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Hearty Beef and Bean Chili Recipe

Hearty Beef and Bean Chili is exactly what your family has been missing during the warmer months. Invite the flavors of fall with this tasty dish to your dinner table tonight!

Hearty Beef and Bean Chili

Hearty Beef and Bean Chili

A hearty chili begins with two key ingredients: beef and beans! There are dozens of ways to create a pot of chili and this is ours. As a child, I never knew that chili without beans was a real thing. I prefer these types for my burgers and hot dogs.

Warm, comforting soups, stews, and chilis are frequently found on our table when the cooler days begin to roll in. A bowl of thick, warm chili is similar to putting on your favorite cozy sweater for me. I also love that it’s something we can make and eat on for a few days — saving me time and clean-up in the kitchen!

To top it off, I enjoy a healthy dose of shredded cheese, sour cream, and a few soup crackers. A few drops of hot sauce are also another favorite addition. I do this in my own bowl because my family isn’t fond of the extra heat.

Bowl of Hearty Beef and Bean Chili with red cloth napkin and sunflower

Ingredients You’ll Need:

2 pounds ground beef

1 large onion, diced

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 – 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, undrained

2 – 15 oz. can chili beans in sauce

2 – 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained

1 – 15 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained

1 – 15 oz. white beans, drained

1 – 32 oz. container of beef broth

2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions:

Slice your onion and set aside. Our family likes the onion left in larger pieces, but if you prefer them to be finely diced, that’s acceptable, too!

Using a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add your ground beef and saute for at least 6 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and brown in color. About halfway through, add in your minced garlic. Drain the grease off and return to the pan.

Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika to your meat. Mix in ½ cup of beef broth and simmer while you prepare the rest of your ingredients in your Dutch oven/stock pot.

In a large stockpot or dutch oven, combine your chili beans (undrained), white beans (drained), dark red kidney beans (drained), light red kidney beans (drained), diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

Sprinkle your cocoa powder and brown sugar over the top and stir well.

Mix in your onions, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining beef broth.

Add in your ground beef mixture. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce your heat to a low simmer and cover.

Allow your chili to cook on low for at least 6 to 8 hours (high 4 hours), stirring occasionally.

Spoon into bowls and top with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, etc. and enjoy!

Up Close View of Bowl of Hearty Beef and Bean Chili
Up Close View of Bowl of Hearty Beef and Bean Chili

Hearty Beef and Bean Chili

Yield: 14 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Warm your Fall evenings with a comforting bowl of Hearty Beef and Bean Chili!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 – 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 – 15 oz. can chili beans in sauce
  • 2 – 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. can light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz. white beans, drained
  • 1 – 32 oz. container of beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Optional (to serve):

  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Soup Crackers

Instructions

Slice your onion and set aside. Our family likes the onion left in larger pieces, but if you prefer them to be finely diced, that’s acceptable, too!

Using a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add your ground beef and saute for at least 6 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and brown in color. About halfway through, add in your minced garlic. Drain the grease off and return to the pan.

Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika to your meat. Mix in ½ cup of beef broth and simmer while you prepare the rest of your ingredients in your Dutch oven/stock pot.

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, combine your chili beans (undrained), white beans (drained), dark red kidney beans (drained), light red kidney beans (drained), diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

Sprinkle your cocoa powder and brown sugar over the top and stir well.

Mix in your onions, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining beef broth.

Add in your ground beef mixture. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce your heat to a low simmer and cover.

Allow your chili to cook on low for at least 6 to 8 hours (high 4 hours), stirring occasionally.

Spoon into bowls and top with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, etc. and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1107mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 11gSugar: 10gProtein: 33g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 9/20/2020.

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Warm up with a bowl full of Hearty Beef and Bean Chili! It's full of texture, flavor, and comforting!

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