Classic Chilli Recipe

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When it comes to classic chilli recipes, there are countless variations and preferences. Some like it spicy, while others prefer a milder flavour. Regardless of your personal preference, there are a few key ingredients and steps that should be included in any classic chilli recipe.

First, start with the meat. Most classic chilli recipes call for ground beef, but you can also use ground turkey, chicken or even vegetarian meat substitutes. Brown the meat in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it is cooked through and no longer pink.

Next, add in your flavourings. This typically includes diced onions, garlic, and various spices such as chilli powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Cook the mixture for a few minutes until the onions are softened and the spices are fragrant.

Now it’s time to add the liquid ingredients. Most classic chilli recipes include canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth. You can also add in a can of kidney beans at this point if you like. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for at least 30 minutes, or up to several hours if you have the time.

As the chilli simmers, the flavours will meld together and the liquid will thicken. If your chilli is too thick, add a bit of water or more broth to thin it out. If it’s too thin, let it simmer uncovered for a bit longer to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.

Here’s a classic chilli recipe that’s perfect for a cozy dinner at home or for feeding a crowd at your next party.

 

Ingredients:

– 2 pounds ground beef

– 1 large onion, diced

– 2 tbsp cooking oil

– 4 cloves garlic, minced

– 1 red bell pepper, diced

– 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

– 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)

– 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)

– 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (15 ounces)

– 2 tablespoons chili powder

– 1/2 tsp ground cumin

– 1 tablespoon paprika

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– Salt and black pepper to taste

– Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, chopped cilantro

Instructions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is cooked and no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.

2. Add the diced onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper (if using) to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are softened and the peppers are slightly tender.

3. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and rinsed kidney beans to the pot. Stir to combine.

4. Add the chilli powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.

5. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover the pot and let it cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let the chilli simmer for another 10-20 minutes, or until the liquid has thickened and the flavours have melded together. If the chilli is too thick, add a bit of water to thin it out.

7. Serve the chilli hot, topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, and chopped cilantro if desired. Enjoy!

Classic Chilli Recipe

A classic chilli recipe that's perfect for a cozy night or dinner with friends.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 498 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno deseeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14 oz
  • 1 can tomato sauce 8 oz
  • 1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is cooked and no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add the diced onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeño pepper (if using) to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are softened and the peppers are slightly tender.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and rinsed kidney beans to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chilli powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover the pot and let it cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let the chilli simmer for another 10-20 minutes, or until the liquid has thickened and the flavours have melded together. If the chilli is too thick, add a bit of water to thin it out.
  • Serve the chilli hot, topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, and chopped cilantro if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Serve the chilli hot, topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, and chopped cilantro if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 498kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 29gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 693mgPotassium: 1069mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2845IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 6mg
Keyword chilli, Ground Beef, kidney beans, soup
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When it comes to serving classic chilli, there are plenty of options. Some like to top their chilli with shredded cheese, sour cream, or diced avocado. Others prefer a side of bread or tortilla chips. Whatever your preference, enjoy your classic chilli with family and friends!

This classic chilli recipe serves 6-8 people and can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd. It also freezes well, so you can make a big batch and enjoy it for dinner later in the week. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

 

Also, try our  Stuffed Pepper Soup or Flavourful Creamy Tuscan Style Soup for other options.

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