Chilli for days, you say? You’re right! This classic chilli recipe makes many chillies so you can eat them for days. It’s filling, full of flavour, and always good. This is great for a big bowl on game day, a weeknight meal, or a fall party.
There is a considerable debate on the internet about whether beans belong in classic chilli. The best chilli is made with ground beef, tomato, spices, and beans as the main ingredients. Everyone loves how many fibres beans add to this dish, and we promise you won’t regret adding them.
Tomato products are used to make chilli, which is one reason why everyone loves it. It’s rich, creamy, and so tasty. This recipe calls for three types:
- Tomato sauce (gives this recipe a delicious tomato flavour)
- Diced tomatoes (adds great texture)
- Pureed tomatoes (help to thicken and intensify the flavours)
Make your chilli seasoning to help yourself out. It tastes better and doesn’t have any extra junk in it.
Ground beef is the star of this show. The amount of fat in your beef is essential. If you make it leaner, the taste and texture might suffer.
Even though some traditional beef chilli doesn’t have beans, we wanted to make this the most epic chilli beans recipe by making it healthier and adding two different kinds of beans. Pinto beans and kidney beans give this beef chilli recipe texture and fibre.
Every chilli needs some sugar to bring out all the flavour of the chilli seasoning. A little bit of maple syrup is called for in this classic chilli recipe. It’s warm, rough around the edges, and utterly delightful. Not enough maple? You could use brown sugar or honey instead.
2 teaspoons of cumin powder
1 15-ounce can of rinsed and drained kidney beans
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 yellow onion cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 spoonfuls of chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper powder
2 teaspoons of dried garlic
1 cup of beef broth, chicken broth, or water.
1 teaspoon of finely chopped garlic
1 15-ounce can of rinsed and drained pinto beans
1 15-oz. can of tomato sauce
1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes
- First, heat a large stockpot over medium to high heat.
- Then, add the ground beef, yellow onion, and minced garlic and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the beef is fully browned.
- Next, stir together the pinto beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and maple syrup in the pot.
- Stir the spices and 1 cup of broth together.
- Bring the beef chilli to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken.
- Add your favourite ingredients, and enjoy!
Chilli is not chilli without toppings. Here are some of our recommended toppings:
- hot sauce
- chips – tortilla or Fritos
- green onions
- pieces of cheese
- Sour cream or Greek yoghurt
There are many fun ways to change this chilli, like making it thicker and hotter or even adding cocoa powder. That’s a tasty treat to put in your chilli. If you change some ingredients, you could make white chicken chilli, another famous chilli that everybody loves. Try these different versions and see what you can come up with!
Vegetables: Potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and zucchini are good vegetables to add at the start and sauté.
- Meat: You can use turkey, steak, Italian sausage, or chicken instead of beef.
- Seasonings: If you want a Tex-Mex taste, try taco seasoning.
- Smokey Taste: Use adobe sauce, paprika, or liquid smoke for a smokey taste.
- Beef Broth: No beef broth on hand? It will stay thick with either chicken or water and simmer well.
- Sugar: Doesn’t that sound crazy? Sugar makes things a little sweeter. Cocoa powder will also add a savoury chocolate taste with a hint of sweetness. You must try it! Just a teaspoon is all you need.
- Excellent Meal Prep: Chilli is a great idea for meal prep because you can eat it for days. This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people, and it’s easy to make twice as much and freeze it later.
- Made Quickly: You can have dinner ready in less than 45 minutes.
- Healthy: Our recipe for beef chilli uses lean ground beef, beans, and a lot of vegetables, so it is high in protein and fibre. It’s also made with homemade chilli seasoning that doesn’t have extra ingredients like the kind you buy at the store.
Got leftovers? Here are some ways you could change this recipe:
- Chilli Baked Potatoes: Use leftover chilli and shredded cheese to top a baked potato or sweet potato.
- Chilli mac and cheese: A great dish because it combines two of your favourite foods.
- Chilli Nachos: How about chilli nachos? Put a bag of tortilla chips on an oven tray. Then add leftover chilli, shredded cheddar cheese, and other nacho toppings.
This chilli recipe is sure to impress your family. It’s great for warming up in the winter but a favourite at summer BBQs. It can be used for many different things, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. This amazing recipe is sure to impress once served at your table!
Let us know your thoughts on this recipe!
Beef chilli can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days in a container that keeps air out.
We suggest putting them in a gallon-size freezer-safe bag or a freezer-safe storage container. Make sure you get rid of as much air as you can before you seal.
Yes, you can use either ground chicken or ground turkey in this recipe. We’ve even made this chilli recipe without meat using plant-based grounds.