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Ground Beef Chili Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Our Ground Beef Chili recipe is loved by all! Not too spicy with big, bold flavors. Make a big batch for the week because the leftovers are even better!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 1/2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 (28 oz. cans) of tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz. cans) of kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Add the oil to a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes until the onion has softened, then add the garlic and ground beef to the pot.
  3. Break up the ground beef and cook until the beef is no longer pink inside. Drain the grease from the pot.
  4. Season the beef with the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and brown sugar, stirring to mix together with the beef. Sprinkle in the flour, stir and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the tomato sauce, kidney beans, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and then stir to combine.
  5. Let the chili simmer for 1 – 1/2 hours (or longer if desired) partially covered, stirring often. Alternately, you can pour the chili into your slow cooker and set on high for 2 hours, or low for 4-6 hours.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American