Presidential Debate Chili


A basic but tasty chili recipe that you can keep mild or season to a fire-hot! A great dinner, game day meal, or perfect when watching political debates. Add as a side rice or cornbread, Fritos® or crackers, and definitely grated cheese, and you'll have a winner. (Blue ribbon chili cook-off winner.)

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles

  • ¾ tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans ranch-style beans


  1. Crumble beef into a large pot over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic. Cook and stir beef until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard excess grease. Return pot to medium-high heat.

  2. Stir diced tomatoes, beef broth, diced green chilies, chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt through the beef mixture. Add beans and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the pot, and simmer for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1138mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 20mg 102%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 358mg 8%

* 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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