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. Marisa Franca says:

    We also love lots of bold flavors in our chili. The delicious stew should make a statement and be unforgettable. I believe yours is that way. Nothing beats some hot chili on a cold, damp evening. I’m ready for some chili right now.5 stars

  2. I haven’t made chili yet this season but the temps have really dropped this weekend and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for a day like today. Craving a big bowl of this, April!5 stars

  3. I love cold weather season for chili! This is one of my favorite dishes! I need to try your recipe soon!5 stars

  4. Chilli is one of my favorite things in winter. Such comfort food. This looks so simple and easy. Love the smoky flavor of cumin in there. Can’t wait to try this soon.5 stars

  5. My family loves this recipe. Especially for dinner, in cold autumn weather. It’s really tasty. Wonderful combination of ingredients.
    yessss! This is the perfect recipe for me.5 stars

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this chili recipe! This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. Thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

  7. A hearty bowl of chili on a cold evening is the best! I look forward to trying your delicious recipe.

  8. This really does sound like the perfect chili recipe! I don’t like chunks of tomatoes (weird) so I’ll puree them before adding, but this is such a great recipe!5 stars

  9. We love homemade chili recipes at my house. Coming home to the house full of wonderful smells cooking away is the best.

  10. We love making chili, especially during comfort food season. Such an easy to prepare dinner. I love experimenting with lots of different seasonings and spices. The best part….it even tastes better the next day, so leftovers are a must.5 stars

  11. Ahhh, that conversation…why is it always like that with men?! LOL!! I’m glad he finally relented, because this recipe looks amazing, especially since it’s gonna be dreary and rainy all weekend around here5 stars

  12. I made the chilli last night and my 11year old had two bowls, she never eats two bowls of anything. I only used two jalapeños. This was one of the best chilli recipes that I’ve ever made. I served it with jalapeño and cheese cornbread.5 stars

    1. Wow, two bowls!? That’s so nice to hear! She must know good chili then. So glad your family loves it. Jalapeno cheese cornbread sounds delicious!

  13. haha your husband is funny. I have a tone of recipes in my head too lol but that won’t work, gotta test them first hahaha so funny! Love this recipe btw! Totally delicious!5 stars

  14. Looks good! I love chili in the summer, but my husband is harder to convince (but serious, spicy food is perfect for summer, someone tell him!). I’m definitely guilty of keeping recipes in my head too, haha.5 stars

  15. Stine Mari says:

    I had to laugh of the image of you sitting in a corner alone with a bowl (or three) of chili! And that conversation is SO relatable! I haven’t been too thrilled about chilis in the past either, so it looks like I have to try this one!5 stars

  16. I have to try with oregano and tomatoes next time. We love chili butI have never put these two ingredients into it. Thanks for your creative ideas.5 stars