Best Beef Chili

Chili is one of the best dinners around!  It’s easy to make, it’s filling, delicious and so versatile!
Serve it with homemade cornbread or rice, and dinner is fabulous!


Best Beef Chili
On a side note, how great are these bowls?!  (Crate & Barrel)


A perfect dinner on a cold winters night, or when camping!


Yields 8-10

Best Beef Chili

3 hrCook Time

3 hrTotal Time

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  • 8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green or red pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 – 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups red wine (or use beef broth)
  • 2 – 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
  • 2 – 14 oz cans beans (kidney beans, or chick peas, or brown beans, or corn)


  1. Brown ground meat with onion, peppers and garlic.
  2. Add bacon. Drain if necessary.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, sugar, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook and stir continually for 1 minute.
  4. Add wine (or broth), tomatoes and beans.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  6. After 1 hour, remove cover and cook for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Remove bay leaves.


Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chopped green onions!  And toast.  Have to have toast!
This chili is even better after it has sat for 1 day in the fridge.  It also freezes very well.


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  • Reply Lori January 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Love those bowls! I must ask where they came from??!!

    We made chili too, although meatless with lentils. Still yum.

    I love this blog!!

  • Reply Barb January 11, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Looks so yummy and I love your photography! Did you get the storm?

  • Reply cwlambert January 13, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    The chili was delicious – thanks again for supper and the visit!


  • Reply The Lucky Wife February 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    This looks delicious! I’d like to invite you to participate in Foodie Friday. Thanks for this recipe… your picture of it makes it so enticing!

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