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Easy Homemade Chili

A warm, hearty, homemade comfort meal filled with protein and fiber. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword delicious chili, easy chili, easy homemade chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves diced garlic
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans light red kidney beans
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can chili beans
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 oz) can rotel

Homemade Chili Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (omit if you want it less spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. To make your life easier, go ahead and open ALL of the cans (and make sure NOT to drain them) and set them aside.

  2. Add oil to a large pot or dutch oven and cook onion and until fragrant and translucent (2-3 minutes). Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

  3. Add in the ground beef and mix in well. Cook until done. Add in the homemade chili seasoning and mix to combine.

  4. Add in cans of beans and tomatoes - once again, make sure NOT to drain any of the liquid from the can - this is very important in making sure your chili doesn't turn out dry. 

  5. Cook on the stovetop on medium/low heat, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Make sure to stir it occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick!

  6. Remember to taste and add more seasoning if needed.

  7. Top with cornbread, sour cream, cheese, green onions, or just eat it plain! Whatever floats your boat - just make sure you serve it hot! 

Recipe Notes

You can omit the beef if you're vegetarian. You can omit the beef and the dairy toppings if you're vegan. 

Remember, if you do make your own to TASTE as you go and adjust seasoning as needed. I added much more chili powder and cayenne and even salt to make my extra spicy. Don't like spiciness? Be sure to omit the cayenne!

If you want cornbread, I recommend using Jiffy! It's quick and easy.