Chili is short for chili con carne which means "chili with meat" in Spanish. It is considered a stew and it typically made with chili peppers or chili powder, meat, tomatoes and pinto or kidney beans. Garlic, onions and cumin are other popular seasonings used in chili.
This simple recipe is easy for the beginner and is relatively inexpensive to make. We make ours with vegetarian crumbles instead of meat but you can use ground beef or turkey in this recipe.
We highly recommend using our Hill Country Chili powder for this recipe. This blend is salt-free chili and m ade with ancho chile powder, New Mexico chile powder, onion, chipotle chile powder, cumin, garlic, Mexican oregano and allspice. It adds that recognizable chili flair without too much heat.
Simple Homemade Chili
Soups and Chili
1 pound lean ground beef or vegan crumbles
1 small-medium sized sweet onion, diced small
1 - 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juice
1 - 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 - 15 ounce cans of beans; black, pink, pinto and kidney beans are great choices, and you can even combine them
1-½ cups water
1 Tablespoon Hill Country Chili Powder
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Place a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion to the pot and cook until browned. Drain any grease from the meat.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and water and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Add Hill Country Chili Powder, California Granulated Garlic, Kosher Salt and Medium Grind Black Pepper.
Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Taste chili and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with sour cream, cheese, and chopped onions or scallions if desired. Substitute with vegan sour cream and cheese for a vegan version.