Easy Homemade Chili


Homemade chili is delicious and goes great with cornbread or over corn chips for a chili pie! I like to use spicy pinto beans.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This homemade chili is loaded with beef, beans, and crowd-pleasing flavor.

Homemade Chili Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this homemade chili recipe:

· Beef: The recipe starts with a pound of ground beef. You can use ground turkey if you prefer.
· Onion: Cooking a chopped onion with the ground meat adds tons of flavor.
· Canned goods: You'll need a can of tomato sauce, a can of stewed tomatoes, and a can of kidney beans.
· Spices: This homemade chili is spiced with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

a top down view on a couple bowls of homemade chili topped with fresh tomatoes and shredded cheese.

How Do You Make Homemade Chili?

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade chili:

1. Cook the beef and the onion.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, then bring to a boil.
3. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

How Long Does Homemade Chili Last In the Fridge?

Your chili will last for about four days if you store it properly. Transfer the cooled chili to an airtight container, then store it in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Easy Homemade Chili
Liza Green

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"The best tasting and easiest chili recipe I've made," according to Danielle K.

"So simple," says BajaGirl61. "This is going to be my 'go-to' chili recipe from now on. Basic chili — but very good. I prepped the night before and had my husband throw it in the Crock-Pot for a couple of hours before I got home from work."

"Simple ingredients with awesome flavor," raves Patrick Longton. "I only changed one thing and that is I used a dark lager beer instead of water. Pure comfort food!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 pinch chili powder

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place ground beef and onion in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until meat is browned and onion is tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Stir in tomato sauce, kidney beans, stewed tomatoes with juice, and water. Season with chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

    a top down view on a couple bowls of homemade chili topped with fresh tomatoes and shredded cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
9g Fat
49g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 526mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 18g 64%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1061mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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