Recipe: Classic Beef Chili


This classic beef chili recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s meaty and hearty, and you’ll have some leftovers – allowing more of the flavors to mingle!

Classic Beef Chili Recipe

Classic Beef Chili

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, soup


  • 2 lbs beef stew meat or diced chuck roast
  • 1 lbs ground beef (lean)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium diced bell pepper (orange, green, or red)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened) OR 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 2 15.5 oz Bush's Best Chili Beans Kidney Beans in Mild Chili Sauce
  • 2 15 oz tomato sauce cans
  • 2 14.5 oz Rotel or fire-roasted diced tomatoes


  • In a large pot on medium heat cook ground beef until brown. Drain meat when done and set aside. (no seasoning)
  • Rinse beef stew meat and pat dry. Add olive oil to the same large pot and then add beef stew meat.
  • Season the meat with cajun seasoning, thyme leaves, black pepper, and onion powder. Cook for 10 minutes or until brown. Do not drain.
  • Stir ground beef back into the pot.
  • Stir in the following seasonings to the pot: minced garlic, diced bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and cocoa powder.
  • Stir in cans of chili beans in sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes.
  • Cover the pot with a lid. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 hour. Stir ingredients every 30 minutes. OR place in a crockpot on low for 7 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. Mine are sour cream, cheese, and green onions or parsley.
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