Hand-Cut Beef Chili and Beans


This stew beef chili beats ground meat chili 10x all day. Once you take the time to do this, you'll wonder why you didn't discover this classic sooner. How you serve this chili will determine how long it lasts.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
18 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup red wine

  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (16 ounce) can red chili beans in sauce

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can small white beans, rinsed and drained

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

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

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Heat enough olive oil in a large pot to cover the bottom of the pot over high heat; sear beef in hot oil in batches until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. Remove browned beef with a slotted spoon to a bowl between batches.

  2. Pour some olive oil into the pot with the browned bits of beef on the bottom; heat until shimmering. Saute onion and garlic in the hot oil until beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Pour red wine into the pan and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until the wine reduces slightly in volume, about 5 minutes.

  4. Pour tomato sauce, chili beans with sauce, white beans, black beans, and kidney beans into the pot; stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir sea salt, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, sugar, garlic powder, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the beef mixture. Cook until the beef is very tender, 2 to 3 hours.

Cook's Notes:

It is important not to overcrowd the meat when searing and browning as you will sweat the meat when there is not enough room for the moisture to cook off and searing/browning to occur; patience is key.

Serving ideas: over rice, over mac and cheese (homemade of course), over baked potatoes.

This chili stores well in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or in the freezer for several weeks or months in the proper container.

If you're in a hurry, increase heat slightly and cook 60 to 90 minutes.

Alternately, you can bake this in a casserole dish in an oven set to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C), or in a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 612mg 13%

* 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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