This is my stand-by chili recipe.  I’ve made it on the stove and in the crock pot.  Today’s version is made in the dutch oven- but you could make it in a large pot as well.

This recipe is pretty basic- you can add what you want!  When searching online and comparing recipes to mine I noticed most of them are jazzed up with funky ingredients.  I’m all for weird ingredients (i.e. Guinness Beef Stew)  but sometimes I just want a classic.


-1-1.5 lbs. Ground Beef
-1 Onion, chopped
-3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
-1 can (6 oz) of Tomato Paste
-1 can (14oz) of Diced Tomatoes
-1 can (14 oz) of Whole Tomatoes
-1 can (14 oz) of Mild Chili Beans
-1 Tablespoon Chili Powder (adjust higher if you like some heat!)
-1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Suggested toppings:  Cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, chives, etc.
Great served on top of: Spaghetti, baked potatoes, hot dogs.

In a large dutch oven on medium heat, stir in chopped onion and garlic until fragrant, about five minutes.

Add ground beef and break up with the spatula.

Cook until mostly browned.  Drain fat.

Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and whole tomatoes.  Add in chili powder and red pepper flakes.  Give it a good stir.  Allow to heat until bubbling.  Turn heat down to medium low (low simmer) and put the lid on the pot.

Allow to cook for 1-1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.  You’ll know it’s done when the chili has thickened up.

Serve warm with any of the suggested toppings above!

10 thoughts on “Chili

  1. Caroline

    21 Sep on 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Oh how I love chili season. Can’t wait to make some as well. This sounds delicious. Do I spy a Le Creuset dutch oven? 😉

    • thedrivencook

      22 Sep on 2011 at 3:31 pm

      No, it’s a Martha Stewart one we received as a wedding gift. I love it dearly but it has chipped in a few places already. :(

  2. sportsglutton

    21 Sep on 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Yes! Time for some chili!

    I’m with you…it’s fun to dress up certain dishes, but sometimes you just want basic wholesome goodness like this chili recipe.

  3. Cavities & Cravings

    21 Sep on 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yum!!! We are huge chili fans here. The one I make is very similar :) I think I will have to make some very soon.

  4. thecompletecookbook

    22 Sep on 2011 at 4:06 am

    Not sure why, but chilli is not something I really make – need to rethink that – it is a great meal.
    Have a happy day.
    :-) Mandy

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby

    23 Sep on 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I’m waiting for some cool weather here so I can make chili. Yours looks hearty and delish!

  6. Tammy

    25 Sep on 2011 at 2:57 am

    I just cannot wait for it to cool down so that we can make chili.

  7. rsmacaalay

    25 Sep on 2011 at 3:48 am

    I love chilli as well great with nachos, tacos or tortillas. A quick and easy dose of spicy goodness

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