The Best Classic Chili

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

The Best Classic Chili recipe comes together in just under one hour. It is made with ground beef, beans, crushed tomatoes, and seasonings.

This classic chili is rich and flavorful and perfect for a weeknight. We also love crockpot cheesy potato soup, beef stew, and cheeseburger soup.

Classic Chili recipe

The Best Classic Chili

This classic chili is made in one pot and is the perfect family-friendly dish. It is one of our favorite comfort foods to enjoy during colder times. However, because it is so delicious and flavorful, we love making it during any season of the year! It has the right balance and flavor. The ground beef and beans combined with species make it really fabulous and irresistible.

The chili itself is gluten and dairy free, so you can enjoy it on many diets. We love topping it with some sliced avocado, and crushed corn or tortilla chips. But you can add whatever you prefer, like various cheeses, sour cream, or cilantro. No matter how you top it with, it will taste delicious and is guaranteed to win you over. It is ready in minutes and perfect for game day, party, or even pot-luck.

How to make the best beef chili recipe?

This is one of our favorite meals to make because it is so rich and flavorful, yet super easy to prepare.

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some olive oil over medium heat.
  • Then, add chopped onion saute for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook for another 6-8 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Drain the fat and add the minced garlic, add crushed tomatoes, some chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, tomato paste, salt, and pepper, and still well.
  • Next, some sweet corn, bell pepper, beans, beef broth, stir well.
  • Simmer for about 25 minutes. 
  • Enjoy!

Best Classic Chili recipe

Can I make Classic Chili in the Instant Pot?

Absolutely! Making it in the Instant Pot is similarly easy and delicious. We already have the Best Instant Pot chili recipe, and you can check it out in this link.

How to make classic chili in the Slow Cooker?

  • You can absolutely make this recipe in the slow cooker. It will result in a rich and very flavorful meal. Also, by making in the crockpot, the flavors marinate together over a longer period of time, resulting in a super flavorful and hearty dish.
  • Simply, put all the uncooked ingredients in the slow cooker and set it for 7-8 hours on LOW or 3-4 hours on HIGH. Also, if time allows, you can sauté the onions and peppers first for a slightly softer texture. It’s that simple!

Can I use turkey instead of beef?

Yes! We usually make it with ground beef; however ground turkey works perfectly fine. It will result in a healthier and leaner meal as well. Also, it is a great alternative if you prefer to avoid red meat. Also, ground chicken breast is an excellent option.

How do you make beef chili thicker?

The best and quickest way to thicken it is by using flour. Just don’t add it directly to the pot! Instead, use a separate bowl. To the bowl, add 1-2 tablespoons of flour and a cup of hot liquid from the chili. Then, simply whisk the mixture together until combined and add it to the pot.

WHAT DO YOU TOP CHILI WITH?

Some other great toppings are:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers or oyster crackers
  • Croutons
  • Sliced avocado

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Classic Chili Recipe Tips

  • To make this vegetarian use tofu instead. Preferably to use extra firm tofu and additional beans such as black beans.
  • Also, feel free to add a can of your favorite beans to this recipe if your family will mutiny without beans in their chili.
  • This makes about 8 cups of chili, which is more than our family will eat in one sitting. We usually serve half one night, then freeze the leftovers in a zip-top bag. Leftovers will keep well-stored for about 3 months.
  • In addition, you can make this spicier by adding more cayenne pepper when sauteing the onion. Similarly, you could add chopped jalapenos or red chili pepper flake.
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Best Classic Chili
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 53 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 
  • 1  medium yellow onion  ( diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 pound  85 or 90% lean ground beef 
  • 2 tablespoons  light brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  chili powder 
  • 2 tablespoons  ground cumin 
  • 28 ounces  canned crushed tomatoes 
  • 3 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cayenne pepper  (optional)
  • 1/4 cup  cocoa powder  (unsweetened)
  • 3 cups  beef broth 
  • 1 medium  red bell pepper  (seeds removed and diced)
  • 15 ounces  canned kidney beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 15 ounces  canned cannellini beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 15 ounces  canned pinto beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup  canned sweet corn  (rinsed and drained)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat add olive oil and then saute the onion in it for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Add the ground beef, and cook for about 6-7 minutes until no longer pink and the onions are soft. Break the meat with a wooden spoon.

  3. Drain the fat and add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, stir well while cooking for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Stir well.

  5. Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Calories: 327 Carbohydrates: 44 Protein: 25 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 35 Sodium: 1306 Potassium: 1280 Fiber: 12 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 1425 Vitamin C: 31.4 Calcium: 155 Iron: 7.8
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Stacie

That is one awesome chili recipe! I love how you garnished it with the tortilla chips. I do that all the time, too.

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Mama to 6 Blessings

Sounds really good. I personally like our chili with ground turkey. I is leaner and I cannot taste the difference.

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krystal

Bring on the hearty meals! This sounds really good and perfect for the weather we have now.

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Kelly Stilwell

Now I want chili! But I want your chili! That looks amazing! Guess I'll be going to the grocery store for ingredients today!

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Scott

We make chili quite a few times each year. Our favorite is a meatless version that is easy on the diet!

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Ruth I

Ahh, this looks perfect! I'd love to cook this now more because of our weather. Yum!

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keikilani

I love a good hearty chili! Your recipe sounds so delicious and easy. Can't wait to try it!

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Celebrate Woman Today

Catalina, Give me a chili any time of the week! I love eating chilis with crackers. Yours looks bright with veggies and appetizing sauce! Bravo!

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