The Best Classic Chili Recipe

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Author: Amanda Finks


The Best Classic Chili Recipe


· 1 tablespoon olive oil· 1 medium yellow onion (-diced)· 1 pound 90% lean ground beef· 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder· 2 tablespoons ground cumin· 2 tablespoons granulated sugar· 2 tablespoons tomato paste· 1 tablespoon garlic powder· 1 1/2 teaspoons salt· 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper· 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* (-optional)· 1 1/2 cups beef broth· 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes· 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed· 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce


Step 1Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.Step 2Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.Step 3Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.Step 4Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.Step 5Bring 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.Step 6Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.