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Best Chili Recipe Ever

Once you try this chili you’ll understand why I call it the best chili recipe ever!

It’s especially good during the Fall and Winter when you’re craving something warm and comforting.

White bean chicken chili is another favorite!

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You won’t understand how good this chili is until you try it for yourself.

Everyone I make it for absolutely loves it and they always ask me for the recipe. 

My inspiration for this recipe was Wendy’s. I think they make the absolute best chili!

When people try it they even tell me it taste like Wendy’s chili.

But as much as I used to eat it and loved it I got tired of paying for it.

So I decided to make my own version of it.

I haven’t bought their chili for years now because I prefer my own.

How to Make Chili

This chili recipe is very easy and there isn’t a whole lot of prep involved.

We’ll need one onion, one green bell pepper, 2 jalapenos and three garlic cloves.

veggies for chili

Chop the onion, bell pepper and jalapenos. Mince the garlic.

chopped veggies and minced garlic

Set aside the chopped veggies and start browning the ground beef.

Once browned transfer the beef to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Leave about 2 tbsp of grease in the pot.

drained ground beef

Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapenos and garlic to the pot and saute for a couple of minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

cooking veggies for chili

Return the drained beef to the pot.

Then add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, water, cumin, chili powder, oregano leaves, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and beef bouillon cubes.

Stir very well.

pot of chili

Bring the chili to a boil then reduce heat to low.

Cover and simmer for 2 hours.

That’s it.

It’s very easy and it makes plenty!

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I actually cook this year round.

It’s just too good not to. 

I can be pretty picky when it comes to chili.

Which I think a lot of people are.

Should chili be thick or soupy?

That depends on who you’re asking.

I personally prefer my chili to have a soupy consistency.

And I NEVER EVER put pasta in it. To me it just doesn’t belong.

I must have made chili dozens of times before I finally decided this one was my favorite.

It is full of flavor and it’s hard to not steal spoonfuls of it while it’s simmering away.

For us it has just the perfect level of spice but if you are especially sensitive to spice you could use just one jalapeno or substitute them with another bell pepper.

What sides to serve with chili?

While this chili is absolutely delicious on its own these sides are go perfectly with it:

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I love garnishing my chili with green onions. They have so much flavor! You can use the next days leftover chili to make frito pie! Who doesn’t love that??

 The Best Chili Recipe Ever

Make this recipe at your next get-together, it is sure to be a hit.

It really is the best chili recipe ever!

Don’t forget to top it with your favorite garnishes such as cheese, green onions and sour cream.

Thank you so much for visiting, see you soon!

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Best Chili Recipe Ever

This is the best chili recipe ever! There’s nothing more comforting than this on a chilly Fall or Winter evening.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword best chili recipe, chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 644 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 jalapenos chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 27 oz can of chile beans
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp of dried oregano leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in a large pot over medium heat
  2. Drain browned beef on a paper towel lined bowl.
  3. Leave about 2 tbsp of grease in the pot.
  4. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, and garlic cloves to the pot with the grease and saute for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Return the beef to the pot.
  6. Dump in the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, water, cumin, chili powder, oregano leaves, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and beef bouillon cubes.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  9. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese and green onions.

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Nutrition Facts
Best Chili Recipe Ever
Amount Per Serving
Calories 644 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 1765mg77%
Potassium 1869mg53%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1885IU38%
Vitamin C 55.7mg68%
Calcium 231mg23%
Iron 10.9mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Barbara

Friday 2nd of September 2022

Excellent chili, made it for my family...... Made fresh corn bread....

Carissa

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Awesome, I'm so glad you liked it!

Carolyn

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Can this recipe be made in a crockpot? Temperature? Cooking time?

Carolyn

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Can this chili be made in a crockpot? If so how long and at what temperature? Would a 5 or 6 quart be ok to cook it in?

Vickie

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Just had two bowls of this chili. It is very delicious….. will be my go to recipe from now on!!

Carissa

Saturday 8th of January 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

Theresa Schintzius

Sunday 5th of December 2021

Correction in my comment: why 2tbsps of cumin verses 1to 2 tsps in most others recipes? Isn't that a huge difference?

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