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My Husband's Favorite Chili with a great balance of beef, beans, tomatoes and spices. Thick and rich.
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My Husband's Best Chili Recipe

Let's be clear. My husband doesn't make chili. I do. Every year, he begs me to make it, hoping it will taste like the chili he remembers as a kid. I finally nailed it so he now calls it his best chili. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 40 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings (change as needed): 6
Author: Cheryl


  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (4 teaspoons)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (remove seeds then finely chop)
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can tomato paste (6-ounce)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce)
  • 4 cup beef broth (plus 1 cup water)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (15-ounce) undrained


  • SAUTE ONIONS AND MEAT: In large pot, heat oil to medium high. Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add ground beef, breaking up with large spoon. Saute, stirring occasionally, until brown all over, about 4-5 minutes.
  • ADD SPICES ETC: Lower heat to medium. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook for 2 minutes. Add chili powder, salt, cumin and tomato paste. Stir to mix well.
  • ADD LIQUIDS: Add tomatoes, broth and water. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour 10 minutes without the cover. Stir occasionally.
  • ADD BEANS TO FINISH: Add beans. No need to rinse. The liquid will help thicken the chili. Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for another 20-30 minutes, uncovered, until the chili is the consistency (thickness) you like. Taste and adjust seasonings (chili powder, cumin, salt).
  • SERVE: Ladle into bowls and serve with homemade croutons, Cheddar or Parmesan cheese, or warm crusty bread if desired.


Make Ahead: Keeps in the fridge 4-6 days. Or freeze in a sealed container for 4-6 months. 
Nutrition values are estimates.
Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1729mg | Potassium: 1776mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1745IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 9mg