Easy Chili Recipe – How to Make Chili

easy chili recipeChili recipe or Chili con carne, chile con carne is an easy and spicy stew made with chili powder, ground beef, tomatoes, kidney beans, and chili seasonings. It is believed to have originated in southern Texas or in the northern parts of Mexico. Some people believe the traditional chili dish does not require the use of tomatoes or beans but this is not widely accepted. Whatever is the case, the chili recipe is easy to make and very spicy – which is the hallmark of this stew – spicy and made of meat and chili powder; hence the word: chili con carne which means Chili with meat.

Chili Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 500 grams of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 cup of fresh tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of fresh diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 2 beef seasoning cubes (crushed)
  • 400 grams of drained red kidney beans. You can use black beans in this easy chili recipe.
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped Onions
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt

How to Make Chilli from Scratch

  • Place your pot on the stovetop and add 2 tbsp of olive oil to it
  • When the oil is heated up, add 1 cup of chopped red onions
  • Saute for 3 minutes on medium heat until the onions are translucent
  • Go in with 3 minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds until it is fragrant.
  • Next, add the ground beef
  • Break the ground beef with a spatula into small chunks
  • Cook the minced beef for 6 to 7 minutes until it is no longer pink; ensure you stir intermittently to prevent clumping of the ground beef.
  • Season this easy chili recipe with 2 and 1/2 tbsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of oregano, 1/2 tsp of paprika powder,  1/2 tsp of ground black pepper, 1 and 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2 beef stock cubes – crushed into the chilli recipe, 2 tbsp of tomato paste.
  • Add adding all the chili seasonings, stir to combine.
  • Go in with 300 ml of hot water
  • Also, add 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • Add 1 cup of diced tomatoes and 2 tsp of sugar. The sugar helps to remove the sour taste of the tomato ingredients in this chile con carne recipe. Stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the chilli and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir after cooking the chile con carne for 10 minutes and then add 400 grams of red kidney beans. If the chilli is too thick, you can add a little water or broth to it.
  • Next, cover the chili con carne and cook for 20 minutes to soften the kidney beans and also give time for the ingredients to be well absorbed by the beans and the beef.
  • Stir to combine after 20 minutes and turn off the heat. Allow the chilli recipe to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Easy Chili Recipe 

Chili Recipe

Easy Chili Recipe - How to Make Chili

Bongdap Nansel Nanzip
Chili, Chilli, or Chili Con Carne is an easy stew recipe made chili peppers, chili powder, ground beef, red kidney beans, and some tomatoes. Easy Chili Recipe can be made with or without beans. I will be showing you how to make chili with beans. It is a spicy but delicious stew that you would love.
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Texas
Servings 10 People
Calories 334 kcal

Equipment

  • Crock Pot
  • Instant Pot
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • tbsp chili powder
  • 500 grams ground beef lean ground beef
  • ½ tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes fresh
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 cubes beef seasoning stocks crushed
  • 400 grams red kidney beans drained. If your kidney beans are fresh, you need to properly cook them first before adding them to this chili con carne recipe. You can use a crock pot or instant pot for cooking the fresh beans. For this recipe, I am using canned beans because they are cooked already, it reduces the cooking time.
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sugar The sugar helps to tame the sour taste of tomatoes in the chili recipe
  • ½ tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Place your pot on the stovetop and add 2 tbsp of olive oil to it
    Place a pan, saucepan, instant pot, or crockpot on the heat
  • When the oil is heated up, add 1 cup of chopped red onions
    When the oil is heated, add the chopped onions
  • Saute for 3 minutes on medium heat until the onions are translucent
    Stir fry the onions until it is translucent
  • Go in with 3 minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds until it is fragrant.
    Add the minced garlic cloves
  • Next, add the ground beef
    Add the ground beef and stir fry as well
  • Break the ground beef with a spatula into small chunks
    Break the ground beef with a spatula
  • Cook the minced beef for 6 to 7 minutes until it is no longer pink; ensure you stir intermittently to prevent clumping of the ground beef.
    Cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink in color
  • Season this easy chili recipe with 2½ tbsp of chili powder.
    Add chili powder, it is the main ingredient of this easy chili recipe
  • Also, season the chili con carne with 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of oregano, ½ tsp of paprika powder, ½ tsp of ground black pepper, 1½ tsp of salt, and ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper.
    Add more seasonings to the chili recipe
  • Add 2 beef stock cubes - crushed into the chili recipe. If you are using beef broth, no need of adding the beef stock cubes.
    Add 2 seasoning stock cubes
  • Also, go in with 2 tbsp of tomato paste.
    Add tomato paste
  • After adding all the chili seasonings, stir to combine.
    Stir all the seasonings together
  • Go in with 300 ml of hot water. When using water, it is good to add beef stock to make the chili recipe tasty. But when using beef broth to substitute for water, then no need of adding beef stock cubes again.
    Add 300 ml of water to the chili
  • Also, add 1 cup of tomato sauce
    Add tomato sauce to the chili
  • Add 1 cup of diced tomatoes and 2 tsp of sugar. The sugar helps to remove the sour taste of the tomato ingredients in this chili recipe. Stir to combine.
    Add chopped fresh tomatoes and sugar
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the chili and cook for 10 minutes.
    Cover and cook the chili for 10 minutes
  • Stir again after cooking the chili con carne for 10 minutes and then add 400 grams of red kidney beans. If the chilli is too thick, you can add a little water or broth to it.
    Add drained canned kidney beans
  • Stir the kidney beans to combine with other ingredients.
    Stir the kidney beans to combine
  • Next, cover the chile con carne and cook for 20 minutes to soften the kidney beans and also give time for the ingredients to be well absorbed by the beans and the beef.
    Cover and cook for 20 minutes
  • Stir to combine after 20 minutes and turn off the heat.
    Once you have the required consistency for your chili recipe it is ready
  • Allow the chilli recipe to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
    Allow your homemade chili recipe

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Notes

Using Beans in Chili

When using kidney beans, black beans, or any uncooked beans. You need to cook the beans until it is soft before adding to the chilli recipe. There are controversies about the addition of beans to chili. Classic chili recipe does not require the use of beans but most commercial chile con carne sold in the United States have beans added to it. Whenever canned chilli is sold without beans in it, it is called "chili no beans". Some companies do pre-cook beans and sell them Chili beans; because the precooked beans are intended for use in chili.
So whether you add beans to your own chile con carne recipe or not; it is a matter of choice as no opinion is generally accepted. Oftentimes, when chili is used as a topping, it is made without beans.

Addition of Tomatoes 

Just as controversial as the use of beans is in chili, tomato also is considered by some as an optional ingredient. Where people add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, or tomato paste there is a need to add sugar to tame down the tangy taste of the tomato component.

Use of beef broth

Also, adding beef broth or bouillon cubes make the chili recipe tasty. You can decide to go with anyone but if you add the beef broth, no need of adding the stock cubes again.
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Chili toppings

  • Grated cheese
  • Saltine crackers
  • Cornbread
  • Pork tamales
  • Tortilla chips
  • Corn chips
  • Flour tortillas

Chilli can be served with cooked white rice or pasta.

Variations

There are many chilli variations such as vegetarian chilli, white chili, and green chili.

Vegetarian chili

The vegetarian chili recipe does not use meat but rather substitutes meat with tofu, potatoes, or quinoa. Other common additions to vegetarian chili may include sweet corn or mushrooms.

Vegetarian chili can also be called chili non carne  (which simply means chili without meat); other common names for vegetarian chilli recipe include chili sin carne or chili sans carne.

White chili

This chilli variant is white in appearance and watery like a soup rather than thickened as a stew. White chili is made with white beans, green chili peppers, chicken or turkey, and broth of either chicken or turkey. It is served with sour cream or white cheese (such as Monterey Jack).

Green Chili (chili verde)

This is another variant of chile con carne recipes that uses green chili and pork instead of beef. Green chili is made by roasting green chilis and cooking them with pork in a slow cooker but with chicken broth. Green chili is also called chili verde and it is also spicy because it incorporates different types of peppers to adjust the degree of the spiciness.  Peppers such as poblano, serrano, habanero, or jalapeño may be used for making chili verde.

Green chili is commonly used as a filling in the mission burrito recipe.

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