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The Best Traditional Chili Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Simmer Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 403
By far the BEST traditional chili recipe that reminds you of home. This is a family favorite that warms your soul and makes exceptional leftovers that are quick and easy!


  • 3 tbsp olive oil (with optional red chili pepper flakes)
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 1/2 cups red onion (chopped)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red chili powder (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 29oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 15oz can of black beans (drained)
  • 32oz can of kidney beans (drained)
  • 3 serrano peppers (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet peppers
  • 29oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 small tub sour cream (for topping)
  • 1 small bag shredded cheese (for topping)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped) (for topping)


  • In a large pot, over medium heat the olive oil and minced garlic for about 2 minutes. Once heated, add onions and stir until they caramelize and become semi-translucent which takes about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef into the mixture and mix well until cooked through.
  • Add in the serrano peppers, black beans, kidney beans, cumin, red chili powder, and garlic powder. Once mixed, add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low heat to medium low cover and simmer for 25-35 minutes.
  • Serve by topping with scoop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped cilantro.
Calories: 403kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1067mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2158IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg