Thick and Savory Chili


Beef, chili beans, and a special surprise ingredient give this chili a savory flavor unrivaled by other chilis. Serve topped with diced raw onion, sour cream, and shredded Cheddar cheese for a mouth-watering delight! Believe it or not, the secret is the ketchup (NOT catsup) that adds just the right flavor to the sauce; use more or less as desired. Use sauteed fresh mushrooms for a special treat! Seasonings may be added to taste. If you want it really hot, use hot chili beans and add more chili powder and cayenne pepper or include hot peppers!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 large sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), diced

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, cut into chunks

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans mild chili beans

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 (6 ounce) jars mushrooms, drained

  • ¼ cup chili powder, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar (Optional)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, about half the sweet onion, and garlic powder in the hot skillet until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Mix tomato chunks, chili beans, tomato sauce, kidney beans, ketchup, and tomato paste in a large pot; bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Stir the ground beef mixture and mushrooms into the tomato mixture; season with chili powder, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Cook chili at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors blend, about 45 minutes. Top individual servings with diced sweet onion to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
11g Fat
36g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 1497mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 20mg 99%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1019mg 22%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love