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.

★★★★★ 1 vote
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

How to Make Real Deal Red Chili


  • 1In 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
  • 2Add 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).
  • 3Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes uncovered or until reaching desired consistency.
  • 4Add 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.

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About Real Deal Red Chili

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