Amazing Chili

Amazing Chili
Amazing Chili
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Editor's Note: If you're looking for a recipe for Amazing Chili, then this is it! Loaded with ground beef, peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, and plenty of seasoning, this hearty and tasty chili is one that everyone will love. It's also easy to make, so consider adding it to your weeknight meal planning. You'll love serving this delicious chili recipe to a crowd at your next game watch party, too. Simply serve this chili with your favorite tortilla chips or homemade cornbread and top it with sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, and even jalapeños for a truly tasty dish. This chili recipe is one you'll want to make again and again in cold weather.

Every cook has a special version of chili. Here’s mine — it’s meaty and nicely spiced with just the right amount of beans. Not everyone agrees that beans belong in a chili — witness the Texas version dubbed “bowl of red” — but I love the way the beans absorb the spices and rich tomato flavor.

The flavor of the chili hinges on the quality of chili powder used. Most powders are a blend of dried, ground mild chilies, as well as cumin, oregano, garlic and salt. Read the list of ingredients to be sure you’re not buying one with starch and sugar fillers. Chili powder should not be confused with powdered or ground chilies of the cayenne pepper variety.



Make Ahead RecipeYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionGame Day

Recipe CourseMain Course


Taste and TextureGarlicky, Hot & Spicy, Meaty, Savory, Spiced, Sweet, Tangy


  • 1 1/2 pound (750 g) lean ground beef
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (25 mL) chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (7 mL) dried oregano leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon (7 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) hot pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes, including juice, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 mL) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) pinto or red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley or cilantro


  1. In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, cook beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for about 7 minutes or until no longer pink. Place in strainer and drain fat. Return beef to pan.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic, celery, green pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.

  3. Stir in tomatoes with juice and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  4. Add beans and parsley; cover and simmer for 10 minutes more.


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I haven't made this yet so I can't rate it but if I had, it wouldn't be as authentic Texas chili and it's not just about the kidney beans. I don't like kidney beans to begin with and pick them out of anything I'm served, but that's irrelevant. This looks and sounds like Wendy's version of chili and to serve it up as an "iconic" Southern dish is ridiculous. Texas bean argument aside, authentic Texas chili doesn't have tomatoes in it either and gets that beautiful deep ("Bowl of Red") from chili pepper. This might be a very good soup, but I want to be able to trust cooking/recipe sites to deliver the real deal and use good judgment. This is a disappointment.


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