The Best Chili Recipe

Amazing classic Chili made with bacon, ground beef, vegetables, beans, and tasty combination of spices to make chili seasoning. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef chili, chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 (Makes about 2 quarts)
Calories 501 kcal


  • 8 oz raw bacon
  • 2 lbs ground beef 85%-15% lean to fat ratio
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 16 oz can pinto beans (or kidney beans)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • salt
US Customary - Metric


  1. Prepare ingredients ahead of time by dicing bacon, onion, and peppers.

  2. Preheat a 2.5-3 quart pot over medium heat and add a little bit of oil. 

  3. Add diced bacon and cook until browned and fat is rendered. 

  4. Add ground beef, season with some salt, and cook, breaking up all the clumps of meat, until it's browned. Take meats out of the pot and set aside.

  5. Add diced onion and bell peppers to the pot and saute until softened. Add diced jalapeno.

  6. Smash and mince garlic and add it to the pot. Saute until garlic is fragrant. 

  7. Add meats back to the pot, stir, and add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, and beef broth. Stir well. 

  8. Add all the seasoning, stir, set heat to low. Cover with a lid and cook for about 1.5-2 hours, stirring once in a while. Take the lid off half way through and cook the rest of the time uncovered.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
The Best Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 746mg32%
Potassium 925mg26%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1690IU34%
Vitamin C 44.7mg54%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.