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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
Keyword bean chili, bean chili recipe, beef chili, beef chili recipe, best chili recipe, black bean chili recipe, homemade chili recipe, how to make chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 408kcal


  • 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