Easy Classic Chili

Nothing is better than a hot pot of delicious chili loaded with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. This is an easy weeknight meal to make for the family.

The Chili is made on the stovetop and all in one pot which makes cleanup easy. Great comfort food to make on a cold fall or winter day. Let’s get started making this recipe.

chili in a bowl topped with cheese

Shopping List

The following ingredients will be needed to make this chili recipe. You will need ground beef, olive oil, onion, minced garlic, chili powder, sugar, salt, beef broth, kidney beans, black beans, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and cumin.

How Long Does It Take To Make

You should plan for 30 minutes to make this recipe.

Storing Instructions

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Reheat on the stove-top or in the microwave.

Can You Freeze Chili

Yes, you can freeze chili. The first thing you need to do is let the chili cool down completely. Once it is fully cooled you can then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Lay the chili flat in the freezer and freeze. Label with name and date. Freeze for up to 1 month.

Reheat frozen chili by thawing first and then heat on the stove in a saucepan or in the microwave.

How To Make Classic Chili

  • Gather all the ingredients so that you have everything you need close by.
  • Cut onion into small pieces. Open cans of beans rinse and drain. Set them aside to use later. Open a can of tomato, save the juices. Set aside.
  • Heat a pot with a small amount of oil. Add ground beef to the pot and cook until browned. Break up chunks of the meat while cooking. After done cooking drain fat from the meat.
ground beef, onions, and garlic in a pot
  • Return to the stove and add onions and minced garlic. Stir everything together. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add beans, tomato, beef broth, sugar, and all spices(chili powder, salt, cumin, red pepper flakes)
beans, tomatoes, chili in a pot
  • Stir everything together.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let the chili simmer for 20 minutes ( keep uncovered). Stir occasionally. Taste and add additional seasonings if needed.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.
chili in a pot

Toppings For Chili

The following toppings go great with chili:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Avocado
  • Green Onions
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Crackers
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Jalapenos
  • Hot Sauce

Tips and Substitutions

  • The longer chili sits the better.
  • I used kidney beans and black beans in this recipe. You can substitute for your favorite beans.
  • Red pepper flakes were used in this recipe. If you don’t want the chili spicy you can omit it. If you want the chili to be spicer you can add jalapenos or hot sauce.
  • I used ground beef in this recipe, you could also use turkey.

Leftover Chili Ideas

You can top a baked potato with leftover chili and then top with cheese.

Combine the chili with mac and cheese. You can also make nachos using leftover chili.

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Easy Classic Chili

Nothing is better than a hot pot of delicious chili loaded with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. Easy weeknight meal to make for the family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 380kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 Can ( 15 Oz) Kidney Bean ( Rinsed and Drained)
  • 1 Can ( 15 Oz) Black Bean ( Rinsed and Drained)
  • 1 Can ( 15 Oz) Diced Tomatoes

Instructions

  • Cut onion into small pieces. Open cans of beans rinse and drain. Set them aside to use later. Open a can of tomato, save the juices. Set aside.
  • Heat a pot with a small amount of oil. Add ground beef to the pot and cook until browned. Break up chunks of the meat while cooking. After done cooking drain fat from the meat.
  • Return to the stove and add onions and minced garlic. Stir everything together. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add beans, tomato, beef broth, sugar, and all spices(chili powder, salt, cumin, red pepper flakes)
  • Stir everything together.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let the chili simmer for 20 minutes ( keep uncovered). Stir occasionally. Taste and add additional seasonings if needed.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Storing Instructions

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Reheat on the stove-top or in the microwave.

Can You Freeze Chili

Yes, you can freeze chili. The first thing you need to do is let the chili cool down completely. Once it is fully cooled you can then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Lay the chili flat in the freezer and freeze. Label with name and date. Freeze for up to 1 month.
Reheat frozen chili by thawing first and then heat on the stove in a saucepan or in the microwave.