I’ve made a chili the last two weekends and not even one bit mad about it.. it’s like the quintessential fall food if you ask me + one of my favorite things to make. The smell of chili on a fall Sunday with football on in the background.. #fallfeels for sure!
This recipe is my go to and SUPER easy – I actually won a chili cook off competition this past weekend with this so you may want to stash it away for your next chili making day! 😉
2 pounds ground beef (or turkey)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn
1 can petite diced tomatoes (key: petite!)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
Crushed Pepper Flakes
Salt + Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (if you like it spicy!)
1 // Sautee your onions in olive oil til lightly browned + then add in garlic. Once fragrant, stir in the two types of beans, corn, and diced tomatoes. Bring to a low simmer.
2 // While above is happening, brown your ground beef + lightly season with salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. This will help the beef to have a strong flavor once added to the pot! Super important.
3 // Once meat is cooked, drain the grease. DON’T keep the meat in this, your chili will have a greasy film on top + a grease taste.. no one likes that!
3 // After your veggies/bean mixture comes to a simmer + your meat is browned/drained, mix in the meat with the mixture.
4 // Once mixture is evenly blended, add in the full can of crushed tomatoes. I also rinse the can with about a 1/4 cup of water to get the residue and add this to the chili.
5 // Add in your seasonings, to taste. If you like a more flavorful chili, go heavier on the chili powder + cumin. I usually do about 3-4 tbsp chili powder, 2 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprika, garlic powder/salt/pepper to taste, and then a dash of the red pepper flakes. I also add in a squirt of dijon mustard – it adds the slightest bit of tang to the chili and is SO good!!
6 // The longer you can let this simmer on low + the flavors to merge, the better! 3-4 hours is usually what I go for, stirring occasionally and taste testing. If it needs more spice, I’ll add it in!
7 // ENJOY! Chili toppings are so much fun: I love roasted sweet potatoes + guac + cholula hot sauce or salsa, sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese. Have fun with it + make it your own!