The Best Classic Chili

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The Best Classic Chili – This traditional chili recipe is just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings.

The Best Classic Chili recipe in a red bowl topped with cheese and sour cream

This classic chili is perfect for a weeknight meal because it can be made in minutes.  The only thing to chop is an onion.

How do you make good homemade chili?

  • Heat olive in a large soup pot. 
  • Add chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Cook for 6-7 minutes.

onions and ground beef sautéing in a soup pot

  • Add chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. 
  • Stir until well combined.

chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper over browned beef and onions in a pot

  • Add diced tomatoes, kidney beans, beef broth, and tomato sauce. 
  • Stir well.

diced tomatoes over chili seasoned ground beef and onions in a soup pot

  • Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

beans, beef broth, and tomato sauce added to chili seasoned beef, onions, and tomatoes in a pot

What do you top chili with?

In addition to the chili ingredients listed in this recipe for chili, you may also want to have these things as toppings.

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • sliced green onions
  • saltine crackers or oyster crackers
  • diced avocado

What goes well with chili for dinner?

I’ve been playing around with this chili recipe for the past few months, making it many times.  My family didn’t mind the repetition at all because I really do believe that I ended up with the best chili ever!

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The best classic chili recipe in a red bowl topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream

The Best Classic Chili Recipe

4.96 from 2048 votes
The Best Classic Chili - This traditional chili recipe is just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Servings 6 servings
Calories 334 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion -diced
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce


  • Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.


I typically skip the cayenne pepper because I have a young kiddo.  Then, I put out some hot sauce for those adults that want to add some spiciness to their chili.


Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1249mg | Potassium: 1110mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 12.8mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 7.5mg
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Keyword best chili, chili recipe, classic chili, homemade chili
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks

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  1. I did the chili Sunday it was so awesome and delicious my family loved it. But for me the best part was the easiness of the recipe and the quick time.
    Thank you Daisy
    I’ve always been a member of Allrecipe but now I’m trying Wholesome dishes

  2. Me and my family love this recipe. This the only one my kids would always tell me to make. Soo much favor!!! With leftovers we make some nachos and chill dogs as well. If you looking for a chili recipe this is it 😁

  3. 5 stars
    Have to say this IS the tastiest chili I’ve ever had. Plus it uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry so you can make it in a pinch. It will be my go to chili recipe from now on.

  4. 5 stars
    Best chili I’ve ever had!! Husband loved it!! Will for sure be making this again!! Thank you!! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely perfect! Normally I follow a recipe for the first time to the letter, but this time I had about 2 lbs Of leftover smoked beef brisket from poker night, so instead of ground beef, I diced up the brisket, and then doubled the recipe. I’ve never made chili before bc my dad is the chili king and I always have him make it for me, even though I’m 37, but I decided to try it. Google directed me here when I searched “best chili recipe” and I’m glad it did! This recipe is amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing, the spice levels are perfect.

  6. 5 stars
    I love to cook and have tried several chili recipes and this is by far THE BEST I’ve ever made. I do adjust the sugar a bit, so it is not too sweet. I also make mine with turkey and not ground beef! There is not a person that doesn’t love this chili 🌶!!!

  7. 5 stars
    This good. If you have people that don’t like heat, maybe cut down on the chili powder a little bit. Is perfect for me, not so much for the wife and 2.5yo. 5 star for sure though

  8. 5 stars
    This is my go to chili recipe. I like to add a can of Pinto beans, fresh garlic and some orange, yellow or red bell pepper. I also use a good hot sauce instead of cayenne. This is a perfect recipe to eat as is, or experiment with to make it your own. Thanks for the great recipes Wholesome Dish!

  9. 5 stars
    This is without a doubt the best Chili ever. I make it using the exact ingredients and measurements. The only things I add are drained can of black and white beans.

    1. 5 stars
      I did not have beef broth so I used organic chicken broth, no change in the chilli taste. I also added black beans (for the fibre content) It was still very delicious.
      I would definitely make this one again!

    2. 5 stars
      This is a really good basic chili. I’ve made it several times and I usually make a double batch then freeze the leftovers. The only changes I’ve made are I leave out the sugar as I think it is plenty sweet from the tomatoes. I also use half hamburger and half sausage caue my mom’s recipe calls for that.
      I really think this recipe is great as is and also provides a good base that you can adjust and tweak to your own liking. Thank you for sharing.

  10. 5 stars
    I grew up eating and then making my grandmother’s chili recipe (beef, onion, tomato soup, chili hot beans, salt and pepper, TEASPOON of chili powder XD). Over the years I started adding to hers and recently my mother commented how tomato paste doesn’t belong in it. So I searched for a classic recipe using it specifically and found this. I just finished making it and I knew the moment I started measuring out the spices it was going to be good!! After my first taste I prayed for forgiveness because I know when I serve this tonight my mom is going to die. May she Rest In Peace.

  11. Chili was easy and basic. Sometimes getting back to basics is the best way to go. And you can use this recipe and add to it and make it your own. Five ⭐’s

  12. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe! I added some Cajun and southwest seasoning, along with a can of lentils, green pepper and celery. Highly recommend!!

    1. 5 stars
      This was such an easy recipe. I’m not a fan of Cumin so I only added 1/4 teaspoon. It came out great. I’ll definitely be making this again!

    1. 5 stars
      Truly the best I have ever tasted. Made this recipe 4 days ago, family raved about it and had to make another batch today!
      Thanks for posting and taking your time to enlighten your readers!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m pretty sure my fiancé just proposed to me again after eating this chili recipe! Haha I replaced the diced tomatoes for rotel tomatoes since we didn’t have cayenne pepper and this turned out AMAZING! Will be making it more often now.

  14. 5 stars
    Makes a really good batch of chili! I’m super happy with this recipe and will definitely be making it again.

  15. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. I have to admit I’ve tried a couple of substitutes. I didn’t have any ground beef so, I used leftover pot rost and the second time I used cubed leftover pork tenderloin and I’ve also used chopped Hatch Green Chile’s. I also omitted the sugar. Both times it was fantastic and my husband loved it.

  16. 5 stars
    Always turns out tasty and easy to follow instructions. This is my go to recipe whenever I am making chilli . 😋

  17. 5 stars
    Great basic chili. I left out the sugar as it was sweet enough from the tomatoes. If I made a huge batch to feed a crowd I would leave out the cayenne and put some hot sauce on the side. I wouldn’t say this is spicy but some in my circle cannot take any heat.
    All in all I thought this recipe is a definite keeper.

    1. 5 stars
      I make this quite often for our rescue squad crews. By the recipe, I always have enough for everyone and usually some for the next day. Everyone loves it. Leaving out the cayenne makes it good for all. Available toppings include sour cream, cheese, chopped onions, and hot sauce.

    2. I am hosting a Block Party & I was wondering if this can be done in a slow cooker or at least kept warm in there so that I could put the slow cooker on the table.

      1. I’ve made this in a slow cooker and it is equally as tasty, the longer it cooks the more the flavor develops. I recommend still browning the meat first though.

  18. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as the instructions are including the cayenne. I only made one addition by adding a can of pinto beans as well as the kidney beans as stated in the recipe because my family loves beans. It turned out perfectly. We love spice and it satisfied. This is my new chili recipe go to. Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. 5 stars
    My go to Chile recipe. I’ve made this a few times. I do use pinto beans that I cook in my crockpot and it just takes it to the next level❣️

  20. Looks good but How much is a serving? A cup? Two cups? 1/6 of the recipe is no help in planning if I’d like to make this or how much

  21. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Been using it for two years now but I’m starting to count calories. What’s the serving size? Sorry if I’ve overlooked it.

  22. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!!!
    First time I made Chili in my life and it came out PERFECT. I was so impressed. I followed directions and was surpised how well it came out. My Husband likes chili spicy so if you make it and like it spicy, just bump up the the spicies a bit – it will still come out perfect for you. SO EASY and Fast to make. Taste even better the next day.
    Highly Recommended!
    Thank You

  23. 5 stars
    Loved it! So easy! Next time I will cut the sugar to one tablespoon, I found it a little too sweet for my taste but others didn’t complain. Also tried without the cayenne because at the end, before putting the cayenne I tasted and was Spice enough for me and everyone loved.

  24. 5 stars
    The best chili recipe. I live in Louisiana where flavor is everything and this recipe has got it all! Definitely my families favorite! Great on hot dogs too! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  25. 5 stars
    This the best chili recipe I have ever made. It’s full of flavor spiciness aroma and it’s very addictive.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe

  26. 4 stars
    Great recipe for a basic chili. I agree with previous comments that say the sugar is not needed at all. Having read what other people had said about the sugar before I started, I decided not to add any sugar until I tasted at the very end and it was perfect without it. I also added a green bell pepper, a few cloves of fresh garlic and a jalapeno (instead of cayenne), all added in after the beef was browned and cooked for a few minutes. Delicious!

  27. 5 stars
    This is the best chili ever. I like to add jalapeños and sriracha and use honey instead of sugar and it tastes amazing. I also used a mixture of ground beef and spicy Italian sausage once and it was a great addition. I always freeze this and take it camping for the perfect dinner. Thank you!!!

  28. 5 stars
    I tweaked this recipe a little bit to fit my liking more. This is *the* best base recipe ever though!

    I added half the amount of broth
    No sugar
    I added super hot cayenne pepper seasoning

    The rest of the recipe I followed exactly like shown and its my go-to. So good!

  29. 5 stars
    I’m not one to leave a comment but I needed to because I’ve been using this recipe for the better half of 2 years for my base chili and I’ve never been disappointed. I do some change up with the meet option, use rótele instead of tomatoes, less sugar or brown sugar, add jalapeños, green peppers, corn, serve over rice or as is! I just adore this recipe and wanted other to know how great it is!

  30. 4 stars
    I could tell that the base of this recipe was really good and delicious. I really enjoyed the flavor, but I found the amount of sugar to be overwhelming for my taste. I’m a savory > sweet kind of person, but even with savory being my preference, I’ve never had a chili that was quite as sweet as this one. I am making this recipe again this week, and I will likely use half a tablespoon of sugar – just enough to counteract the acidity of all the canned tomato.

  31. 3 stars
    I used this recipe because it looked easy enough. I did use a larger can of tomato sauce. Like previous comments, the sugar does not belong. It has the right heat, but the sugar ruined it. Will try again without sugar.

    1. 5 stars
      I made this chili 3 times now and never did put the sugar in as called for in the recipe. I minimize my family’s sugar use as a general rule. I also reduced the salt. It tasted great without sugar and with less salt.

  32. 5 stars
    Honestly this is the only chili recipe I use now. I do experiment sometimes but this is always my base.

  33. 5 stars
    Wanted to learn how to make chilli so I tried a bunch of recipes, combinations and permutations. This is my family’s favourite recipe. I add other beans as well. They cayenne is a bit too spicy for them but they like a little bit. Thank you for posting this!

    1. 4 stars
      I only did half the sugar and it is still way too sweet. Other than that it is a good recipe. I made some honey cornbread to go alongside it.

  34. Sorry but this recipe called for too much sugar unfortunately my family didn’t enjoy it. I may make it again but omit the sugar

    1. 5 stars
      This will be my go to chili recipe from now on. Just the way we like our chili! Made it exactly as directed (including all the sugar and cayenne) except I had no tomato sauce, so added two more TBLS tomato paste and an extra 1/2 cup of water. Next time I’ll make sure I have tomato sauce, but excellent with the minor substitution anyway.

    2. 5 stars
      Thanks for this recipe! I followed pretty much exactly, except used half the amount of sugar.
      This was very easy to make and delicious. Before I was using premade chili kits and they were bland, but from now on I’m making it like this!

  35. 5 stars
    A great base for a chili recipe – I recommend it for anyone thinking – I am in the mood for chili. You can eat this as written or endlessly riff on it. Thank you for the recipe. I made the basic recipe and dumped all the leftovers from the fridge in it and poured on killer Thai bird chilies. But it’s the base that brings it all together.

    I will definitely use this again.

  36. 5 stars
    Really good recipe that’s simple too! I used only one tbsp of sugar and almost could’ve gone with less. Will be making again

  37. 5 stars
    This recipe was seasoned perfectly, I added 1/2 cup extra of the broth, and it had the best texture.

    Key is to use 93%or lower fat beef to help reduce the oil, however, it still tasted delicious with higher fat beef.

  38. 5 stars
    This is THE BEST Chili ever! I love to cook and have experimented with many chili recipes. This one has simple ingredients with simple instructions to follow. I make it exactly as written in the recipe and we absolutely LOVE IT! It is so flavorful and satisfying to eat. The high temp today in Texas was 94 degrees and I am making this chili for dinner… that’s how good it is. 🙂 I have made this chili many times and it always comes together perfectly.

  39. 5 stars
    It was delicious! I added ketchup instead of tomato paste as I was out so it had a nice sweet /spicy tang.

  40. 5 stars
    OMG, delicious! I used the recipe with no changes and its a winner in our house. I will make a double batch next time so that some can be frozen for another meal. I have been making chili for over 40 years and this is the 1st time I have written a review, so it must be good! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, its a keeper!

  41. 5 stars
    I make this at least once a month, but I tweaked it by adding lots more beans–an extra can of black beans, garbanzo beans, and pinto beans each, as I am trying to reduce my meat intake. Everyone who I have try it loves it. Thank you for sharing it.

  42. The seasoning is perfect! I was short on regular chili powder and used Aleppo instead. Easy and delicious! I will make this again!

  43. I love this chili recipe. I use the optional cayenne and I add corn to mine, and it is delicious. I love how fast and easy it is, too. Thank you for sharing.

  44. 5 stars
    Super glad I found this recipe. It was easy to follow and it turned out great. Amazingly enough we had just about every ingredient necessary. The only missing ingredients were the ground cumin and tomato sauce. I used ground comino instead and that worked perfectly. I also used an extra tablespoon of tomato paste to make up for the lack of tomato sauce. And we used a sugar substitute, but hey it turned out waaaay better than I could have hoped! I’m actually inclined to curse with how good this turned out. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ worthy!

  45. 5 stars
    I would have to say this is a pretty good chili.It is also easy to make. I was a little skeptical about the sugar but everything blended perfectly. The family loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  46. 5 stars
    This has become my only chili recipe – I’ve made it at least a dozen times. Only addition I make is a some chopped up celery, just because my Grandma always did. But this recipe far superior to any others I’ve ever tried (including Grandma’s). This turns out fabulous every time! Thank you so much for sharing with us all!!

  47. 5 stars
    Amazing. Had to stop myself from a second helping. I’m dairy allergic so this was a treat. Made homemade cornbread to have with the chilli. Perfect meal for a cold and rainy May day.

  48. 5 stars
    First time making chili and I have to say this recipe is delicious!!! I used 8oz of tomato paste instead of the tomato sauce and added 1 cup of water. I also added 2 extra cans of beans because we love beans in this house!

  49. 5 stars
    Definitely my go to recipe for chili. I may tweak a little. Just because. :). I use brown sugar and add a little Worcestershire. Chop up peppers and onions , use a mix of beans, ( cannoli kidney and black) to make it my own. PT

  50. 5 stars
    I’ve made a lot of different chili recipes but this is my favorite. And it’s so easy. Here’s what I did differently. I was out of tomato paste so omitted, my husband dislikes cumin so I only used 1 Tbsp instead of 2, and I added one can of drained pinto beans in addition to kidney beans. Fantastic and easy!

  51. 5 stars
    Excellent as is. I used the cayenne and it has just enough bite. Just adults so heat is no concern. Best chili I’ve ever made, according to my two grown grandsons.

  52. This was Fantastic! The Best Chili I have ever made & easy to fix. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  53. 5 stars
    This IS the best chili I’ve ever made! I made it exactly as the recipe called for except for the cayenne pepper. I will be making this again.

  54. 5 stars
    Made this several times, excellent. I use 1 TBS of sugar instead of 2 TBS. That’s the only change I made. Comes out great every time. Leftovers, if any, usually gone by 5he next day.

  55. Great recipe. The only thing i did was add garlic and green pepper with the onion. Dont pass this one up!

  56. 5 stars
    Really good and easy… I will make it again soon but will cut the sugar, this was too sweet for me! Thanks.

  57. 5 stars
    Never liked making chili till now excellent recipe and can be tweaked to specific flavor liking. Can’t go wrong with this one. No complaints from family and guests and I appreciate the simple affordable ingredients. Seems like a lot of seasoning but don’t hold back …. This is a keeper

  58. My wife and I love this recipe and plan on making it for a party of 50 people. How would the cooking times change for the added quantity?

  59. 5 stars
    I made your chili recipe once before and it was delicious.
    I don’t want to sound ignorant but I’m wondering if you drain the fat/grease from the ground beef?

  60. I love this recipe! Made on my dinner break and it was very easy to make!! Portion size was just enough for two people. Made it with a salad and My boyfriend loves it. Thank you

  61. I use this chili recipe and always use low sodium chicken broth and it is fine. I would suggest skipping the cayenne unless you like it very spicy.

  62. 5 stars
    It’s perfect!! The spices & ingredients are wonderful! I added a little celery & green peppers to the pot cause I needed to use them. It’s so good & perfect for dinner. Thanks.

  63. My secret ingredient (until now) is chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, Smoky and spice works as well as cayenne. And since a can of these is more than you can ever use, the rest goes into a ziplock freezer bag. My frozen chipotle block can then be pulled from the freezer and a cut off a “chunk” when I need it.

  64. Made this chili for hubby and I and served with chili dogs. Delicious! 😋
    Topped w/ sour cream, green onions and mexican style cheese…
    Very easy recipe to follow…Thank you for sharing with us…😁

  65. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! So easy and delicious. I add canned green chilies simply because I like them. Thank you for sharing.

  66. 5 stars
    I was never a Chili eater until my sister made this recipe.
    Well I love Chili now!! It’s delicious and my family loves it too.

  67. I use this recipe as the basis for my chilli but I tweek it a little every time. I add all the extras. 2 and a half tablespoons of chilli powder can be a bit much depending on the powder your using. Today I’m adding olives, mushrooms and jalapeños. It’s a great recipe it impresses every time.

  68. 4 stars
    Pretty good, my only recommendation is to reduce or remove the sugar. I used 1 1/2 tbsp instead of 2, and even that was too much – it’s noticeably sweet. Added a touch of liquid smoke which was good.

  69. 5 stars
    The spices and tomatoes all meld together in a wonderful way after it bubbles for the 20 min in the last step. I added macaroni to it (1 cup dry, but cook it and drain),which cut the richness of the tomatoes just right. I love this recipe!

  70. 5 stars
    I have tried everything in my chili including dill pickle juice and beer. I never seem to get the seasoning just right. The “spiciness” of this recipe is just right. I was a little concerned about the sugar, but trusted the recipe and so glad that I did. The only thing that I changed was that I used 2 cans of beans. We just like a hearty, bean-y chili. It was perfect, except that i forgot to add the tomato paste to the meat and spice mixture and I know that would have increased the depth of flavor. It’s a keeper! Thank you!

  71. Great recipe. I made all kinds of tweaks and substitutions, but nothing that deviated to much from the core ratios. The two main substitutions I made were soyrizzo instead of beef and vegetable stock instead of beef stock, so my version is accidentally vegan.

  72. 5 stars
    I found this recipe about 2-3 years ago and continue to use it to this day. Making it again tonight!! Hands down, best chili ever!

  73. 5 stars
    I am not a cook at all, I followed this recipe and my picky family loved it now I can add this to my list which will make three dishes. Thank you so much.

  74. 5 stars
    I’ve tried many, many chili recipes over the past 20 years and this one is hands-down my favorite. I don’t use quite as much cumin or garlic and I add a bit more ground beef than the recipe calls for to make it meatier. (3 lbs for a double recipe) I also sub a 12 ounce bottle of beer for some of the beef stock. Perfection.

  75. 5 stars
    So delicious!! We’re not eating red meat so I used ground turkey and added 1 can of diced chili peppers (the mild ones)

  76. 4 stars
    I thought this recipe was a lot better than OK, but not the best chili I’ve ever had (it’s a lot better if you re-heat it the next day!). My wife, though, thinks this is the best thing I’ve ever made in the kitchen, and has requested it 5 times in as many weeks. I think the recipe is heavy on the cumin, but if you really like cumin, then 2 tablespoons is just about perfect – otherwise, you’ll probably be happier with using a little less than the recipe calls for.

  77. 5 stars
    Very simple and delicious! I added some squares of very dark chocolate to make it nice and rich! Thanks for the recipe!

  78. 5 stars
    I’m a Texas gal married to a California beach boy, he says it’s the best! I’m 73 years old and my husband is 80. Needless to say, we’ve tried a lot of chili recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  79. It’s definitely the best I’ve ever made! Instead of olive oil I used bacon grease AND added chopped bacon! Delish!

  80. 5 stars
    I just made my 3rd round of this chili and my family loves it. Easy to make fast recipe on a school night the day of and it turns out fantastic. Usually chili is better the next day as is true with this recipe but not necessary. Even with an 8 and 11 year old I use the cayenne and get no complaints.

  81. 5 stars
    I always thought I made great chili… then my husband became a recipe chaser and then everyone preferred his to mine…. Until I found this recipe…..the first time I forgot the sugar and it was amazing! No leftovers!!!! Tonight I followed exactly!!! YUMMY!!!

    1. i was using a smiliar receipt but it had minced oniln instead of fresh and no beef broth, i think it was more tomoto sauce instread. so im excited to try this one.

    1. This recipe is on our meal rotation
      I haven’t tried it with the cayenne pepper and I put green peppers in it. We love this chili. Thank you

    2. 5 stars
      This is hands down the best chili recipe I’ve ever tried. I follow the recipe to a T and I double it. I find that the Cayenne makes it a little too spicy for my liking so I put just a teeny bit. I add some fiesta cheese on top and me and my fiancé LOVE it. I have been making this for quite some time now I jus haven’t taken the time to review it. I promise you won’t regret trying this chili soo yummy!

  82. 5 stars
    I made this this evening, following the recipe exactly as written, with one exception. I added a 4 oz. can of diced Hatch chili peppers. This is the best pot of chili I’m made in a long time and it was certainly the easiest.👍👍👍👍

  83. Incredible recipe! I made it for my boyfriend. I added chopped red bell pepper and it was delicious! I also kept the stove on low heat prior to serving so it stayed warm. Thank you!!!

  84. 5 stars
    I’ve added this to my regular rotation of recipes. It truly is a classic chili. Husband loves it. And I love how easy it is to make ;3

  85. 5 stars
    I typically like spicier chili, however with three picky kids, I made this recipe and they all loved it. I continue to follow this recipe now and we enjoy it.

  86. 5 stars
    It was delicious! The recipe was exact, the ingredients were on-hand, and the directions were simple to follow!
    Thank you for this recipe. It will be used now for every time I make chili.

    1. I just had my husband stop at the store to get a few things for this recipe. I’m hoping it will be good. My husband is so picky when it comes to chili. 🤞🏼

  87. I used elk burger, and this is probably THE BEST chili I have ever made ! Thanks so very much for the recipe

  88. 5 stars
    Sooooo yummy! THe best chili I’ve made! I just put in about 3/4 Tbsp less chili powder so it wouldn’t be spicy for me or the kids!

    1. Vegetable or mushroom broth maybe if your tryna make it vegan, I made mine vegan tonight with gardien grounds so good

    2. Are you trying to avoid meat? If so, you can try vegetable broth. If you are just looking for a substitute in your pantry, you could try chicken broth or just water with a dash of extra salt. Or even a bouillon cube.

  89. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I added liquid smoke to the beef and added corn and peppers. Turned out to be the best chili I’ve ever made! Thanks a bunch!!:)

    1. This chili is amazing! Perfect mix of spices and seasonings. It makes a great base to add in extras too. I substituted ground venison and added a can of green chili’s. Sooooo good!

  90. I used chicken broth and seasoned diced tomatoes. Added a drizzle of olive oil. It turned out delicious.

  91. 4 stars
    Amazing chili recipe. I used Rotel instead of regular diced tomatoes. Only mistake I made was adding the sugar. Will omit it next time.

  92. 5 stars
    I made this for a chili cook off at my work and I won first place! I had never made chili on my own before, so I am grateful I found this recipe.

  93. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I first found this a couple years back and it is still my favorite. Once I found this recipe, I haven’t needed any other chili recipe. The flavors are so good! Highly recommend!

  94. 5 stars
    Great recipe!!!!! I guess most people don’t realize that it’s not unusual to add sugar to recipes containing tomato sauce because it cuts down on the acidity and makes it more balanced. I sometimes add corn to mine as well.

  95. So, I rarely cook anything that’s cool. Hubby has been asking off and on for chili. I found your recipe and it looked simple enough, so I gave it a try. My hubby went nuts for it! I believe I did very well! Easy peasy for me! I hate kidney beans…I only added one can. I LOVED them! This recipe spice clearly made them stupid good! I just made it again tonight and am waiting for it as I write. TY TY TY! I’ve got to look at more of your recipes! I feel like a chef now and this has motivated me to cook more things that I never thought I could do.

  96. 5 stars
    Yes! Excellent. Minor tweaks like using fire roasted tomatoes and no sugar, but other than that followed pretty closely.

  97. 4 stars
    it was very good and easy to make! I did not add the sugar, and did add 1 can of drained black bean! Will make again and again!

  98. 5 stars
    Really outstanding. I had to make some changes, using stew meat instead of ground beef and therefore used the slow cooker. Also used fire-roasted tomatoes and cut the sugar in half. But even with those changes I think the recipe as written would still be amazing. Highly recommended.

  99. 5 stars
    Definitely my go to chilli recipe, in fact I have to double it because my grown kids want some too!!

  100. I do use packaged chili seasoning and it works well except it is a bit spicier than measuring out separate spices. Other than that I use the same ingredients. My beef is leaner 96 or 93 %… it really is delicious… and even better the next day!

  101. Craving chili for this chilly day. Found this recipe and loved all the ingredients. Made pretty much to the T. Except did not have paste so I used a little ketchup. Used Rotel diced chilis and tomatoes and a little extra chili powder. . We love hot. Topped with sour cream, cheese and white onions. Love, love👍🏻

  102. 5 stars
    My husband asked me to make my famous chili. 😳 I’ve alwaysed used pre-made packages. Today I used this delicious recipe, and we both live it! ❤😋

  103. 5 stars
    Best chili I ever eaten!!! Every seasonings was perfect amount, I just added 1 teaspoon sugar, don’t pay attention to the people who have always taste problems. Good job with your recipe! Thank you! It’s a keeper!

  104. My husband always says “this is your best yet!” every time I use this recipe 🤣. I absolutely love this recipe! It’s basic, fast, and not complicated. I’m just wondering if u would have to change anything (like add more broth) if u were to cook it in an instapot 🤔. Can u try it and lmk? Lol thanks!

    1. I was wondering if could use sour cream &chive mashed potatoes instead of just sour cream then continue to top with what ever toppings.cheese ,bacon, jalapeños

  105. I found this recipie quite by accident. Made it and my mom LOOOOVED IT!
    For me, that’s the ticket we had it with cornbread!
    Thank you whomever is the poster if this delicious chili

  106. 5 stars
    This first time I made it it was way too sweet, but the other flavors were spot on. So I made it again with just 2 teaspoons of sugar and it was great! This is now my go to chili recipe.

  107. 5 stars
    BEST CHILI EVER! This is my go to recipe and my boyfriend and I LOVE IT! Very simple and followed the directions to a T.

  108. 5 stars
    This was quick and easy and delicious. I had to substitute cannelini (white kidney) beans for red kidney bean and I did not drain them — all in!. I halved the cumin and the cayenne after reading comments. The five minute resting was essential to it becoming less soupy. Served with the great cornbread linked in the site.

  109. 5 stars
    The best chili recipe! I leave out the optional cayenne. I use petite diced stewed tomatoes that come pre-seasoned in the can with cracked black pepper and olive oil. Top with sour cream and shredded old cheddar. Delish!

    1. 5 stars
      Made it for 14 men. My husband said they loved it and was gone in no time. I really liked using beef broth instead of tomato juice.

  110. 5 stars
    Excellent chili, I’ve never used sugar before but it turned out incredible.
    I wish I could have had some leftovers but everyone loved it!!
    I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream for the ending touch. This is the best chili recipe ever!

  111. 5 stars
    Perfect gold standard. Exactly what I was craving. We do half and half beef/pork. Very tasty. Easy and spices were spot on. Good enough to pass on lugging the instant pot out! Thanks!!

  112. 5 stars
    This is truly the best chili I have ever tasted/made. It has taken me years to find a chili recipe my family LOVES. THIS IS IT!!! I double the meat, use double chili beans instead of kidney beans, and use crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can) instead of diced tomatoes.

  113. This was so delicious and easy to prepare My husband eat 2 full bowls. A smal twist: I topped it with cottage cheese and WOW!!!

  114. 5 stars
    Best recipe! Hard to please husband loved it! The only things I did differently were I doubled the recipe, added more beans and omitted the sugar.

  115. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly as written and it is delicious. Everyone loves it. There is nothing I would change.

  116. 5 stars
    Best chili I’ve ever tasted. I’ve made it a number of times, always doubling up the ingredients. I use ground turkey rather than beef, and beef bone broth for added flavor. Instead of white sugar I use an equal mix of cinnamon and brown sugar, which I find really compliment the cumin and chili powder. Serve it topped with shredded cheddar and some additional diced onions

  117. 5 stars
    I get rave reviews whenever I cook this. I substitute the following for a healthier version:
    93% lean ground turkey
    Chicken broth low sodium
    Truvia/Stevia in place of sugar
    I add the Cayenne for heat
    Black beans in place of kidney beans (personal choice)
    I make sure to cook this in the afternoon – then take off the burner, keep covered until ready for dinner. Just turn up the heat to low-med to get it nice and warm. This way the flavors have time to marry. Delicious!

  118. 5 stars
    Really good chili! My kids aren’t big fans of spices, so I went a little easy on them and they ate it up!

  119. 5 stars
    Excellent chili. I halved the cumin, but did everything else according to the recipe. I used cayenne per the recipe, maybe a little bit more. Very tasty and satisfying chili. Easy and quick, too! I give this 5 stars and highly recommend it.

  120. I love the flavor of this chili. It is perfect as is. However, I find that the amount of broth is a bit much. My family and I prefer a thicker chili.

    1. You could add a cornstarch slurry to it to thicken it up without having to cut down the amount of broth. Or you can let it rest longer to get it to thicken up.

  121. 5 stars
    Follwed the recipe exactly and absolutely love it. Left out the cayenne and ut still had enough spicy heat. Very good flavour and texture.

  122. This was tasty; the only issue I have is the sugar. I love potatoes in my chili. I always add to my chili or I like to take a baked potato adding our favorite fixings. Kids love this.
    Note: If you don’t make your own tomato sauce or paste, then pay attention to how much sugar is in each jar. 10 grams of sugar is the maximum that people should eat in one day.

  123. Best chili I have ever made. Followed exactly including cayenne pepper 🌶. My husband really enjoyed it as well. Great consistency and flavor.

  124. 5 stars
    My husband absolutely loved this recipe! I followed the recipe except I put only 1 Tablespoon of cumin and a can of pinto beans instead of kidney beans. Delicious!!

  125. 5 stars
    This was actually my first time making chili. I added 2 ingredients because I’m like that, and it was amazing. I added a 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Carolina Reaper powder and about a teaspoon of Smokehouse Maple seasoning. It was sweet on the lips and deceiving before I started sweating.

  126. 5 stars
    Loving so many attributes of this recipe: Quick to make, easy to adjust dry ingredients as I decided ( on the spot, after tasting) to make extra and freeze for another time. I have a 22 month young babe at home, am almost due to have another and my hubby works out in the snow cutting and splitting wood. Baby doesn’t like much spice, I like a little more but have to watch for acid reflux (so I added vinegar in the chilly) and my hubby likes spice that makes him sweat a little. This RECIPE IS PERFECT for our family.

    Thank you for sharing your skills with the world.

  127. 5 stars
    I made this chilly twice and my family has said they will not eat canned chilly again. This is a REALLY GREAT Chilly. Love it.

  128. Planning to make this this weekend – can you clarify “tomato sauce”? Do you mean like a Passata or do you mean a marinara sauce? Sorry, I don’t want to mess up!

  129. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I used ground turkey, not a huge fan of beef. It turned out Awesome. I used the cayenne as well. Not to spicy! Just the right amount. I served with cheese, sour cream and Doritos on top! 🙂 Don’t knock it until you try it.

  130. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with my high school cooking class. They LOVED it, and the classroom and building smelled delicious for hours. I chose to substitute the beef broth with water and a little more of the spice seasonings. I’m going to try adding paprika next time.

  131. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe almost exactly and it turned out amazing. Only thing different I did was adding a bit of water to the chilli so I could easily get it to the boiling point before letting it simmer. I don’t know why people think that the recipe calls for too much cumin, maybe they aren’t measuring it properly or are just overly sensitive to spices. I just used a regular tablespoon and levelled it so it’s not a heaping tablespoon. Also used two cans of red kidney beans rather than one

  132. 5 stars
    First time making chili. Growing up it was one of my favorites that my dad would make. Always thought (Wrongly, as I learned last night) that it was a long semi-complicated process. This was very easy and turned out very good! I put it on top of corn chips with sour cream and cheese. Couldn’t have asked for a better result. Thank you!

  133. 5 stars
    This is one of the best chili recipes I’ve ever tasted and it’s so easy to make!! I add 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper and that goes great with the sweetness from the sugar.

  134. My boyfriend loves home cooking and I love to get in the kitchen and make nice meals for him! I work the nightshift in the ER and don’t always have the time to cook. So when I found this recipe, was excited to try it! He actually said this is the best tasting chili he has ever had! I had only added one tablespoon of sugar and found it to be a little too sweet, so next time will cut to 1/2 tablespoon. Always better to add more later than too much in the beginning! Easy and quick to make! Topped with cheddar cheese and diced raw onion! Warms you up on a cold night! This recipe is a keeper! BTW: Cayenne pepper 🌶️ is great if you like the kick!

  135. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Made a few tweaks in part due to young kiddos eating it, but turned out great IMO:
    -no cayenne, small can of mild green chilies instead
    -sub Pinto beans
    -add heavy cream to taste (think I probably did about 1/3 C

    Used an immersion blender to smooth it out a little bit a the end (kids don’t love finding a bunch of beans) and it was a crowd pleaser. Would recommend doubling this recipe since leftover chili is even better than the original and not much is left with just one batch!

  136. 5 stars
    My family loves this chili, it’s quick and taste even better the next day. I’ve made this recipe several times-never disappoints!

  137. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe!
    I used beef ‘Better than bouillon’ and beer for the liquid. I also added half a tablespoon of madras curry for some adventure. It was a hit.

  138. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe, I really liked that it uses beef broth, cuts down on the acidic flavor some chilis have. Will be my forever chili recipe.

  139. 5 stars
    Best chili I’ve ever made. Some reviews say it’s too much Cumin, but I disagree. I used the Cayenne, used only 1 tablespoon of sugar, used Kobe burger and added a can of chopped green chilies. It was a HIT!

  140. 5 stars
    This chili was the perfect comfort food for freezing weather! All the ingredients were pantry staples so no trips to the grocery necessary! I made it exactly as written but without the beans. I served it with tortilla chips for a little crunch and added some jalapenos for an extra kick! Definitely will make this again!.

  141. This may be the Best Chili that I’ve ever made! I did half on the sugar, but I love cumin and to me the flavor was perfect! My husband loved it too!

  142. 5 stars
    I made this last night for dinner. It was the best chili recipe I have found and will definitely make again.
    I only made a few changes. 1) I doubled the recipe 2) after reading a comment posted about too much cummin,
    I cut back on it a little. Since I doubled recipe, I used 3 T cummin instead of 4. 3) simmered it all day. This recipe
    Is a keeper. Thanks for sharing it

  143. Have been making Chili for years, thoroughly enjoyed this recipe, quick and easy. I did however add about one to two tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Will make this again.

  144. Love this recipe. I add a poblano chili , 1/2 bell pepper with onion. I also added a beer with other liquids. Loved it.

  145. 5 stars
    Delicious ! Spot on! This is going to get me through a terrible winter storm getting ready to hit my area. Thank you!

  146. 5 stars
    This is fantastic, just the right amount of spice. I am so glad I found this recipe, I will be making it for years to come.

  147. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I used 1 tblspoon of sugar instead of two. And I do like cumin so the blend of seasonings was just right for me. I’ll definitely make this again.

  148. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe except for the tomato paste, because I didn’t have any. Came out great! Will be making this again, Thanks!

  149. 5 stars
    If I could rate this a 6, I would. The family and I ate three portions of nice size bowl serving because it was so good. The balance of the ingredients is what makes it as I’ve had chili my whole life. I made it with pork my favorite meat and it was amazing. I made it as is and I highly recommend it

  150. 5 stars
    This was excellent! My only modifications were to cut cumin and chili powder to 1 tablspoon each… I did add about a half teaspoon of smoked paprika for a little smokey flavor. I’ll add pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for more heat at the end. Start slow and ramp up!!

  151. 5 stars
    Everyone i made it for LOVED IT. The three of us ate the whole pot. I do agree about the too much Cumin though. But i seem to be the only one who noticed it everyone else said that it was “perfect” so i would definitely recommend!

  152. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I dont use as much cumin or sugar though and more pepper. I add fresh sliced carrots, fresh mushroom (usually cremini), and frozen peas usually around the 15 to 20 min mark of the simmering process. Then add a bit more broth and tomato sauce as i go. Delicious!!

  153. 5 stars
    I normally don’t like chili but I wanted some today. I made the recipe just as called for including the cayenne for some heat. Delicious! Bookmarked the page and will make again.

  154. 5 stars
    My husband and I really like this recipe. We like to put chopped onions, sour cream and shredded cheddar on top. I ended up using too much diced tomatoes and sauce. But it still tasted great. I added an extra can of kidney beans and left off the cayenne pepper, since we both have acid reflux. I like the salt taste, my daughter is used to kosher or sea salt and they are not as strong. I suggest using those if the salt bothers you. Great recipe, thanks!!

  155. 5 stars
    This chili is the perfect classic chili. I add fresh garlic. The flavor is amazing. I make it often during this cold Midwest winter. Hearty and delicious.

  156. 5 stars
    Nice and ez tastes great!
    i used bone broth and marinara sauce and black beans because it was what I had in the pantry .

  157. 5 stars
    Very good recipe and so easy. I only put in half the cumin called for in the recipe – definitely need to do that or cumin will be overpowering to some.

    Also, I have a family of five. I increased the serving size from 6 to 9 and we still did not have enough for five meals. Next time I will increase serving size to 12 and we’ll have enough.

    Otherwise, great job and thank you.

  158. 5 stars
    Easy, delicious recipe. Best chili recipe I have found. I didn’t add the cayenne pepper. Highly recommend.

  159. 5 stars
    Excellent and Simple Recipe which yields amazing results. I substituted the can of diced tomatoes with a can of Rotel. and also added a half can of white/yellow corn. just personal preference. Served it over some fresh backed corn bread and man did it hit the spot. Thank you

  160. 5 stars
    Great flavor. I’m not a huge fan of cumin but I didn’t think it was overpowering. Only thing is the recipe for 1 lb says it serves 6…it really serves like 3-4 if you are eating this as your whole entree (at least in my family).

  161. 5 stars
    My family raves about this chili! I have been cooking for 43 years and this without a doubt the best I’ve ever made. I just added some cut up steamed baby carrots to tone down the acid. Thanks for sharing this delightful recipe❤️

  162. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! It is an easy, no fuss recipe. I substituted the chilli powder for mild chilli powder as have an 11yr old who’s just starting to explore with spice. It’s got depth and flavour without being spicy hot. You still get the warmth and comfort, which is exactly what you want from a good chilli. Definitely will be making again using this from now on.
    Thank you for sharing.

  163. 5 stars
    I bumped up the spices as well, including cumin which we love, and it was definitely worth the 5 star rating! Making it again now & finishing it off in the slow cooker as did another reviewer. Best chili recipe I’ve ever made. Next time I’ll have cornbread with it.

  164. 5 stars
    This was really good and easy. I omitted the cumin because we aren’t fans. This is such an easy recipe with very good results. Thank you!

  165. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe last night at my girlfriend’s house. It was super simple to prepare. My girlfriend and I were amazed at how good it was. I will Definitely try it again soon!

  166. This is definitely the best chili ever !!! My 17 year old actually asks me to make it at least a couple times a month. She is so hard to please since u never know from one time to the next she hates whatever I make. I’m sure everyone knows what teenagers are like. My husband asks me to make a double batch. Needless to say I give this recipe 5 stars !!

  167. 5 stars
    The Best Chili ever! I love chili. Followed the recipe on the most part but I added minced garlic. My husband loved it also. He usually not a great fan of my Chili, but this one changed his mind.

  168. 5 stars
    I’m a total amateur – – – Amanda make me look like a pro!!

    I cut back on the Chili Pepper to 2 T
    I added a Yellow and Red Pepper
    I added some chopped Celery
    I even phoned a friend about subbing Chicken stock for beef stock. (Which I did)

    I got RAVE REVIEWS from my wife!!


    Maybe I should stick closer to what AMANDA recommends but why argue with success?

  169. I tried this did double of everything to make more. But I only added 1 table spoon of cumin for the entire thing. Overall it tastes pretty good.

  170. Made this tonight, first time making homemade chili. I just don’t like any of the stuff that’s already canned. Are used half ground beef and half little chunks of steak.Followed the recipe except I didn’t have any beef broth and learned something very useful: 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce to a cup of water.

    A huge fan of tomatoes in soups, and I was afraid three different types of tomato additions would be way too much. But the flavor was outstanding. One of the best chili I’ve ever had. And surprisingly I have enough left for a couple more meals.

    1. Wish I could simply edit my comment after it’s posted but that’s not possible here, so I’ll just make the corrections in this reply. It should’ve said I am NOT a fan of tomatoes in soups. With all that tomato this somehow tasted incredible!

  171. Great consistency! I doubled the cayenne and pepper. Too much cumin for my tastes. Next time I plan to cut it in half. Otherwise, it was great!

  172. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe! It was my first time making this dish ever and let me tell you it was a SUCCESS. All the flavoring combineded so well. I’m keeping this one for the books lol. My son whose 10 rated this a 10/10 whoohoo!!!. Thank you

  173. 5 stars
    Excellent! Easy to prepare, all ingredients that I had on-hand, and even the kiddos liked it. I, too, skipped the cayenne. We substituted a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, added a bit more broth (just our taste), and used turkey for a leaner option. Glad to have found this and will use it again!

  174. 5 stars
    Excellent chili! I have always made crappy chili until I found this recipe! Everyone compliments my chili now! I do agree with other comments, I only used 1 TBLS of surgar which seemed just right to me! Overall though, this is an EXCELLENT recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  175. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for the right chilli recipe for awhile. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Only thing I did different was added chili beans and pork n beans with the kidney beans. Absolutely delicious!

  176. 5 stars
    Perfectly seasoned and well balanced. Highly recommend this one. It’s especially great with corn bread.

  177. 5 stars
    It really is a great recipe! I use this recipe as my base now and make adaptations as I want, like adding peppers, mushrooms, etc, or not adding beans, but it’s great every time. I think what I’ve been previously missing in my chili was the cumin. Thanks so much!

  178. 5 stars
    I was never a chili fan; until now! I’ve made this recipe three times now, and every time I’m so impressed with it! I crave it all the time!

  179. First time making chili and I ended up eating three bowls >_< Definitely going into the recipe book. I followed suit on the cummin, did half. Thank you so much!

  180. 5 stars
    This was delicious- very rich in flavor, quite spicey with the cayenne. I think I’d add more meat next time, maybe a half pound more.

  181. Love this recipe! But I used fresh ground chicken breast from Rastelli Specialty store and little celery and fresh diced carrots and sweet corn. It is delicious!!!!! Will make it again. Thank you so much for the great recipe

  182. 5 stars
    I think this recipe is AWESOME! The depth of flavor makes this a very unique recipe. I have made a lot of beef and bean chilis, and my husband and I think this is the best we’ve ever had. I used beef with some fat, so I drained it before adding the other ingredients. I also used WAY less sugar. I used about a tablespoon, and I think next time I will use even less, and may use brown sugar instead. I loved how flavorful this chili is, and like all chili, gets better the next day!

  183. 5 stars
    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. ♥ It is delicious ♥. The only change I made was the cumin. I added only 1 tablespoon.

  184. Literally the best and most simple recipe
    I cut the cumin to 1 tsp cause my hubby is picky
    Also skipped chili for a couple taps of smoked paprika
    Only 1 tsp if sugar and I honestly could go for 1/2 the amount
    And 2 cans of kidney beans instead of 1. You can add 3 if you wanna stretch it even more. 1 is simply not enough and leaves it a bit on the soupier side
    I also added a little extra salt in the form of seasoning salt
    And added some fresh chopped garlic to the recipe
    I served it in a bunt of cornbread
    Topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, chives
    So delicious, even my picky mother wants to take some to work for her lunch

  185. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe. The only thing I have cut back on is the sugar, but only by 1/2 tbsp. Instead of beef broth, I use chicken stock, and use either chicken or turkey. I also use 2 cans of kidney beans. Very flavorful!

  186. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING and yes AMAZING in all caps lol . Never made chili but glad I could use this recipe and forever wil!!!

  187. 5 stars
    I’ve actually won a couple of small chili cook-off competitions, but this might be the best chili I have made I tweaked it a little bit.
    I only used one and a half tablespoons of cumin and I added an extra teaspoon of salt.
    I used 85% lean hamburger and cooked it a little longer to reduce it down.
    Oh, and I used a very sweet onion, called sweet onion LOL.

  188. 5 stars
    Turned out great! My husband is more into chili than i am because the only chili i like is at Wendys! I know most of you just gasped! Haha. But he says that it is a little sweet & then the spice kicks in. I like spice more than he does,so it worked out well for me. In my opinion its 10x better the next day. Thank you!

  189. 5 stars
    Made this last night, family LOVED it! Flavors are strong but that’s how we like it. I used 1/2 of required beef, but added 2 more cans of beans, used Swerve instead of sugar, and made a tapioca starch slurry since we like thick chili. Delicious basic recipe that you can tweak easily, yet maintain the goodness of the original. This is our favorite chili now! Thanks for sharing.

  190. 5 stars
    Easy and Fast! Perfect to warm you up on a cold day😁. I added a chopped green pepper because I like them in chili. Otherwise, I followed recipe.

  191. I have made the chili three times since I found the recipe. The first time I made it it was a bit sweet. So I cut back sugar to
    One tbsp instead of two. Was perfect. I
    plan on making it again this weekend. It’s a fav now.

  192. 5 stars
    Very good. Very easy. Everyone has different taste when it comes to spice. Next time, I plan on using less cumin.

  193. 5 stars
    The only thing i did was substitute the diced tomatoes for 3 cans of rotel with chilis and cut the cumin in half, I doubled the recipe and omitted the cayenne pepper it was spicey enough. This was the best recipe.

  194. 5 stars
    My absolute go to recipe. I use a little less sugar and cumin. The older comments noted adding a couple of splashes of balsamic and it’s an absolute game changer.

  195. 5 stars
    very good recipe. We like our chili spicy so I used the cumin, ref pepper flakes and substituted the red kidney beans with a can of chili beans.

  196. I used only 1 Tbs cumin and chilli powder, added 1 Tbs red dirt seasoning, ketchup instead of tomato paste and 1 Tbs water plus 2 tsp corn starch because we used it for chillidogs. It was very good .

  197. 5 stars
    I have several different chili recipes that I make depending on either how I plan on serving it or sometimes based on the ingredients I have on hand. All of my chili versions are tasty. But tonight I tried this recipe and I must say hands down this is the best chili ever! My entire family raved about it. This is definitely my go to chili recipe from now on.

  198. 5 stars
    Absoutely delicious recipe. I doubled it for a large batch but put in about half, maybe less, of the sugar requirement. It was outstanding – I definitely hurt myself with how much of it I ate. Spooned it over a handful of Fritos and topped with shredded cheddar (& my fiancé and his parents put some sour cream.) It was a huge hit, thanks for sharing!

  199. I made this chili right by the recipe and it is the best chili I have eaten. Will definitely cook this again and I give it 5 stars.

  200. Can you advise how much 1/6 is??? Is that a cup? 2 cups?? 3/4 cup??? That is always a bit more helpful in determining serving sizes.

  201. 4 stars
    I’ve struggled with making really good chili so I settled for packets. That still wasn’t so great so I rarely ever make any because I never had a great recipe until now. This is so good!!!!! (I can taste the sugar more than I’d like to so I’ll reduce the next time). Other than this, this recipe is definitely a keeper.

  202. 5 stars
    This is soooooo good. The only thing I did different was add 11/2 teaspoons of smoked paprika. The best chili recipe I’ve ever tried!

  203. I love this recipe! I eliminate the cumin and only do 1 tablespoon of sugar, even though it doesn’t really need it. I add diced tomatoes with green chilies. My family loves it. So flavorful

  204. 5 stars
    Great and a nice easy recipe. I didn’t change too much other than cutting back on the cumin as noted by others.
    Will definitely be making this again. Thank you.

  205. 5 stars
    Made with 2 lbs beef bc that’s what I had at the house, after reading the comments I did just a little less cumin more like 1.5 tbsp, used beef bone broth for a little more protein, used mild chili pinto beans since I used more beef, bc I didn’t want to try to measure out more chili seasoning. Came out as the best pot of chili I’ve ever made. Thanks for the great recipe.

  206. 5 stars
    We all loved this recipe. My son said he doesn’t usually like chili cuz it’s just beans and peppers. This was more like a sloppy Joe texture with a delicious flavor! It’s a keeper.

  207. 5 stars
    Fantastic!!! I made this as written and it is phenomenal! I do agree with the cumin comments; a tad too much for my liking.. But it was seriously still so good!!! And! Here’s the winning addition to this recipe… My 8 year old liked it! Win, win, win!!!

  208. My family could not stop saying how good the chili was.
    I had to improvise with 2 of the ingredients and then I thought I was opened beef broth but it was chicken, so I did one of each. Allowed to simmer for 30minutes on low.
    What was suppose to be for New Years want last.
    My daughter told me to make it more often

  209. 5 stars
    My husband and I LOVE this recipe. We make it just as described. It is snowing for the first time in our city today in too long and I was so eager to make this chili and some cornbread on a cold, snowy day. Thank you!

  210. 5 stars
    The flavor was amazing! Making it for for New Year’s Day so I decided to make it a day ahead. With chile, if I have the time, I like to put it together with everything but the beans and simmer for a couple hours. (2-3hours) This allows the flavors to really come together and the meat and tomatoes get nice and tender. Add the beans and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

  211. 4 stars
    Overall Rating from Husband
    too much sugar – too sweet
    too much tomato

    I did not add all the cumin as many people said it was overpowering

    In our Chili Recipe we always add Jalapeños and some juice to give it a little kick so this did help the chili.

    My husband is our Chili cook in the family and he did add a little more chili powder and cumin to what was already in there to get rid of the Tomato taste.

    Now the day after chili is always better so I really can’t wait to see how it tastes.

    Next time I will cut back on the sugar and half the tomato sauce and add a little more beef broth just to see what that does but over all I think it was good. Will try again.

  212. 5 stars
    For the most part, followed recipe, but cut back on all the spices, can always add more. Added 2 stalks of chopped celery and a chopped/seeded red pepper. Cut beef broth in 1/2, balance 1/2 can of beer. Adds flavor and alcohol burns off. Not a fan of low fat ground beef, used 80/20, better flavor. No salt, no pepper, no cayenne. Add when serving if you want bite.
    Pre taste? Superb….Top with shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions. Will whip up my cornbread tomorrow.

  213. 5 stars
    The best chili, I use chicken stock instead of beef broth, Don’t shoot the messenger, everyone loved it, kept the cumin as the recipe calls for, and the sugar, used diced Italian stewed tomatoes, just a personal preference. Excellent, I’ve tried the other 2 “best chilis” that pop up first when searching for best chilis and yours is the best hands down. I also use 2 lbs. of meat, Coarse grind, So I just double all the ingredients.

  214. 5 stars
    I made this chili yesterday, I did use ground venison in place of beef, but kept to the rest of the recipe. This is a wonderful recipe for chili. Thank you

  215. 5 stars
    This is the BEST chili! I’ve made it a dozen times or more and the two changes that make it perfect are to reduce the cumin to 1.5 Tbsp. and the sugar to 1 Tbsp. Easy, fast, absolutely delicious chili every time – I love it!!

  216. 5 stars
    Followed recipe exactly with the exception of using half the cumin per other reviews. Turned out delicious and will be a go-to from now on! Perfect balance of sweet and savory. Bravo!

  217. 4 stars
    Really good basic recipe for a quickie chili, but not my favorite. Has anyone tried it without the tomato paste and sugar? I’ve made a fair amount of chili in my time, and feel like the paste is overkill and the sugar only necessary because of the paste…

  218. Instead of utilizing a variety of spices, I am wondering if I bought a “chili packet” of spices if that would be acceptable?

  219. 5 stars
    The best chili I’ve ever made. I used 2 lbs of ground beef as that is what my packages come as. I didn’t think it was too salty. I actually added more salt than the recipe stated. I also cooked my beans in the instant pot first. Will definitely make again.

  220. 3 stars
    I think the recipe overall is good, but way too much sugar! After tasting, I was searching online how to compensate for the sweetness. After a couple of additions, it turned out ok. If I make again, will try 1/2 tsp sugar.

    1. If you think it’s too sweet omit the white sugar and add 1.5 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 Tspn. dry mustard. 1/2 Tspn. garlic powder, and mix with 1/4 cup ketchup and 2 tblspns. white vinegar.

    2. You could have peeled a russet potato and just boiled it in the chili for a while. It soaks up the salt and then should be fine.

    3. You do not have to add sugar. I never do in recipies unless it’s desert. The tomatoes definitely have enough natural sugar in them to start out with, as the majority of vegetables already have a natural sweetness. I normally buy organic, and that might be the difference. I know the non organic produce taste quite different, somehow the flavor just doesn’t come through like it should, in my opinion. So when the flavor is off, I guess people add sugar, but I think it always changes the flavor for the worse. If someone thinks something sweet is necessary, honey or maple syrup are much better options! I never added sugar to any of my Italian food and everyone loves my food. I am quite certain that Italians never intended for sugar to be added to their recipies.

  221. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! I do agree with another maker of this about the Cumin. In my opinion, I would back down the cumin but it is really good chili. I paired this with cornbread(mix) and it goes really well together

  222. 4 stars
    Excellent recipe! After reading some of the other reviews I cut the Cumin by 1/2. Seemed to be the perfect amount. I’ll definitely make this recipe often over the winter. Thank you!

  223. Fantastic. I like cumin but not too much of it so I cut back on the cumin a little and it was absolutely perfect for me.

  224. 5 stars
    Award Winning!!

    I absolutely love this chili, I make it on the stove and then put it on low in the crockpot for hours. I recently hosted a chili cook off and this recipe won first place!!!!
    When I cook it for just myself I double the cayenne pepper, I love it spicy!

  225. 5 stars
    I did the recipe exactly as it was called for, but I used 93% fat reduced ground Turkey. It tasted fabulous!!
    Topped it off with some avocado, shredded cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. I served it with some cornbread.
    Huge hit with my family!!

    1. you can do whatever you want to a recipe, they are only a guide, make it your own!
      Baking, however, is a different story.

    2. Go for it!
      Prohibition ended a long time ago! A nice dark Mexican Ale might work or to your taste.
      Caution: Any beer added must be approved by the cook via taste test!

    3. You absolutely can, I add a few cans of of Texas red or amber in and it tastes awesome

      That being said it significantly increases cook time as you have to boil down a bit

    4. I did. Subbed in a bunch of freshly roasted tomatoes instead of the trio of the sauce, diced tomatoes and paste and it was great. It’s chili! You can’t mess it up if you’re tasting as you go. Add corn! Go nuts!

    5. 5 stars
      I’ve made this chili several times, but with a few additions: hot honey, unsweetened chocolate, and apple cider vinegar. I also simmer it for at least an hour to let the flavors develop.

    6. 5 stars
      I do, one can. I tend to go a just a touch heavy on all the listed spices and use 12oz tomato paste instead of the 8 listed.

    7. I did tonight, it was a good substitute instead of beef broth. 🙂

      I’d use something like a can of Foster’s

  226. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I bumped up all the spices a bit, and just substituted “Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef” for the meat in your recipe, since we are vegetarian. But all in all an easy yummy recipe.

    1. We use meatless as well. Plus I cut up butternut squash in our. It adds that extra flavor you didn’t realize it was missing.

  227. 5 stars
    Best chili ever. I’ve never been a fan of chili until now. Everyone who has tried it says it’s the best ever too. To reduce the sodium in this recipe significantly I used 1 tsp of low sodium Lawry’s season salt, no salt tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, and I cooked my kidney beans in the instant pot. The kidney beans also have a better taste than can beans. My husband is on a very limited salt diet. Besides, never saw anyone adding salt to my chili. Thank you for this great recipe!!

    1. 5 stars
      Did the same as above. Except added the spices except black pepper to onions when they were almost done cooking. Adding spices with aromatics really boosts the flavor. Also I subbed maple syrup for the white sugar. It was yummy!!

    2. Wow! What a great idea. I’m going to cook the kidney beans in the chili, too!

      Did you use extra liquids? If not, was it a dry chili?

  228. The consistency was really good, but the flavor was off. I think it had too much cumin. What could I do to cut the strong cumin flavor? I tried more sugar and chili powder, but that didn’t help.

      1. lol what are u talking about? this was my first time cooking chili and it was absolutely delicious!! my friends loved it too was a super big hit! im using it again for future cooking 🙂

      1. They’re asking what they can do to cut the flavor now that it’s already been added. In cooking, there are certain flavors/seasonings you can add to minimize other flavors.

      2. 5 stars
        This is the first chili I’ve ever made. My husband just taste tested it, and he went crazy! He’s THE expert in chili! I on the other hand am no expert on chili, nor cooking! I am also not a fan of chili… however, now I must admit, I love it! Haha, waiting for the cornbread. Might to too full from all of the “taste” testing!

    1. Add more tomato sauce or diced tomatoes to dilute the cumin. I only used 1-1/2 tablespoons of cumin and less sugar

    2. You need bellpepper, a little oregano, bay leaf , red chili flakes, and I do all my chopped seasoning till translucent then add freshly chopped garlic for 2 minutes then I throw the ground beef in etc I am a chef in New Orleans!

    3. 5 stars
      Great recipe. I use brown sugar instead of regular sugar. It did seem to have a little too much cumin for taste buds here but I used another couple tablespoons of light brown sugar and it seemed to remedy that. Overall really good!

    4. I always add a package or two of toco packets they sell in the store. They have all the flavor you’ll need. If you want it hot hot just add red pepper flakes.

    5. 5 stars
      I made it too. it was awesome. but next time ill cut back on cumin too. maybe 1 tabl spoon instead of 2. hubby loved it just like it was.

    6. I actually cut all the spices in half for the recipe because I think it’s way too much and then it comes out perfect

    7. I only had about 2 teaspoons of cumin, so that’s what I used. It was great! I think that 2 tablespoons is too much. 🙂

  229. 5 stars
    As with any recipe, I get online I made this as recommended. It was fantastic. I then set about making it “My own.” I don’t really like kidney beans so that I changed immediately (I used black beans (frijoles negros, I used dry beans that I reconstituted from dry.) Along with the onion I used red bell pepper, some baby Bella mushrooms (16oz. sliced), and 12 ounces of rice. These just helped me make the base recipe my own. (Note: When serving the chili I added some chopped jalapenos for extra heat.

    1. Of course! Just be sure to double all ingredients and use a large enough pot. I would recommend watching it closer though, because sometimes big batches can tend to stick to the bottom of the pot. Stir more frequently and you should be good to go!

    2. Of course! I just made this with 2 lbs and doubled all ingredients. Next time I’ll probably use a little less sugar, but it’s delicious! I also read a couple comments and used less cumin but it’s your taste.

  230. 5 stars
    This is the best chili recipe I’ve tried so far! So simple and flavorful. I also loved the consistency of this one. It was not too thick and chunky but rather on the thinner and lighter side. I think next time I may add some black beans. I also subbed the ground beef with ground turkey, and it was amazing! I actually prefer turkey over beef in chili.

  231. 4 stars
    I LOVED this recipe, but my husband did not care for the sweetness. I used a can of ranch style beans since that’s what I had. It’s now printed out & hanging on my fridge. Goodbye to the chili packets I always buy. Thank you for sharing this

  232. 5 stars
    I’ve made this about five times and I absolutely love it. I sub about have the chili powder for chipotle chili powder for a bit more kick. It’s fantastic

  233. 5 stars
    First of all, this is the first time I have ever added a comment to a recipe. I made this last night. And as my husband says, this was the best chili he ever ate! I was a little skeptical about the amount of seasonings, but stuck with the recipe and it was so flavorful. Sugar is a key ingredient which I had never used in chili. It’s funny because we use sugar in our pasta sauce. Used ground venison, so hardly any fat.
    I did add diced celery and diced green pepper. Did not add the cayenne. What I like is that you can vary the type of beans used, red kidney beans, black beans. I used butter beans in my recipe but usually use kidney. I would give this 10 stars!!!

  234. I’ve been making chili for almost 30 years ( not a tradition where I was born)
    This recipe is a keeper!
    Simple, easy and fast! The only change I made was to use fresh garlic ( had a few heads, needed to use it before they go bad, don’t cook much anymore) Delicious! Loved it!

  235. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey and it was fabulous. I have gestational diabetes, so I left out the sugar. My blood sugar was normal and it tasted great! Keeper for sure.

  236. 5 stars
    All of my family enjoyed this recipe! It’s our favorite chilli recipe we have tried this far. I have 5 children and some of them are very picky eaters and they all had seconds! The flavour was phenomenal and it will definately be added into our rotation. Thanks so much!

  237. 5 stars
    Made as written – minus the optional cayenne. Full of flavor, perfect consistency, hearty, and filling! Even without the cayenne, there was a kick in the after taste, but nothing overwhelming and it didn’t bother the kids (or me, who is a baby with spicy foods). I will cut the cumin a bit next time, per other reviews, but made as instructed to properly review. Prep was simple with ingredients that are pantry staples, and cook time was quick enough for busy nights. This was a winner in my home and I’ll be adding this to our meal rotation! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

  238. 5 stars
    If I could give this more than 5*, believe me, Id do in a Heartbeat!!!!! I cant make Chili to save my life and this recipe has changed that for me. This turned out even better than its been said. My Husband is in love with it and wants this to be my go to for Chili now on. Thank you. I have never liked eating Ground Beef ever and this is something even I enjoyed.

  239. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe’s flavor! I’ve added some frozen corn and lima beans to make space in my freezer, and the taste was not affected. Easy to make, too!

  240. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. I have it bookmarked and we make it about once per month, especially in the winter. I like it because the sugar makes it a little more appealing to my kids. However, I use have the amount of auger that is called for. Also I usually cut the garlic down too because of the kids. My wife like extra beans and tomatoes so sometimes I double those and to compensate I double the spices too. Very tasty and thanks.

  241. 5 stars
    made a few changes, NOT because i didn’t want to follow recipe as written but rather too lazy to go to store – big can of crushed tom (instead of tom + sauce); chix stock in lieu of beef; and, i tossed in 1.5 of sirloin (because i had it). also used baby red beans instead of kidney. SO YUMMY, and totally flexible to substitution based on pantry availability. should serve to sate the teens for a day or two ..

  242. 5 stars
    I have searched for 20 years for the perfect chili recipe and I have finally found it. My family loves it. Everyone that try’s it asks for the recipe. The only thing I change is I use crushed tomatoes instead of diced because my family likes that better

  243. 5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! I added baking cocoa and a tablespoon of espresso just for that mole experience, but on it’s own, it’s still delicious!

  244. Loved this chili. Cut way down on cumin as husband isn’t a fan but the flavor is needed. Left out the sugar as tomato paste is sweet enough for us. Used my home canned tomatoes 1 quart. Taste excellent and quick to make.

  245. 5 stars
    Let me just say…I followed the recipe to the tea!!! The best chili ever! I made some cornbread to go with it! My fiancé loved it!

  246. 5 stars
    A great recipe to have as the go-to chili recipe. Easy to make and delicious too. Definitely a repeater recipe in our house. Added a 2nd can of beans.

  247. Loved this recipe, but next time I will not use the sugar. 2 TBSP is a lot — it does give a sweetness to the recipe. I paused when adding it, but I’m a firm believer in trying a recipe as it’s written the first time. If you do not like a sweet sauce, just eliminate.

  248. 4 stars
    I made the recipe exactly as written (without the cayenne pepper) and I really enjoyed it, however, it did seem a little heavy on the cumin. I will probably cut out a 1/2 tablespoon next time.

    1. 4 stars
      I just made this for the first time and made a double batch. My only suggestion would be to use a little less cumin. I found it a little overwhelming, but the recipe is delish nonetheless!

  249. 5 stars
    I make this all the time with variations, everyone loves it. Things that I add:

    * Bacon, pan-fried and using the grease
    * 1 cup wine or beer
    * Honey instead of sugar

  250. 5 stars
    Made it tonight and liked it. Will drain the fat off the meat next time and add extra cayenne. Anyone ever tried Pepper Jack Cheese with this? Over all I say five stars

  251. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! Closest to my Mom’s and brings back wonderful memories! Easy to make and to double if needed. Left out cayenne pepper in case I will share with neighbor!

  252. 5 stars
    Love the recipe! I did tweak it a bit though. I think there was a bit too much cumin, so I added only half. I also added some brown sugar and sweet corn to the chili. Also tried adding in some breakfast sausage and it adds more flavor.

  253. 5 stars
    Best Chili ever! My family loved it! I followed the recipe but I just put less cumin in it and I tripled the ingredients because I have a big family. I will for sure be making this again in the near future ❤️

  254. 4 stars
    tastes great, next time I would leave out the sugar and double the amounts recipe as hard to find 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes and 8 oz cans of tomato sauce.

  255. 5 stars
    Great recipe, wife told me this time was better than the last time I made it. Last time I substituted tomatoes with Ro-Tel mild, this time I used regular Rotel along with mild and omitted the sugar.

  256. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. I cooked it last weekend and we enjoyed it so much that I’m making a double batch this weekend. That way I can have some to freeze and some to share.

  257. 5 stars
    I did a little adjusting and came up with the best chili I have ever made.👍
    Followed recipe other then used

    Rotel Diced tomatoes
    No cayenne
    No sugar

    Delish with cornbread.

  258. 5 stars
    This is a five-star chilli recipe. My family loved it. Best chilli I have tasted in forever.

  259. This is what chili should taste like. Just made it this afternoon. I like cumin, so that amount was fine. Added some cremini mushrooms and a small chopped green pepper as well as a tsp of caoco powder with the cumin. Threw in a rind of parmigiano for extra oomph. A sprinkle of msg elevated it to a whole new level !
    Grated some 9 year old cheddar on top of a dollop of sour cream….ecstacy

  260. 5 stars
    Thank you so much! I made this for our company and it felt so great to get so many compliments. Only thing I did was tossed in a dash of wine since I added too much cumin. It helped! I had sour cream, extra chopped onions, scallions, and shredded cheese available for toppings.

  261. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe, my husband loves it!! It’s so easy and quick. I have a family of 6 so I use 2 lbs of meat and 2 cans of beans so it can fill up everyone. I also use ground turkey instead of beef and it still comes out amazing.

  262. 5 stars
    I dont usually use a recipe to make chili, i just throw the ingredients together. For some reason I decided to try your recipe and im glad I did! I must admit i was hesitant to use the called-for amount of cumin and chili powder but Im glad i stuck to the recipe, it turned out super flavorful! I did use fresh garlic (cooked it in with my onion first) and I love cumin so i was okay with the amount but i get why people might want to add less.

    I used the cayenne and did not find the chili to be really spicy. I will probably add some Franks hot sauce to mine when serving. Also, i always use one can of dark red and one can of light red kidney beans in my chili so i did that here. It doesnt change the flavor.

    Thanks for a great spice mix and spice ratio for chili! I will follow your recipe again.

  263. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I’m vegan, so I tweaked it by using 1 and 3/4 teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon vegetable base with 1 1/2 cup of water instead of the beef stock (the bouillon is more flavorful than regular veggie stock). And I also used Beyond Meat sausage and 1 link of Kroger’s vegan chorizo, and 1 tablespoon of sugar instead of 2. Perfection! I love cumin, so I thought 2 tablespoons was perfect, but to each his/her own.

  264. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I really enjoyed it. One small suggestion: add the paste when you add the broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce and beans. The liquid really helps to break up the paste much more efficiently.

  265. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Classic good ol’ chili. And I love that I had everything on hand except onion so I just through some onion powder in as I was cooking the meat. I substituted ground beef for ground turkey. No need to drain ground turkey. Instead of beef broth I used chicken bullion and because I love beans I even through in a can of pinto and a can of black. Made it a 3 beans chili and it turned out amazing!!

  266. This is the best chili recipe ever! We’re from Florida and I never ate much soup or chili, I suppose since it never gets cold for long. My daughter randomly asked me to make chili a couple months ago and I thought that was weird since I didn’t know she liked it and it was hot out. So glad I found this recipe! We’ve made it a couple times a month since!! I add garlic to the onions but other than that do everything else the same. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I’m a chili fan now!!

  267. 5 stars
    This chili recipe knocks it out of the park! I’ve been using the same recipe for many years and was looking for something new and wow did I find it😁 This recipe did not disappoint. I didn’t change a thing all the measurements are perfect 🙌🏻 My only regret is I didn’t double it😉 I served this with warm baguette and it will definitely be on repeat over here!!

  268. I made recipe exactly as written, not changing any amounts on the ingredients. What I did do was added a little chopped green bell pepper, and a small can of corn, drained. Everyone loved it! It has become MY chili recipe, and I’ve made it many times.

  269. 5 stars
    Quick, easy, tasty. I added a bit of smoked paprika because I like a smoky chili. I used the full 2tbsp of cumin and I think it’s just perfect that way. Wouldn’t have wanted less.

  270. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe on a cold, rainy day. I used a slow cooker on low for about 6 hoirs. It was wonderful. I am definitely saving this recipe for the next pot of chili.
    I added 1/2 tsp spicy chili powder that was from an Indian market. It added a bit of underlying heat.

  271. 5 stars
    I made this for a neighborhood porch crawl and everyone loved it! Left out the cayenne and provided hot sauce with the condiments. Making it again for guests this week. A simple and delicious recipe! Appreciate the recipe multiplier, saved me some work.

  272. 5 stars
    I don’t ever leave reviews after cooking a recipe. But I HAD to after making & eating this because this is truly the BEST chili recipe ever!! It’s the perfect thickness and has so much flavor!!So good! Thank you

  273. 5 stars
    I am not used to sugar in the recipe, and I added a little garlic salt to counterbalance that, but even before it’s had a chance to simmer it still taste really really good! Thanks for the great recipe! Oh, I also used red instead of kidney beans! We’ll see what the Hubs says: he likes that nasty chili in a can, though, so if he DOES like it that’s another plus! (But I think he will once he’s dropped sliced jalapeños & crumbled saltines on it LOL! 🤢

  274. 5 stars
    This recipe is very similar to one my late sister used as her standby and my favorite. It was simply called “Chili Con Carne”. After making your uncomplicated (simple is best) recipe today—I loved this perfect configuration of flavors, textures. I’m a big convert! A welcome addition to the COWBOYS/CHIEFS game this afternoon! Go Cowboys!


  275. I am 75 living in a 42 foot fifth wheel in Daytona Beach before that I was living in Scottsdale but my daughter wanted me to be closer to her so I moved to Daytona. I am from Northern Michigan and this is the best recipe for someone who eats chili at least once a month.Thank you very very much for this recipe

  276. 4 stars
    I think this is a great, simple recipe for a comforting pot of chili this fall/winter. As for the grease debate, I always drain ground beef, not matter the percentage. I did that before I had gallbladder disease, and I triple make sure to do it now that I live without a gallbladder. When too much grease gets in my food, I usually don’t get further than 3 bites. It’s just something to consider for your health.

  277. 5 stars
    Yes, this is the best chili recipe. I was so surprised to see how much cumin was listed, but I used precisely stated and so glad I did—saving this one for sure.

  278. 5 stars
    This my second time making this chili recipe. We absolutely loved it the first time with the addition of chipotle, which kicked up the flavour and heat a bit. It was so good. This is my go-to recipe from now on.

  279. 5 stars
    A little too sweet, add the sugar next time. Added a red pepper and served with rice, a salad vegetable salsa and fresh bread. Very good

  280. 5 stars
    First time making chilli and this recipe is so easy! AND it tastes soooooo good!!!!! I didn’t know that stirring the spice mix with the ground beef would bring out stronger aroma. LOVE the smell of it!!! Lowered the cumin powder & sugar as they are not my favorite. Other than that, it smells and tastes exactly like the ones I miss! Will definitely make it again 🙂 THANK YOU!!!!

  281. 5 stars
    I make chili quite a bit in cold weather but my problem is it never turns out the same twice because I don’t use a recipe so I thought I’d try to find a recipe so I could be more consistent. This one was great just as it is. And I really hate to be one of those that adds the “except” phrase here but it was a very minor change, I wait to add the beans until close to the end of the cooking time so they don’t get mushy. That’s it, great recipe.

  282. 5 stars
    Excellent. Add an extra can of beans, otherwise made as written. We have made and eaten many a chili recipes over the years and this one is bookmarked! I made it for 5 men to take up on their elk hunt. HUGE hit. All the wives asked for the recipe.

  283. This is the best chili recipe I’ve ever tried! No need to look any further. My husband loved it and said it was his favorite of all the recipes I’ve tried. Quick, easy and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  284. I really enjoyed this chili and making it was a breeze. I added a little more heat at the end just for me and… delicious! Thank you!

  285. 5 stars
    I made it vegan style with meatless crumbles. I made the base first, then added the crumbles at the end.
    The spices were perfect.

  286. 5 stars
    I have always been known for my good chili, but this recipe tops them all! I did make a few small changes, nothing that would affect the taste. I used half ground turkey, added a bit of chopped pepper and carrots, and per other recommendations cut back a little on the cumin (although I like LOTS of cumin), but will go full amount next time. As with so many recipes, thought the prep time was a little off, Need more than 5 minutes. I also needed a tad more paste to thicken it, and let it simmer for a couple of hours. Really thought the amount of sugar gave it a nice hint of sweetness. Can’t wait to serve at my next chili dinner in February (annual event)! A real 5-star winner!

  287. Only issue I have is the beans. Where u come from, the moment you put beans in chili, it becomes a stew. Not allowed in my littletowns cook offs. I also add 1 habanero, 1 jalapeño, no sugar and extra cumin.

  288. 5 stars
    Perfect flavor and heat with the cayenne pepper. Family loved it and they do not like “hot” chili. Will definitely make this again!

  289. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I sub the beef broth for a bottle of beer only because I’ve always done that and also I didn’t have beef broth in hand.

  290. 5 stars
    I have made this chili 2x now. I had to double the recipe both times for larger groups, the only change I made was that I use a can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes instead of sauce because i didnt have enough sauce on hand. It turned out amazing. Both times I made it, there was not a drop left and I got many compliments. My husband (whom is very particular about his chili) was dissapointed that there were no left overs for him to have the following week. Guess we will be making more.

  291. Just made this chili and it was a hit with my family. Tweaked it by adding minced garlic, dry red wine, diced jalapeños.

  292. This is my second batch using recipe. In addition to beef, I add ground Lamb. My freezer gets stocked for those cold and hungry winter days.

  293. 5 stars
    Loved it, a big hit with my family! Doubled everything to make a bigger pot. Will use it again, and again. Thank you!

  294. 5 stars
    Made this today and we just loved it. Only difference was that I omitted 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of chili powder. Also added 1/2 can of Mild Rotel.
    Delicious! Recipe is a keeper.

  295. 3 stars
    Pretty good recipe. Next time, I’ll use 1/4-1/2 the sugar. Way too sweet for my taste, which kind of ruined it. I tried adding extra chili powder and cayenne to hide the sweet, but it didn’t really help.

  296. This is one of the best chili recipes I have ever made, it is my go to. Sometimes I drain the grease, sometimes I don’t, either way it is delicious. It is always gone.

  297. Absolutely love this chili recipe. I am just wondering what 1/6 of the recipe would be for serving size? How would you measure that out? I track calories so I just want to know how much I can eat for the nutrition information for the Serving: 1/6th of the recipe | Calories: 334kcal

  298. This is a delicious recipe as it is, but one can take it to the next level. Fire roast red and green and Chipotle peppers as well as roasting some fresh diced garlic, six cloves, in the olive oil. Put the garlic in first, and when it begins to brown and reaches the point of fragrance, add chili powder and cumin, then add the meat and onions. Sprinkle a dash of flour on that and brown. Then deglaze with a cup of red wine. Cook in the wine, scraping the delicious glutamates and other flavor compounds off the bottom and add the other ingredients. Don’t use tomato paste if you want the best flavors, just add forty or fifty ounces of fresh diced tomatoes, and simmer the resulting chili for three hours at a very low temperature. Bon appetit!

  299. 5 stars
    Surprised this chili has so much flavor given the little amount of ingredients. I was tempted to add more stuff, but I trusted the recipe as written. This rivals my husband’s complex, many ingredient, cook-all-day chili.

  300. This is the perfect recipe. I added chihuahua cheese and a dollop of sour cheese. It was simple, quick and delicious! Thank you.

  301. Awesome Chili! I used 93% lean beef for a little less fat. I’m also a bit more spicy so I added red pepper flakes and doubled the cayenne pepper. The makes the perfect balance of sweetness. Will definitely add this to the regular list of cold weather meals!

  302. I like the chili. Just a tad too much sugar for me. I will only use 1 tbsp. next time. I also, like celery in my chili so
    I added that and it was delicious. I will make this my go to recipe for chili. I typically have all ingredients in pantry so its an easy mal to prepare.

  303. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe…found it very tasty, I didn’t use the cayenne. The only thing is I would have liked it a little thicker…not sure what I did wrong, maybe cause I didn’t use tomato paste?

  304. 5 stars
    Near Perfection! I wish I would’ve read the reviews first, definitely would have reduced the Cumin. Otberwise this was fantastic. The only change I made was adding some roasted corn. Delicious meal for the cold weather ahead.

  305. This recipe is really solid – I cut the sugar and cumin in half. I drain the meat, skim it, and put it back, and add chicken bullion cube.

  306. Best part of chili you can tweak it anyway! Great recipe though and I have tried a lot of different recipes love different spins on stuff!! This is my husbands favorite and mine!

  307. 5 stars
    The chili was really easy and super delicious. The tomato paste gave it richness. I didn’t use cumin. I added some minced garlic. I highly recommend, sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream and some Fritos with some hot sauce. I definitely will be cooking this again.

  308. 5 stars
    I commented on this recipe a few weeks ago, but wanted to share that I changed it up a bit to make something a bit different. This time I used black beans & corn instead of the kidney beans and BOY was that chili GOOD!! Also it was very colorful and went perfectly with Fritos & cheese. This is my favorite recipe!!

  309. 5 stars
    Delicious. I’ve been making chile a million years. I cut the sugar in half and used brown sugar (never added sugar before but it worked). Cut the cumin in half. Used dark beer instead of broth. Added two cans of beans because we like extra beans. And I added some chipotle powder. Served with cornbread. It was a big hit.

  310. 5 stars
    If you asked someone to take you to a restaurant that had the world’s best chili, and they took you to a place that served this recipe, you’d say “Yep! This is the best chili I’ve ever tasted!” It’s that good.

    I substituted brown sugar for the white granulated sugar, and used 1 tablespoon of cumin and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, rather than 2 tablespoons of cumin.

    I might add a half pound more beef and a half can more beans next time, but holy moly that’s great chili!

  311. 5 stars
    The best chili seasoning I have ever made my chili was the best made it last night for dinner it was raining outside and a tab bit cold inside that’s what made it better too with some sour cream and cheese use and on the bottom Michigan grill calf style chips

  312. 5 stars
    Made this last night and I’m making it again today. I live in Texas where chili is the state dish and this is AMAZING!!

  313. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last night for dinner and my husband LOVED it. Based on other comments, I did cut the Cumin in half and next time I think I will add a larger/more onion. I topped the chili with cheese and served with honey cornbread and a glass of milk. It was wonderful and perfect for a chilly night!!

    1. 5 stars
      I cut the cumin by about 1/2, but added about 8 oz of beer for a little extra flavor. I am going to serve it with avocado, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, and sour cream for optional garnishes.

  314. 5 stars
    This recipe everyone could enjoy. It was very flavorful, yet not to much heat. We chose to stay away from the cayenne and provide hot sauce on the side. This will be my chili recipe from now on. Thanks!

  315. 5 stars
    Best Chili recipe ever! I used bison and a splash of balsalmic and 1 C of frozen roasted corn. To die for!

  316. Has anyone tried this with fire roasted tomatoes? Those that love it, does it have a very very strong tomato flavor?

    1. 5 stars
      I used fired roasted tomatoes and blended them in food processor NC my fam doesn’t like chucnks. Lol. It was very good!!

    2. As a matter of fact I’ve always made this recipe with fire roasted tomatoes bcs it was all I had on hand the first time I tried the recipe and it came out great!

    3. 5 stars
      The only difference in fire roasted and regular canned tomatoes is that the fire roasted have a greater depth of flavor with the touch of smoke. I almost always substitute fire roasted when canned tomatoes are called for.

  317. 5 stars
    I made chili for the very first time last night and I used your recipe , Amanda. My Family and I loved it so much. My Husband had the leftovers for breakfast this morning. This revipe is a keeper. Thank you Amanda.

    1. Are you in the Cincinnati area? Pasta noodles are popular in Ohio and Indiana thanks to Skyline chili, but that tends to be a much thinner meat sauce if I remember correctly. Still, pasta noodles and convent shredded cheddar are amazing with it!

    2. When I was a kid my mom would add macaroni noodles to her chili, kind of a goulash sort of thing but not actually goulash, it was pretty delicious as far as I remember though.💁

    3. Pasta is never in chili, however, i am sure serving it OVER pasta would be delicious 🙂 My husband likes his over rice. I like it as-is but I can see either one working. Its also good to put on top of a baked potato.

  318. 5 stars
    Ooh, so delicious! I followed directions and ingredients *except* I used 1 tablespoon of cumin instead of 2, as well as added the 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar after reading through some of the reviewers’ suggestions. Some times, chili is too runny or too thick, too bean-y, not flavorful enough–this chili of Amanda’s was splendid in every way; thank you for sharing! I feel lucky to have found this recipe and will absolutely make it again and again. My-must-haves with chili are grilled cheese sandwiches made with Master’s English muffin toasting bread, Hellman’s mayo on the outside, two slices of Kraft sharp American cheddar per sandwich along with a nice, cold glass of milk, yummy! 🙂

  319. Definitely the best chili recipe ever! This is my go to recipe and a huge family favorite…..Thank you!

  320. 5 stars
    I substituted a 1/2 t. of cinnamon for the cumin, large can of tomato juice and also added finely chopped celery leaves…for a winner

  321. I just made this and really like it. I added less Cumin after reading the comments and it turned out perfect! Thanks

  322. Delicious recipe. I tweaked some things. Added green bell pepper and fresh garlic. Also, used half of the amount of cumin and used Bush’s chili beans instead. Added a little onion powder too. So good and really quick

  323. 5 stars
    Don’t usually comment on sites but I followed this recipe and made literally the most delicious Chili I’ve ever tasted.

    Slight change was I used 1 can of chopped tomatoes instead of 1 can of sauce and 1 can of diced.

  324. 4 stars
    I am not a fan of cumin. Next time I make it I am not adding cumin. Otherwise a really good chili. It has a chili con carne taste.

  325. 5 stars
    I have only made chili one time before. I made this recipe for a chili cookoff (I omitted the onion and Cayenne). I won first place. I was so shocked. It was the first time I had made this recipe. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the winner recipe.

    1. That’s is so AWESOME!!! Congrats! I’m making some of this tonight and also omitting onion bc I’m out. Hope my family likes it . …. we shall see.

      1. I also won a chili cook off with this recipe! Yum! I used about half the cumin and chili powder. I think the beef broth adds a lot of flavor.

  326. This is an excellent chili recipe. Everyone seems to be a fan. The only thing I would critique is that the recipe doesn’t say “pour off grease” after cooking the meat. I know most people would know that you do that, but some new cooks may not! This needs to be added I think!
    Also, I tweak it a little; it’s an awful lot of tomato with the paste, diced tomatoes, and the tomato sauce. Although I triple the recipe, I just use two cans of diced tomatoes.

      1. I made this AWESOME recipe and did NOT drain grease. I live in greater Cincinnati area where our chili ” Norm” is Cincinnati Chili ( skyline). Very different spices and no onions/ tomatoes etc. One thing I prefer about Cincinnati Chili though that I do when making CLASSIC chili is the really fine small texture of the ground beef. To get this, I was taught to place the ground beef in about a cup of water then cook and break apart while it cooks not draining fat. I n this case I cooked onions as directed then added beef broth instant of water to cook ground beef then added rest of ingredients plus an extra can of diced tomatoes that had green chilies in it as well. It was awesome not to fatty. It didn’t even develop a fatty layer on top after refrigerating left over. Great recipe!!! 5 stars

    1. I noticed this as well. I drain the grease because I couldn’t imagine it sitting in your stomach but make it feel sick. Otherwise I love this recipe it’s amazing normally last us 2 to 3 days.

      1. Pretty good, however maybe a little too much cumin. I did about 1.5 of everything for a bigger batch…needs tweaked but not sure what to add…

      2. I just made this and yummm. I didn’t had diced canned tomatoes, but had 2 very over ripe tomatoes and a jar of chunky salsa. I also used less garlic powder because I added fresh garlic instead.

      1. 5 stars
        I usually use 96% ground beef in all my cooking. I made this recipe before and loved it, I am making it again at my sister-in-laws request. She gave it rave reviews! The only thing that I would change is that I found it a tad too sweet so this time I am only going to use one tablespoon of sugar…..and yes I am going to use the 90% ground beef this time. Why? Because I think others are correct. It will add flavor! I’ll let you all know!

    2. 5 stars
      Yes I definitely did not know I was supposed to pour the grease lol ! This was my first time making chill however and it actually turned out really well I had to add a little corn starch, but I know that was because I didn’t dump the grease lol!

      1. 5 stars
        It’s actually up to you if you want to drain it or not. It’s obviously more healthy to drain it, but the grease adds lots of flavor. I personally drain but I’m also watching my waist lol. There’s nothing inherently wrong with not draining it though

      2. The corn starch is way more damaging than the “grease”
        The amount of beef fat in a pound of ground beef is negligible and is definitely where the flavour lives. Most of the liquid you’re draining off isn’t even fat at all… if you’re really concerned, make the chili, refrigerate it, then scoop the fat off the top.

      3. 5 stars
        Using 90% lean ground beef (as the recipe states) eliminates the need to drain any fat. Follow the recipe for optimal flavor. I use two cans of beans for a sturdier texture.

    3. Yes I agree. I didn’t drain the Grease and it did not come out good. Now I drain and comes out perfect!

    4. Tip : I know ppl love using ground beef but ground turkey makes a great substitute and there is a lot less grease . Also adding brown sugar takes away from the acidity of all the tomatoes . I use a small spoon of tomato paste . A small can of tomato sauce and 2 small diced tomatoes