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the best chili recipe topped with sour cream and green onion.
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4.17 from 42 votes

The Best Chili Recipe

This is the best mouthwatering, homemade chili recipe, and we've made it for years! 
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 174kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp group black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 6oz cans tomato paste Can be subbed with a 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 150z can pinto beans
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 46 oz can tomato juice
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef


  • Step 1: Brown the lean ground beef in a deep skillet. Cook over medium heat until cooked all the way through, and then drain.
  • Step 2: In a large pan over high heat add in all of your additional ingredients: cooked ground beef, tomato juice, kidney beans, pinto beans, water, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, oregano, sugar, cayenne pepper, bell pepper, and chopped onions. Bring to a boil.
  • Step 3: Once your large pot of chili has started to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours uncovered.


  1. The secret to making this the BEST is by grilling the meat with mesquite wood chips before adding it to the recipe. Don't skip this step if at all possible! 
  2. Consider doubling or tripling the batch and freeze some for later. 
  3. Substitute the tomato paste with a 15oz. can of tomato sauce if needed.  


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 462mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 8.2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 3.2mg
**Nutrition facts are based on my best estimation for this recipe. They may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you might make to the recipe. For most accurate calculations, I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use with the recipe.
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