Yield: Approximately 4-6 large servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

I love making chili for many reasons 1. It reminds me of my dad a.k.a Pops. 2. The amount of variety that ensues my kitchen table on chili night will bring a tear to any food lovers eyes. 3. You can have this bad boy on your table in 40 minutes tops.


  1. Stay away from cooking this recipe in cast iron, aluminum or an unlined copper pan, these are considered reactive pans. Cooking acidic foods (tomato products) in a reactive pan can alter the color and flavor of your dish.
  2. When cooling leftover chili-cool with the lid off, same reason as above. Leftover chili is the best and it always tastes better the next day! You can seriously put chili on almost anything- creamy polenta, brown rice, mashed potatoes and heellllooo chili cheese fries. You can even make another meal out of your leftovers how does a chili pizza sound or even chili quesadilla’s, Tex-Mex mac&cheese anyone?
  3. Not only can you put chili over anything BUT you can also top it with a million different tasties. Here are a few suggestions for toppers – avocado, cheese, green onion, red onion, lime, sour cream, tortilla chips, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, onion straws and/or classic oyster crackers.


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1c. red onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1c. green pepper (1 medium green pepper)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2c. beef stock
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28oz)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 cans kidney or pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 2.5 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in pan over medium heat saute onions, peppers and garlic for approximately 5 minutes.* Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add your ground beef or turkey and brown.
  • Incorporate dried herbs, sugar, beef stocks, tomatoes and beans.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes on low.
  • Taste- salt and pepper to taste-simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve in a big bowl over anything you choose, top with anything you choose! Enjoy!

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