Homemade Chili


Warm up your soul with a comforting bowl of Homemade Chili—a hearty and versatile dish that is perfect for chilly days or any time you crave a delicious and satisfying meal. This classic recipe combines tender ground beef, rich tomato sauce, aromatic spices, and a medley of beans and vegetables to create a robust and flavorful chili that will delight your taste buds. Whether served on its own or topped with your favorite garnishes, Homemade Chili is a beloved comfort food that brings family and friends together. Join us as we explore the ingredients, step-by-step instructions, and valuable tips to prepare this heartwarming chili recipe that is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.


  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey for a lighter option)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies (optional, for added spice)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for desired spiciness)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (for sautéing)
  • Toppings: Shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, sliced jalapeños, diced avocado, or tortilla chips (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Sautéing the Aromatics

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent and slightly caramelized.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and sauté for another minute until fragrant.

Step 2: Browning the Ground Beef

  1. Push the sautéed onions and garlic to one side of the pot, creating space for the ground beef.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pot and break it up with a spatula.
  3. Cook the ground beef until it is browned and fully cooked, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Step 3: Adding the Tomato Base and Spices

  1. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, and all the beans (kidney, black, and pinto).
  2. Stir in the diced green chilies (if using) and add chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined.

Step 4: Simmering the Homemade Chili

  1. Bring the chili mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let the chili simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the chili to thicken.
  3. Stir the chili occasionally to prevent sticking and burning.

Step 5: Adjusting Seasonings and Serving

  1. Taste the chili and adjust the seasonings according to your preference, adding more salt, pepper, or spices as needed.
  2. Ladle the Homemade Chili into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, sliced jalapeños, diced avocado, or tortilla chips if desired.
  3. Serve the chili hot and enjoy its comforting flavors with your favorite accompaniments.

Tips for Perfect Homemade Chili:

  1. For a vegetarian version, substitute the ground beef with plant-based alternatives like lentils or diced vegetables.
  2. Customize the spice level by adjusting the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper according to your taste.
  3. Letting the chili simmer for a longer time enhances its flavors, but you can also cook it for a shorter period if you’re pressed for time.
  4. For a thicker chili, you can use tomato paste or reduce the amount of beef broth.
  5. Store any leftover chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, and reheat it on the stovetop or microwave before serving.


Relish the comforting and soul-warming goodness of Homemade Chili—a delightful blend of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices that create a flavorful and hearty dish. With its versatility and crowd-pleasing appeal, this classic chili recipe is perfect for family dinners, game day gatherings, or any occasion that calls for a bowl of comfort. So, gather your ingredients, sauté the aromatics, and let the chili simmer to perfection. Top it with your favorite garnishes and savor the rich flavors of this Homemade Chili that brings joy and comfort to every spoonful.

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