Chili Recipe

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This easy chili recipe comes together all in one pot AND in less than an hour! It's loaded with classic chili flavors and a delicious homemade seasoning mix. It's a simple, cozy comfort food that your whole family will love!


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add 1 small diced onion along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 6-8 minutes or until they're super soft and almost starting to brown.
  3. Add 5 cloves minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Add 1 pound ground beef and cook, crumbling with a spatula until cooked through. Use the fat from the beef to deglaze the bottom of the pan and scrape all the yummy bits off. 
  5. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 2-3 teaspoons chipotles in adobo, and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute.
  6. Add two 15 ounce cans dark kidney beans, 15 ounce can light kidney beans, 4 cups V8 and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper. 
  7. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  10. Serve with Fritos or tortilla strips, shredded cheese, cilantro, green onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!
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  • Don't drain the grease. You might be tempted to try to drain some of the grease after you brown the meat but I promise it's just going to add a ton of flavor and the chili won't end up greasy.
  • If you like a super thick chili, simmer it without a lid. This way more of the liquid will evaporate giving you a thicker texture.
  • If you like chili with more liquid, add a few extra splashes of V8 and simmer with the lid on.
  • As written, this chili gives you the best of both worlds. The chili is moderately thick but with enough liquid that it can reheat beautifully!
  • You can add canned diced tomatoes if you want! Lots of chili recipes include diced tomatoes, but I love to make it without. Add a can if you like.
  • Spice it up! Add extra chilies in adobo or cayenne pepper if you want to make this chili spicy. I usually keep it pretty mild so it's family-friendly but you can easily turn up the heat on this classic chili recipe.
  • Add ground pork. Feel free to use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork for a different flavor variation.