Our new favorite Chili Recipe

We had a version of this chili at a party at a friend’s house recently. Although her version was “keto” because it didn’t contain beans. Which sparked a conversation about what is actually supposed to be in chili anyway? Some recipes contain meat but no beans, while others contain beans but no meat. Is it a regional thing? I don’t claim to know much about the subject, other than what she made that day was delicious. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to suit our preferences, which includes adding beans. The spice level is mild-mediumish. My son loves it, but he also enjoys hot sauce on his food. So if you’re making this for kids who don’t care for much spice, tweak the amount of chili powder to suit your family’s preferences.

You will need:

2 lb ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

2 c beef stock

15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes

15 oz can of black or pinto beans, drained

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

2 Tbsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

This recipe can be made a number of ways. My friend makes hers in the crock pot. She sautes the onion and browns the meat in a skillet on the stove before adding everything to the slow cooker and letting it go all day on low. I’ve done it this way also. Most recently, when I wasn’t organized enough to think about dinner earlier in the day, I employed my instant pot. I used the saute feature to soften the onions and brown the meat, and then added everything else, and cooked on high pressure for 10 minutes. It can also be cooked on the stove in a dutch oven. It is flexible. The point is, soften the onions and brown the meat, and then add everything else. Cook using your preferred method.

Serve warm topped with shredded cheese and sour cream!

Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

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  1. Renee

    This has some similarities to the chili I make. I have a recipe book from years ago that is falling apart from so much use. It’s called “Real American Food” by Jane and Michael Stern. It features a chili recipe called Queen of Chilis from a cafe in Cincinnati. They use unsweetened chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, allspice, cloves, coriander and cardamom along with the chili powder. It’s sublime. Keep these recipes coming! They’re great!

    1. Sarah

      I too have some recipe books that are coming apart at the binding due to being well used and loved! Those are the best. And that chili sounds fantastic! I recently starting using cardamom and I am in love with the flavor. It adds that certain je ne sais quoi!

  2. Lacy

    Definitely going to try this chili recipe! Sounds delicious! Growing up in the south we did chili with beans. My mom did a very processed version using chili seasoning, chili beans, ground beef, and tomato sauce.

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