The Best Chili

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Imagine a warm hug in a bowl – that’s what a hearty bowl of chili feels like! The flavors get even better as leftovers, and it’s so satisfying with its well-seasoned ground beef and beans. Top it off with some chips, cheese, and sour cream for the ultimate dinner treat.

The Best Chili

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 whole red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño deseeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of cayenne powder to taste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped


  • Heat olive oil and unsalted butter in a large pot over medium heat. Once the butter melts, add diced red bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef to the pot along with chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne powder. Break up the ground beef as it cooks and brown it for a few minutes.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, add beef broth, brown sugar, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and add the beans. Mix and cover again, then cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Finish by adding cilantro and mixing everything together. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Serve in bowls and optionally garnish with green onions, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, or more cilantro. You can also squeeze some lime on top and enjoy with corn chips!

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