Hearty Chili Beef Soup

chile beef soup
Diana Rattray
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Ratings (10)

This hearty ground beef soup obtains its great flavor from chili seasonings, peppers, and tomatoes. The soup offers a beefy, slightly thickened broth and all of the great ingredients you'll find in your favorite chili.

Like many soups, this one is quite versatile. Add extra vegetables to the soup if you like. Corn is an excellent option for both flavor and color, or add about 1/2 cup of diced carrots and simmer the soup until they are tender. Or replace half of the beef with sliced sautéed mushrooms. The recipe calls for kidney beans, but feel free to replace them with black beans, pinto beans, small red beans, or great northern beans. And there are many different kinds of tomatoes in supermarkets. Use fire-roasted or chili seasoned tomatoes, or make the soup with basic diced or petite-diced tomatoes. If you like spicy flavor, add a small amount of cayenne pepper when you add the chili powder.

The soup is excellent with cornbread or crusty bread, or serve it with a topping of tortilla strips. Make it a day in advance if you'd like. It tastes even better the next day, and it reheats beautifully.

What You'll Need

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (small, or a combination of red and green)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (lean)
  • 2 tablespoons flour*
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chili pepper (mild, chopped)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock (preferably unsalted or low sodium)
  • 2 cups kidney beans (cooked or canned; drained and rinsed)
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons parsley (fresh, chopped, or cilantro)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

How to Make It

*The flour thickens the broth slightly, but you may omit it or replace it with 2 tablespoons of fine cornmeal or masa harina.

  1. Peel and dice the onion
  2. Slice the bell pepper in half; remove the seeds and stem. Cut the pepper into 1/2-inch dice.
  3. Peel and mince the 2 cloves of garlic.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and ground beef and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until beef is browned and no longer pink.
  1. Add the diced bell pepper, minced garlic, flour, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to blend and continue cooking for 1 minute. 
  2. Add the can of chili peppers along with the tomatoes and beef stock. Bring the soup to a boil. Add the beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle each serving with fresh chopped parsley or shredded cheese, as desired. 
  4. Serve the chili soup with freshly baked cornbread or crusty French or Italian bread. 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 618
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 988 mg
Carbohydrates 83 g
Dietary Fiber 19 g
Protein 40 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)