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Best Chili Recipe

Best Chili Recipe for Those Who Like it Simple

Best Chili Recipe for Those Who Like it Simple - A basic chili with beans, ground beef, onion, garlic, San Marzano tomatoes, and spices. Yummy!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Author Ken


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef beefier is better
  • 1 28 oz can of whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes milled through smallest sieve or pureed or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans drained
  • 1 15 oz can of kidney beans drained
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 large sweet or Vidalia onion
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper minced
  • 1 Red pepper minced anything from boring to crazy I used a simple cherry pepper.
  • 3 cloves of garlic eminced thinly sliced or minced if you don’t like large pieces of garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper freshly ground if available
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder the more you use the spicy hotter it will be


  1. Place your Dutch Oven on the stove and wet the bottom with two to three Tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Add the diced onions and the thinly sliced garlic. Cook on medium till the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Next add the ground beef and cook till browned with no traces of red.
  4. Then add the black and kidney beans, the San Marzano tomatoes that were milled, the tomato paste, the minced, peppers, brown sugar and all the spices.
  5. Mix well, and reduce the heat to simmer. Cover the dutch oven.
  6. Stir every fifteen minutes. Taste every hour and add salt when needed. The chili is done in 30 minutes but I like to let mine go a full two hours. Serve.
  7. I like to top mine with a Cheez Whiz sauce and sour cream.