Beef Chili Recipe

Rich and hearty homemade Beef Chili Recipe loaded with vegetables and beans is comfort food at its greatest! This (under 30-minute) chili recipe is going to become your go-to recipe for cooler weather.

Beef chili recipe in a bowl served with crackers on the side.

Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing an easy Chili Recipe!

Beef Chili Recipe

Ground meat and beans are the basis for a classic chili recipe. You can elevate the flavors of a traditional chili by adding vegetables so for this beef chili recipe, we added carrots and green peppers.

Make this your own by adding other diced vegetables you have on hand. These can include celery, mushrooms, zucchini or red peppers and can be added with the carrots and peppers.

Homemade Beef Chili in a pot

How to Make the Best Beef Chili?

  1. Brown ground meat, add diced onion and cook until onion is softened.
  2. Add carrots, green pepper and garlic. Cook until veggies are tender.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (with juice), broth, beans and ingredients for chili seasoning. Stir well. Simmer 15 min until vegetables and beans are tender.
  4. Turn off the heat and allow the chili to rest 5 minutes before serving.

TIP: If you don’t like chunky diced tomatoes, then finely cube or puree them before adding to the chili.

Ingredients for beef chili recipe

Step-by-step photos how to make chili.

Can Beef Chili be Frozen?

Yes, chili may be frozen. Cool chili completely and store in an air-tight container up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat to enjoy!

Since reheated chili tastes just as good as fresh, Chili may also be refrigerated and enjoyed for several days.

Chili Toppings:

This chili is a mild chili with the indicated seasonings, if you want a spicier chili, add more chili powder to taste. 🙂

Serve the beef chili with your favorite toppings of sour cream, cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips, fresh cilantro or green onion.

Be adventurous and serve the hearty chili over a halved and pitted avocado or baked potato! So good and original.

Hearty chili in a bowl topped with sour cream and cheese.

More Cozy Cold Weather Recipes to Try:

Beef Chili Recipe

4.87 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This rich and hearty homemade beef chili recipe loaded with vegetables and beans is comfort food at its greatest! 

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: Beef Chili, Chili Recipe
Calories: 366 kcal
Servings: 8 people


Beef Chili Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely cubed
  • 1 large carrot cubed
  • ½ medium green bell pepper cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15.5 oz can kidney beans , drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups beef broth

Chili Seasonings:

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 ½ tsp chili powder


  1. Brown beef in a Dutch oven over med-high heat, breaking up the meat while stirring. 

  2. Add onion and cook until tender.

  3. Add diced carrot, bell pepper and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender, stirring as needed. Drain excess fat.

  4. Pour in diced tomatoes with juice, add beans, broth and seasonings. Stir well to combine.

  5. Turn heat down to a gentle boil and allow chili to cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally (longer if meat and vegetables aren’t desired tenderness).
  6. Taste chili and additional seasonings if needed. Turn off heat and allow chili to rest 5 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1057mg 44%
Potassium 810mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 32.2%
Vitamin C 15.8%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 21.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Curling up with a bowl of hot chili in the winter is a real treat. What is YOUR favorite cold-weather comfort food?

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Connie
    November 13, 2018

    This soup looks so nice and hearty. Would love to have this right about now to keep me warm in this cold weather! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      I agree Connie! It is so perfect for this weather! Reply

  • Mallory Lanz
    November 13, 2018

    Chili is a classic for my family this time of year! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      It is seriously so perfect for this weather! Thank you for the great review!! Reply

  • Sommer
    November 13, 2018

    This is the perfect chili recipe! So zesty and inviting!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Jennifer
    November 13, 2018

    I have been on the hunt for a new chili recipe! Thanks so much! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • Allyson Zea
    November 13, 2018

    Well this beef chili looks absolutely amazing and so comforting! I bet it would bet perfect on this freezing day today Reply

    • Natasha
      November 13, 2018

      Thanks Allyson! Beef chili is one of my favorite things to curl up with 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    November 9, 2018

    My first time making chili was a success! Thanks for an awesome recipe! Want to try the white chicken chili next:) Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Mary
    November 8, 2018

    Hmmmm so good!!! Thank you Valentina for the recipe and Natasha for posting!!! I reserved some chili without jalapeños for my son and added some jalapeños for my husband who likes spicy foods. It’s delicious both ways!! 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). Reply

  • Felisha B.
    November 7, 2018

    I just made this for my family and the whole pot is gone! Absolutely delicious and satisfying. Thank you for this recipe it’s a keeper, I will definitely be making this again ☺ Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2018

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Danica
    October 28, 2018

    Finally a chili recipe that is so good and not too tomato-y. Thanks Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2018

      You’re welcome Danica! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Inna
    October 28, 2018

    Turned out delicious. Thank you for another great recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2018

      We are so happy you liked it! Thank you for the feedback! Reply

  • Jose
    October 27, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. While it wasn’t our favorite, we will tweak to suit our tastes! Reply

    • October 29, 2018

      Thanks for trying the Chili, Jose. As always, tweak seasonings to suit your personal taste. 🙂 Reply

  • Elena
    October 25, 2018

    Love this chili! Even my 7 year old had it, which is surprising, cause she is very picky eater. I add some pickled jalapenos and cheddar cheese on top, and had 2 bowls, couldn’t stop eating))). Reply

    • Natasha
      October 25, 2018

      I am so happy to hear that! Thank you for the amazing review!! We also love pickled jalapeños as a topping for chili (and guacamole!) 🙂 Reply

  • Rhonda Klein
    October 22, 2018

    Made this chili for dinner and it was a hit. We don’t like hot, spicy food so this recipe was great for our family. So easy to make, too. Reply

    • Natasha
      October 22, 2018

      That is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your great review!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • Angelika
    October 19, 2018

    This was BOMB and sooo easy. We all loved it. I took advice and added avocado it was so good. Thank you ladies. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Sosi
    October 18, 2018

    Hi Natasha,

    Can I use 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb ground turkey? Reply

  • Galina
    October 17, 2018

    Hello Natasha. What kind of beans do you use, canned? Thanks Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 17, 2018

      Hi Galina, this recipe calls for “15.5 oz can kidney beans , drained and rinsed” Reply

  • Rachel
    October 17, 2018

    Hey, Nat!

    What kind of ground beef is it better to use in the chili? Leaner or fatter?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      October 17, 2018

      Hi Rachel, ground beef with a higher fat content will usually produced the best flavor and you can spoon out the excess fat but this will still work equally well with a lean ground beef and you can add olive oil if needed for sautéing. Reply

  • 2pots2cook
    October 16, 2018

    Perfectly dressed all time favourite ! We will enjoy this one for sure. Thank you ! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 17, 2018

      You’re very welcome! Reply

  • Inna
    October 16, 2018

    Thanks, Natasha, for the recipe! Just made it for dinner… very delicious, flavorful and rich! A+ 😉😄 Reply

    • Natasha
      October 16, 2018

      You are quick!! I’m so glad you loved the beef chili recipe! YAAASSS!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

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