Easy Ground Beef Chili

Ground beef chili

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
474 Calories
19g Fat
51g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 474
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1894mg 82%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 22g 80%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 134mg 670%
Calcium 367mg 28%
Iron 10mg 55%
Potassium 2576mg 55%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This hearty beef and bean chili is a comforting dish that will warm you up on cold fall and winter days.

We can thank Texas for introducing the rest of us to this fabulous dish. The typical Texas chili does not include beans, but there are many variations with kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans. It's the complex blend of ingredients that makes the best chili. You'll find this all-American dish in cans, on restaurant menus ("chili joints"), served on hot dogs or hamburgers, and used as a pasta sauce. 

Browned ground beef provides most of the protein, while vegetables, beans, tomatoes, and seasonings unite for a spicy and delicious long-simmered dish. 

The dish is versatile as well. The amount of jalapeno pepper can be adjusted up or down, depending on your heat tolerance. Unless it's labeled hot or spicy, most chili powders are fairly mild. For a spicier chili, taste and add some extra cayenne pepper. Some shredded carrots will add some natural sweetness to the chili, and they can easily be "hidden" in the chili for those picky kids.

Condiments are another way to personalize your chili. Serve the chili with little dishes of shredded or grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, lime wedges, diced onions, pickled jalapeno rings, avocado wedges or guacamole, or chopped cilantro. A fresh tossed green salad or homemade coleslaw can round out a chili meal nicely.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, diced, with juices

  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 (15-ounce) can beans, chili beans, small red beans, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet and add the onion and bell pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the beef is no longer pink. Drain off excess fat.

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  3. Add chili powder, minced garlic, jalapeño pepper, tomatoes and tomato sauce, cumin, marjoram, and thyme. Stir to blend and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low; simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

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  4. Pour the canned beans into a colander; rinse and drain well. Add the beans to the chili and heat through.

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  5. For serving, consider freshly baked cornbread or cornbread muffins.

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