer to use grass-fed, hormone-free, and ethically-raised beef instead of factory-farmed meat. Organic and grass-fed meat is more healthy, humane, and just tastes so much better than conventional meat.

It can be difficult to find organic, grass-fed beef, but I found a few amazing online sources. To learn more about my favorite places to get high-quality meat, check out this detailed post I wrote: The Best Grass-Fed and Organic Meat Delivery Services Online.

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If you make this Ground Beef Chili recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡

The Best Ground Beef Chili (Quick and Easy Recipe!)

Overhead view of two bowls of Ground Beef Chili, garnished with shredded cheese, cilantro and sour cream, on a white surface.
This Ground Beef Chili recipe is quick, easy, and healthy. Learn how to make the best homemade chili from scratch with this simple recipe!
Alia Kay
4.75 from 31 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Servings 6 servings
Calories 265 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes until translucent.
  • Add the garlic and sauté further for 1 minute.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook, stirring constantly to break up the meat, for about 5 minutes or until browned.
  • Mix in the chili powder, cumin, and oregano until well incorporated.
  • Stir in the broth, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm, garnished with optional toppings if using.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The Best Ground Beef Chili (Quick and Easy Recipe!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
265
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
47
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
510
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
959
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
Vitamin A
 
1445
IU
29
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
86
mg
9
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

  1. For best results, I highly recommend using grass-fed, organic ground beef from ButcherBox for this recipe.
  2. The chili can be served on its own or with cornbread, tortilla chips, or rice.
  3. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Keyword Ground Beef Chili

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4.75 from 31 votes (22 ratings without comment)

20 Comments

    1. Hi Karly! Thank you so much! I know I feel like I crave some type of soup or stew every day now that the weather has cooled down. I hope you do get to try this recipe soon! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Great, easy recipe. I am vegetarian and instead of the ground beef I used a plant-based “crumble” meat substitute. As per suggested, I added diced green pepper and frozen corn into the mix. Both my husband and I thought this recipe was a keeper! Just enough heat to pique the tastebuds but not overwhelming. Dee-lish!

    1. Hi Hattie, I’m so glad you liked the chili recipe! Thanks for letting me know how you made it, all of those substitutions and additions sound delicious! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    The chili is very good. I just made it. We eat chili over rice here in Southeast Texas.
    I was very easy to make and didn’t take very long.

  3. 5 stars
    I just made your Chile and it was perfect!! I added the cocoa you suggested and it definitely added nicely to the recipe. I made corn bread and topped the Chile with sharp cheddar cheese. It’s a keeper, Thank you.

    1. Hi Glenn! Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed my chili recipe. I like the additions you made. You’re very welcome and thank you for letting me know!