Classic Chili Family Recipe: Homemade, Flavorful & Easy

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This classic chili recipe is a family recipe that has been handed down for at least two generations. It’s got simple ingredients, lots of flavors, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. Ready in less than 30 minutes, you can feed your family a hearty meal with a lot of options for serving.

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This is the chili recipe that I recommend to everyone. It’s what I feed all my guests during the fall months, every small group that we host at our home and I make it for at least one meal on every family vacation. It’s just that good! Every time I make it, someone asks for the recipe. So, now I’m sharing it with you! I hope your family loves it as much as we do.

classic chili simmering on the stove

Tools You May Need

  • This pot is perfect for making chili, soups or any one pot meal. I do not like to cook foods with high acid content (like tomatoes) in a regular cast iron pot. This ceramic coated one is perfect though!
  • Meat chopper for cooking your ground meat.
  • Chili Bowls These bowls are deep for serving hearty soups like chili, french onion soup or something like Shepherd’s Pie. They are oven safe and dishwasher safe!
  • Serving tray for toppings This tray just makes me happy! So fun for serving and entertaining.

Ideas To Modify & Serve Classic Chili

One of the things I love about chili is how versatile it is to serve! Here are some ways you can enjoy it:

  • Serve it with cornbread or warm crusty bread on the side
  • Serve it over corn chips with shredded cheese and onions…like a Frito Pie
  • Pour it over baked potatoes for a delicious meal
  • Put it on hotdogs with cheese and serve them up as chili cheese dogs
  • Serve it over french fries or tater tots for a fun snack
ground turkey, onions and peppers cooking on stove for classic chili
pan on stove with chili beans and tomatoes being added in

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, corn chips, etc. (optional)
classic chili simmering on stove with spices added on top
chili toppings spread on wooden cutting board for serving

How To Make Classic Chili

In a large pan, cook your ground meat, onions, and peppers together until meat is done and peppers are tender. Drain excess grease. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with toppings. Enjoy!

homemade chili with toppings held

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Classic Chili Family Recipe

Classic Chili Family Recipe

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Homemade, flavorful, and easy family chili recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 minced garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, cook your ground meat, onions, and peppers together until meat is done and peppers are tender. Drain excess grease.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Save yourself some time and buy the pre-chopped onions and green peppers from the frozen section at the grocery store! It's one of the biggest time savers for me personally. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

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