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Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe

Perfect Weeknight Chili Recipe

My Perfect Weeknight Chili is seriously the best chili recipe ever. Just what you need on busy weeknights! It's a simple and delicious dinner idea that's packed with flavor and great for serving large groups.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword award winning chili, beef chili recipe, best chili recipe, best homemade chili, easy chili recipe, homemade chili recipe, simple chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 375kcal
Author Jenny


  • Dutch Oven


  • 1 pound ground beef lean
  • 1 pound mild ground sausage I used Jimmy Dean
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lawry's garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can black beans drained
  • 15 ounce can white beans drained
  • two 10 ounce cans Rotel diced tomatoes mild
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa verde I used Herdez mild
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dry Ranch Dressing mix from packet
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


  • Place beef and sausage into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Crumble and start browning. Stir in minced garlic, garlic salt, salt and pepper until well combined. Cook until browned then add tomato sauce, beans, tomatoes, salsa verde, chili powder, cumin, Ranch dressing mix and lime juice. Stir to combine until hot. Reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. I like to simmer on low for a few hours before serving to enhance the flavor.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4.8mg