With so many chili recipes out there, it can be difficult to choose just one. Well, look no further! We believe this one tops them all. Classic Chili offers a spicy and beefy stew, bubbling with savory flavor and tender hearty beans. The slow simmer of the tomato sauce leaves behind a naturally sweet and rich mixture that pervades everything. Classic Chili is something you’ll make continually, especially when you realize you can make it in just half an hour!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • scallions, optional, to taste, chopped, for topping
  • cheddar cheese, optional, to taste, shredded, for serving


Step 1 –Add the olive oil to a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Step 2 –Add the onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 –Add the ground beef and cook until browned, while breaking apart with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.

Step 4 –Add the chili powder, the cumin, the sugar, the tomato paste, the garlic powder, the salt, the pepper, and the cayenne, stirring until the spices are fragrant and the beef is well-coated, about 1 minute.

Step 5 –Add the broth, the diced tomatoes and their juices, the beans, and the tomato sauce.

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Step 6 –Bring the chili mixture to a boil.

Step 7 –Reduce the heat to medium-low.

Step 8 –Gently simmer for 20-25 minutes uncovered, stirring every so often.

Step 9 –Serve hot topped with the scallions and the cheddar cheese.