The Best Classic Chili – This traditional chili recipe is just like mom used to make with ground beef, beans, and a simple homemade blend of chili seasonings. This classic chili is perfect for a weeknight meal because it can be made in minutes. The only thing to chop is an onion. I’ve been playing around with this chili recipe for the past few months, making it many times. My family didn’t mind the repetition at all because I really do believe that I ended up with the best chili ever!
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion diced
1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
4 cloves garlic minced
2 ½ tablespoons chili powder divided (or to taste)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
14 ½ ounces crushed tomatoes canned
19 ounces kidney beans canned, drained & rinsed
14 ½ ounces diced tomatoes with juice
1 ½ cups beef broth
1 cup beer
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
salt and pepper to taste
Combine ground beef and 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder.
In a large pot, brown ground beef, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Drain any fat.
Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 45-60 minutes or until chili has reached desired thickness.
Top with cheddar cheese, green onions, cilantro or other favorite toppings.