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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.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 35 mins
1 hr 55 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 calories; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 31.6g; fat 17.5g; cholesterol 68.1mg; sodium 1501mg. Full Nutrition