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Beef Chili, topped with sour cream, yellow cheddar, and avocado, in a white bowl.
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5 from 7 votes

Best Beef Chili Recipe

Best Beef Chili Recipe is a classic comfort food! Loaded with ground beef, beans, and vegetables, this homemade hearty meal is perfect to feed a hungry crowd.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 692kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef 85%
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz kidney beans
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 15 oz sweet corn


  • Preheat the Dutch Oven on medium/high heat and add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add chopped onion and brown it until caramelized for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Then add chopped red bell pepper and cook for 5 more minutes until it’s softened.
  • Now, we can add ground beef and cook until it’s cooked through. Make sure there ae no red juices left. Then add chili powder and smoked paprika and cook for a few more minutes.
  • When the meat is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients, except the corn (crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, and beef broth). Stir and bring to boil.
  • When the chili starts boiling reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid and simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  • In an hour, remove the lid, stir again, and let it cook uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the chili gets thicker in consistency.
  • Add sweet corn about 5 minutes before the chili is done and stir. We just want the corn to warm up.
  • Top with your favorite toppings and serve!



Bell Pepper. This ingredient is optional, but I think that red bell pepper adds sweetness to the dish. You also can use green bell pepper.
Beans. I like to add kidney beans to this recipe. If you want, you can use black, pinto, or cannellini beans.
Seasoning. Chili powder is the main seasoning in a classic chili. Smoked paprika is optional but it provides a beautiful smokey flavor. So, I will highly suggest that you use it too. If you like your chili a bit spicier, you can add ½ teaspoon chipotle red pepper powder.
Tomatoes. If you don’t have crushed tomatoes on hand, diced tomatoes will work just fine. But I would highly suggest to use a fire roasted variety.


Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 1805mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3070IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 10mg