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Homemade Chili Recipe

My Homemade Chili with Ground Beef and Beans takes just 35 minutes to make from start to finish, all in one pot!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili recipe, chili recipes, homemade chili, homemade chili recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 330kcal


  • Large pot capable of holding at least 3 quarts
  • Wooden spoon


  • ¼ cup beef broth or chicken broth, no salt added
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef or lean
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 14 ounce pinto beans canned, no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ounce black beans canned, no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 28 ounce diced tomatoes canned, no salt added
  • Optional: shredded low-fat cheese and cilantro for garnish


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm up the broth. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the pot, stirring occasionally until the vegetables soften.
    1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 2 cloves garlic, ¼ cup beef broth
    sauteing onions and peppers in a pot
  • Add the ground beef. Using a wooden spoon, gently break down the meat until the beef is in small pieces and cooked through.
    1 pound extra lean ground beef
    browned beef with onions and peppers in a pot
  • Stir in the spices, beans, and tomatoes.
    2 teaspoons dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried cumin, 1 Tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 14 ounce pinto beans, 14 ounce black beans, 28 ounce diced tomatoes
    chili ingredients in a pot cooking
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 20 minutes.
    beef chili almost done cooking in a blue pot
  • Top with cheese and cilantro if you like. Serve and enjoy!
    Optional: shredded low-fat cheese and cilantro for garnish
    beef chili up close in a bowl with a spoon, topped with cheese


Recipe Tips
  • Prepare the ingredients, such as measuring out spices and chopping the veggies, before you start cooking.
  • Make sure to chop the onion and bell pepper into a relatively similar size and shape so that the vegetables will soften at the same time.
  • I find this chili mild to medium spicy. You can add more heat as you desire.
  • Spruce up this simple chili with additional toppings at the end. I like to add shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a delicious low-fat, high-protein substitute for sour cream.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 1154mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 39.8mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 6.6mg