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4.84 from 24 votes

Best Chili Ever

This hearty recipe is the BEST Chili ever, and it's is loaded with beans, peppers, meat and enough spices to keep your soul warm. Each spoonful is packed with a melody of flavors and a robust body that makes for one full, happy belly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 279kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground chicken or ground turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 tsp jalepeno finely diced (can go up to 2 tsps)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 15.5 oz red kidney beans drained (1 can)
  • 1 cup beef stock or chicken
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp steak sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder can go up to 2 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin can go up to 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes can go up to 1/2 tsp


  • Add olive oil to a large dutch oven.  Add meat and season with salt and pepper to taste and brown.
  • Next add onions, peppers and jalapenos and saute until tender.
  • Add garlic and stir in and cook for up to 1 minute.
  • Next add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, and stock and stir together to combine.
  • Stir in worcestershire, steak sauce, chili powder, onion powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cumin, allspice and red pepper flakes then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a slight boil then reduce heat and continue to simmer uncovered for about 15-25 minutes tasting as you go along (closer to 15 min if you want more liquid and closer to 25 and up to 30 minutes if you want a thicker chili).
  • Taste, adjust seasonings to final tastes and serve.


This recipe is truly adaptable and can be completely made your own by changing the meats (you can select ground chicken, turkey or beef) and changing the heats and complexities of flavor with jalapenos, chili powder, red pepper flakes etc.  
Please taste as you go along especially when adding spices since you don't want to overdo it.  It can't be undone once it is added.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1093IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg