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Best Classic Chili recipe

Best Classic Chili

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic Chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 327 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 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


  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.
Nutrition Facts
Best Classic Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 1306mg57%
Potassium 1280mg37%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1425IU29%
Vitamin C 31.4mg38%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.