Real Deal Red Chili

Jess Grearson


This is the simplest and best chili recipe I have come up with -- I simmered down several recipes into this best-tasting and most approachable version.

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5 Min


2 Hr


1/4 c
penzey's chili powder, or your favorite brand
1 Tbsp
cumin powder
2 lb
good quality ground beef
2 c
diced onion
1 Tbsp
minced garlic
2 c
your favorite salsa
beef boullion cube
2 c
good quality chicken broth
1 can(s)
8 oz tomato sauce
1 can(s)
15 oz. kidney beans
2 tsp
sea salt
1 Tbsp
sriracha hot sauce, or to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large Dutch oven, brown ground beef with chili powder and cumin. Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes, until onion is translucent. Add salsa and bouillon, and one cup of broth and bring to a boil. Simmer 20 minutes
Add remaining broth, tomato sauce,and beans and simmer, covered, for one hour (at this point you may put contents in a slow cooker and simmer for a long time).
Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes uncovered or until reaching desired consistency.
Add Sriracha hot sauce to taste, or allow people to season their own bowls. I often serve this with cilantro sour cream, or my Sriracha lime cream (leaving out the hot sauce in the chili). I also add frozen corn sometimes, and minced fresh cilantro. Easy and delicious. Feeds a lot of folks, too. I get lower fat good quality beef and it makes a difference.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chili
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy