The Best Chili Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This is the best chili recipe. It has lots of meat and a touch of smoky heat. It’s an uncomplicated, basic chili that everyone loves.
It’s great on its own, but even better with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of cheese on top.


  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 lbs. ground beef (I use ground chuck)
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 and ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 2 chipotle chilies that were canned in adobo sauce (that is, open one can and take out two chilies), minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans kidney beans, drained (optional)


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add the ground beef, pork, oil, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Drain off fat.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chipotles, chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir.
  5. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  6. Stir in beans if using. Taste and add more salt if needed.