Easy Homemade Chili

Made with lean ground meat and loaded with vegetables, this easy homemade chili is a comforting dish almost everyone can enjoy. It is rich, hearty, and flavorful. Top it up with sour cream and green onions and pair it with some tortilla chips for the perfect weeknight meal!
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About This Easy Homemade Chili Recipe

In your search for easy and delicious homemade meals, I’m sure you’ve stumbled across a chili recipe — there are so many out there. And you know why? Because chili is one of those easy dishes that you can’t go wrong with, regardless of how many variations you try.

For my chili, I use a combination of lean ground beef and pork with lots of veggies like peppers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and beans. I like this recipe because I can use any ground meat I want — pork, beef, turkey, chicken, or even sausages — and whatever vegetables I have in my pantry. The result is always delicious!

Another thing that I love about chili is that I only need one pot to make this meaty and hearty meal. It is perfect for a busy week — my job is done once I put all ingredients in the pot. Just let it simmer until all the flavors come together. And about 1 hour later, I have a rich, delicious meal waiting for me.

Top it up with sour cream, avocado, gooey melted cheese, green onions, and crunchy tortilla chips for a truly mouth-watering experience. They are all flavors that blend amazingly well with this chili recipe.

It’s a simple meal and yet each spoonful packs such a punch of flavor — just what you need to wow your family over the weekend.

Easy Homemade Chili

What You Need for This Easy Homemade Chili Recipe

Chili Recipe Ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Beef & Pork: I like to use a combination of lean beef and pork meat that gives flavor but has less fat.
  • Diced Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes are firmer than whole or crushed tomatoes, making them perfect for recipes where you want visible tomatoes chunks after cooking. They also add a bright, juicy flavor to this dish.
  • Tomato Sauce: To enhance the tomatoes’ flavor and add a little bit of thickness to the chili.
  • Tomato Paste: It adds a rich tomato flavor.
  • Onion & Garlic: It gives a wonderfully complex flavor to the dish.
  • Bell Peppers: I like to use a combination of red, yellow, and green bell peppers.
  • Celery: Adds a nice fresh flavor to the dish.
  • Red Kidney Beans: I like to use red kidney beans because they are tender and soft and go perfectly well with this recipe.
  • Carrots: Add a lovely sweet flavor and bright color.
  • Seasonings: I like to use a combination of cumin for a warming and nutty flavor and oregano for a bold and earthy aroma.

Easy Homemade Chili

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Meat: I like the combination of beef and pork, but you may use whatever meat you want. Ground turkey, chicken, or even sausages work perfectly well in this recipe.
  • Vegetables: Mushrooms, zucchini, or squash would also pair well in this recipe.
  • Beans: You may use any kind of beans you have on hand.

Easy Homemade Chili


How can I store this chili?

You may keep this chili in an air-tight container in the fridge for about a week.

Can I freeze this chili?

Yes. Once it is cooled, you can put it in a freezer-friendly container and freeze it for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw it overnight in the fridge and heat in a saucepan or microwave it until warm.

Easy Homemade Chili

Easy Homemade Chili

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 60 min Total Time 1 hr 10 mins


Loaded with lean meat, lots of veggies, and your favorite toppings, this chili recipe is a deliciously hearty meal for a weeknight dinner.

Yield: 4 servings


How To Make Easy Homemade Chili Step By Step

  1. Cut the onion, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, and celery into large pieces. Place them in a food processor, and pulse until they are finely chopped.

    Chili Recipe Step 1
  2. In a large pot, add the extra virgin olive oil, the finely chopped veggies, and sauté over medium heat until the veggies are tender.

    Chili Recipe Step 2
  3. Add the ground meat, mix well, and cook for 2-3 minutes.

    Chili Recipe Step 3
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red kidney beans, chili flakes, oregano, cumin, and season with salt and black pepper. Mix well. If the mixture becomes too thick, add 1 or 2 cups of water (200 or 400 ml). Bring to a boil, and let it simmer with the lid on over low heat for about 1 hour.

    Chili Recipe Step 4-1

    Chili Recipe Step 4-2

  5. Serve the chili with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


  • Chili is not a soup, so I don’t recommend adding too much water. However, during cooking, if you find that it becomes too thick, add 1 or 2 cups of water if needed.
  • If your chili is too watery, allow it to simmer without a cover until you reach the desired consistency.
  • I recommend draining and rinsing the beans to remove any excess salt, starches, or metallic flavor that the beans may have from being canned.
  • The amount of chili flakes in this recipe provides a nice spicy kick, but if you like it spicier, add more chili flakes or cayenne pepper.