Classic Beef and Bean Chili

This Classic Beef and Bean Chili is the perfect hearty weeknight dinner for your family. Filled with ground beef, beans, tomatoes and plenty of bold flavors, this chili recipe is to die for!

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Classic Homemade Chili Recipe

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Can you believe I am trying to move during this crazy holiday season? Well, we are and during the next couple weeks I am going to be highlighting some of my favorite new friends. Not only is this helping me get through our move, but wait until you meet my friends, you are going to LOVE them!

I am thrilled to introduce my gorgeous, hilarious, crazy talented new friend Bev over at Bev Cooks. I met her last month at Food Blog Forum in Nashville, TN and she is as sweet in person as she is online. LOVE her…..and wait until you see her mouthwatering recipes and photography.

Without further ado, I give you Bev 🙂

Well, hellooooo. I’m Bev and I blog over at Bev Cooks! Pleazha to meet ya.

I’m freakin’ jazzed to be guest posting over here today because A) I met Jenny last month and have since attained a somewhat decent hold on my girl crush. B) I’m excited to get to know you guys as well so we can all take part in a virtual round of face cheek pinching. and C) I’m sort of hoping that I can get Jenny to teach me how to do my hair like hers. Those WAVES. Are you kidding?

Thank you, Jenny for having me!

Now….are those waves natural? Because if they are I might lose it….


Oh my goodness, I love Bev…..and no the curls are NOT natural 🙂  Here is Bev’s fabulous Classic Beef and Bean Chili.  All Photos courtesy of Bev Cooks.

Image of a Bowl of Classic Beef and Bean Chili

Classic Beef and Bean Chili

This Classic Beef and Bean Chiliis the perfect hearty weeknight dinner for your family. Filled with ground beef, beans, tomatoes and plenty of bold flavors, this chili recipe is to die for!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Bev Weidner
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  • Stove


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp crushed jalapeno pepper or 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 14.5 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 oz can chili ready red beans undrained
  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 small heirloom tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dash coarse salt
  • 1 dash freshly ground pepper
  • fresh cilantro and grated parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high and add the meat. Brown all over, then add the onions and garlic. Saute 2 minutes, until the onions have softened.
  • Add the crushed jalapeno peppers, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bloom spices for 1 minute while tossing everything around.
  • Add the beans and tomatoes, along with all the herbs. Add 3 cups water (or stock of your choice) and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Add the mustard, honey, brown sugar and cider; simmer for an hour.
  • Taste it, toss in more salt and pepper if needed. Serve chili garnished with cilantro and parmesan or cheddar cheese.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 693mg | Potassium: 1329mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2541IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 10mg
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Thanks for sharing your talents with us Bev, so great to have you!

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20 Responses
  1. Miriam

    “Serve chili garnished with cilantro and cheddar cheese.” – should say “grated parmesan cheese” … ?

  2. Alisa

    Was just looking for a chili recipe. This one looks perfect, but what are “chili ready red beans”?

  3. April @ Beyond the Small Gate

    This looks very similar to my Chili recipe. However it has a few ingredients that I will have to try out, such as the vinegar and brown sugar. I normally add those to my meatballs and hadn’t thought about them in chili. Looking forward to trying it.

  4. Marina {}

    This looks like the PERFECT bowl of chili. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing this guest post with us!

  5. Katie @ Epicurean Mom

    Oh my, I’m in a food coma just looking at this! I was just telling Bev how much of a chili girl/connoisseur I am! 😉 Cannot wait to try this! Wonderful recipe Bev and Guest Post! 🙂

    Katie @Epicurean Mom

  6. Cooking with Michele

    Bev, off the wall question for you – what is that gray weathered looking wood? Is it your floor, your counter, or a prop? Does it have a name, a store, and a purchase price? I’ve been dumpster searching for months trying to find something like this for a cookbook project I’m photographing. Please do share!

    1. Bev Weidner

      Hey, Michele!

      It’s actually faux wood wallpaper! My friend gave it to me a few weeks ago, and I believe she got it on ebay. I really love it. Rustic, but rolls up and fits nicely in the corner. 😉 And you can get it in ALL kinds of colors. Try that!

      1. Jenny

        Too fun! I have a roll of faux wood wallpaper that I use too! It’s such a great idea!! I purchased mine on ebay too.

        1. Camber @ Food Snots

          Are you kidding me!! I’m thinking you guys had to spend all this time looking for the perfect wood to create a prop. I’m headed to e-bay right now to get me some. Thanks ladies!!

  7. Cookbook Queen

    I love Chili and this recipe looks perfect for this time of year!! Glad to see you over here, Bev and thanks for sharing a great recipe. 🙂

  8. Esther @ Esther Eats!

    Sounds delicious! I am going to have to try this. Do you think it could be adapted for the crock pot? I like to slow cook my chili, so maybe I can adapt it 🙂

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Bev, first Jenna, now Jenny…you are making the rounds on some of my fave bloggers’ sites and doing a marvelous job.

    I wish that we could all meet up and have a big chit-chat sesh.


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