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Beef Chili

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Nothing warms the heart and satisfies the belly quite like a bowl of rich and hearty beef chili. A time-honored dish, chili is the ultimate comfort food that combines the robust flavors of beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices. In this article, we will delve into an easy homemade beef chili recipe that is not just delightful but also packed with nutrients.

Why Do People Love Cooking This Recipe?

Beef chili is a beloved dish for several reasons. First, it’s incredibly versatile – you can make it spicy or mild, with beans or without, and it’s amenable to various additions like corn, peppers, or even cocoa for depth. The amalgamation of flavors also makes it an adventure for your taste buds. Furthermore, chili is a crowd-pleaser and a great dish for gatherings. It’s often associated with fond memories of family gatherings, game days, or cozy winter evenings. Additionally, chili is a perfect make-ahead meal that tends to taste even better the next day as the flavors meld together. Economically, it is cost-effective as it uses simple ingredients and can be stretched to serve a large group. It’s also an excellent way to use up leftovers.

Why Is This Recipe Healthy?

The lean ground beef is a great source of protein and iron. Kidney beans add fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health, and additional protein. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Garlic and onions contain compounds that are beneficial for heart health. Furthermore, using olive oil instead of butter reduces the saturated fat content. The spices, especially chili, have anti-inflammatory properties.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe is suitable for people of all ages. However, for young children or individuals sensitive to spice, you may want to reduce the amount of chili powder. It’s also great for athletes or individuals with a high protein requirement.

This homemade beef chili is a triumphant combination of flavor, comfort, and nutrition. Whether you’re feeding a family, entertaining friends, or just treating yourself, this dish is sure to be a hit.

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Beef Chili Recipe Details

Beef Chili Recipe Details

prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
40 minutes
total time
1 hour


  • Large pot

  • Cooking spoon

  • Knife and cutting board

  • Can opener

  • Measuring spoons


  • 500g lean ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped

  • 1 can (400g) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Olive oil for cooking

  • Optional: Fresh coriander, grated cheese, and sour cream for garnish



Heat a large pot over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.


Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Remove the beef and set it aside.


In the same pot, add a bit more olive oil, then add onions and garlic. Cook until they are soft and golden.


Add the bell pepper to the pot and cook for another 5 minutes.


Return the beef to the pot, add chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.


Add the kidney beans and diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the pot. Bring everything to a simmer.


Reduce the heat and let it cook for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If it gets too thick, you can add a bit of water or broth.


Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Once it’s done, serve with your choice of garnishes.


First, choose lean ground beef for less fat. Browning the meat properly is essential - don’t just cook it, brown it for that deep flavor. Use fresh garlic and onion as they are flavor fundamentals. Don’t skimp on the spices, and feel free to experiment with different types like smoked paprika. If you like it spicy, add a diced jalapeño or some cayenne pepper. Adding a small piece of dark chocolate or a splash of strong coffee can also add complexity to the chili.
Amelia Taylor
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A creator of healthy recipes, dedicated to nourishing your body with delicious and nutritious meals.
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