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Best Chili Recipe

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The best chili recipe I have ever made! It’s packed with ground beef, bacon and 3 kinds of beans with just the right combination of spices for the perfect flavor! Top it off with a little sour cream and shredded cheese, Yum!

You all have been loving our award winning Instant Pot chili for quite some time now, but this one is better. I can’t believe I’m saying that because the Instant Pot version is the bomb, but this is THE BEST!

Now, I’ve actually never been a chili fan. Spicy is not my thing and growing up I didn’t like ground beef and wasn’t a huge bean fan so chili was definitely not my favorite. But then I became intrigued, and all from one story…

A bowl of chili. The chili has ground beef, beans and a rich sauce. It is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese and a piece of cornbread is on the edge of the bowl.

My sister once called me later at night and I was juuust about to go to sleep. I knew she’d just been on a date so I answered to hear the details. No. No this was not a, “best date ever” call, but a “you will not believe the awkwardness” call.

He had called last minute and asked if she could pick him up. “Oh sure” she replied, totally not worrying about it as they were nearing the end of college and maybe his car was out of luck. So she picks him up and he tells her he actually doesn’t have a car, or a job, nor is he actually in school. Instead he’s pursuing breakdancing. 😬

A large bowl of the best chili topped with sour cream and grated cheese. Another bowl for chili is in the background and there are a few pieces of cornbread next to the chili.

Best Thing I’ve Ever Eaten

Which is fine, there’s probably some good ones out there, but as he later showed her, he wasn’t one of them. But I’m distracted. So this kind boy tells her, I’m taking you out for the very best thing I’ve ever eaten. “You’re going to love it,” he says. Right up at the light, then head straight down main, take a left at this light and straight down until it’s on the left hand side. Wendy’s.

Well again, she’s so kind and gives him a chance. They get inside and he orders two baked potatoes with chili. Whhhhhaaaaaa? This is the BEST thing you’ve ever eaten? Ahhhhh that date didn’t end up going anywhere, haha, but it sure sparked something in me! I vowed to discover the best chili ever and while it started as a funny joke I ended up falling in love with chili! Jokes on me!

A bowl of Best Chili topped with grated cheese and cilantro.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make the Best Chili?

So I thought I had found the best chili even in our Instant Pot chili recipe, but then I made this stove top version, and this is the absolute best. If you are familiar with our IP version, the ingredients are similar with just a couple of additions for this recipe. This is what you will need:

  • Ground Beef
  • Bacon
  • Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Red Onion
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Jalapeno
  • Beef Stock
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Coriander
  • Chili Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic

For Garnish

  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese
 
 

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card down below.

Two bowls of the best chili. The chili is made with beans, ground beef and herbs and spices. It is topped with sour cream and grated cheese.

How to Make the Best Chili Recipe

Making this homemade chili is so simple and the depth of flavor fabulous. I’m so obsessed! Here are the basic steps:

  1. Cook the bacon until crisp in a large pot, then remove to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  2. Add the onions and pepper and cook until tender.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  4. Drain any grease.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and 3/4 of the bacon stirring everything to combine.
  6. Let it simmer over medium low heat.
  7. Serve with your favorite chili garnishes and side of skillet cornbread!

All the details can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

A bowl of the best chili. There is ground beef, three kinds of beans, spices, sour cream and grated cheese on top.

Does Chili Have To Have Beans?

Some chilis, such as Texas chili, actually forbid the use of beans.

Other chili recipes call for beans. I love the heartiness that beans add!

How Long Will Chili Keep?

Chili will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

A bowl of the best chili. It has a spoonful of sour cream and shredded cheese on top. You can see the ground beef and beans in the chili, and a piece of cornbread is on the edge of the bowl. Another bowl of chili is in the background.

Can Chili Be Frozen?

Cool chili completely.

Place in container with a tight fitting lid, or in freezer bags and freeze for 4-6 months.

What is the Difference Between and Yellow Onion and a Red Onion?

A red onion has a slightly more mild flavor than a yellow onion when served raw and can help to mellow out a tomato based dish instead of the more bold yellow or white onion. 

A bowl of the best chili. A spoon is in the bowl. There are beans and ground beef in a rich sauce and the chili is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese.

So no one ever needs to take a date to Wendy’s for the “best thing you’ve ever eaten” because you can just make the best chili recipe right at home and it’s so simple! Now excuse me while I go work on my breakdancing moves and work off that second bowl of chili I just ate! Lol!

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A bowl of chili. The chili has ground beef, beans and a rich sauce. It is topped with sour cream and shredded cheese and a piece of cornbread is on the edge of the bowl.

Best Chili Recipe

4.57 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 people
The best chili recipe I have ever made! It's packed with ground beef, bacon and 3 kinds of beans with just the right combination of spices for the perfect flavor! Top it off with a little sour cream and shredded cheese, Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef
  • 6 Strips Bacon good quality, chopped
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans 15 oz., drained
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans 15 oz. drained
  • 1 Can Black Beans 15 oz. drained
  • 1 Cans Tomatoes 15 oz. Fire Roasted with juice
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste 6 oz.
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and minced *optional
  • 2 Cups Beef Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano dried
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic minced

For Garnish

  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a large pot, cook the bacon until crisp, stirring often to cook evenly.
  • Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Add the onions and peppers and cook until tender.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
  • Drain off any excess grease, we just tilt the pot and use a large spoon.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients and 3/4 of the bacon and stir to combine.
  • Cook for a minimum of 45 minutes. If you have the time, it is best if it simmers all day or as long as possible.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, cilantro and the remaining bacon.

Notes

Chili can be frozen for 4-6 months.
Want it spicier? Try adding 1/4-1 teaspoon cayenne
Nutrition Facts
Best Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 970mg42%
Potassium 763mg22%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1111IU22%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Maybe my new favorite chili recipe! Like using the Instant Pot for this as it’s one pot and quick. Made as is except didn’t use bacon (didn’t have), used only 1 can of beans (didn’t have any more), used coriander instead of cumin (didn’t have cumin), didn’t use the jalepeno, but it still had a nice bite to eat and tons of flavor!!! Thank you.

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Carrie! So glad you enjoyed this chili and I love how you improvised with what you had on hand! This recipe really is flexible and forgiving!

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  • This is almost identical to my chili recipe – and you are right – it is THE BEST! The only extra thing I add is about 1/2 tsp on cinnamon. It is one of those ingredients – that adds so much flavour – but – you can’t always place what it is.

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    • Yay! Thanks Michelle! Now I’m craving a bowl of chili!

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