Best Chili Recipe W/Video

This is hands down the best chili recipe ever! It’s easy to make thick & robust. No skimpy spices at all and rich in FLAVOR with just the right amount of kick! So good, you’ll want to hide in the corner and eat it all by yourself! Perfect to have all year long!

Best Chili Recipe

The Mr. has been bugging me about posting his world’s best chili recipe for the longest.  My response has always been, “I’ll post the recipe when you write the recipe down.” He made it not too long ago and our convo went like this:

Me: Did you write the recipe down?
Him: No. I don’t need to write it down. I’ve made this chili a billion times. I have it in my head.
Me: Well, I can’t write up the post if the recipe is in your head. I need it on some paper.
Him: Woman, I know the recipe.  I can tell you the recipe from heart.
MeJust make the it again tomorrow and write down the recipe. If you write up the recipe, I’ll make you tacos this week.
Him: Ok, fine.


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Haha that man loves tacos meatloaf , Italian mac and cheese, and quesadillas.  He’d be happy eating all of them every day of the week for life,  that’s, if I let him.

Best Chili Recipe

I remember the first time I tasted my husband’s homemade chili. I was a bit nervous and I didn’t think I’d be thrilled about it. Most of my ex boyfriends couldn’t cook for nothing so I was pretty skeptical. I’m so critical when it comes to good food. I told him “I hope it’s good and not mediocre.”

Boy was I wrong.  The first time I tasted it I was freaking amazed. It was awesome, Mouth-watering, authentic and so good I then said “Omg yessss!” He grinned hard.   I said to myself. “This man can cook!” “Winning!”

I’ve never eaten 3 bowls of chili in one sitting. I normally wouldn’t even get through one bowl. Yes, I had three bowls. Don’t judge me. They were small bowls okay? I can’t control myself when I’m faced with good food. 

So yeah, this is a good chili recipe. Definitely award winning. If you love Wendy’s chili then you’re really love this one because it’s a 100 times better.

Best Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe

This best chili recipe is so amazing, you’d think he put some magical seasoning in the recipe but nope. My husband used basic every day basic pantry staples to make it and it’s so simple. 

There’s no beer in this either. I don’t know why so many chili recipes on the web have beer.
This recipe doesn’t have beef broth or tomato sauce in it either. I actually thought it had broth and tomato sauce because it’s so flavorsome but nope.

He used tomato paste though. The only thing you may have to get from the store is jalapenos and maybe chili beans if you want to make this to the “t.”

This recipe is a bit spicy but not overly spicy. Hubby loves to add heat to EVERYTHING he eats. He used two pounds of ground beef and 3 jalapenos so if you’re not big on spicy foods then use one or two jalapenos and reduce the amount of cayenne spice too. I personally don’t think it’s overly spicy though.


  • Chili beans
  • jalapeños
  • green peppers
  • diced onions
  • garlic cloves
  • diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • tomato paste
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper 


To make this quick and easy dish, heat the oil in a large dutch over medium high -heat. Add the vegetable and saute until softened. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.
Drain most of the fat out. Return beef and veggies to the dutch oven. Add seasonings. Mix well. Add water and then tomato paste
and the chili beans and the rest of the ingredients. Reduce heat. Simmer for 45 minutes. If you want to make this chili more healthy, you can substitute the beef for ground turkey. 


If you want to be a bit indulgent like me then add your favorite toppings. My husband doesn’t add any toppings
but I like to add sharp cheddar cheese, 
sour cream to help cut through the heat and the crunch of the buttery crackers.

Notice how the cheese just melts into the bowl of yumminess?  Omg it’s so damn good! It’s a regular meal at our house.
We have it several times a month. We enjoy it in the summer time too. Hubby’s award winning chili recipe is great, we have it all year round.

Best Chili Recipe

Best Chili Recipe (Award Winning) With Video!

April Boller Wright
This is hands down the best chili recipe! My husband won a cook off with this amazing chili recipe and it's no wonder why. This easy spicy beef chili is thick & robust. No skimpy spices at all. His award wining chili is so rich in FLAVOR with just the right amount of kick! Perfect to have all year long!
5 from 59 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people
Calories 325 kcal


  • 3 jalapenos diced
  • 1 cup green pepper diced
  • 1 cup onions diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lbs 80% ground beef
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 3 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 8 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 10 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 2 15 oz cans chili beans or pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • salt for taste
  • pepper for taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Heat the oil in a large dutch over medium high heat. Add the vegetables (except for the can of diced tomatoes with chilis) and saute until softened about 6 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook stirring until it is no longer pink. Drain.
  • Return stove to medium-high heat. Stir in the seasonings, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Add the water, canned tomatoes with green chili and tomato paste stirring until the paste has dissolved. 
  • Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve and top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Add crackers on the side. Enjoy! 
    **See notes**


Make sure to use 80% ground beef because it has a good amount of fat and it's flavorful. 
For a thicker chili, simmer uncovered for up to 35 minutes. 
Refrigerate leftovers in a shallow container for up to 4 days.
Reheat leftovers on the stove, microwave until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
FYI. Calorie count does not include toppings.
Watch how I make it!


Calories: 325kcal
Keyword award winning chili, chili recipes
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  1. Love this recipe! It’s the right consistency that I go for and my picky children love it also. Great chili.5 stars

  2. Celestine Wong says:

    Your hubby’s convo with you had me laughing, just like a man! Lol!
    I followed your easy to follow recipe, dancing to ‘60-70 R&B, except I used ground beef and hot pork sausage, and added about a cup of spicy V-8 juice, no beans. I wolfed that chili down! Next time I’ll use 2 jalapeños instead of one. Very pleasant evening!

  3. Can I please ask why you drain the beans? I haven’t ever done that and am wondering what the purpose is. Not criticizing, just wondering.

    1. So sorry for my delayed response. I drain the liquids to get rid of the extra starch and sodium. Hope that helps.

  4. Dani Germany says:

    Greetings from Germany. Your chili looks wonderful. But i have one question!

    In your recipe you write that you should roast the vegetables for 6 minutes and then add the ground beef.

    The video starts directly with the ground beef in the Dutch and then the vegetables are added?

    Would like to cook your recipe but I’m a little confused.

    gruss dani

    1. Hello Gruss. You can saute the vegetables first then add the meat, or brown it first then add the vegetables, as shown in the video. Either way works. Hope this helps!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Do you add the beans with the veggies at the beginning or do you do it with the tomatoes ? I feel like if you do it before the ground beef they will fall apart. I wanna make this tonight for dinner !

    1. I add the beans with the tomatoes after I add the ground beef. Check out the video tutorial on how to make it in the recipe card. Hope you enjoy it!

  6. This is now my favorite Chili recipe!! We like very spicy so I used 1 lb. Ground beef and 1lb hot Italian sausage.5 stars

    1. Awww that’s so awesome! Thank you for trying it out Lisa!

  7. Anonymous says:

    My family loves this chili! Thank you so much for sharing. This is the second recipe that I have tried of yours ( first was the meatloaf) and both are delicious. They are definitely easy for this non chef who is trying to feed her family delicious meals. Thank you again! Happy I found you. Next I’m trying the fried chicken recipe 😁

    Question…I never have leftovers. I have hungry teenagers. Can I double all the ingredients to make a bigger pot?
    Also, can we request recipes??? 😁😁5 stars

    1. How awesome! Glad y’all love both recipes! The fried chicken is good as well so I hope you all like it. My son just turned 19. Tall and slim but he can eat! Idk where his food goes lol. I’ve never doubled the chili recipe but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! You can request any recipe you want :)! Just let me know! Thanks for the great feedback!

  8. I made this chili last night and my boyfriend and I loved it! 🙂 It was my first time making chili. I have a question it says that this recipe yields 5 servings. Is this correct? It made alot of chili. I’m doing weightwatchers so I put the ingredients in the recipe builder and used 5 servings. I’m trying to get it to be less points lol. How many servings would you say this recipe makes and how much is a serving? A cup? Thanks!! 🙂

    1. Hi Latoya! Sorry for my late response. That’s great news! Happy y’all loved it. Great question! I did some research. A serving of chili is about 8-10 oz which is about a cup. Most people eat more than a cup of chili though. One cup isn’t enough for me. I totally understand where you’re coming from though. I remember the old days of my past coworkers weightwatchers journey! Good luck! I Hope this helped!

  9. Can this be made in a crockpot instead?? Great so, what setting and how long?

    1. Unfortunately I’ve never made it in a crockpot but I did some research and most people cook it on high heat for 3 hours and low for 5-6 hours.

  10. Jacqueline Debono says:

    I made this chili today and it was absolutely fabulous! I served it with rice and sour cream! Definitely going to make it again!5 stars

  11. No doubt, this chili recipe is one of a kind! I can already see myself looking for a quiet corner to enjoy it 🙂 But it would probably be a hard task because the flavor would be so good and strong that everyone would know that I made this chili recipe!5 stars