Easy Chili Recipe made in under an hour with just 5 ingredients! Simple & flavorful ground beef chili recipe that’s perfect for family dinner.
I got this recipe from my family’s cook book titled “The Ronnald Rose Family Favorite Recipes” that my grandparents had published back in 2006 and gave out as Christmas presents that same year. I can remember eating a bowl or two of this hearty chili during cool, crisp autumn evening dinners. Now this recipe can warm up you and your family too. I hope you enjoy this chili recipe as much as I did growing up.
Ingredients needed to make Easy Chili Recipe
— Ground Beef
— Medium Onion
— Diced Tomatoes
— Chili Powder
— Chili Beans
— Salt and Pepper
How to make this hearty Home Style Chili recipe
To make this easy, hearty Home Style Chili recipe you will only need a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time. First in a skillet, combine the ground beef, chopped up onion and salt and pepper.
Once the ground beef is browned, add in half of the chili powder and mix thoroughly.
In a large pot add the chili beans. The family recipe calls for chopping the beans, I skipped this and left them whole. That is my preference, you can chop the chili beans first if that’s what you prefer.
Add the meat mixture and diced tomatoes to the beans in the large pot. Mix all of the ingredients well and cook over medium heat. Once the chili starts to simmer, turn heat down to low. After about thirty minutes stir and taste.
If you prefer, this is the time you would add more chili powder to your taste. My wife and I always add the rest of the chili powder. If you do add any more of the chili powder, continue to simmer for about fifteen more minutes.
Once the chili is done, serve warm with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle or two of cheese. Enjoy!!
Can I use a different type of ground meat?
Yes, you can use whatever type of ground meat you prefer. I have made this chili recipe with ground beef, venison, elk, pork and turkey. There is no need to alter the cooking times if you are substituting a different ground meat, just follow the instructions as is.
Easy Chili Recipe
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 medium Onion chopped
- 2 15 oz. cans of Diced Tomatoes
- 1 - 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
- 2 16 oz. cans of Chili Beans
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Pepper
- Brown the ground beef, chopped onion, salt and pepper in a skillet. Once browned, drain and add 1 tablespoon of the chili powder, mix thoroughly.
- In a large pot, add the chili beans. Add the meat mixture and diced tomatoes to the beans and mix well. Cook over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes of simmering, add more chili powder to your taste. If you added more chili powder, continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
- Serve warm, with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. Enjoy!
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What is a good side dish to go with this chili recipe?
My family and I usually only serve chili with a side of cornbread. My wife will even put a small piece of cornbread in her bowl and then scoop her chili over the bread and then top it with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle or two of cheese. Other options you may want to try are some rice, French fries or tater tots. Who doesn’t love chili cheese fries?
Can I freeze any leftover chili?
Yes, if stored properly you can definitely store any leftover chili in the freezer. Make sure you store your leftovers in an airtight container or Ziploc style freezer bag. If stored properly, you can keep your leftovers frozen for a couple months. I have seen some people online storing it for longer, but I would err on the side of caution and wouldn’t keep it the freezer for more than a couple months. If you are going to store leftovers in your refrigerator, I would not keep it in there for more than three to four days.
What to do when Crockpot Chili is too spicy
It is totally okay if your Crockpot Chili gets too spicy! My kids have different spiciness tolerance levels, so I have had to find ways to make this Slow Cooker chili less spicy after it’s been made.
Firstly, add more beans. Adding more beans dilutes the spiciness and is a big plus if your kids are bean lovers like mine.
Secondly, add milk. It makes the chili creamier, and totally pulls back the spiciness level of the chili, and usually any other spicy dish.
Adding sour cream or cheese is my favorite way to dilute spice. I add sour cream and cheese to my chili anyway, but that’s just because I love the taste! However, if you find you chili’s spiciness level got too out of hand, just add some extra sour cream and cheese and it will totally take it down a notch.
Also, the sugar in the ketchup will take the spice right out of the chili, so it you have no more options, it’ll work.
What to do when my Homemade Chili is too thick
Adding beef broth is the best way to thin chili. Don’t add water; it will just take the flavor right out of your delicious dish. I prefer to add beef broth, but you can add vegetable broth if you prefer.
Fall is here and this Home Style Chili Recipe is just the warm and hearty meal you need to make to warm your family up at dinner time. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll be enjoying this delicious Chili recipe in no time at all.