This is the easiest chili recipe, and it is delicious and sure to please everyone. Using home canned tomatoes gives the best flavor, but is not necessary. Enjoy.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ground beef, onion, and garlic in large stockpot. Cook and stir over medium heat until beef is brown. Drain.

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  • Stir in chili powder, salt, oregano, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; break up tomatoes while stirring. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  • Stir in beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes; stir occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

482 calories; protein 24.9g 50% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; fat 31.2g 48% DV; cholesterol 96.5mg 32% DV; sodium 1516.8mg 61% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2004
This is the only chili recipe I will make now. I do make some changes which I think makes it even better. Instead of using 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I use 2 cans of stewed tomatoes and 2 cans of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis. This makes the chili spicy. If you don't like much spice, but want some spice, try 3 cans of stewed tomatoes and 1 can of the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I think it's Del Monte that makes the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I also add more beans and more chili powder. I keep twirking the recipe until I get what I like. I'm going to be making this for a chili cook-off really soon, so I'm hoping everyone likes it as much as my family does! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/15/2011
Like another reviewer said, this is like a pasta sauce! This does not have enough of a "chili" flavor. I do thank you for giving a great foundation recipe to build upon. My tweaks that came out perfect for my family. 8 oz dried pinto beans (cooked by instructions) 1.5 lbs ground beef 4 garlic cloves 28 oz tomatoe sauce 2Tbl chili powder 1Tbl cumin 1/2tsp chili flakes 1/4tsp papricka 1/4tsp cinnamon 2tsp cocoa powder 1tea oregano Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2004
This is the only chili recipe I will make now. I do make some changes which I think makes it even better. Instead of using 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I use 2 cans of stewed tomatoes and 2 cans of diced tomatoes w/ green chilis. This makes the chili spicy. If you don't like much spice, but want some spice, try 3 cans of stewed tomatoes and 1 can of the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I think it's Del Monte that makes the diced tomatoes w/green chilis. I also add more beans and more chili powder. I keep twirking the recipe until I get what I like. I'm going to be making this for a chili cook-off really soon, so I'm hoping everyone likes it as much as my family does! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2005
Our family loved this recipe...even the kids. Rather than plain chili powder, I used The Spice Hunter brand's "Chili Powder Blend" which has cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon and cloves, among other things. I really think that added a great flavor. I also used S&W brand Mexican seasoned stewed tomatoes. Delicious! One more thing,...I added my kidney beans in with the tomatoes rather than waiting an hour and it turned out fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2007
Super easy to make and turned out great! I used a crock pot on low for about 4 hours. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2004
This is a good starter. I did tweak & I added 2 can's of Bush's Chili beans & 1 can of Ranch style beans, instead of 4 cans of stewed tomatoes, I used 2 cans & added 1 can of Ro-tel (mild) We like our chili thick & not soupy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/15/2011
Like another reviewer said, this is like a pasta sauce! This does not have enough of a "chili" flavor. I do thank you for giving a great foundation recipe to build upon. My tweaks that came out perfect for my family. 8 oz dried pinto beans (cooked by instructions) 1.5 lbs ground beef 4 garlic cloves 28 oz tomatoe sauce 2Tbl chili powder 1Tbl cumin 1/2tsp chili flakes 1/4tsp papricka 1/4tsp cinnamon 2tsp cocoa powder 1tea oregano Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2008
I've made this Chili again tonight and I have to say it's a favorite because it makes for easy tasty creative changes. Hot Green Chili Powder (Hatch Chili's) as a substitute for Chili Powder. Additonal toss in options corn meal to thicken cocoa for flavor and richness black beans white beans chili beans in place of or in addition to red kidney beans adds more color and flavor. I've used fresh onion dried onion and no onion. Oh and instead of using ground beef I've opted to use a steak which I chopped into tiny cubes. I haven't found one to top this and I'm not going to start looking any time soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2006
great recipe..i added more beans..some cumin powder...tomato paste to thicken..a little brown sugar.. thanks alot made it a few times i will continue.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2007
I was so surprised I almost didn't make it because it seemed too easy. My old recipe has tons of ingredients and it's very time consuming. This was fast and my family liked it! I did use 3 cans of stewed tomatoes (which I diced up) and 1 can of the Rotel hot diced tomatoes. Used a little extra chili powder. And I used a can of the hot chili beans. Just the right spice for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2007
I didn't want to try a new chili recipe but my husband was insistent on trying something different. So he made this and it was awesome. The only thing we did different is used 2 cans of diced tomatoes instead of two of the stewed tomatoes. Read More
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