Best Ever Chuck Wagon Chili


A thick and hearty homemade chili with a kick. If you like a thinner chili, add another can of tomato sauce. Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheddar and buttery crackers. You can't stop at just one bowl!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 2 large white onions, chopped

  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 habanero pepper, chopped

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 drop super-hot hot pepper sauce


  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef over medium heat until evenly browned. Drain off grease, and set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions, green pepper and habanero pepper until onions are translucent. Remove from heat. Transfer the onion mixture to the pot with the ground beef, and set the heat to medium.

  3. Add the kidney beans and tomato sauce to the beef mixture, and season with chili powder, salt, garlic salt and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a simmer, and adjust seasonings to taste if necessary. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.


You can leave the hot sauce out, and add at the end if you are unsure on how spicy you want it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

552 Calories
32g Fat
38g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 1955mg 85%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 13g 48%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 39mg 194%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 909mg 19%

* 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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