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Best Chili Recipe (Award Winning) With Video!

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!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword award winning chili, chili recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 325kcal
Author April Boller Wright


  • 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
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • 3 ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 ¾ 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