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Beef Chili Recipe: A Comforting Classic

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food experience with our irresistible Beef Chili recipe. Bursting with flavors, this classic dish is a perfect choice for chilly fall evenings and cozy gatherings. Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting your culinary journey, this recipe promises to delight your taste buds with its rich blend of lean ground beef, aromatic spices, and a medley of beans. Discover how this hearty chili has become a beloved fall staple in our home each year, making it a must-try dish that's sure to warm both your heart and your belly.

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lb lean ground beef

  • ½ large yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 (8 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (8 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (8 oz) can white beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (8 oz) can corn, drained

  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (4 oz) tomato paste

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 3 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Shredded cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, and/or chives for serving


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes

Step 1: Sauté Aromatics

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron pot over medium heat, or use a large pot on medium-high heat.

  2. Add the finely chopped ½ large yellow onion and sauté for about 2 minutes until translucent.

  3. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.

Step 2: Brown the Beef

  1. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the 1 lb lean ground beef.

  2. Break up the beef as you stir and cook until it's browned, about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Combine Ingredients

  1. Add in the drained and rinsed 2 (8 oz) cans black beans, 1 (8 oz) can red kidney beans, 1 (8 oz) can white beans, and 1 (8 oz) can corn to the pot.

  2. Pour in the 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce, and 1 (4 oz) tomato paste.

  3. Sprinkle in 1 tsp chili powder, 3 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp paprika, and an additional 1 tsp cumin.

  4. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Step 4: Simmer & Slow Cook

  1. Cover the pot with a lid and set the heat to low.

  2. Allow the chili to simmer and meld its flavors together for 4 hours, stirring every half hour or so.

Step 5: Serve & Enjoy

  1. Once the chili has simmered, ladle it into bowls.

  2. Top each serving with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, fresh sliced avocado, and a sprinkle of chopped chives.

  3. Customize your bowl with additional toppings if desired.

As the leaves turn and the air becomes crisp, it's time to embrace the seasonal warmth of our Hearty Beef Chili. This cherished recipe captures the essence of fall, bringing families and friends together over a steaming bowl of comfort. From its savory aroma to its satisfying flavors, this chili has earned its place as a timeless favorite—a common request at my boyfriend's house and now, hopefully, in your home too. Gather your loved ones, savor the deliciousness, and let the magic of this fall staple create unforgettable memories. With its blend of deliciousness and nostalgia, our Hearty Beef Chili is a must-have addition to your seasonal menu.




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