Easy Recipes – Chili

This easy chili recipe is the best one out there! It is a unique blend of cincinatti and traditional chill and has won MANY chili cookies! Give it a try and let me know!

What is better in the winter than a good easy recipe for chili?  From super bowl parties to chili cook-offs… chili is woven into the fabric of American winter culture.  And for good reason; it’s AWESOME and there are so many variations.

And if you’ve been searching for a good “standard” type chili that everyone will like, look no further!  This is it.  And it’s EASY!  My mom cut this recipe out of a newspaper in the early 90’s, and it’s been our ‘family chili’ recipe ever since.  There might be a few ingredients you are not used to seeing in chili, like cinnamon and chocolate chips (a Cincinnati chili influence), but trust me – they work!

And like I said – this is easy.

Chopping Onions

Chopping the onions is probably the hardest part.

Onions in Beef

One of the most important steps is to cook the onions as the ground beef cooks. Add a bit of salt at this step to soften the onions.

Cooking Beef

After the onions are soft and the beef is cooked, add the garlic and cook for another couple minutes. Drain the beef, and then add everything else except for the kidney beans and simmer for an hour or so. And yeah – even add those chocolate chips and cinnamon (you will thank me).

Then add the kidney beans and cook for another half hour. Top with cheese, serve corn bread or whatever you’d like!

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Serves: 8
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  • 2 lbs. hamburger (or turkey)
  • 1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed (15 oz)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can of water (28 oz)
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional - depends on how spicy you want it)
  • 1½ Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips
  1. Over medium heat, cook ground meat in a large pan with the minced onion until browned. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Drain the meat.
  3. In a large sauce pan or stock pot over medium heat, add meat (with the onions and garlic) and mix with all other remaining ingredients except the kidney beans.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until you've reached the desired thickness (or if using a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours).
  5. Add kidney beans and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Top with shredded cheese & sour cream and serve with a side of cornbread.

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  1. Trish says

    You really put chocolate chips in there? Kind of afraid to do that as it’s my first time making chili. What does it do for the chili?

    • says

      Yes, chocolate chips are a must! They add a richness to it, you can’t taste the chocolate but it just adds a different flavor which is amazing!

  2. says

    I make homemade chili often. Then one sound delicious, thanks for sharing your recipe. I don’t think I would have ever thought to add chocolate chips.

    • Mark says

      The chocolate chips and the cinnamon are from a Cincinnati chili influence… and they work well in this. Hope you enjoy!

    • Elvira V. says

      Oh, and the printable version I bought has 2 28oz cans of water and the online version only shows 1, but some of the ingredients are still the same amounts (like meat).

  3. Emilee says

    It says you make once, freeze half. Do I double the recipe or keep the recipe the same and just freeze half. In other words, do I need 2 lbs of ground beef or 4 to make 2 meals.

  4. Christine says

    I just made the chili. The recipe from the meal set I bought has 2-28 cans of water. Now, I have a watery mess for dinner, and the Leftovers will not be much good for hotdogs, as I planned. That typo should be fixed!

    • Mark says

      I’m so sorry Christine! I will fix this right away. However – you can boil the water off… it might take an hour or so, but you can get it back to the right consistency.

  5. Alex says

    This chili was amazing!, I use to make my traditional recipe always but today I decided to try this one with the chocolate chips and cinnamon: EXCELLENT! Everyone should try it… Thanks for sharing it! This is going to be my new traditional chili recipe

  6. Tammy says

    BEST. CHILI. RECIPE. EVER. Made various chili recipes for many years. Throwing them all out. Serious- this is BEST CHILI RECIPE EVER. Made first pot last night. To say it was perfect is an understatement… BEST.CHILI. RECIPE. EVER.

  7. Meckinzie says

    Some of the recipes are confusing when talking of doubling. Some I can’t tell if you need to double everything or if the recipe is already for 2.

  8. Diane C. says

    I have a question. Could I cook the hamburger, onion, garlic, drain and mix it with the rest of the ingredients and freeze it then cook it in a slow cooker for 6 hrs?

  9. A says

    This turned out really great, perfect consistency and interesting flavor that is well balanced. I ate it with sweet potato tortilla chips. Thanks!

  10. Bobbi Driskill says

    I want to leave out the chocolate chips and cinnamon this go around as we didn’t like them last time. Will it still be good? Thanks!

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