If you want a good, basic chili recipe, this is it. No odd vegetables, or secret ingredients, just ground beef, tomatoes, red kidney beans, and the usual spices. Simple and delicious.

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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, onions, and garlic in a large stockpot; cook and stir over medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease. Add celery and carrot to beef mixture; cook and stir until celery and carrot are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, Italian seasoning, and salt into beef mixture, breaking up tomatoes while stirring. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover stockpot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 1 hour. Stir beans into chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add extra chili powder or hot sauce to bring up the heat, or if you have a mixed crowd leave it mild but put some hot sauce on the table at serving time.

Nutrition Facts

371.4 calories; 24.5 g protein; 31.6 g carbohydrates; 68.1 mg cholesterol; 1501 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
Basic recipe but good flavor. I added some beef broth and used chili beans instead of kidney beans. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2015
My Simple Chili Haiku: "4 cans tomatoes, to only 1 can of beans, was just way too much." I really, really wanted to like this chili b/c it WAS simple, and it didn't have any funky ingredient that tries to set it apart from a good humble bowl of chili (not that I'm against occasionally using a non-traditional ingredient or two in my chilis), but this was tomato overload, and I really like stewed tomatoes. Thankfully b/c they were so big and chunky, we were able to fish some out when serving, especially since my daughter was like "are there beans hiding under the tomatoes??" The flavor profile of seasoning was right on (although my husband and I tend to add Chipotle Tabasco or Texas Pete to our bowls), but if I make this again, I would use 1 lb. meat / 1 can stewed tomato / 1 can beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
Basic recipe but good flavor. I added some beef broth and used chili beans instead of kidney beans. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2015
My Simple Chili Haiku: "4 cans tomatoes, to only 1 can of beans, was just way too much." I really, really wanted to like this chili b/c it WAS simple, and it didn't have any funky ingredient that tries to set it apart from a good humble bowl of chili (not that I'm against occasionally using a non-traditional ingredient or two in my chilis), but this was tomato overload, and I really like stewed tomatoes. Thankfully b/c they were so big and chunky, we were able to fish some out when serving, especially since my daughter was like "are there beans hiding under the tomatoes??" The flavor profile of seasoning was right on (although my husband and I tend to add Chipotle Tabasco or Texas Pete to our bowls), but if I make this again, I would use 1 lb. meat / 1 can stewed tomato / 1 can beans. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
Basic recipe but good flavor. I added some beef broth and used chili beans instead of kidney beans. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2019
Simple recipe. I didn't add celery (don't particularly care for it) and added fresh basil leaves from my garden. Also used black beans instead of pinto. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2016
Yes I will make it again...very yummy. I used pinto beans instead of kidney beans. I left out the celery because I don't like celery. I added two small cans of mild green chiles to replace it. Good flavor! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2019
Great recipe -exactly what I was looking for - THANK YOU!. Made the following course corrections: 1) Used LIGHT RED kidney beans 2) Substituted garlic powder for garlic 3) Omitted carrot 4) Added 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to enhance flavors. The recipe easily lends itself to smaller output by simple division - I made a fine small batch using 1/2 of all ingredients. My personal preference is to simmer such agglomerations for a few hours so that flavors intermingle thoroughly - be mindful of liquid replacement. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2017
I was pleased with the result I would recommend it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2015
I cut the recipe in half and used 1 can of stewed tomatoes and 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce. I subbed chili beans for the kidney beans because this was going over hot dogs. Everything else stayed the same. Read More