Mom's Classic Beef Chili


A classic ground beef and beans chili, updated!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained


  1. Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat until hot, about 45 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon oil, then add peppers and onion; saute until soft, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large soup pot and set aside.

  2. Increase the heat under the frying pan to high and let the pan get very hot, about 90 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon oil, then add 1/2 of the ground beef; cook and stir in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, about 6 minutes. Transfer to the soup pot, and drain and discard grease from the frying pan. Repeat with remaining oil and beef.

  3. Add tomatoes, broth, chili powder, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, salt, and cayenne pepper to the beef mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.

  4. Add kidney beans and black beans; simmer until beans are heated through, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use corn oil instead of vegetable oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
20g Fat
27g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 905mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 33mg 166%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 804mg 17%

* 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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