Homemade Chili


A wonderfully satisfying meal during the chilly fall and winter months, homemade chili can nourish the body and bring the family together. From slightly spicy to 5 alarm chili, this meal is what cooking contests are made of!

Actually, I’ve won two of our family chili contests over the last 4 years. Once with my white chicken chili, and last fall with a roasted garlic and caramelized onion version using shredded beef. This recipe is our basic chili though – easy and quick to make and still tastes great!

Homemade chili in bowl

Our basic recipe feeds our family well, offering enough spice for the adults but not to warm for the children. If you like a bit more spice, try a hotter pepper than Anaheim, like jalapenos, or sprinkle in some red pepper flakes.

Homemade chili
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Homemade Chili

The ultimate comfort food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili
Servings: 10
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Donielle


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 cups kidney beans approx 3 cans
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Anaheim peppers chopped
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Brown ground beef in a large stock pot
  • Add onions and saute until translucent. Strain beef fat if needed.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • The longer you simmer, the better it will taste! (cover if simmered for more than 30 minutes)


Use pork sausage in place of half of the beef.
Use your favorite bean or blend of beans.


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5.6% | Vitamin C: 11.9% | Calcium: 7.9% | Iron: 34.7%


Donielle Baker

Donielle Baker

owner and editor of Natural Fertility and Wellness at Natural Fertility and Wellness
I believe women can learn how to heal their bodies & balance their hormones through natural methods. An advocate for natural health, I have a passion for nourishing/real food nutrition and natural living. My personal background includes both infertility and miscarriage and I started Natural Fertility and Wellness in 2008 in order to share all of the information I found helpful in my journey to heal from PCOS and overcome infertility.
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
Donielle Baker
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