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Family Favorite Chili

My favorite chili recipe. Although it's not "authentic" it's the one our family enjoys best!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
A quick and easy, traditional chili recipe. Though not an authentic Texas chili, this has been our family's favorite for years! https://www.lanascooking.com/not-texas-chili/

This Family Favorite Chili is made with hearty ingredients and simple flavors. It’s budget-friendly and perfect for a quick and easy meal.

There are some recipes that are just perfect for family dinners. This Family Favorite Chili is one of them – it’s hearty, flavorful, and loved by everyone. Whether you make it on a cold winter night or even during the summertime, this chili is always a hit.

Two bowls of chili topped with sour cream and cheese.

This recipe is filled with tomato-ey, spicy goodness that will satisfy even your pickiest eaters. It’s great on its own or topping a hot dog fresh off the grill.

Now, before somebody starts to explain how this is not “real” chili, I just want to say that I know that. I understand that “real” chili does not contain any beans or tomatoes.

However, there’s a whole big world of cooks out here and we all have different ideas about recipes. That why I haven’t called this recipe Real Texas Chili. Or Authentic Texas Chili. Or anything like that. Just so we’re clear.

This is my own version of chili and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to chili cooked by authentic cowboys, trail bosses, or others associated in any way with Texas. Whew!

What You’ll Love About This Chili Recipe


  • Budget Friendly. This recipe uses some of the least expensive items in the grocery store – ground beef, canned tomatoes, and beans.
  • Feeds a Crowd. If you have a large family, you’ll really appreciate the quantity that this recipe makes. It can easily feed eight people or can stretch even further.
  • Adjustable. You can adjust the spices to suit your own tastes.

Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Family Chili


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  • Ground Beef (I prefer chuck (or 80-20) ground beef because it has more flavor than lower fat hamburger meat. Choose whatever fits your budget best.)
  • Green Pepper, Onion, and Garlic (These veggies add terrific flavor to your chili. Increase or decrease any of them as you like.)
  • Pinto Beans (Lots of cooks use red kidney beans for chili, but I just prefer pintos. You can even double or triple the amount of beans to stretch the recipe further. To make the recipe super inexpensive, consider cooking dried pintos to use in your chili.)
  • Spices (I’ve specified the spices we like best. They’re all fairly inexpensive and may cost even less if you purchase them from the “ethnic” foods section.)

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How to Make Family Favorite Chili


Browning beef in a deep skillet.
  1. In a large deep pot or Dutch oven, brown the beef over medium-high heat. Remove the browned beef from the pan and set it aside to drain.
Cooking peppers, onions, and garlic in the skillet.
  1. In the same pan, add the olive oil, green pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until just tender.
  2. Return the drained beef to the pan.
Add tomatoes, beans, water to the skillet.
  1. Add the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, and water. Stir well.
Seasonings measured into a small bowl.
  1. Add the seasonings. Stir well.
Chili simmering in a deep skillet.
  1. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or more.
Two bowls of chili topped with sour cream and cheese.
  1. Serve with garnishes of sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and Tabasco.

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Storing Leftovers


Leftover chili stores very well in the refrigerator for about three days. Honestly, it’s even better after it sits for a while and the flavors really meld together. You can also freeze it for up to three months. I often freeze it in single servings to thaw for a quick, filling lunch.

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A quick and easy, traditional chili recipe. Though not an authentic Texas chili, this has been our family's favorite for years! https://www.lanascooking.com/not-texas-chili/

Family Favorite Chili

My favorite chili recipe. Although it's not "authentic" it's the one our family enjoys best!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 30 ounces canned diced tomatoes with their juice (2 cans)
  • 30 ounces canned pinto beans drained and rinsed (2 cans)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin

Garnishes:

  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Tabasco

Instructions

  • In a large deep pot or Dutch oven, brown the beef over medium-high heat. Remove the browned beef from the pan and set it aside to drain.
  • In the same pan, add the olive oil, green pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until just tender.
  • Return the drained beef to the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, and water. Stir well.
  • Add the seasonings. Stir well.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or more.
  • Serve with garnishes of sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and Tabasco

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Lana,
    That recipe is remarkably like my recipe.
    I use green bell pepper but red kidney beans. I also use 2T of ketchup instead of paste. I’ve marked it 5* because I know it tastes good
    Regards Paul.

    1. Thanks, Paul. I’ve used kidney beans in the past but switched to Pintos several years ago simply because we like the texture better. And yes, it does taste good!

  2. This is the chili with which we grew up – – Texas or not Texas. Funny thing is that we both made it Sunday night, without prior discussion, in the middle of August with temperatures so high the sidewalks are melting!

    If the weather is considered too hot, serve it over lettuce with all of the condiments, for a wonderful “taco salad.” Delish!