Lean ground beef, fire roasted tomatoes, a jalapeño pepper and the right spices are all you need to whip up this classic chili recipe.
Cold weather has set in here in Ohio.
When the temperatures dip below freezing it’s nice to have a steamy pot of chili simmering on the stove.
While I have many different recipes for chili on Home & Plate, this one is my favorite chili recipe.
Ground beef, fire roasted tomatoes, a jalapeño pepper and the right spices are all you need to whip up this pot of deliciousness.
You may be tempted to grab that chili seasoning packet when making homemade chili but it’s really not necessary.
It’s about the right ingredients and making sure you have them on hand.
The right tomatoes and the right kind of heat makes a big difference in how your beef chili recipe turns out.
If you want great flavor, quality ingredients matter.
If you like your chili spicy hot, it’s easy to adjust.
Add a habanero pepper instead of a jalapeño.
Add more chili powder and cayenne pepper.
I used Bush’s chili beans in a medium sauce.
They also sell it hot.
My husband likes to add a little hot sauce to his bowl of chili.
When I making chili for a crowd I like to keep my recipe mild or medium heat.
It’s easy to spice things up with a little Tabasco or Cholula.
This is a great recipe to serve on game day or on a cold winter’s day.
I’ve also been known to serve up a big pot of beef chili on Halloween for all the neighbors to enjoy.
It’s comfort food at its best
Toppings for the best chili recipe
Now that the chili is simmering, you need to set out a variety of toppings.
One may like a little cheddar cheese and sour cream.
My husband likes to top his bowl with oyster crackers, while I like to throw a few tortilla chips on top.
Homemade cornbread muffins are also easy and delicious to serve alongside.
Here are some other options:
Chopped red peppers or green peppers
Chopped fresh chipotle peppers or poblano pepper
Shredded Monterey or pepper jack cheese
Can I make this in a crock pot?
This recipe is easy to make in a slow cooker as well as on the stovetop.
Simply sauté the onion and ground beef in a large skillet before draining the grease and transferring to the crockpot.
Add the remaining ingredients and set the temperature to high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
What type of meat is best for chili?
This recipe is delicious with any kind of beef including ground beef, brisket or top sirloin.
Alternatively, this is also wonderful with ground chicken or ground turkey.
The secret to good chili is in the spices and quality tomatoes.
This recipe makes a large amount that is perfect for leftover chili that can be frozen for another time.
It’s also a family favorite that makes for an easy weeknight meal.
More great recipes for your game day
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip (No Shredded Cheese)
- New York Strip Steak Sandwiches Recipe
- Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Crockpot Turkey Meatball Subs
- The Best Baked Artichoke Dip Recipe (No Cream Cheese)
Easy to Make Hearty Homemade Beef Chili Soup Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large jalapeño pepper, chopped
- 1 14- ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 3 14- oz cans fire roasted tomatoes
- 1/2 large sweet onion, diced
- 1 cans red chili beans in medium sauce
- 1 can kidney chili beans in medium sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- Over medium heat, sauté the onion in a large pot until soft.
- Add the ground beef and brown the meat with a wooden spoon until cooked. Drain the excess grease.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for an hour until the chili is a thick consistency.
- Garnish each bowl with plenty of toppings of your choice.
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