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. I lobe this story! your husband is so funny and this chill looks AMAZING! Nothing is better than a good hearty chili just in time for football season!5 stars

  2. If this chilli is good enough that you married the man, I think I will give it a go. But that is quite the statement. My dad also made some pretty good chilli!5 stars

  3. I love a good hearty pot of chili and this one looks fantastic. I love that you’ve utilized two different types of garlic, fresh and powder, to make sure that this chili doesn’t lack an ounce of flavor! Perfect bowl of warmth with a side of cornbread!5 stars

  4. Byron Thomas says:

    In our home, chili is like the king of all foods. It seems that it’s the one home style dish we can all agree on. I love the of this chili. It looks almost like it has a broth rather than a sauce, which means it would eat more like a soup rather than a stew. Am I right? Either way, I’m giving this one a try for sure. Thank you husband! :).5 stars

  5. The Chilli looks darn delicious! Glad you could share the signature dish of your husband. Its monsoon’s here in India and a piping hot bowl of chilli, some tacos would be amazing to enjoy!5 stars

  6. I love a good chili any time of year!!! I also love to add some spice with jalapenos, and am going to have to try some of your topping variations mmmm

  7. Love how big in flavor this is with such simple ingredients! I love a nice bowl of chili for dinner, especially when I can put it together in under an hour.5 stars

  8. What I love about chili is, it’s such an individual thing, and everyone has their own way to make it. This one looks absolutely perfect!5 stars

  9. My husband and I have had this exact conversation about his recipes so I giggled when I read your post! I love a spicy bowl of chili year round too and I can’t wait to make this for my husband.5 stars

  10. Made this last night and it was Sooo good, I’m going to borrow the recipe for a chili cook off on the 10th of April! Thank you!!

    1. Yay! Thank you Samantha! I hope yours is the tastiest! I think you have a great chance of winning though haha! Good luck! 🙂

  11. I love this recipe and love the addition of the diced tomatoes wit green chiles to my normal plain diced tomatoes. The oregano is also super tasty in the spice blend. Perfect for March Madness parties!5 stars

  12. Chili recipe looks great! Perfect for the weather here, maybe along with some corn bread. Thanks for the great idea and recipe!5 stars

  13. I would like to say i’ve never eaten 3 bowls of chili in one sitting before either, but that would be a lie LOL! It’s so great that your husband cooks chili too 🙂 My boyfriend makes me eggs sometimes, and it’s simple, but so good.5 stars

    1. Eggs are not easy for some people haha! Thanks so much Danielle!

  14. I will be giving this a try! Question, though…the recipe says to reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat but what am I doing with it? I’ve read the recipe twice and I’m not seeing what I do with it. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Roxanne. Lately my husband has been draining all the fat and I don’t notice a difference in taste, so drain as much as you can. Also, you don’t have to simmer too long. 15 minutes simmer is all you need. The longer you simmer, the thicker it will become. I’m going to update the recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

  15. I forgot to comment when I made this for the first time for my family. I made it again while my aunt was over. She had two bowls and she said she doesn’t even like chili! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! I will be making much more this cold winter!5 stars

    1. Oh wow! I’m so glad to hear that you both loved it! I wasn’t much of a chili lover either until I had his too! T

  16. Wow, that is such a hearty and comforting bowl of chili – so perfect on a chilly day or just about any day 🙂 My kids would devour this. Thanks for sharing!!5 stars

    1. Yeah today would be a perfect day for chili. It actually snowed a bit last night and today is a cold one. Thanks Pavani!